401 N Tamiami Trail
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Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens “Cello on Point”
with Hermitage Alumna Karen Patterson
Presented in Partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with media sponsorship from Scene Magazine.
Friday, May 19 at 6:30pm
Selby Gardens: Historic Spanish Point (entrance at 401 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
Hermitage Alumna and cellist Karen Patterson first visited the Hermitage as a Fellow in 2005, making her among the first to experience the creative energy and inspiration of the Manasota Key campus. Since then, her work has been seen across the country and around the world, from the Lagos Jazz Series Festival in Nigeria to a world premiere from celebrated Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. From classical to jazz to spirituals, her work celebrates cultural diversity, the dynamic beauty of artistic expression, and the strength of community. Join Patterson as she plays favorites as well as original work as the Hermitage returns to Historic Spanish Point for the latest installment of the popular “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” series.
American Cellist and Hermitage Fellow Karen Patterson‘s inspirations and philosophies are deeply rooted in a family tradition of perseverance and pride. Her father was one of few African-American U.S. Army Colonels in his time; her grandmother graduated from college in the 1920s, a time when few women went on to higher education in the South; and her mother, an educator and community activist, taught her that “everybody counts.” Patterson began her cello studies in an experimental school at the age of eight. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree from Antioch University, under the Antioch International Program, in both cases combining the study of performance with traditional education. Ms. Patterson studied German at the Goethe Institute in Kochel Am See and specialized in Cello Performance with Professor Gerhard Hamann at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. She has performed in master classes of renowned artists such as Mistislav Rostropovich and Janos Starker and has studied jazz improvisation and performed with Keter Betts, bassist for Ella Fitzgerald. Karen Patterson’s performances have entertained and inspired audiences throughout the world. Her repertoire is varied and unique. She has performed at the Lagos Jazz Series Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, the AACW Blues, Jazz & gospel Fest and the Global forum in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. She has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, bringing jazz, a classical repertoire, and a commissioned 21st century classical cello concerto, “The Invisible Bridge,” by the esteemed Egyptian composer Dr. Halim El-Dabh, conducted by Neal Gittleman. Karen Patterson’s music celebrates cultural diversity, the dynamic beauty of artistic expression, and the strength of community.