Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Inspiration right outside your door

Sometimes, it’s easy to take our Florida lifestyle for granted. But for Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra conductor Stephen P. Brown, the beauty that defines the Tampa Bay area has been cause for inspiration.
“There is so much to do in Tampa Bay. It’s almost as though there is a secret cultural element,” said Brown, who moved to the Tampa area a little over a year ago.
Our sunshine and seafood are among the subjects that inspired Brown's new music composition Tapestry Tampa Bay. Brown will conduct the premier of Tapestry Tampa Bay at a March concert to benefit the homeless.

With titles ranging from Skyway Bridge and Beaches & Boats, Brown describes his composition as quasi-classical-minimalist-new age style.
“I never heard of a grouper before coming to Florida,” said Brown. Now it’s one of his favorite meals. Watching a video of the man-sized fish intrigued him, as does the lure of the area. His last movement, Back For More, reflects the nostalgia felt by visitors who return, like himself and his wife Melissa.
As part of his ongoing effort to encourage people to experience live classical music, the concert will be broadcast live online.
“The benefits of experiencing music in person are well researched and documented,” said Brown. “Sharing live music with others is an essential part of any culture, especially with those who may not normally have such opportunities.”
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc., a Clearwater shelter which provides housing, food, clothing and more for those in need.
Also performing in the concert are Patel Conservatory piano instructor Joshua Sawicki, and voice student Katlyn Iacovino, a junior at Riverview High School. Sawicki will also be recognized at the event for being the winner of Brown’s 2011 concerto competition.
The concert will be March 23, 2012 at 8 p.m. at Harborside Christian Church in Safety Harbor. Tickets start at $17.50 in advance. Patel Conservatory students and their families receive 10% off when purchased in advance. Enter code: SPB10.
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