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Tickets now available for Celebrated Speakers Series.

Both individual tickets and season subscriptions are now available for the 2015 Celebrated Speakers Series. We'll have an exceptionally informative and entertaining lineup, and we want to make certain you are included.

Our 2015 schedule will showcase General David Petraeus, Washington insider Jack Abramoff, scientist Michio Kaku, and Hollywood producer and director Lee Daniels. Full details can be found in our 2015 online brochure or on by clicking here.

You can download a brochure (with an order form), visit our Box Office, or call 772.778.5249 today. Also, now you can claim your tickets online by clicking here. So, order today

VIP Tickets... Have you considered becoming a VIP Ticket Holder? You'll enjoy preferred seating in a reserved section, preferred parking, and invitations to attend a private, catered VIP reception with each speaker. Only a limited number of VIP tickets are available for each performance. (In some cases, they may have already sold out.). So reply now! See the details in the brochure.

Patrons... Also, you might enjoy becoming an Emerson Center Patron. Each year, our Patrons are invited to vote for their favorite speakers for upcoming seasons. Their guidance is invaluable as we work to recruit speakers. Plus, Patrons are recognized in our program books. Become a Patron by making a $100 (or more) tax-deductible donation. Again, find details in the brochure.

“Tea For Three” benefit performance reveals insights from three former First Ladies.

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States – and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight?

On January 24th, 2015 at 7:00 PM, a special performance of “Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” will reveal humorous, yet thought-provoking insights into the lives of three First Ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Emmy Award-winning New York actor Elaine Bromka will explore the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of these notable women in, what Mrs. Nixon called, “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

The Vero Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women is producing this one-night performance. Proceeds are earmarked for AAUW scholarships for women continuing their educations at IRSC.

Bromka developed this one-woman stage play with playwright Eric H. Weinberger. Previously, she toured opposite Rich Little in the play “The Presidents,” impersonating the last eight First Ladies. Intrigued by all these women’s stories, Bromka teamed with Weinberger to focus on three especially remarkable women — Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

Their warm, whimsical, and deeply moving exploration of three fascinating First Ladies has been playing around the country for several years – and this past June, with Meryl Streep as one of its chief funders, the show opened Off-Broadway to gratifyingly strong reviews. Especially in this time of political polarization, “Tea For Three” is refreshingly entertaining and informative. By humanizing politics, the play allows audiences to stand in these women's shoes and better understand their important roles.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $30 (discounted student tickets are offered as well, starting at $15) and are available online, from our Box Office at 1590 27th Street, by phone at 772.778.5249, or from any local Member of AAUW.

Three-concert series will keep our stage humming.

More than just humming, there will be picking and strumming and singing and drumming and a whole lot more as three memorable concert performers appear center-stage at the Emerson Center in 2015. Series tickets are already on sale, and choice seats are now available for this "Masters of Music" Series.

Livingston TaylorOn Valentine's Day (that's Saturday, February 14) at 7 p.m., folksinger Livingston "Liv" Taylor will kick-off the series. Taylor, brother of the also-famous James, has enthralled audiences for forty years with a diverse original repertoire of country, folk, bluegrass, and blues. His top forty hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running" launched his career, and a steady song output has characterized his performances ever since. Liv has toured with Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, and Fleetwood Mac among many others, but his fans most often come to see him to experience the winning combination of raconteur, balladeer, and pure fun music making that characterize his concerts. By the way, Livingston's fourteenth album, Last Alaska Moon is out now.

John SebastianNext up, we'll meet John Sebastian, the founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, who will perform on Saturday evening, March 14 at 7 p.m. An American singer, songwriter, guitarist and autoharpist, John was the cornerstone of The Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. The Lovin' Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion and was noted for such folk-flavored hits as "Darlin Be Home Soon," "Do You Believe in Magic," "Summer in the City," "Daydream," "Nashville Cats," "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?," "Six O'Clock," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" and "Younger Girl." Sebastian is not only a master musician, writer and performer he remains one of the best ambassadors American music has ever had.

Last in the three part series, to be held on Friday evening, April 10 at 7 p.m., are two musical greats, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton. Janis Ian is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist and author. She has won two Grammy Awards, the first in 1975 for her song "At Seventeen" and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society's Child. Janis Ian, Tom PaxtonThe latter, in 1967, reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single having sold 600,000 copies, and the album 350,000. In 2001, "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings considered timeless and important to music history In addition to being an award-winning singer-songwriter, Ian writes science fiction and is currently presenting her first children's book, The Tiny Mouse, which is published along with an accompanying CD.

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. It has been said that Paxton, like a good guitar, "he just gets better with age." Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 60's Greenwich Village scene, and continues to be a primary influence on today's "New Folk" performers. He has performed thousands of concerts around the world where fans still enjoy his work and is a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like "The Last Thing On My Mind," "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle Of Wine," "Whose Garden Was This?," "Goin' To The Zoo" and "The Marvelous Toy." Paxton's songbooks, critically acclaimed children's books, award-winning children's recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs, all serve to document Tom Paxton's 40-year career.

Ian and Paxton bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed.

This three-concert series is being jointly produced by MusicWorks in collaboration with Paris Productions, a regional public relations and advertising company. Tickets for these performances may be purchased either online at or by calling the Box Office at 772-778-5249. Series tickets range from $70 to $210 and single tickets are available from $20 to $75. (A $3/ticket Service Fee will be added to each ticket price.) VIP seating is available, including a "Meet-and-Greet" with the performers following each show.

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue. It 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. Ask about the new elevator to the second floor balcony and the seating for the physically challenged.

Ticket Information

For more information about events (or to purchase tickets), call 772.778.5249 or visit our online box office. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.



Upcoming Events

Date: Series: Appearing:
1/17/2015 CSS Gen. David Petraeus
1/24/2015 SE Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
1/29/2015 HUM Andy Hemmings, Archaeology (FREE)
2/8/2015 CSS Jack Abramoff
2/14/2015 SE Livingston Taylor in Concert
2/19/2015 HUM Sean Sexton, Cattleman (FREE)
2/28/2015 CSS Michio Kaku
3/14/2015 SE John Sebastian in Concert
3/19/2015 HUM Roger Smith, Florida in Revolution (FREE)
3/21/2015 CSS Lee Daniels
4/10/2015 SE Janis Ian & Tom Paxton in Concert
4/16/2015 HUM Rosalyn Howard, Black Seminoles (FREE)

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