Jazz, Pop and Contemporary Music
2013 - 2014 Season

NEW $5 Child & Student Tickets:

Children 17 and under: $5 ticket(s) with the purchase of an adult ticket. Students with Valid Student ID: $5

Herb Strauss Theater 2013-2014 Season Printable Ticket Order Form
BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall 2013-2014 Season Printable Ticket Order Form



Previously this Season:

Big ARTS Island jazz

Island Jazz

3 pm on the following Sundays:

January 5 and 12
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27

BIG ARTS Boler Garden  

The band, comprised of talented amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, plays all styles of music from jazz standards and Dixieland to be-bop, pop, and more. Frequent guest players include many of the best jazz musicians in southwest Florida: Harry Reiner (trumpet), Gene Federico (guitar), Louis Pradt (clarinet and flute), Charlie Winkler (piano), Babe VanDeVelde (saxophone), Tom Cooley (drums) and Bill Johns (bass). In case of rain, the concert will move to BIG ARTS Gainer Veranda.

Concerts are free. Bring a chair and enjoy the music.


BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Wendy Webb"

Wendy Webb and Friends - CANCELLED

8 pm Monday, April 28, 2014

7:15 pm Reception

Herb Strauss Theater
 

Joined on stage by musicians Danny Morgan and John McLane, singer-songwriter Wendy Webb will entertain with songs from her previous albums as well as a few new compositions.

The concert has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances resulting in a scheduling conflict. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Individuals who have already purchased tickets to the concert should contact BIG ARTS at (239) 395-0900 to receive a refund or exchange their tickets for another event or performance.

Reception hosted by Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
BIG ARTS "Jason Petty Carolyn Martin"

Country Royalty
Jason Petty & Carolyn Martin's Musical Tribute to

Hank Williams & Patsy Cline

8 pm Friday, March 21, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Travel back in time as Obie award winner, Jason Petty, and Grammy nominee, Carolyn Martin, pay tribute to music legends, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Accompanied by a five-piece band, the duo will perform popular hits, including "Crazy," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Sweet Dreams," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
Honored with an Outstanding Actor Obie for his titular performance in "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," the New York Post hailed the performance, noting that "at times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost."
Joining Petty is Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee (2011), Carolyn Martin. Nominated for two Grammy awards as part renowned Western swing band, The Time Jumpers, Martin gained national attention when more than 140 PBS stations aired the band's performance, "Jumping Time."

General seating: $42 | Loge: $47 | Student/Child: $5


Benefactor Season Sponsor John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Sponsor BIG ARTS Angels

BIG ARTS "Tom Paxton"

Tom Paxton

8 pm Friday, March 7, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

From early success in Greenwich Village coffeehouses, such as The Gaslight and The Bitter End, to a 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, guitarist and folk singer Tom Paxton has been contributing to the soundtrack of our lives for almost 50 years.
His performance may include his modern standards, such as "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle of Wine" and "The Marvelous Toy," as well as his 1964 timeless hit, "The Last Thing on My Mind," which has been iconically covered by Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond as well as by Peter, Paul and Mary.
Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London, Paxton's songs have resonated with audiences around the world.

General seating: $37 | Loge: $42| Student/Child: $5


Benefactor Season Sponsor John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Sponsor The Jacaranda
BIG ARTS "Piano Men Starring Jim Witter"

The Piano Men - Starring Jim Witter

8 pm Saturday, February 8, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

A musical celebration of the 1970s with the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John, The Piano Men salutes two of the century's most popular contemporary songwriters.
Led by Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno Award nominee, recording artist Jim Witter, and accompanied by sizzling musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums, The Piano Men recreates an entire decade of hits, beginning with "Your Song."
Utilizing rear-screen projection, iconic images, including the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows that shaped a decade, transport the audience through a musical time machine.
Developing a fully-formed mental and emotional return to specific landmarks in a pop culture timeline was a pleasure for Witter, as he explained during a 2013 interview with the Reedsburg Times-Press, "This is a total baby boomer show. I made it for myself. I really tailored it after my greatest memories, which are the '70s. My fondest memories are universal. They're the same memories everyone has."

General seating: $42| Loge: $47 | Student/Child: $5


Benefactor Season Sponsor John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Patron Sponsor West Wind Inn

BIG ARTS "Susan Egan The Belle of Broadway"

Susan Egan
The Belle of Broadway

8 pm Saturday, February 1, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performance as the original Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Susan Egan will perform her "Belle of Broadway" concert at BIG ARTS.
The critically acclaimed singer/actress has also played Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as the original Leonide in Triumph of Love and she has recorded more than 40 songs on six solo CDS, including "The Secret of Happiness."
A feel-good show for the entire family, The Belle of Broadway concert features classic songs by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein.

General seating: $42| Loge: $47 | Student/Child: $5


Benefactor Season Sponsor John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Sponsor BIG ARTS Angels

BIG ARTS "john pizzarelli"

Save the Date | Special Event

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concert will be followed by a wine and dessert reception

BIG ARTS Center
 

Returning to Sanibel as the featured performer for this special BIG ARTS fundraising event, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globe for "reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz."
Inspired by legendary crooner, Nat 'King' Cole, Pizzarelli notes, "I've always said in my concerts that Nat 'King' Cole is why I do what I do" but "we aren't trying to copy him. His sound was singular and inspired. I've always said we're an extension, a 21st century version of what that group was."
John Pizzarelli has been called "hip with a wink" by Town & Country and "madly creative" by the Los Angeles Times.

All BIG ARTS members will receive an invitation to this special event.

Tickets for this special event will go on sale to the public in December.


Benefactor Sponsor
John M. & Mary Jo Boler


Patron Sponsors
Chico's FAS, Inc.
FineMark National Bank and Trust
L.A.T. Foundation
'Tween Waters Inn

Sponsors
Deborah & John La Gorce
Patricia & Davis Thurber
Congress Jewelers
Uhler & Vertich Financial Planners

BIG ARTS "Rosanno Sportiello Trio"

The Rossano Sportiello/Nicki Parrott/Eddie Metz Trio
featuring Harry Allen

8 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Frequently performing as a trio, pianist, composer, arranger Rossano Sportiello, vocalist and string bass player, Nicki Parrott and drummer Eddie Metz, Jr. will be joined by Swing Bros. recording artist, Harry Allen, on tenor saxophone.
The internationally renowned musicians will delight audiences with a journey through the masterpieces of "The Great American Songbook" featuring popular music of the '30s, '40s and '50s interpreted according to the idioms of classic jazz improvisation.

General seating: $37 | Loge: $42 | Student/Child: $5


Benefactor Season Sponsor John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Patron Sponsor John & Claudine Bailey

BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Wendy Webb"

Wendy Webb and Friends
November Moon Concert

8 pm Sunday, November 17, 2013

7:15 pm Reception

Herb Strauss Theater
 

Singer-songwriter Wendy Webb will perform this concert under a November full moon at Herb Strauss Theater. Webb has been described as an "undiscovered American treasure" by Tim Cahill of Outside magazine. People magazine's Steven Dougherty says her music is "tough, fragile and enduring." Jeff Klinkenberg, columnist for The St. Pete Times says her voice is "achingly beautiful." Accompanied by musicians Danny Morgan and John McLane, Webb will sing and play acoustic guitar during the performance.
Reception hosted by Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille.

General seating: $30 | Student/Child $5

Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel

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