The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony Chorus has been entertaining audiences for over 70 years. It consists of more than 60 men who share in the enjoyment of singing. They try to preserve the long-standing tradition of barbershopping while including today’s exciting melodies. The unique, unaccompanied, four-part Barbershop sound is enjoyed by young and old.
Con Brio is a young ensemble comprised of four international musicians — Valentin Mansurov, Marina Lenau, David Pedraza and Aziz Sapaev — that has been thrilling audiences all over the United States and abroad. Partnering with pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan for this concert, Con Brio is prepared to delight with their skill, passion and energy.
The Gateway City Big Band has been bringing the smooth and swinging sounds of the Big Band Era to north Florida since 1993. Started by the former conductor of Walt Disney’s Top of the World Orchestra, and currently under the direction of ACV friend Matt Johns, the band continues to echo the sounds of the great big bands of the 1930s and 40s, as well as including more modern selections and contemporary arrangements for today’s listeners.
Southern Gospel Soloist Alan Kendall’s music is steeped in ministry. He easily presents a clean, family-oriented variety program for all ages. Alan has performed for large and small churches, concert halls, Christian conferences, contemporary church functions, banquets, senior events, and youth rallies. One can be assured that when attending a performance by Alan, you will certainly be entertained as Alan presents the stirring messages of the songs!
Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus has been entertaining audiences in north central Florida since 1974. They sing a variety of musical styles, including show tunes, pop, country, gospel, and of course the traditional barbershop tunes. Ranging in age from 25 to 70+, members come from a wide range of occupations.
The Fred Moyer Jazz Trio is stunning audiences with both its own improvisations and its note-for-note transcriptions of the best trio performances of historic piano giants. Fred and friends create a score by painstakingly transcribing every note of a favorite jazz performance, and then approach the score just as they would a chamber music work of Beethoven and Mozart, not changing the notes and staying true to the style, but interpreting the music in their own way. The end result is an entertaining and swinging celebration of the best in jazz.
Ted Vigil is a singer, songwriter and John Denver tribute artist. After winning first place in an international talent competition, Ted went on to win a Seattle celebrity look-alike contest. In tribute to Denver, he has played twice for Denver’s own Windstar Foundation; cruised the Caribbean with Darryl Worley and Jimmy Wayne; and toured Australia with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson tribute artists. The late Steve Wiesberg, John Denver’s lead guitar player from 2010 to 2014, said Ted’s resemblance to Denver was “uncanny!”
Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble, captivating audiences everywhere.
Each member of the ensemble began his music career by joining his school’s band program. Inspired by the dedication of their school music teachers, Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. This is why at every opportunity, performances are coupled with a master class or school program. Live Oak band students will be given the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by Presidio Brass while they are in the area.
Jon and Ben Burchfield make music that inspires the soul. Classical guitar, midi-marimba, Irish whistles and recorders make these two artists sound like an entire ensemble! The stylistic diversity of Appalachian, classical, jazz, Renaissance, praise, worship and gospel has attributed to the stunning arrangements that have put this Dove-nominated duo in demand. Their concerts are a combination of music, storytelling and comedy as each plays off the other in a way that’s entertaining and captivating.
ACV is dedicated to continuing to provide opportunities for residents of this area to experience the performing arts locally. In order to accomplish this, however, your help is needed. If you wish to support the arts in Dowling Park, or for more information, please contact:
Performers who would like more information about being part of the Live! at Dowling Park, Artist Series should also contact Mr. Grillo.