Sounds of the Souls is a free concert open to the public that takes place outside on our campus grounds by the Gazebo. We have a new artist each month and all concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. Be sure to bring a chair and/or blanket if you plan to attend.  

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Sounds of Soul 2016-2017

October 7th, 6:00 p.m., Gazebo – World Fusion with  musical artists, ZunZuneo. Readings from “Earth Prayers from Around the World”. 

Members of ZunZuneo Elise Amaral, Anthony Aleman and David Munoz, create a sonic landscape of sound, emanating from ancient instruments to weave a tapestry of deep resonance for the soul. Native-American flutes, Djimbe, Ocarina, Didgeridoo, Cajon, Congas and the Sansula meet Flamenco, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian, chill-lounge rhythms.


November 4 – Gospel – vocal
GospelHeirs is a Gospel quartet that sings a variety of Gospel music from the standards of the 1930s and 40s to the works of present-day artists.  The group, led by soprano Arlene Batten, sings regularly for events in Lake Placid, FL, and consists of Arlene, Tammy Dopp, and Joshua Klatt, with Joshua’s brothers Samuel and Daniel Klatt alternating in singing the bass.  The quartet is accompanied on the piano by Daniel’s wife Amanda and on the violin by Samuel’s wife Melody.   The group regularly performs at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid, the Southern Lifestyle assisted living center, the Venus United Methodist Church, the annual Community Gospel Sing to benefit the Manna Ministries food pantry, and at other events in the Lake Placid community.

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December 2 – Classical Guitar
Classical guitarist Rex Willis teaches classical guitar, composition, music theory, music history, music appreciation and guitar ensemble full time at State College of Florida. Willis has bachelors and master’s degrees in music from Florida State University and while there, participated in Composition Master classes/readings with visiting composer Aaron Copland. Willis studied guitar with Bruce Holzman and participated in Guitar Master Classes with Christopher Parkening and Pepe Romero.

A published composer, Willis has had his music performed all over the world. Willis’ original music has been reviewed in top classical guitar publications as “accessible . . . skillful . . .  brilliant . . .  powerful . . .  seductive . . . an absolute gem of a piece . . . highly desirable . . . “. Willis received a world premiere for Guitar Octet in June 2014 at the prestigious GFA Annual Convention at Cal State University Fullerton. He has composed the film scores for several award winning independent movies including two for One Day Films of Tampa. He composed the score for the musical “¡Ybor!” and wrote the book, lyrics and music for a new musical “Something for Nothing”.


January 6 – New Orleans Style Jazz
Dixie Spirit Jazz Band. 30 years or more playing together. 16 years at Carney’s restaurant in Venice. Performed at the Sarasota Hyatt for SRQ, jazz festival. Concerts at Englewood performing arts. Venice shark tooth festival. Eight years at Snook Haven.

February 3 – dueling instruments
Butch Thomas – saxophone & Michael Ross – Bass

March 3 – Irish music
            Paul Duffy (The Irish Rover)
Vocalist/guitarist Paul Duffy toured for six years with The Commitments. His parents were Irish circus entertainers; at the age of 9, his part of the act was walking a tightrope while playing saxophone. He was the owner of the Irish Rover pub in Sarasota until it closed in 2011.

April 7 –  John Wildeman & Mike Currao – The All American Banjo Team

Mike Currao and John Wildeman have performed throughout the  country as the All American Banjo Team for over seven years.  They also perform locally in SW Florida at private and public venues.

Mike plays and teaches banjo, guitar, ukulele and mandolin. His career of 50 years includes theater, concerts, philharmonic appearances and radio & TV shows. In September 2014 Mike was inducted into the American Banjo Hall of Fame. He is the lead banjoist for the Gulf Coast Banjo Society and many dixieland ensembles throughout Florida.

John is President of the Young Musicians Education Foundation and served as a director for the Banjo Museum in OKC. He plays banjo & guitar and teaches ukulele. John produced six successful banjo events, netting thousands for country wide youth music development.