Songs from early 20th-century America, soprano duets in the afternoon and a mashup of beer, barbecue and Beethoven will headline Howey Mansion Music Series’ 2021-22 season. Fans also can look forward to holiday and traditional jazz with an internationally known singer, a soul-stirring blues band session and local music superstars breaking down jazz favorites.
On Nov. 10, Thomas Meglioranza, described as “one of America’s finest young baritones,” will sing a collection of American folk tunes from 100 years ago, accompanied by pianist Reiko Uchida.
“It’s shaping up to be a very audience friendly, popular, parlor-style songs by Charles Ives and other composers, plus a 10-minute set of songs by Ruth Crawford Seeger, which are modern-sounding but very cool,” Megliorana said. “I’ll definitely plan to talk about the pieces from the stage to help make everything as engaging as possible.”
Meglioranza has won international singing competitions, performed in contemporary operas and been a soloist with leading American orchestras. The concert is at 7 p.m. in The Howey Mansion’s Great Hall.
Sopranos Arisa Kusumi Sullivan and Gina Graziadio, accompanied by Lynn Peghiny on piano, will get the 2021-22 season started in style with a pre-season concert at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 in The Howey Mansion Great Hall. Selections will include classical art songs, opera arias and duets by Mozart, Offenbach, Duparc, Marx, Puccini and more.
Greta Pope & Band will perform a selection of jazz and holiday favorites at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 on the lawn of The Howey Mansion. Pope is an award-winning, international entertainer whose musical styles range from jazz to Broadway and rhythm and blues. The daughter-in-law of Duke Ellington vocalist Kay Davis, Pope has developed a one-woman show “Duke Ellington … The Man … The Music … The Legend!”
Classic blues will headline the concert by The Grimes Alley Blues Band at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 on The Howey Mansion lawn. Brothers Tom and Patrick Grimes are joined on stage by Tom’s wife, Teri Grimes, with Jeff Thomas on drums and Dev Zebra on bass. The group has opened concerts for Sister Hazel, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Pat Travers Band.
American classical pianist Sean Kennard will play a 7 p.m. March 23 show — “Beethoven, Brew and BBQ.” Kennard, an assistant professor of piano at Stetson University, has won top prizes in international music competitions and performed with orchestras around the world. Get comfy in your jeans and enjoy a food-truck dinner of barbecue and free beer before the concert.
The fabulous Chuck Archard Jazz Quartet and guests will present “Something for Everyone — A Jazz Mashup” at 4 p.m. April 24 on The Howey Mansion lawn. Archard, an artist-in-residence at Rollins College, is an accomplished bass guitarist, composer and educator. His work has been featured on major TV and cable networks and in movies.