THE ARTS IN SOMI & FEATURED ARTIST KEVIN HURLEY

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR NEIGHBORS AT THE U

THE JERRY HERMAN RING THEATRE

OCT. 11 – 27. METAMORPHOSES, a professional co-production with the Adrienne Arsht Center. Director Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” played on Broadway in 2002. It takes the poet’s tales to stunning visual life and juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image.

NOV. 13 – 23. SHE LOVES ME, By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff. Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European perfumery during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other! “She Loves Me” is a funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental romantic comedy.

Call 305-284-3355, email ringtheatre@miami.edu, or visit www.miami.edu/ring. For more information.

 

Festival Miami 2013Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season this October, the UM Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami, Florida’s premier live music festival, presents unique programming of award-winning artists alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music.  More than 25 concerts and events are scheduled throughout October.  On October 1st, Festival Miami opened in grand style with seven-time Grammy Award-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan performing an intimate jazz-influenced program.

For the Festival Miami 2013 schedule, visit www.festivalmiami.com, or call 305-284-4940.

 

orbs-fecundity-boquet-largeAt the LOWE Art Museum, from November 2 to  January 5, the Glass Art of Paul Stankard will be featured in the Green Gallery.  “Beauty Beyond Nature” presents more than 60 of Stankard’s intricately flame-worked still life sculptures encased in clear crystal from the Robert M. Minkoff Collection. The collection spans more than 40 years of Stankard’s career.  Artist Lecture and Reception: Thursday, November 14.

For more information about programs at the LOWE, visit, www.lowemuseum.org or call 305.284.3535

 

Borealis Wind QuintetMUSIC AT EPIPHANY

Borealis Wind Quintet

Thursday, October 24, 7:30p

One of America’s preeminent chamber groups nominated for a Grammy, is praised by The Washington Post for their “sensitive collaborations with a sophisticate and cosmopolitan air.”

The New York Times describes their performance as “polished, elegant and a scintillating one.”

The concert series is held at the Church of the Epiphany, 8235 SW 57 Avenue. The concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact epiphanyconcerts@gmail.com or call 305.667.4911.

 

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Sandra Warshaw, Nude

AT THE WIRTZ GALLERY

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Marilyn Le May, World Beyond The Tangle. Watercolor on Yupo 26×20

Located in the First National Bank of South Miami’s lobby, each month the gallery presents local & international artists.  Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday 9a-4p, and Friday, 9a-6p.  Artist receptions are generally held on the second Friday of the month, from 6-9p and are open to the public.

Two artists are showcased for the month of October, sculptor Sandy Warshaw and artist Le May Patterson.

Sandy Warshaw is well-known in Miami for her years in theater as a dancer, singer, actress, director, writer and teacher.

And with her years spent in theater she notes that “I am interested in bodies – stories to be re told – found objects to be costumes or sets or anything that makes an atmosphere of drama.”

Le May Patterson is the youngest of five French Canadian – Cree Indian children. In noting her background Le May comments, “I was fortunate that my parents understood the value of artistic exposure to dance, music and travel. It was the travel to foreign destinations – the researching of their customs, foods and manner of living that held my attention.”

In November, the Gallery will host artist April Davis who is known for her brilliant tropical landscape cityscape original paintings.  Throughout her 30-year career, she continues to establish a unique perspective via panoramic landscapes and large scale works. Of note, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden selected one of her works as their poster image.

 

KEVINKEVIN HURLEY SINGER, SONGWRITER, PERFORMER

Art as a discipline extends to many pursuits, among them are music, dance, drama, creative writing, painting and sculpture.  SOMI Magazine continues its focus on those who share their artistic talents with the community. 

Art as a discipline extends to many pursuits, among them are music, dance, drama, creative writing, painting and sculpture.  SOMI Magazine continues its focus on those who share their artistic talents with the community.

Grammy-winning guitarist, Carlos Santana once said of Kevin Hurley’s vocals, “He has a very soulful voice.” And to the thousands who have heard Kevin’s eclectic style, rich with the disciplines of rock, country, folk, bluegrass, and the blues at local clubs, restaurants, and festivals, for over 30 years, the experience has been memorable. How nice to live in the same city as this highly skilled musician.

The singer, songwriter and performer is a Miami native who grew up in Palo Alto, California, and then did us a favor by returning to live in the suburbs of the Magic City. Known for his warm voice and virtuosity as a guitarist, Kevin has had a lifetime of “almost” being signed for record deals, only to have mergers and other machinations of the music merchants go awry. Yet he continued to play, grow, and polish his talents. Fellow musicians who came into his life read like a Who’s Who of the hit music scene.

Kevin’s interest in music was kindled in the mid-1960s by Trini Lopez’s popular rendition of Will Holt’s folk song, “Lemon Tree.” For Kevin, it was all about the guitar designed by Lopez for the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1964.

“It was the coolest looking guitar–a double cutaway sunburst. I decided right then that playing the guitar was what I wanted to do,” said Kevin.

By the age of 10, Kevin was taking guitar lessons. He learned the basics for about a year. But something was missing; there was a little too much “Glow Worm” and not enough soul. At the age of 11, a new teacher briefly came into Kevin’s life, a man playing folk and bluegrass in the Bay area. A man named Jerry Garcia. The future Grateful Dead guitarist instilled enthusiasm, setting Kevin’s course for a lifetime in music.

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Slick Aguilar, Pete Sears, Kevin Hurley

Kevin formed his first band while in the seventh grade during the explosion of rock in popular music.

“In those days, you could go to the Fillmore and see an act like the Byrds. Bill Graham would greet you at the door with an apple,” said Kevin.

His early career saw a series of moves between Florida and California. By the early ‘70s he was living in Wilton Manors. During a trip to Coconut Grove he met guitarist and singer Bobby Ingram (who became a good friend) who told Kevin about Oz Bach, a bass guitarist who had formerly been a member of the hit group, Spanky and Our Gang. Kevin started the country and bluegrass band Spooner Summit with Bach as one of the band members.

Later, the band Tattoo joined together two powerful musicians, Kevin and Mark “Slick” Aguilar. Slick became Kevin’s long-time music partner, mentor and dear friend. An accomplished musician, Slick played for a number of major bands and eventually would put an end to Tattoo when he was tapped to play lead guitar for David Crosby’s band. A few years later, Kevin and Slick (then lead guitar for Jefferson Starship) were reunited, and the Slick Hurley band was born. They recorded and produced the CD “Brothers by Other Mothers” in which the duo wrote and arranged the songs.

The band The Conch-A-Delics were next and with them the production of Kevin’s second CD, “Palm Tree Reality.” The collection features music written by Kevin with lyrics by his wife, Valerie Newman. “She is my inspiration,” said Kevin.

Kevin plays gigs at clubs in the Upper Keys and at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. For more information, visit his website
at http://kevinhurley.net/.

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