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We're quite proud of the diverse programs we've brought to Indian River County.

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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Remember the day when both Clarence Darrow and William 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 Emerson 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 The 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.


Blending 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.


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