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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


 


"TEA FOR THREE" REVEALS INSIGHTS FROM FORMER FIRST LADIES.
AN AAUW BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
Sat., January 24, 2015
One performance, 7:00 PM




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 are $25 to $30 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.

 



LIVINGSTON TAYLOR SHARES HIT FROM DIVERSE REPERTOIRE.
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
One performance, 7:00 PM

 



Spend Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14 at 7 p.m., with folksinger Livingston “Liv” Taylor. 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. Livingston’s fourteenth album, Last Alaska Moon, is out now.


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

Individual tickets are available from $20 to $60 (VIP includes preferred seating and post-concert "Meet-and-Greet"). 3-show series tickets range from $75 to $210 (VIP). (A $3/ticket Service Fee will be added to each ticket price.) This concert is presented by MusicWorks in collaboration with Paris Productions. Call our Box Office at 772.778.5249 or order online.

 


 


THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL'S JOHN SEBASTIAN SERVES UP FINE MUSIC.
Sat, March 14, 2015
One performance, 7:00 PM

 

John Sebastian is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and autoharpist and is the second of three concerts, coming to the stage on Saturday evening, March 14 at 7 p.m. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin' 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.
 

Individual tickets are available from $20 to $75 (VIP includes preferred seating and post-concert "Meet-and-Greet"). 3-show series tickets range from $75 to $210 (VIP). (A $3/ticket Service Fee will be added to each ticket price.) This concert is presented by MusicWorks in collaboration with Paris Productions. Call our Box Office at 772.778.5249 or order online.

 

 



 


JANIS IAN & TOM PAXTON, LIVE AND IN CONCERT.
Fri., April 10, 2015
One performance,
7:00 PM


 

On Friday evening, April 10 at 7 p.m., two musical greats, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, will perform at The Emerson Center. 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. The 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.

Individual tickets are available from $30 to $75 (VIP includes preferred seating and post-concert "Meet-and-Greet"). 3-show series tickets range from $75 to $210 (VIP). (A $3/ticket Service Fee will be added to each ticket price.) This concert is presented by MusicWorks in collaboration with Paris Productions. Call our Box Office at 772.778.5249 or order online.

 


 

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


Henry
"The Fonz"
Winkler,
Actor


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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