Music, dance and more on Tarpon Springs' schedule

Published September 17, 2006

Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center will present an eclectic mix of chamber music, folk music, community theater and opera and other works in the 2006-07 season. Highlights include folk singers Roy Bookbinder, Tom Rush and Rosalie Sorrels; Greek pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis; the Amernet String Quartet of Florida International University and the Moscow Boys Choir; a pair of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and even Wagner's Das Rheingold in a production by New Century Opera.

Among the returning favorites are the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, a song and dance troupe that is a perennial sellout; a revival of the original stage musical of The Wizard of Oz; Miami's Momentum Dance Company; and the Irish band Lunasa.

Kathleen Monahan, director of cultural and civic services for Tarpon Springs, is looking forward to Jean Paul Samputu and the Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda on Feb. 23. "Through drumming, dance and song, they try to bring attention to the political, economic and social issues of Rwanda," she said. "Jean Paul is one of the most prominent performers in Africa."

For a brochure, call (727) 942-5605. Here's the schedule:


Saturday: Chris Norman Ensemble; Sept. 30: Maria Zouves, soprano; Oct. 1: Red Grammer; Oct. 6-7: People's Property; Oct. 8: Amernet String Quartet; Oct. 11-15: Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Ruddigore; Oct. 20: Rosalie Sorrels; Oct. 22: Thomas Jefferson; Oct. 28: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

Nov. 3-19: Fiddler on the Roof; Nov. 16: David Burgess, guitar; Nov. 30: Alberto Mizrahi, tenor; Dec. 1-10: The Wiser Magi; Dec. 2: John and Mary K. Wilson, Amahl and the Night Visitors; Dec. 14: Moscow Boys Choir; Dec. 8-17: 1940s Radio Hour; Dec. 21: Deck the Halls with Divas.

Jan. 3-4: Tamburitzans; Jan. 7: Joseph Schwartz, piano; Jan. 11-12: Wizard of Oz; Jan. 13: Nikitov; Jan. 19: Roger Chase, viola, and Michiko Otaki, piano; Jan. 20: Siempre Flamenco; Jan. 26: Momentum Dance Company; Jan. 27: Lewis Demetrius Alvanis, piano; Feb. 1: Hot Club of San Francisco; Feb. 3: Lovell Sisters Band; Feb. 9: Eugene Friesen, cello; Feb. 11: Tweaksters; Feb. 16: Roy Bookbinder; Feb. 17: Justin Kolb, piano; Feb. 23: Jean Paul Samputu and the Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda.

March 3: Brothers Four; March 9: Georgia Guitar Quartet; March 11: Michael Cooper, mime and visual artist; March 15: Graffe String Quartet; March 16-25: Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Utopia Ltd.; March 23: Tom Rush; March 30: Lunasa; April 15: David Walburn; April 20-29: New Century Opera, Wagner's Das Rheingold.

- JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic