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The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round.
Saturday, April 25
· The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders has been set for 3 p.m. ET in New York. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast on NBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
· The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 6 p.m. ET in Tampa Bay. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on CBC and TVA Sports.
· As previously announced, the starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks has been set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT in Chicago. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
· As previously announced, the starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames has been set for 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT in Calgary. In Canada, the game will be on CBC and TVA Sports. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN.
Sunday, April 26
· The starting time for the potential Game 6 of the series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, if necessary, has been set for 3 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. In the U.S., the game would be televised on NBC. Canadian television for this game would be announced at a later date.
Final Pier Selection Committee Meeting: Thursday, April 23
Apr 20 2015
The next Pier Selection Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, April 23rd. At 3:00 p.m. the committee will hear the three shortlisted design teams present answers to the committee's clarification questions and ask any follow up questions. This meeting is open to the public, however, there will be no public input at this time. The committee will then convene at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of conducting their deliberations and ranking the shortlisted design teams. The public will be allowed to give their input at this time. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.
Important Information About The Selection Process: The Selection process for the St. Petersburg's new pier follows the state's Competitive Consultant Negotiation Act (CCNA). Learn more. As part of the process, the mayor appointed a six-member Pier Selection Committee. The committee consists of a diverse, knowledgeable group of individuals, all St. Petersburg residents that have a vested interest in having a successful outcome for the building of the new St. Pete Pier. The Pier Selection Committee is evaluating each design based on a set of programmatic recommendations developed by the Pier Working Group following extensive public input in May, 2014. The process included a Request for Qualifications to Architectural and Engineering firms and a Technical Review of the submissions received. A non-binding Public Survey was conducted from February 23 to March 6 to provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on their preferences. With the goal of reaching a final recommendation of a design team to the Mayor and City Council, the Selection Committee is relying on criteria including qualifications of the design firms, the independent technical review of each concept, how well key elements/functions are addressed and public input. City Council must approve the Selection Committee's final ranking before contract negotiations can ensue. NEXT STEPS: April 23: 3:00 p.m. - Selection committee meeting Q&A with Design Teams 6:00 p.m. - Public Input & Ranking by Selection Committee May 7: Final Ranking to City Council for Approval
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Study the final three design concepts Make your opinions known to your City Council Members Continue to support the process established by Mayor Kriseman to select the best design for a new Pier to serve our community for decades to come Continue to visit the Pier website for updated timeline and information Visit www.newstpetepier.com
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (April 16, 2015) – – On Sunday April 26, freeFall invites young people ages 8-15 for an afternoon of imagination with Harvey!
The afternoon will begin with 2 hours of pre-show activities (with snacks!), followed by the 2pm matinee of Harvey. A workshop led by freeFall’s teaching artists Kelly Pekar and Timothy Saunders will round out the day as students explore character, movement, and creative play. The whole event will run from 12pm to 6pm.
Kelly Pekar is a New York City based actor, writer, and teaching artist. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kelly has enjoyed performing in the Tampa Bay area in Into the Woods, Bernarda Alba, and three years of A Christmas Carol at freeFall Theatre. Teaching at venues such as Yellow Springs High School, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Applause NYC, MaineStage Shakespeare and Ohio Lyric Theatre, her favorite directing credits include Honk Jr., Bye Bye Birdie, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. www.kellypekar.com
Timothy Saunders has been a theatremaker and educator for nearly 10 years, having previously taught classes at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Theater for Youth, Albertson College, and Florida State University (where he earned his M.A. in Theatre Studies in 2009). Tim has also been a successful stage manager, dramaturg, and props designer, having worked on several national and international tours. Tim joined that the freeFall design and technical team in 2014 with the production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He has continued designing props ever since, all the while secretly plotting the creation of an education program at freeFall.
Don’t miss this exciting first event in our freeFall Young Artist Series! Reserving a spot is only $50 and includes admission to the show, classes and snacks.
For more information and to reserve space in our new program visit www.freefalltheatre.com or call (727) 498-5205.
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PIANIST ELISE LEBEC COMBINES MELODIES AND IMPROVISATION ON HER NEW ALBUM
Apr 15 2015
Composer Elise Lebec says her new album, Heart Song, is about “seeing the dignity and honor in life. I composed the music from my heart and tried to capture the concept that life is a gift and a journey, both internal and external, full of adventures -- good, bad, beautiful, sad, uplifting and often incredibly heart-touching.”
The album centers around Lebec’s acoustic piano playing (some solo), but many of the tunes are augmented by other musicians including popular flugelhorn player Jeff Oster; cellists David Darling, George Chavez and Elizabeth Vandervennet; and drummer Michael Urbano. Lebec co-produced the recording with producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Journey, Papa Roach, Tesla, Huey Lewis).
More information on Elise Lebec is available at her website (eliselebec dot com). Her CDs and digital download tracks are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.
To further illustrate the musical journey of life, Lebec uses the analogy of sailing vessels and their voyages that dominated global travel for more than 500 years. The Heart Song album cover shows Lebec standing on a beach looking out to sea, and the inside artwork includes a picture of an old wooden sailing ship as well as ancient oceanic maps. “My studio where I most often compose is in the San Francisco Bay area and is on the second floor with a window that looks out at the bay where I can watch ships coming and going.”
Two tunes on the album directly relate to the era of sailing schooners -- “Pirates and Poets” (“Just like there are bad guys and good guys, life has its good moments and not so good ones.”) and “Ghost Ships” (“Scientists now explain them as an optical illusion called a ‘Fata Morgana’ where cold dense air just above the ocean’s surface bends light reflected from a distant object, but I would like to hear them say that to an ancient sailor.”). “Away Into the Horizon” captures the spirit of the next voyage, the next journey. Another piece explores the beauty, romance and wistfulness of “Moonlit Waters.”
But oceanic travels end with a return to shore, and Lebec also offers a musical tribute to the “Sacred Land” featuring an elder from a Guatemalan native tribe, OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González, speaking about respecting and blessing the earth, being grateful and honoring all of nature and life. The tune “A Break in the Clouds” represents a fresh chance to explore something new. “Following the Rain” musically portrays the growing process and nature’s way of rejuvenating. “Green Leaves” (a tip of the hat to the traditional “Greensleeves” which Lebec says is “one of the first songs I ever learned”) symbolizes springtime, rebirth, a new start.
The human element enters into much of the music. The track, “Heart Song,” is first played as a solo piano piece and then revisited with Grammy Award-winning cellist David Darling as “Heart Song avec Cello.” Heart Song also was chosen as the name of the album “because the heart is where we store everything precious to us, and even though no love is perfect, we still gather our deepest feelings, good and bad, and tuck them away in a special place so we can revisit them at appropriate times.” Other music ranges from the light-hearted (“Afternoon Kisses”) to deeply heartfelt (“It Was Always You,” which, according to Lebec, acknowledges “your go-to person, your soulmate or anyone who has been there for the long haul”). She says that “Silence” is her way of pointing out the importance of finding silent time, “clearing the clutter of the world away so you can hear your own thoughts,” and “in this piece I also concentrated on the silence and spaces between the notes.”
Elise was born and raised in San Diego, California, the daughter of “a hippie who sat on the lawn and played the guitar a lot.” Her father brought home a variety of new age and world music albums, and at night Elise would fall asleep wearing headphones and listening to artists such as George Winston, Enya, Loreena McKinnit and Andreas Vollenweider. Elise began “messing around on the piano” when she was only four. Self-taught, she played piano every day. “At first it was very personal because it was the only way I had to vent whatever was going on inside me.” As she got older, she learned pieces by Beethoven and Vivaldi, but also experimented with improvisation and stream of consciousness playing, and began exploring pop and rock music.
Lebec lived in New Zealand for two years and then in Australia where she began performing regularly. In Sydney she became a popular entertainer at both charity events and her own performance-art concerts (sometimes also including jugglers and fire-eaters). A Steinway Piano-sponsored artist in Australia, Lebec began her musical recording career under the name Tabitha. Her first album, Tabitha Lebec Plays Billich, was instrumental piano music composed to be enjoyed in conjunction with paintings by world-renowned artist Charles Billich.
Lebec expanded her musical ambitions when she moved to England where she began to sing professionally. She studied with top vocal coach Glenn Jones (who also has worked with Annie Lennox). Lebec co-founded the band Post Pop Federation with Level 42 keyboardist Mike Lindup and Roland Chadwick, and they performed concerts and released (through Warner Bros.) a CD titled PPF. As a solo artist, Lebec played at top clubs including The Kashmir Klub (with Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Richard Thompson in the audience), The Troubadour, Floyd’s and the Bartok Café. Lebec sang onstage with Kiki Dee, opened for Sheryl Crow and occasionally performed with Imogen Heap. In addition, Lebec wrote and recorded the song “Rainbow” with Colin Preston (producer for Samantha Mumba), and Lebec performed it on BBC-TV. She also performed several times with best-selling alternative-classical violinist Nigel Kennedy.
After returning to the United States, Lebec worked with producer/arranger Peter Bernstein (Elmer Bernstein’s son), singer/composer Pat Robinson (who has sung with The Textones, Dwight Twilley and Gene Clark), manager Joe Boyland (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Crowes), and Nashville songwriter Robert Johnson (Celine Dion). Her second CD, also using her alternate stage-name Tabitha Lebec, was a vocal album, Back to Innocence, featuring all original songs. She went on to record additional vocal material with Chris Boardman, a top arranger for Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and more than 200 films. During her career, Lebec has been inspired by a variety of musical artists including Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Natalie Merchant, Sara McLachlan, Dead Can Dance and, in recent years, by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Beth Orton.
Lebec released another solo piano album, Possible Dreams, that received extensive airplay and went Top 10 on the main international new age music airplay chart. She followed that with several singles -- “A Dance Through Trees,” “The Marriage” and “If You Can See Light.”
Lebec has additionally gotten heavily involved in the world of film music and regularly serves as the music supervisor, sound editor, sound designer or composer for independent films as well as corporate videos and advertising. She performed original songs for the soundtracks of the movies “Americanizing Shelly” and “The Campaign.” Lebec’s music has appeared in several documentaries -- primate activist Jane Goodall’s “From the Ground to the Cloud,” “The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimers Together,” “Stepping Into The Stream,” “Threads of Remorse” and “Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present.”
Elise has wide-ranging interests that often inspire her music. “I believe in peace, dreams, Mother Earth, love, evolving spirituality, angels, nurturing energy, alternative healing, and kindness and compassion,” she says. “I love nature, the arts, songwriting, children, rain, wildflowers, the sound of wind in trees, sunsets and sunrises, streams and waterfalls, poetry, and moon rituals. I want to see our environment cleaned up. I want people to think for themselves and do meaningful things. I want everyone to count their blessings.”
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PIANIST DAN KENNEDY PROVING TO BE ONE OF THE TOP NEW AGE MUSICIANS
Apr 15 2015
Pianist Dan Kennedy hopes that his music can help inspire people to reach their complete potential. “I named my latest recording Bloom Road,” he explains, “because life is a journey, like going down a road, and I had a vision of a person’s soul blooming and reaching its full expression.”
The cover of Bloom Road shows a long dirt road through a huge field of wildflowers with stormy rain clouds on the horizon, but also a rainbow emerging. The music on Bloom Road is a combination of some solo piano pieces along with ensemble tunes featuring wood flute and saxophone.
More information on Dan Kennedy is available at his website (dankennedy dot us). His three CDs -- Lantern, Intuition and Bloom Road -- (and digital download tracks from those recordings) are available at his website and at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.
Bloom Road features Kennedy, who has a Master of Music degree, on piano and keyboards. On a few tunes he is joined by several special guests -- saxophonist Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, B.B. King, James Brown, Little Walter and hundreds of other classic R&B acts), Native American wood flutist David Rose (who has recorded with Painted Raven, Mars Lasar and as a solo recording artist with an album that went to #1 on the One World Music Chart and won their Best Native American Flute Album Award), and bassist Greg Loughman (JoAnne Brackeen, Patti Page, Philip Aaberg, Mark Murphy).
Bloom Road begins with “Moonrise,” a duet between Rose on flute and Kennedy on synth (“to let people know right off there will be a variety of styles of music on the album”). Kennedy switches to solo piano for the slow multi-sectional “Prayer for Janet” (“a tune offering compassion and caring for a friend, and also a wish for healing”). “Sweet Rain” expands the sound to include piano, flute, bass, drums and various sounds including rain and thunder (“a joyful piece about rain after a drought, nourishing the bloom of a flower”).
What follows are three more solo piano numbers -- “Falling” (“a modern-classical, intensely-emotional piece about a person taking a big fall in life”), “Beautiful Day” (“a love song about a day of leisure and solace with someone you care about”), and “Dulcimer in C Minor” (“a continuation of a series of compositions I have been writing while imagining my piano as a dulcimer, from my time in London where I saw an elderly man dancing by the Thames River playing a dulcimer with complete abandon”). The beautiful melody of “A Moment” is centered around the piano part, but is supplemented with delicate synth strings and the deep richness of a cello (“this work is a tip of the hat to the Buddhist philosophy of being in the moment”).
The album’s title track includes a flute-piano duet, a couple of Neville sax solos, a solo piano section, synth strings and Far Eastern percussion. “Pop Top” captures the feel-good gospel sound of a hot R&B quartet (piano, sax, bass and a full drum kit). “Heaven” is a solo piano number featuring left and right hand counter-melodies (“A spiritual piece of longing and wondering”). The upbeat and highly rhythmic “Torrent” brings back the ensemble sound of piano, sax, bass, synth and drums (“I went for a sort of late Miles Davis fusion sound, noisy, like a downpour rain-storm or a raging stream”). The album ends with a vibrant solo piano rendition of the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons hit “Who Loves You.” Bloom Road was co-produced by Kennedy and industry veteran Warren Amerman who has produced and engineered hundreds of acts at his studio The Rotary Records.
Kennedy started his recording career with the EP Lantern which was produced by legendary acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman, a Grammy winner, founder of Windham Hill Records, and popular producer (Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges, George Winston, Liz Story, Scott Cossu, Philip Aaberg, Fiona Joy Hawkins, and numerous others). The CD was engineered by Grammy Award winner Corin Nelsen and included special guests percussionist Glen Velez, bassist T-Bone Wolk, and vocalists Noah Wilding and Samite. For that project Kennedy visited nearby Vermont to record in Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios. The recording climbed onto the main international airplay chart for this type of music. The composition “Dulcimer in G” was added to the Sirius-XM Satellite Radio “Spa” Channel where it has been in rotation for five years.
For the next album, Intuition, Kennedy traveled to Kakinoki Studio in Pennsylvania, this time with Corin Nelsen producing. The CD also featured English horn player Jill Haley, saxophonist Premik Russell Tubbs, guitarist David Cullen, percussionist Jeff Haynes and drummer Steve Holley. Intuition went Top 10 (#7) on the monthly international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart, stayed on the chart for five months and received airplay on 200 radio shows, stations and channels worldwide. The album also made several lists of Top 10 Albums of the Year including New Age Music World and Audiosyncracy. The recording went to #1 on the ReverbNation Instrumental Music Chart for four weeks. In addition, the tune “Moving On” was placed in the public service film “Not My Child” about teen drug abuse. The video for the tune “Could Be” was named the RNA New Age Video of the Month.
Kennedy lives in an 1860 farmhouse in Massachusetts, the state where he was born and raised. He fell in love with music as a child. “When I was very little my mom put on Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’ and that made an enormous impact on me -- the orchestral sound and the variety of musical colors that I could almost see.” Dan took piano lessons, eventually learning pieces by Bach and Debussy. “But I also was always inventing. Composing was very natural to me and I was fortunate to have teachers who were willing to listen to what I was coming up with and encourage me.”
In high school Kennedy began to play show tunes and pop music in addition to classical. He played at recitals and at school accompanying the choruses. He attended Oberlin Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. There he not only studied classical, but also jazz piano (“My favorite jazz pianist was McCoy Tyner”). Kennedy also played solo piano (including many of his own compositions) regularly at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse. “The Cat is one of my favorite musical memories, as they had a Steinway, and I played these three-hour sets to pretty tuned-in audiences.”
Kennedy moved to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory of Music where he obtained his Master of Music degree. “I had superb teachers there and took composition lessons from Michael Gandolfi, a highly respected composer who taught me a valuable lesson when he told me to write using my own voice and to block out every other voice or influence.” Kennedy started hearing music from the influential Windham Hill label in the late Eighties, artists such as George Winston and Scott Cossu. “I was surprised when I heard George Winston because his music already seemed familiar to me and his success in the marketplace was encouraging.” After college Kennedy also began performing more shows (35 concerts in 2014). He was the winner of the composition competition for the New England Conservatory Honors Woodwind Quintet in 2004, and he has earned numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
“I feel my music is based on pure emotions,” states Kennedy. “That’s what a composer does. He takes all of his experiences and feelings, and pours them into his music with the hope that the listener feels the emotional intensity and is affected by it. I really want the listener to get something out of the music whether it is peace, happiness, inspiration, serenity or soul-stirring change.”
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freeFall brings classic comedy HARVEY to the stage!
Apr 01 2015
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (March 31, 2015) – – freeFall Theatre Company in St. Petersburg will present Harvey directed by James Rayfield. Harvey will run April 11 – May 3, 2015. Performances are Thursday through Sunday. Talkbacks will be offered each Friday during the run (except first preview). Harvey is presented by Michael Miller and Robert Jenkins.
This Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama in 1945 is a treasure of the American theatre. Filled with sincerity, love, and hilarity, Harvey will sweep you away with its lovable protagonist, Elwood P. Dowd. Larry Alexander (Broadway’s Les Miserables and freeFall’s Cabaret and The Normal Heart) stars as the earnest and unfailingly affable Elwood, who spends his days in the company of his best friend Harvey, a six-foot three-and-one-half-inch tall white rabbit that only he seems to see. When her brother’s shenanigans interfere with his sister Veta’s designs on being a socialite, she has him committed to a sanitarium. But Elwood and his friend Harvey may yet have the last laugh in this most-loved of classic American comedies. Following the recent highly successful Broadway revival, Harvey still shimmers with lessons about friendship, familial love, and empathy.
The cast also features Richard Coppinger (E.J. Lofgren), Kelly Pekar (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Mimi Rice (Betty Chumley), Bonnie Agan (Veta Louise Simmons), Brian Shea (Duane Wilson), Cassandra Bissell (Myrtle Mae Simmons), Donna Donnelly (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet), John Lombardi (William R. Chumley M.D.), Glenn Gover (Judge Omar Gaffney) and Chris Jackson (Lyman Sanderson M.D.).
In addition to director, James Rayfield, the creative team includes Charles Murdock Lucas (scenic design), Eric Davis (costume design), Mike Wood (lighting design, Timothy Saunders (props master) and Susan Haldeman (wig design).
This delightful comedy is perfect for the whole family. Ticket prices range from $23 to $41. There are discounts for seniors, teachers, students and members of the military. Group rates and information can be obtained by contacting Matthew at 727-498-5205 X 7.
For more information and tickets visit www.freefalltheatre.com or call (727) 498-5205.
Matthew McGee Outreach/Marketing Director freeFall Theatre Company 727-498-5205 X 7