(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Munchtime Musicales series opens the new year with the jazzy sounds of the Jerry Eckert Trio, featuring Jerry Eckert on piano, Dave Hubbell on bass, and Rich MacDonald on drums, January 15, 2014, noon, in David Cohen Hall at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467, or visit www.scasarasota.org.
For this Munchtime Musicales concert, the trio will perform popular standards, including “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Windmills of my Mind,” and medleys of works by George Gershwin and Michel Legrand and others.
Jerry Eckert began playing piano at age six, when his father, a guitarist and arranger, gave him his first piano lessons. Eckert went on to become a pianist and arranger for the USAF Air University Band, and to perform with and serve as music director for such notable performers as John Davidson, Kate Starr, Donald O’Connor, Frank Gorshin and Bobby Vinton. After a 33-year career as a public school teacher, Eckert now devotes his time to performing regularly and is a popular fixture on the area jazz scene.
Bassist Dave Hubbell is a multi-faceted performer who, in addition to playing bass, piano and tuba, is also an arranger, composer, conductor and producer. Throughout his career, he has performed with such top names as The Drifters, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mel Tormé, and Leonard Bernstein.
Drummer Rich MacDonald has toured all over the world and played with bands that backed up such greats as Robert Goulet, Little Anthony and the Imperials and many others. MacDonald settled in Sarasota in 2013 and is still called on to perform with major touring acts, including The Drifters, The Nelsons, John Davidson and others.
Munchtime Musicales is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2014 concert season continues with Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt, performing a program of piano duets that will include pieces by Mozart, Schumann, Faure, Grieg, Bizet, Joplin, and more (February 19, 2014); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota’s ambassadors of opera who often cover principal roles and bring opera to communities well beyond the walls of the Opera House (March 19, 2104); and the Gloria Musicae Singers, Sarasota’s professional vocal ensemble known for stimulating performances of great choral music that both educate and entertain (April 16, 2014). All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org.
SCA’s 2014 “Great Performers Series” features the renowned Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin (January 6, 2014); the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama (January 27, 2014); the groundbreaking East Coast Chamber Orchestra in a rare Florida appearance (February 5, 2014); Russia’s historic St. Petersburg Philharmonic, with conductor Nikolai Alexeev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin (February 19, 2014); and the Detroit Symphony with conductor Leonard Slatkin and piano sensation Olga Kern (March 3, 2014).
Great Performers Series concerts start at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Subscription memberships for SCA’s five-concert series are $255, $225, $185 and $145. Individual tickets are $40-$75. Subscriptions and information are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting www.scasarasota.org.
About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set the fee for all performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to as much of the community as possible. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.