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Matinee Series Offers Afternoon Entertainment

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 · Arts & Culture

The South Florida State College 2013 Matinee Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

The South Florida State College 2013 Matinee Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1:30 p.m. with what is sure to be a fantastic performance from Four Divo, in the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus. Now in its 33rd season, the Matinee Series has delighted area residents with outstanding local, regional, and national artists including Freddy Cole, New Odyssey, JoAnn Castle, John Davidson, Andy Cooney and Forever Irish, and David Osborne to name a few. It is comprised of 10 performances, which run on consecutive Tuesday afternoons from January through March.
Starting off the series with a bang on Jan. 8, Four Divo brings together some of the greatest rising stars in the entertainment industry. Their unique and masterfully blended harmonies remain true to the wildly popular Il Divo.
The Brothers Four will light up the stage on Jan. 15. This all-acoustic quartet has been delighting audiences for five decades. They are best remembered for their 1960 hit “Greenfields.” They remain one of the most popular and best folk groups on the scene today.
Singer, performer, comedian, all-around entertainer Earl Turner will be electrifying the stage on Jan. 22. Turner sings classics from many genres that anyone can relate to. He’s been a hit at hotel casinos, cruise ships, and more.
Stephanie Trick showcases her mastery of stride piano on Jan. 29. This exciting and technically demanding style was developed in the 1920s and ‘30s. The young and wildly talented performer was a hit in the Kaleidoscope Series two years ago.
The always entertaining Mickey Finn will be bringing the music and energy of his famous television and Las Vegas show on Feb. 5. He has been entertaining for over 35 years. Also featured is banjo player extraordinaire Cathy Reilly, the first woman to be inducted into the National Banjo Hall of Fame.
The Burchfield Brothers bring their unique blend of Appalachian, jazz, classical, and Irish to the series on Feb. 12. This duo will enchant you with their music, stories, and comedy.
Relive the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s with Phil Dirt and the Dozers on Feb. 19. Enjoy their musical talent, high energy, and contagious sense of humor as they travel through three decades of great music, including hits by the Four Seasons, the Beach Boys, and the Platters.
Local favorite Sean Fielder and his talented family are coming Feb. 26. They are well-known throughout central Florida. Their varied program includes country, southern gospel, old-time favorites, and more.
The Diamonds present their hits from the 1950s and ‘60s such as “Little Darlin,” “The Stroll,” and “Silhouettes” on March 5. They also pay tribute to the classic four-part vocal groups of the era. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy classic doo-wop songs at their best with fabulous vocal harmonies.
Closing out the series is Brian Gurl on March 19. The program is called “Gershwin with a Twist,” and features the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Gurl, vocalist Judy Alexander, and the I Got Rhythm Band perform many of Gershwin’s greatest compositions including jazz, ragtime, Broadway, blues, doo-wop, and more.
Individual and season tickets are available by visiting our website at www.performances.southflorida.edu, calling the SFSC Box Office at 863-784-7178, or by visiting the SFSC Box Office in front of the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 W. College Drive. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Arrive an hour before each show and see the latest exhibit in the South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art and Culture. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sfscperformingarts. The SFSC Box Office will be closed Dec. 19 – Jan. 1 for Winter Break.