6660 Manasota Key Rd
“Violin and Voice”
with Hermitage Fellows Lady Jess and Terry Guest
Presented in Partnership with Sarasota Magazine and Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Terry Guest’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Steve and Dale Adler.
Lady Jess’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Liz and Duncan Richardson.
Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
Celebrated violinist, arts leader, and advocate Lady Jess combines talents with award-winning playwright Terry Guest in this dynamic program. This incredible duo will share words and music inspired by their experiences living and making work in the United States and around the world. Presented in partnership with Sarasota Magazine and Conversation Foundation of the Gulf Coast on the Hermitage Beach, join us to hear from these inspired creators.
Hermitage Fellow Lady Jess is a soloing member of Beyoncé’s band, and toured with the superstar and her husband, Jay-Z in 2018 for On The Run II tour, recording and arranging with the Carters for their Grammy-nominated album Everything Is Love in 2019, after appearing in the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary, Homecoming. She is a 2020 winner of the UNCSA Artpreneur of the Year award, 2020 Sphinx MPower grant recipient, and 2022 Sphinx MPower presenter. She has been a guest speaker and panelist for the League of American Orchestras, Gateways Music Festival, Sphinx Organization, University of NC School of the Arts, Apollo Theater and more. A regular session musician, Lady Jess was concertmaster and contractor for the Oscar nominated film Judas and The Black Messiah. She can also be heard on the soundtracks of The Lion King, Da 5 Bloods, Space Jam, Charlie’s Angels, It 2 and more. Artist collaborations include: Stevie Wonder, Solange, Max Richter, Carrie Mae Weems, Terrence Blanchard, Alicia Keys, et al. This year, in addition to completing her first tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi, Lady Jess released a premiere recording of music by Florence Price on the Naxos label with pianist Ric’key Pageot. For a complete Bio: LadyJessMusic.com
Hermitage Fellow Terry Guest is a Chicago-based playwright, actor, and teaching artist whose works include A Ghost in Satin (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Magnolia Ballet (2022-2023 rolling world premieres), Marie Antionette and the Magical Negros, The Madness of Mary Todd (currently in development with Goodman Theatre), Andy Warhol Presents: The Cocaine Play, Ghost Town (Chicago Children’s Theatre), and At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen (The Story Theatre). Follow along on Instagram @terryexplainsitall or at TerryCGuest.com