Since we opened our doors, many wonderful events have taken
place on the stage at The Emerson Center. Beyond our Celebrated Speakers
Series and the Florida Humanities Series, we've enjoyed some superb
performances. Looking back, we realize that we should
have started to document all of our happenings sooner.
For now, anyway, we've gone back in our memories to recall some of the
notable events that entertained and informed our friends and neighbors. Let
us share our recollections with you...
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the day when both Clarence Darrow and
Jennings Bryan appeared at The Emerson Center? That date was November 5,
2006, when Darrow and Bryan were both "resurrected" through the talents of award-winning
actor/playwright Gary Anderson. His afternoon performance of
self-authored "Clarence Darrow: The Search for Justice" served as a
wonderful prelude to an evening performance of Gerald Uelman's "Keeping
The Faith: William Jennings Bryan."
Ahah! You thought Darrow had been here twice. You're right. On November
11, 2005, Anderson presented "Clarence Darrow: The Legend, The Man." In
fact, it was his penetrating portrayal that encouraged the host, the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, to invite him back for the two-show
retrospective just a year later.
A marvelous story-teller, Dr. Jay Wolff, came to The
Center on the afternoon of December 2, 2006, for an insightful look at
the mid-19th century scientist, Charles Darwin. Blending the
historical perspectives of a well-studied historian with the
spellbinding talents of a seasoned raconteur, Wolff presented an
entertaining and informative look at a man whose theories challenged the
long-held tenets of universities and religions.
|On February 23, 2007, in a program jointly sponsored by
Ft. Pierce Jazz Society and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
Vero Beach, the Astral Project brought their unique jazz
stylings to our stage. This New Orleans-based quartet entranced our
audience with their adventurous and mesmerizing jazz treatments in
a performance that left our audience yearning for more.
the style of traditional folk music with his command of classical guitar
and powerful jazz, guitarist Jim Scott came to The Emerson Center
on March 2, 2007. This balladeer entertained our crowd with an
assortment of numbers, including many of his own compositions that
touched on themes or ecology, justice, and peace. With a gentleness that
proved endearing, Scott enlisted audience participation and earned
well-deserved encores from the lucky attendees.