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Our stage comes alive with special events that touch our community.

The Emerson Center is proud to provide a venue for special events that reach many people in our community.

Often, these events are benefits and fund-raisers for area charities and non-profits. Sometimes, they're simply programs of interest that have been proposed by our friends and neighbors.

Beyond providing a comfortable 800+ seat auditorium and ample on-site parking, we have the capacity to market tickets. We can provide a/v equipment, lighting, sound system support, and much more.

To learn more about Special Events at The Emerson Center, call our Box Office at 772.778.5249

Here are  the Special Events
which appeared on our stage in 2014.


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Sat., Nov. 16, 2013
One performance, 7:00 PM


When Randall "Big Daddy" Webster played the Emerson Center last December, the response was overwhelmingly positive, with numerous requests to get him back to Vero Beach soon. At 7 p.m., on Saturday, November 16, Big Daddy will be honoring those requests in a special appearance — and a bonus!

He'll be showcasing the talented Canadian recording artist Lee Lindsey along with her band.

Singer-songwriter Lee Lindsey, from Vancouver, BC, and singer-songwriter Randall "Big Daddy" Webster, from Tallahassee, first met while on separate tours in Europe years ago. Big Daddy later performed a show Lindsey produced at the historic Bush Hall in London, and they've stayed in touch ever since. Webster will again be reunited with Lindsey and her band for six Florida shows, from the Panhandle of Florida to Vero Beach.

A native of Vancouver, Lindsey started Tall Poppy, a successful independent label and recording studio in London, England, and hosted Lee Lindsey and Friends, critically acclaimed shows featuring local and international musicians. In 2004, she transplanted her family and the company to her homeland of Canada, determined to make Tall Poppy flourish in the Great White North.

Here's a video of the title cut from her latest album:

For nearly 30 years, Big Daddy has lived and breathed the Blues. His four-octave voice, pulsing bass-line rhythm guitar, and beating foot have traveled the world, opened for rock and pop legends, educated many people about the blues, and raised awareness of and money for humanitarian issues.

For a sampling of Big Daddy's style, check out the following video of him performing with the band Red Hot Java:

Their performance on our stage promises to be a musical experience!

Advance tickets are $18 may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 772.778.5249. Tickets at the door are an additional $2. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.



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Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013
One performance, 7:00 PM


BREAKING NEWS! An anonymous benefactor has "bought the house" for this performance in hopes that everyone will attend. If you have already purchased tickets for this event, please drop by our box office before the event and your refund will be waiting!


The Emerson Center's long-standing relationship with the Florida Humanities Council has delivered a special performance opportunity to our stage. You don't want to miss this one!

This year as Florida celebrates its 500th anniversary (marked from the day in 1513 when Spanish explorer Ponce de León landed on Florida’s east coast), the Florida Humanities Council has organized a statewide series of programs designed to engage audiences in thoughtful reflection and dialogue about our state’s rich history. Three different programs are being offered in auditoriums across the state, but, for The Emerson Center, we were fortunate to be able to schedule the program from the series which seems to be the choice of most venues.

The Balancing Act: Industry, Tourism, and Preservation is an exploration of the contributions of Henry Flagler, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas to the Florida culture. Each of these characters is portrayed by a distinguished actor who appears on our stage in full costume and speaks "in the voice" of the historical figure they are portraying. We felt this particular program would be most appealing to our audience as each of these Florida notables had a very different vision of what the future Florida should look like and who should control its natural resources.

With its pristine beaches, fertile farm land, and vast Everglades; the lure of tourism and industry has always been at odds with preserving Florida’s natural beauty and unique ecosystems. Florida has always meant different things to different people. For some, it means wide-open spaces, freedom, opportunity and adventure. For others, it means white-sand beaches, palm trees, and Mickey Mouse.

We believe that our audience will delight in hearing what Florida meant to three people who helped shape its destiny and left their indelible mark on this great state.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, this performance is FREE and open to the public (as of 11/11/13). If you have previously purchased tickets for this event, please drop by our Box Office before the performance and your refund will be waiting!




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Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:00 PM


One of New York’s premiere cabaret performers, Corinna Sowers-Adler, will be appearing in a return engagement to The Emerson Center on December 8 at 4:00 p.m. presenting her latest musical review.

Fresh from debuting at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ms. Sowers-Adler will star in "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," which is an evening of American popular song filled with funny songs with "crazy words that roll along" to make you laugh, "sad refrains of broken hearts that loved in vain" to make you cry, and "crooning blues" that start you tappin' your feet and lift you out of your seat!

Ms. Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook. She has performed her solo shows to rave reviews in New York City at The Metropolitan Room, Stage 72 at the Triad, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She is the host of the critically acclaimed, MAC award-nominated "Music at the Mansion" series.

For her Vero Beach appearance, Corinna will be joined on stage by Kent Taylor Brown on piano.

From Berlin to Broadway to The Beatles, Corinna brings a new face to the sound of old favorites and a classic twist to new standards. "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" is an evening not to be missed.

For more information and to sample Corinna’s beautiful style, visit her web site

Also, here's a video clip from YouTube. (It will lead you to other videos as well.)


Advance tickets of $20 may be purchased online our online box office or by calling the Box Office at 772-778-5249. Tickets at the door are an additional $5.



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Sunday, February 2, 2014
One performance, 3:00 PM

A special afternoon awaits you at The Emerson Center. After two years showcased on our stage, "Ragtime Bob" Milne is back by popular demand for a February 2 performance.

Considered by many to be the best Ragtime/Boogie-Woogie pianist in the world, Bob Milne specializes in the music style that developed in America in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Beyond performing this unique musical style, Milne builds a program with special perspectives about the tunes he plays as well as the artists and performers who made them memorable.

Although Milne comes from a classical background, having excelled as a French horn virtuoso at the Eastman School of Music, he is completely self-taught as a pianist, playing totally by ear. He became fascinated by Ragtime music and naturally progressed to the concert stage, becoming acknowledged by many as one of the best pianists of our time.

Bob Milne brings endless enthusiasm, enchanting ease of playing, and an engaging manner while telling stories about Ragtime and Boogie Woogie music with warmth and humor. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a “National Treasure” at the conclusion.

Learn more about this diverse and capable musician from his website at

Advance tickets of $20 may purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 772-778-5249. Tickets at the door are an additional $5.



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Three Informative Lectures
by Renowned Speakers.
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014, 7 PM
Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014, 7 PM
Thurs., Mar. 27, 2014, 7 PM

Events benefit Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Ft. Pierce, FL

ORCA, the Treasure Coast-based research institute for protecting and restoring our aquatic ecosystems and the species they maintain, is bringing three distinguished lecturers to the stage of Vero Beach's Emerson Center for thought-provoking presentations that explore science, the beauty of the planet, and conservation — with a spotlight on the Indian River Lagoon.

Astronaut Joe Acaba appears on Jan. 30, 2014 at 7 PM. Acaba is an educator, hydrogeologist, and NASA astronaut. He completed his training in February 2006 and was assigned to STS-119, which flew from March 15 to March 28, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station. Acaba served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station from May 17 to September 17, 2012. He will talk about his experience in space and how it makes him appreciate the Earth more.

National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward Jr. appears at 7 PM on Feb. 27. Ward is a conservation photographer whose passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history (Ward is the grandson of Florida's Depression-era governor Doyle E. Carlton) have grounded his perspectives. Ward recently was on assignment photographing the Indian River Lagoon and will discuss his work and the lagoon.

On March 27 at 7 PM, Dr. Edie Widder will present Science Sea Stories and Out-takes – a look back at 30 years of unpublishable bloopers and blunders. The course of science does not always run smooth, especially science at sea. Dr. Widder, a deep sea explorer and MacArthur fellow, will share some behind-the-scenes stories of 3 decades of research at sea. Topics will include cold war shenanigans, things one shouldn’t say on camera, being immortalized in a 4 stanza dirty limerick, and things the Discovery Channel didn’t show in “Monster Squid: The Giant is Real.”

Tickets for the three part lecture series are $75 in advance. Individual tickets are $35 in advance / $40 at the door. Student tickets $20.

Tickets for the Lectures are available from our online box office or by calling 772.778.5249. Also, you can visit The Emerson Center's box office at 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.



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Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7 PM


Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins, known for her otherworldly voice and eclectic tastes, has thrilled audiences worldwide for more than 50 years with her unique blend of interpretative folk and pop. She has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.

Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of Stephen Sondheim's ballad, “Send in the Clowns,” won "Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums.

Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences performing Mozart's “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but the hard luck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics.

In 1961, she released her masterful debut, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, which featured interpretative works of social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule.

In this touring schedule, Judy Collins visited The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in August 2012 and performed many of her classics, songs like "Chelsea Morning," "Cat’s In The Cradle," and "Bird On A Wire." Here's a video from that performance. (It provides a preview of the evening experience we can expect at The Emerson Center on April 13.)

Judy has also authored several books, including the powerful and inspiring, Sanity & Grace. For her most recent title, the memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, she reaches deeply inside and, with unflinching candor, recalls her turbulent childhood, extraordinary rise to fame, and her epic victories over depression and alcoholism.

Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.

Today at age 74, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Ticket prices range from $42.50 to $97.50 for VIP seats (which include an invitation to a private meet-and-greet with the performer). Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 772-778-5249.



The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue and has more than 300 parking spaces, an auditorium that seats over 800 people in comfortable padded seating, a raised stage that offers everyone unrestricted views, and professional state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Call 772-778-5249 for tickets, purchase tickets online, or visit The Emerson Center itself. For many performances, group tickets are also available.

In prior years, our special events programs have brought many distinguished presenters to our stage. Here are just a few examples of the programs we've enjoyed...

Bill Schulz, Former Director, Amnesty International


Greg Mortenson, Author & Humanitarian

"The Fonz"

Marcello Giordani, Operatic Tenor

Shirley Anne Warshaw, Presidential Advisor

Rory Stewart, Afghani Scholar and Humanist


For a memorable look at other past events, visit our archive page.


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