“Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Mesha Maren” @ Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Mesha Maren" @ Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113

“Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Mesha Maren”
with Hermitage Fellow Mesha Maren

Presented in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design

Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm

Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113 (entrance at 1228 Dr. MLK Way, Sarasota, FL 34234)

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Part of the Visiting Writers Forum, the Hermitage partners with the Creative Writing Department at Ringling College to inspire students and community members alike. Hermitage Fellow Mesha Maren joins the series to offer insight into the process and craft of a writer. Her debut novel Sugar Run “creates bold new takes on venerable genres, a much-needed refresh of worn tropes and clichés (NY Times). She followed this success with Perpetual West, which The NY Times placed in the lineage of Cormac McCarthy and described as a “forceful addition” to the history of border literature. Hear this author who is reshaping stories and genres we thought we knew read selections of her work and talk process in this in-depth conversation.

Hermitage Fellow Mesha Maren is the author of the novels Sugar Run and Perpetual West (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays can be read in Tin House, The Oxford American, The Guardian, Crazyhorse, Triquarterly, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Sou’wester, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of English at Duke University and also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.


“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music” @ Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
"Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music" @ Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower

“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music”
with 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Finalist Etienne Charles
and Hermitage Fellow Kamala Sankaram

Presented in partnership with Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy

Etienne Charles’ Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Terry Brackett.

Kamala Sankaram’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Ellen Berman & Roy Cohen.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm

Nathan Benderson Park Family Finish Tower (entrance at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, 34235 )

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Returning Hermitage alumna Kamala Sankaram and 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Etienne Charles know that music is more than simply sound. Their work embodies the people and places of the world, fusing time and place, different cultures, and varied musical styles. The NY Times describes Etienne Charles as having a “magnetic sound on trumpet — clear and mellifluous, with a deep sense of economy,” as well as “a composer to be reckoned with” and Kamala Sankaram is “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country,” according to The Washington Post. Join these two masterful artists to discover how their work is more than beautiful music; it’s also an experience that can make you feel the rhythm as quickly as it makes you think.

Trinidad-born Etienne Charles, a Guggenheim Fellow and a finalist for the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize in music, is a performer, composer, and storyteller who is constantly searching for untold tales and sounds with which to tell them. Highlighting marginalized communities and engaging with them has been his mission, evident with projects such as his Guggenheim Fellowship Project, Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, San Jose Suite, Creole Soul, and Folklore. His concerts engage, enlighten, educate, and enrich audiences with energized multidisciplinary performance utilizing original composition, thematic improvisation, dance, short films, and spoken word to create a holistic experience. A firm believer in music and performance as a tool for provoking thought and dialogue, Charles’ themes speak to the status quo while drawing parallels to history. As an Afro-descendant, his work is actively connecting the diaspora and drawing lines to the regions at the roots of migrations.

Praised as “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country” (The Washington Post), returning Hermitage alumna Kamala Sankaram moves freely between the worlds of experimental music and contemporary opera. Recent commissions include works for the Glimmerglass Festival (where she was the 2022 Composer-in- Residence), Washington National Opera, the Prototype Festival, and Creative Time, among others. Kamala is known for her operas fusing Indian classical music with the operatic form, including Thumbprint, A Rose, Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers, and The Jungle Book. Also known for her work pushing the boundaries of the operatic form, recent works include The Last Stand, a 10-hour opera created for the trees of Prospect Park, Brooklyn; Looking at You, a techno-noir featuring live datamining of the audience; all decisions will be made by consensus, a short absurdist opera performed live over Zoom; and The Parksville Murders, the world’s first virtual reality opera.


“Hermitage Writes @ Venice Writers Festival: Elisa Bocanegra” @ William H Jervey Venice Public Library
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
"Hermitage Writes @ Venice Writers Festival: Elisa Bocanegra" @ William H Jervey Venice Public Library

“Hermitage Writes @ Venice Writers Festival: Elisa Bocanegra”
with Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra

Presented in partnership with Venice Writers Festival

Friday, March 22 at 12pm

William H. Jervey Venice Public Library (entrance at 300 Nokomis Ave S., Venice, FL 34285)

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Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra is a theatrical thought leader, performer, and writer. A recipient of the 2022-2023 Fulbright as well as the TCG Leadership U Grant, she will speak about the intersection of writing, performance, and community building through her work on projects such as Nuestro Planeta, a ten year long new work commissioning initiative which aims to educate audiences about environmental justice in the Americas.

Hermitage Fellow Elisa Bocanegra is a Puerto Rican artist and the founder of HERO Theatre. Her work with HERO has been featured in The Los Angeles Times and American Theatre Magazine and is a favorite amongst local theatre critics. Elisa is a 2022-2023 Fulbright recipient. She also won the TCG Leadership U Grant, the nation’s largest grant of its kind, for her work with HERO Theatre. This provided her the opportunity to be part of the Leadership Team at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. Her stage directing credits include Troy, a modern retelling of The Trojan Women about women and houselessness in Los Angeles. She directed Troy and worked alongside Kilroy List playwright Amina Henry in the development. Other directing credits include Festival Irene: A Tribute to Playwright Maria Irene Fornés, The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado, and a new screen and stage project called Nuestro Planeta, which focuses on educating Latinx audiences about environmental justice within the Americas. Nuestro Planeta is a ten-year-long new work commissioning initiative. Elisa was part of the inaugural NEXUS Cohort at New York Stage and Film, where she was later the Pfaelzer Award recipient. As an actor, her first film, “Girlfight,” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at The Sundance Film Festival. Her TV credits include a recurring on Apple TV’s “Physical,” and “Shameless.” Elisa has extensive experience performing at major theaters around the country and has also worked at The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.


“Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Brandel France de Bravo” @ Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Brandel France de Bravo" @ Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113

“Hermitage Writes @ Ringling College: Brandel France de Bravo”
with Hermitage Fellow Brandel France de Bravo

Presented in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design

Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm

Ringling College of Art and Design, Goldstein Library Rm 113 (entrance at 1228 Dr. MLK Way, Sarasota, FL 34234)

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Marrying the worlds of creative poetry and public health policy, Hermitage Fellow Brandel France de Bravo is a writer and poet with an expansive vision. Spanning languages and including a holistic approach to both the art and the person in the audience, her latest work Locomotive Cathedral, about our constant search for permanence in an ever-changing world, was honored by the Backwaters Prize Press in poetry and is forthcoming in 2025. Part of the Visiting Writers Forum, the Hermitage is pleased to partner with the Creative Writing Department at Ringling College to inspire students and community members alike.

Hermitage Fellow Brandel France de Bravo is the author of Provenance (a Washington Writers Publishing House poetry prize winner) and the chapbook Mother, Loose (Accents Publishing, Judge’s Choice Award). She is co-author of the parenting book, Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World, and editor of the bilingual anthology, Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices. Her poems and essays have appeared in 32 Poems, The Cincinnati Review, Conduit, The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of four artist fellowship grants from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts, which also awarded her the Larry Neal Writer’s Award in poetry. As a public health professional, she has run an HIV prevention program in Africa, designed harm reduction strategies for intravenous drug users in Central Asia, and developed materials to help cancer patients in the U.S. make informed decisions about their care. She teaches a meditation program developed at Stanford University called Compassion Cultivation Training and volunteers for the nonprofit Insight on the Inside, which shares meditation practices to inspire and empower the incarcerated, returning citizens, people transitioning from homelessness, and all affected by poverty, aging, and illness.


“Piano Classics Remade” @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Campus)
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Piano Classics Remade" @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Campus)

“Piano Classics Remade”
Featuring Hermitage Fellow Conrad Tao

Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Garden

Conrad Tao’s concert and Hermitage residency are made possible through the Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Series at the Hermitage.

Thursday, March 28 at 7pm

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (entrance at 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236)

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With his uniquely energetic style, celebrated concert pianist and composer Conrad Tao gives a masterful demonstration of all the nuance a piano is capable of delivering. This internationally renowned Hermitage Fellow alternates between the most cutting-edge music venues and some of the world’s most celebrated concert halls. From the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony and Germany’s Klavierfestival Ruhr, Tao has been known to play everything from Gershwin and Rachmoninoff to his own contemporary compositions, always with his instantly recognizable improvisatory panache. In the third season of the Hermitage’s annual Crosby Alumni Music Initiative, join Conrad Tao to pay homage to the music of our past and hear into the future of music.

Hermitage Fellow Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine), and an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (The New York Times). Tao has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony. As a composer, his work has been performed by orchestras throughout the world; his first large scale orchestral work, Everything Must Go, received its world premiere with the New York Philharmonic, and its European premiere with the Antwerp Symphony, and he was the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, for Outstanding Sound Design / Music Composition, for his work on More Forever, in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher. A returning Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow, Tao is also the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist – an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation.


“2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner” @ Michael's on East
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
"2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner" @ Michael's on East

“2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner”
Honoring the 2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Recipient, Playwright Deepa Purohit

Presented in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation

With Lead Community Sponsorship from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County 

Sunday, April 14 at 6pm

Michael’s on East (entrance at 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239)

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Amy Wallace
(941) 475-2098, Ext. 2.

Anchoring a series of events celebrating the prestigious Hermitage Greenfield Prize, this elegant dinner heralds the jury-selected prize recipient. The $35,000 Hermitage Greenfield Prize commission is awarded annually by the Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation, and rotates among music, theater, and visual art.

The 2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize will be awarded in the discipline of theater, and the newly commissioned work will premiere in Sarasota in the spring of 2026.

Past recipients of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize include: Rennie Harris, choreographer (2023), Sandy Rodriguez, visual artist (2023), Angélica Negrón, composer/instrumentalist (2022); Aleshea Harris, playwright (2021); Helga Davis, composer/performer (2019); Martyna Majok, playwright (2018); David Burnett, photojournalist (2017); Coco Fusco, interdisciplinary artist (2016); Bobby Previte, composer/drummer (2015); Nilo Cruz, playwright (2014); Trenton Doyle Hancock, visual artist (2013); Vijay Iyer, composer/pianist (2012); John Guare, playwright (2011); Sanford Biggers, visual artist (2010); Craig Lucas, playwright (2009); and Eve Beglarian, composer (2009).

“Azul Naranja Salado: Angélica Negrón’s Hermitage Greenfield Prize Premiere”
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Azul Naranja Salado: Angélica Negrón's Hermitage Greenfield Prize Premiere"

Please note this program is not part of the Hermitage’s traditional free programming. This event is presented in partnership with enSRQ as part of their season of work.

“Azul Naranja Salado: Angélica Negrón’s Hermitage Greenfield Prize Premiere”
with Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Angélica Negrón

Presented in partnership with enSRQ

Made possible with generous support from the Greenfield Foundation.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Lead Community Sponsor.

Monday, April 15 at 7pm

Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223)

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Angélica Negrón‘s commission seeks to engage the senses and encourage listeners to resist distractions. Her composition will be timed with the setting sun and inspired partly by the sun’s low-frequency sounds, as captured by scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency. The piece will feature slowly evolving musical textures, shifting patterns, natural sounds, and changes in scale and dimension that play with the unfolding gradations of light and color on the surrounding land, water, and sky. Composed for a unique ensemble of low strings, harps, percussion and electronics, Negrón hopes this  site-specific work will serve as a gentle reminder to the audience to seek out and surrender to moments of inspiration.

Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist and the winner of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize. She writes music for voices, orchestras, and film as well as robots, toys, and plants. Angélica is known for playing with the unexpected intersection of classical and electronic music, unusual instruments, and found sounds. Residencies and commissions include WNYC’s The Greene Space (a 4-part variety show/multimedia exploration of sound and personal history), the NY Botanical Garden (an immersive site-specific work for electronics and 100 voices), and Opera Philadelphia (a drag opera film in collaboration with Mathew Placek and Sasha Velour). Her work has been commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth. Angélica’s original scores for HBO include the docuseries Menudo: Forever Young and You Were My First Boyfriend directed by Cecilia Aldarondo. Recent premieres include works for Dallas Symphony Orchestra (featuring Lido Pimienta as a soloist), Santa Rosa Symphony & Eugene Symphony (First Symphony project), and her Carnegie Hall debut, commissioned and performed by Sō Percussion. As the recipient of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize, Angélica will compose a work synchronized to the setting sun, inspired by solar pulses captured by NASA, for EnsembleNewSRQ. Angélica regularly performs a solo show and is a founding member of the tropical electronic band Balún. Performances include the Big Ears Festival 2022 and various engagements in New York City, San Juan, and nationwide. Her musical education includes early studies at El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico under Alfonso Fuentes—while making waves as a member of San Juan’s local DIY music scene—and later studies both at NYU under Pedro da Silva and The Graduate Center (CUNY) under Tania León. An educator herself, Angélica became a teaching artist with NY Phil’s Very Young Composers program (2013-2021) and with Lincoln Center Education (2014-2018), guiding young artists in creative composition projects. Angélica lives in Brooklyn, where she’s always looking for ways to incorporate her love of drag, comedy, and the natural world into her work.