for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
Friday, December 14 § Cook Theatre
Acclaimed Broadway vocal coach David Brunetti will share his talents with students and audience in this special master class and musical performance
(Sarasota, FL) The FSU/Asolo Conservatory is presenting the acclaimed Broadway vocal coach and song stylist David Brunetti in “Backstage with Brunetti,” a uniquely crafted, musical master class and performance with FSU/Asolo Conservatory acting students. This fundraiser for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory begins with a cocktail reception in the lobby with Brunetti, followed by an exclusive open classroom demonstration in the Cook Theatre. This special one-night-only event is Friday, December 14, 5 p.m., at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets, which include the reception and performance, are $60. For reservations, call 941-351-8000 or visit www.asolorep.org/conservatory. All proceeds benefit the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. This special fundraising event was made possible, in part, by generous donations from Mary Ann Robinson, George Kole and Judy Zuckerberg, and from a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the interaction between a celebrated mentor and students,” says Greg Leaming, the Conservatory’s director, adding that Brunetti will have conducted an intensive student workshop during the week before the event. “This is the culmination of the work they’ve done together during the week,” says Leaming. “It’s a combination of an open class and musical performance. It’s exciting to see how they take what they’ve learned in the workshop and apply it to an actual performance in front of an audience. It’s an evening of song and music that will certainly get all of us in the spirit for the holidays.”
Leaming adds that he also hopes audiences will come to the event in support of the Conservatory. “This is the only fundraiser we do,” he says. “The FSU/Asolo Conservatory is one of the top actor training programs in the country and one of Sarasota’s most valued educational institutions. Every penny we raise from this event is directed to fund first-year student scholarships. We hope the community will come in droves to show their support for this inspired program.”
David Brunetti is a writer, musician, vocal coach and teacher in New York City. He has appeared on national television as the one-man house band/pianist on the Vicky Lawrence show, and was seen nationally on PBS in the documentary “Twitch and Shout.” His original music was heard off-Broadway in “Trophies” at the Cherry Lane Theater. Brunetti has served as vocal coach, musical director, and accompanist for such acclaimed vocalists and actors as Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Michael Feinstein, Eartha Kitt, Christopher Durang, Gregory Hines, Marni Nixon, Joanna Gleason, Leslie Uggams, Faith Prince, Donna Murphy, Paul Giamatti, and Geena Davis. He has served as music director in a host of on- and off-Broadway shows, including “Blues In the Night,” “Nunsense,” “Forever Plaid,” and “Les Miserables.” Brunetti is the author of “Acting Songs,” and has taught master classes around the world.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Sarasota to help support the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training,” says Brunetti. “The training is top-notch, and something that FSU and the Sarasota community are justifiably proud of. It’s a pleasure to help support these talented students and the work of this supremely talented faculty.”
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s 2012-2013 season includes Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (though November 18, 2012); The Aliens by Annie Baker (January 2-20, 2013); Stop Kiss by Diana Son (February 19-March 10, 2013); and Candida by George Bernard Shaw (April 9-28, 2013).
ABOUT THE CONSERVATORY
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training is a celebrated three-year graduate program culminating in a master of fine arts degree. For more than 30 years, tens of thousands of actors from across the continent have auditioned for admission. A maximum of 12 students are admitted each year. In their second year, the students perform in the Cook Theatre, a 161-seat space designed to create an intimate experience for the audience and actors. Third-year students are seen on the Mertz Stage working with the Asolo Rep’s professional actors in exciting and significant roles. For more information, visit www.asolorep.org/conservatory.