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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 2015-2016.




Friday, November 20. 2015
One performance, 7:00 PM

Solo pianist and Grammy award winner George Winston will be featured as a special presentation, on Friday, November 20, 7 p.m.

Winston grew up in Montana, Mississippi, and Florida. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues, and rock (especially The Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and Teddy Wilson. He later developed his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. He recorded his first album in 1972. Since 1980 George has released eleven solo piano albums.

This concert will feature Mr. Winston’s solo piano Winter Show, which will include melodic fall and winter type songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired by the New Orleans piano & the stride piano traditions, and songs from his newest solo piano album, Spring Carousel - A Cancer Research Benefit.

Since this is the kick-off of the holiday season, all attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable canned food donation to the concert for The Food Pantry of Indian River County’s collection area in the main lobby. Additionally, Mr. Winston donates his merchandise to be sold by the Food Pantry who will ultimately retain 100% of the profits of those sales.

Tickets are priced from $38-$83 per seat and are available online , from our Box Office at 1590 27th Street, or by phone at 772.778.5249.




Peter Yarrow
Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m
The McCartney Years
Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.
The Kingston Trio
Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

Folksinger Peter Yarrow will kick off the three-part Masters of Music Series on Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m, retaining the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary, and carrying on the trio’s tradition. A Peter Yarrow performance assures a memorable evening of music, camaraderie and “Puff’s special magic” for everyone, young and old alike. Peter’s music and songs resonate with a history that he and his musical compatriots, Paul and Mary, not only helped to write, but one that has changed and inspired millions to continue to keep on keepin’ on, hold firm to principle, and not be deterred in the face of adversity. Something special occurs when Peter famously brings an audience together in song, creating a caring community in a way that only folksingers can.

Following on Thursday evening, February 11, 7 p.m. is The McCartney Years where audiences will experience three decades of ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Wings’ live – with the world’s premier McCartney concert experience. Rewind into the 60’s and 70’s to dance, sing and relive the passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performed sold-out shows across Canada and been featured on CNN, CBC and CTV. Without leaving their seat, patrons can expect to move to the music, while being whisked away through time from the Beatlemania craze creatively woven into a familiar musical mosaic from songs that include Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road, and songs from McCartney’s utterly amazing post Beatles career. Sid Bernstein, responsible for bringing The Beatles to the United States said, ‘this is the most astounding and accurate vocal representation I have heard in many years. The McCartney Years will mesmerize the audience.”

Closing the series on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. are the musical legends… The Kingston Trio. There is a tremendous demand for their style of acoustic music, and not just from those who remember The Kingston Trio…all people want is for them to sing a song, tell a story, and make it sound great. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles. The group has collected two Grammy awards and numerous gold records. They have appeared on countless variety shows and performed at some of the most famous venues in the country. Their trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 weeks out of the year. The Kingston Trio today consists of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty. The Trio’s busy touring schedule has resulted in an increasing number of new fans, both young and old.

Both series tickets (all three performances) and individual tickets are now available. Series tickets range from $100 to $225. (A $3/ticket Service Fee will be added to each ticket price.) Individual tickets are priced at $83 for Preferred seating, $58 for Orchestra, and $38 in the Balcony. Student tickets for any individual performance is $23 for a balcony seat.

This concert is presented by MusicWorks in collaboration with Paris Productions. Call our Box Office at 772.778.5249 or order online.

Sponsors for

MusicWorks’ Non-profit partners include The Emerson Center,
the Cultural Council of Indian River County and The Food Pantry of Indian River County.




Thursday, March 24, 2016
One performance, 7:00 PM

Open admission seating!


The Emerson Center is inviting the community to welcome Russian Pianist Sergey Belyavskiy to Vero Beach, as he takes the stage for a 90-minute concert on Thursday evening, March 24 at 7 p.m. While Belyavskiy has played previously in the United States, specifically at Carnegie Hall in 2011, this will be his inaugural trip to Florida. The concert is FREE to the public.

The Moscow born 23 year-old accomplished pianist will perform short concert pieces of classical and modern composers that may include Chopin: -- Ballads, and Sonatas; -- Mozart: Sonata in C; -- Debussy: Clair de Lune;-- Liszt: “Reminiscences of Don Juan (based on Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni) ”, Hungarian Rhapsody No 2; -- Kapustin: Variations, Op. 41; and --Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue.

Born to a family of musicians, Belyavskiy began piano at age 5 and by the time he was 9 he was accepted to the finest music school in Russia. At eleven, he won his first international competition, and at 12 made his first recital. He finished Central Music School in Moscow State Conservatory under Vera Kameneva in 2011 and is presently studying at Moscow State Conservatory under Professor Elisso Virsaladze. A multi-prize winner of competitions since 2005, Belyavskiy recently won the Grand Prize and became the overall winner of the “eMuse” Online Music Competition - 2015 (Athens, Greece). His concert performances have spanned the international globe to Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Norway, Korea, Hungary, Israel, Poland and others. He has performed as a soloist as well as with internationally acclaimed symphonic orchestras and has recorded three solo CD’s, the most recent 24 etudes of Chopin in 2013.

The capacity of the Emerson Center is more than 800; free admission will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, no tickets are necessary. The Emerson Center is handicap accessible, offers an elevator to the second floor balcony and the use of assisted listening devices. The Emerson Center is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact 772-778-5249 or visit

Patrons whose generous support makes this event possible include: Route 60 Hyundai, Bradley Reiner DMD, Rappel Health Law Group, SunTrust Bank, Bent Pine Golf Club, and Larry Landsman MD.




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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