Parlor Series: Finding the Fountain of Youth in Florida
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Parlor Series: Finding the Fountain of Youth in Florida

From Conquistadors to consumptives, visitors have flocked to Florida seeking renewal and restoration. Casa Feliz Board member and author Rick Kilby demonstrates how the legend of the Fountain of Youth has influenced Florida culture for centuries and how the myth still resonates in the state we live in today.

The theme of the Parlor Series this year is CREATING PARADISE: THREE PERSPECTIVES ON FLORIDA HISTORY.
The founders of Winter Park sought to create a Gilded Age utopia, but that vision was not unique to the Sunshine State. This Parlor Series will examine the ways Florida was developed by both visionaries and opportunists who sought to create special places in the sun and perhaps make a profit. 

The Casa Parlor Series is a sequence of lectures and performances and owes its name to the house's historic reputation as "Winter Park's Parlor." 

• Free admission, donations are welcomed.
• Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin at 7 p.m. followed by questions and discussion. Limit is 75 attendees per program.
• To reserve your spot, call 407-628-8200 or email rsvp@casafeliz.us

Hosted by Casa Feliz board members Richard Reep and Rick Kilby.

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Music at the Casa presents Luis Alfredo Garcia
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Luis Alfredo Garcia

Luis Alfredo Garcia is a classical guitarist with formal training at the Conservatory of Musica of Puerto Rico, and the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Luis has also been fortunate to receive flamenco guitar lessons from world renowned Spanish (Andalusian) flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. Luis Alfredo has been performing and entertaining in Central Florida for nearly 20 years. He offers great Classical, Flamenco/Spanish, Latin and Jazz Guitar Music Entertainment for Orlando and all of Central Florida. His music selection is sophisticated, colorful, and passionate - excellent for any occasion. 

Luis is available as a solo classical and/or flamenco guitarist - great for wedding ceremonies, formal banquets, intimate/romantic dinners and serenades. Basically any event that a sophisticated and luxurious musical ambiance is desired. If you are looking for a more upbeat, high energy, fun and "show-off" guitar music, Luis Alfredo incorporates electronic drums/bass tracks into his music to create a band-like or "one-man-band" music show. He has developed a unique sound of Latin-Jazz, and Flamenco fusion - it can be simply described as "smooth jazz on caffeine".

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Music at the Casa presents Shirley Wang
Feb
18
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Shirley Wang

This is the season of love, and the Weekend of Arts for the City of Winter Park. Regardless of what is going on in your life, good music and glowing friendships always warm the hearts and brighten the spirits!

This year, we are celebrating at the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum at the heart of Winter Park, FL with vocal solos, piano solos and piano four hands. Our Piano-4 Hand selections include Mozart’s Sonata in D K. 381, Medley from Don Giovanni, Schubert’s Military Marches, Carman Suites, Jamaican Rumba, Kittens on Keys, Maple Leaf Rag and Chopsticks Tango Fantastico! Vocal Solos featuring beloved arias, art songs, Gershwin and musical theater numbers alongside lovely piano solos by Gershwin and Chopin. This is an open-house presentation, and family friendly.

Simple Gifts Music Ensemble will present classical vocal solos by award winning classical vocalist Shirley Wang, piano solos by Donna Topp, piano four-hands by both Ms. Wang and Mrs. Topp, and featuring pianist/organist Judy Brown on these beautiful Mozart vocal solos.

We have a very special treat, presenting local artist Antonia (Toni) Treverton demonstrating live sketches during the concert. Panama born artist Toni Treverton current holds her studio in Florida, and you can see some her work at www.trevertonportraitartist.com

You won't want to miss the Weekend of Arts at Casa Feliz. A most stunning Valentines experience! 

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Music at the Casa presents Anthology Quartet
Feb
11
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Anthology Quartet

Anthology String Quartet is a professional musical ensemble based in Orlando. They are a unique quartet incorporating bass, guitar and vocals into the traditional string quartet. The blending and versatility of instruments allows them to tap into various genres with a twist on the traditional string quartet.

Audiences enjoy a wide variety of repertoire including classical and chart topping music of every genre. The musicians of Anthology pursue a high level of excellence and create a fun atmosphere in all of their performances.

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Music at the Casa presents Victoria Schultz
Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Victoria Schultz

Victoria has performed throughout Florida as a professional harpist and pianist for over 25 years for concerts and special events, including weddings and corporate receptions.

Currently Victoria performs at  Walt Disney World, and has been a featured entertainer for shows at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Cypress Gardens. She recently toured throughout China as the harpist and pianist with the Mantovani Orchestra. Victoria has shared the stage with such artists as Celtic Woman, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis and Connie Francis.  A Celtic harp specialist, she toured as featured soloist with the Grammy Award Winning Irish Band “The Chieftains.”  

Recordings of Victoria have been distributed internationally by Madacy Records, through Avon and Coty, Barnes and Noble, Target and other venues. A National First Place winner in the Encore Productions Talent Competition, she has received numerous awards for performance and composition, including FFMC State Young Artist and Parade of American Music Awards. 

Her recording of original music “Celtic Crossings” inspired a Five-Star Review from the Renaissance Magazine.

Victoria received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC, a Master of Music Degree from Drake University with studies in piano, voice and composition, and special studies in harp.

For more information please contact:

http://www.piano-harp-voice.com

victoria@victoriaschultz.com

407-579-6854

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Music at the Casa presents Rev. Shawn Garvey
Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Rev. Shawn Garvey

Rev. Garvey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Long Island University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School.  Rev. Garvey has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 2001, and before coming to FCCWP he served churches in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  He is married to his wife Kathy, and they have two boys, Ryan and Cooper.

An avid musician, singer and songwriter, Rev. Garvey has led retreats, conferences, and acted as a consultant on Alternative Worship to local churches.  He has composed original music for Annual Meeting Worship services as well as composed, arranged, produced and performed on 3 albums of original material. 

He has performed with Livingston Taylor, Mary Fahl, Rick Elias, has opened for Marshall Crenshaw, and performed an annual John Denver Tribute concert with Denver’s former lead guitar player Steve Weisberg who played on 7 of Denver’s 9 platinum albums.

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CASA FELIZ PARLOR SERIES: Rollins College Centennial History: A Story of Perseverance (1885-1985)
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

CASA FELIZ PARLOR SERIES: Rollins College Centennial History: A Story of Perseverance (1885-1985)

Rollins College Professor Emeritus Jack Lane will discuss Rollins College Centennial History: A Story of Perseverance (1885-1985), a book that tells the inspiring story of Rollins' history - from its beginnings as a little college on a sparsely settled Florida frontier to its heralded status today.

Free admission, please RSVP by email rsvp@casafeliz.us or call 407-628-8200.
656 N. Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
casafeliz.us

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Music at the Casa presents Matt Festa
Jan
21
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Matt Festa

Originally from Buffalo, NY and living in Orlando since '94...I cut my musical eye teeth around the likes of Bobby Millitello (Dave Brubeck), Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra) and many more awesome sax players! Inspired early on in Central Florida by Paul Howards, I decided to pursue my dream of music and now I am an accomplished Saxophone player and band leader! My band Cornucopia has played for Sea World New Years Eve '07, Harbor Nights (Portofino event), City of Apopka Jazz Festival, Uptown Altamonte on a regular basis and more. I do a solo act with a mix of pop, blues and Jazz and work regularly with 3 different female vocalist to bring an energetic vibe to any music venue or party! I also am "jazz" at Universal Studios Blues Brothers show. I love people and hope to meet you soon!

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Music at the Casa presents Paint it Black Quartet with Shannon Caine
Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Paint it Black Quartet with Shannon Caine

Classical Musicians that Rock! Aerosmith-Zeppelin & Bach-Beatles create unique, elegant, and lively soundtrack for any event. Elegant music played in an exceptional way. Classical Quartet is the core of this group with Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello and adding Keyboard/Piano, Double Bass, Electric Guitar Soloist for full stage presentation. Classical look, cutting edge music established in 2000 and presented by Beautiful Music. For Booking Information contact Shannon@beautifulmusic.cc. Award winning music since 1989.

Performing for years,  produced hundreds of the unique requests that has led to our custom book of music - that is like no other in town. We play classical, modern and more.  This music collection has caught fire. At the most recent wedding - the guests started to sing the songs and clap with us, it was very compelling! and so much Fun!

 

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Music at the Casa presents Christine MacPhail
Jan
7
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Christine MacPhail

Christine has been a professional harpist in Central Florida for 20 years, providing harp music for thousands of social and corporate events.

She currently performs as a harp player for
wedding ceremonies, receptions, grand openings, and other special events at hotels, country clubs, gardens, restaurants, and private homes throughout Orlando and Central Florida.

Harpists add an elegant touch to any occasion.

Christine is a preferred vendor at many locations, including:
Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Leu Gardens, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Casa Feliz, Buena Vista Palace, Wyndham Orlando, Celebration Hotel, Omni ChampionsGate, Rosen Plaza, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne and many others.

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Music at the Casa presents Alborea Dances
Dec
17
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Alborea Dances

Alborea Dances is a multicultural Entertainment Dance Company, created and directed by Jenny and Ernesto Caballero, who have been dedicated to the world of dance for more than 20 years. They have combined their experiences as dance educators, performers, choreographers and events coordinators, to present dances from Spain, Bolivia and Middle Eastern countries. After many years of performing in International festivals and important venues around South America, Europe and the United States, life brought them to Florida to delight their audiences on the stages of Universal Studios, Sea World, Walt Disney World, Resorts, Hotels and Conventions. Also, they have been featured on The Travel Channel's Great Hotels Series and Orange County TV's "Central Florida's World of Dance" series.

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Music at the Casa presents "A Classern Christmas"
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents "A Classern Christmas"

Get in the holiday spirit with Classern Quartet as they present “A Classern Christmas”.   Enjoy all the classic Christmas carols that we all grew up loving as well as modern Christmas songs that have become standard during the holidays.  All Classern performances must include some of our recent pop arrangements so stay to the end to hear our covers from Imagine Dragons, Kesha, Taylor Swift and many more from your favorite artists.

Our Philosophy

The Classern String Quartet combines the Classic elegance of a string quartet with a modern twist by performing pop and rock melodies from yesterday and today.

The Classern Quartet is perfect for anyone looking for something different at their event; modern, but yet Classic at the same time.

We specialize in rock and pop, but of course we know all the Classics. The Classern Quartet is perfect for weddings but we play at all major events including corporate functions, birthdays, and anniversaries. Each member of the Quartet is a college educated, Classically trained musician that have performed in major symphonies and events throughout Florida. We have a large repertoire of music and perform anything from Bach to the Beatles, Lady Gaga , the Black Eyed Peas and everything in between. If you are looking for a unique alternative string quartet we would love to perform at your special event and make it unforgettable.

 

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CHRISTMAS AT THE CASA
Dec
6
4:00 PM16:00

CHRISTMAS AT THE CASA

Santa's Workshop by Miller's Hardware
Photos with Santa by Art Faulkner
Holiday Decor by Lee Forrest
Coffee Bar by Foxtail Coffee Company

Cookies and Milk
Carolers by WPHS Belle Chanson
Holiday Crafts
Give-A-Ways
Fun for the whole Family

Generously underwritten by:
Commerce National Bank and Trust

 

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Music at the Casa presents Holly Sahmel & Friends
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Holly Sahmel & Friends

Local singer and music educator Holly Sahmel is excited to be back at the Casa, having previously been featured alongside local jazz musician Joshua Glenn Wilson, as well as  Belles & Bows, an all-female a cappella quartet. Holly will be joined by a number of passionately gifted female colleagues and friends to sing, play and pay tribute to some of the most influential female artists of yesteryear, whom continue to inspire and shape the lives of countless artists today.

Ms. Sahmel currently enjoys teaching private voice, as well as piano, through several studios in Central Florida. She holds a B.A. in Voice from the University of South Florida, and stays active as an adjudicator for the Florida Vocal Association’s Solo & Ensemble festivals. Holly has also had the pleasure of working with several Osceola County choir programs as a private teacher, judge and clinician. Recently, she joined Central Florida Community Arts’ professional vocal ensemble, Legacy!, and was a featured soloist in CFCArts’ most recent show,  A Night on the Red Carpet. Holly serves as secretary for Central Florida Vocal Arts, and has performed several times with the same organization, in original-concept shows which featured a fusion of musical theatre and opera; moreover, she will return to teach at this year’s CFLVA’s Summer Institutes for aspiring, young performing artists. Seasonally, Holly sings with Belles & Bows, an a cappella quartet, and serves as lead vocalist for Trinity Lutheran Downtown.

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Music at the Casa presents Catherine Way
Nov
26
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Catherine Way

Catherine Way has been a professional Harpist for over 25 years.  Prior to moving to Orlando from Chicago in 1998, she performed for a Broadway-bound show tour from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the Broadway stage in NYC. 

In Orlando she has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony, Orlando Symphony, and EPCOT Candlelight Orchestra. 

Catherine has performed for special events for Disney ~ including Disney Dream Weddings ~ SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and solo concerts at The Villages.  She performs with choral & instrumental groups for public schools, college and community church concerts.  Catherine also teaches private Harp lessons and plays for public and private special events & weddings throughout the Central Florida region.

Catherine’s company, HarpStrings Inc, provides solo Harp & Ensemble music.  

Harpist Catherine Way ~ HarpStrings, Inc

Phone:  407 672-1139

Email:  cway@HarpStringsInc.com

Website:  www.HarpStringsInc.com

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Music at the Casa presents the Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents the Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet

Formed in 2012, the Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet has performed at local music festivals and at Universities throughout Central and South Florida.

Founding member and baritone saxophonist Brian Smithers, has been a fixture on the Central Florida music scene for nearly three decades. During much of that time, he performed in and conducted the Walt Disney World Band, He has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, Sarasota, and Brevard Symphony Orchestras.  An in-demand recording engineer and author of several books on the subject, he is Program Director of the Audio Production degree program at Full Sail University.

Founding member and alto saxophonist George Weremchuk, has been Professor of Saxophone at the University of Central Florida since 1998. He has performed and recorded with such diverse groups as the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra. 

He regularly performs with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. He performed throughout Europe with the international touring company of "Duke Ellington's 'Sophisticated Ladies'". 

Soprano saxophonist Timothy Rosenberg is the Instructor of Saxophone at Bethune-Cookman University and Course Director at Full Sail University. He has performed with the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Cayuga Saxophone Quartet, the Hyperbaton Ensemble, and the H2 Quartet. Timothy is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer with several recording credits. Timothy earned his DMA and Master's Degree from Michigan State University. His Bachelor’s degree is from Ithaca College. 

Tenor saxophonist Jeremy Williamson is currently the Director of Bands at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo, Florida. He also assists in the planning and teaching of the Summer Stetson University Saxophone Workshop.  Mr. Williamson has degrees from Stetson University and Northwestern University, and was a finalist in the Coleman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. Mr. Williamson's previous teaching positions include Seminole State College, Daytona State College, Stetson University Community School of the Arts and Heritage Middle School.

 

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PARLOR SERIES: UNDERPINNINGS OF GOOD DESIGN
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

PARLOR SERIES: UNDERPINNINGS OF GOOD DESIGN

The final Parlor Talk will show how good design does not exist in a vacuum, but is the product of good government. Winter Park City Architect Brooks Weiss AIA will provide the city’s vision for its future. The economics of government, and how it influences design, will be shared by David Hardison from Orange County government.

The Casa Parlor Series is a sequence of lectures and performances and owes its name to the house's historic reputation as "Winter Park's Parlor." Sponsors include Wakefield Beasley Associates, a design firm based in Orlando, and Cónaithe, an art and design consultancy firm. The American Institute of Architects and Rollins College support the educational programming provided by this event.

• Free admission, donations are welcomed.

• Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin at 7 p.m. followed by questions and discussion. Limit is 75 attendees per program.

• To reserve your spot, call 407-628-8200 or email rsvp@casafeliz.us

Hosted by Casa Feliz board members Richard Reep and Rick Kilby.

 

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Music at the Casa presents Paint it Black Quartet
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Paint it Black Quartet

Classical Musicians that Rock! Aerosmith-Zeppelin & Bach-Beatles create unique, elegant, and lively soundtrack for any event. Elegant music played in an exceptional way. Classical Quartet is the core of this group with Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello and adding Keyboard/Piano, Double Bass, Electric Guitar Soloist for full stage presentation. Classical look, cutting edge music established in 2000 and presented by Beautiful Music. For Booking Information contact Shannon@beautifulmusic.cc. Award winning music since 1989 and the Casa Feliz - Happy House Grand Opening.

Performing for years,  produced hundreds of the unique requests that has led to our custom book of music - that is like no other in town. We play classical, modern and more.  This music collection has caught fire. At the most recent wedding - the guests started to sing the songs and clap with us, it was very compelling! and so much Fun!

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Music at the Casa presents George Grosman
Nov
5
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents George Grosman

guitarist – vocalist - composer

Born in Prague, the city of a hundred spires, fabulous gothic architecture and smoky jazz clubs, George has resided and played music on three continents, specifically in the U.S., Canada, Iceland, the UK, Israel and the Czech Republic. Educated at the Guildhall School of Music in London - where he often jammed with past and current Sting guitarist, Dominic Miller - and the University of Essex, George played with the Middle East Blues Band in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the chart topping group Kandis in Reykjavik, Iceland and has now been performing as a solo artist and with various bands in Toronto, Canada for the last couple of decades. He has recently relocated to Orlando and is now active on the Central Florida music scene. His 2010 CD “Europa”, recorded with his band, Bohemian Swing, has received wide airplay in Canada on the CBC and Toronto’s Jazz FM, as well as on some European radio station. The music on the CD is almost all original material and in a style close to George’s heart: a heady mix of jazz, French “chanson” and the intriguing harmonies of Gypsy Jazz. George and Bohemian Swing have recently played the Toronto International Jazz Festival, as well as countless other festivals and venues in Canada and the U.S.

In June 2012, George had the honor and the privilege to share the stage with jazz guitar legend, Larry Coryell. They performed one of George’s originals “Bohemian Blues” together.

George is currently working on two projects: an album of original jazz ballads and a tribute album to the late great New Orleans soprano saxophonist, Sidney Bechet. 

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Music at the Casa presents Classern Quartet
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Classern Quartet

Please join us for an Open House free event at the historic home Casa Feliz as we perform all your favorite Halloween Hits. Enjoy modern Halloween inspired hits from Psycho, Ghostbusters, Nightmare Before Christmas and enjoy Classical selections like Danse Macabre, In The Hall Of The Mountain King and many more...It wouldn't be a Classern performance without some of our latest modern hits so stay to the end to hear our arrangements from Taylor Swift, Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran and more!

Our Philosophy

The Classern String Quartet combines the Classic elegance of a string quartet with a modern twist by performing pop and rock melodies from yesterday and today.

The Classern Quartet is perfect for anyone looking for something different at their event; modern, but yet Classic at the same time.

We specialize in rock and pop, but of course we know all the Classics. The Classern Quartet is perfect for weddings but we play at all major events including corporate functions, birthdays, and anniversaries. Each member of the Quartet is a college educated, Classically trained musician that have performed in major symphonies and events throughout Florida. We have a large repertoire of music and perform anything from Bach to the Beatles, Lady Gaga , the Black Eyed Peas and everything in between. If you are looking for a unique alternative string quartet we would love to perform at your special event and make it unforgettable.

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Music at the Casa presents Aleksandra Vargas, Carrie Wiesinger & Eladio Scharron
Oct
22
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Aleksandra Vargas, Carrie Wiesinger & Eladio Scharron

Aleksandra Vargas, mezzosoprano, accompanied by flutist Carrie Wiesinger and guitarist Eladio Scharrón will be performing a repertoire of Spanish and Latin-American works at Casa Feliz..

Aleksandra Vargas is a native New Yorker of Russian and Dominican parentage.  Aleksandra is a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, she received her bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase and a master’s degree in music from Florida State University. She has participated in several international summer music programs in France, Germany and Austria.  As an affiliated artist, Aleksandra has performed numerous operatic roles with the Orlando Opera Company and St. Petersburg Opera such as Cherubino from “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and“Frou -Frou” from the “Merry Widow”.  She performed the role of Lilly in the Mad Cow theater’s production of “Pogy and Bess”.  In 2011, Aleksandra was a featured soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland in Season of Magic.   In 2016 Aleksandra became the winner of Russian Grand Voice Miami.  Currently Aleksandra resides in Orlando, Fl where she performs with Penguin Entertainment at Universal Citywalk, and tours with Rosstyn Ice shows.  Aleksandra also teaches at Valencia college and maintains a private voice studio.As of January 2017 Aleksandra Vargas together with Oksana Rossano are excited to announce the opening of Aleksandra Vargas & Co., an entertainment company specializing in classical music entertainment.  Services offered are entertainment for the following events;    * Fundraising Events* Concerts* Shows* Weddings* Anniversaries & special occasions* Church / mass soloist* Holiday performance* Restaurant entertainment* Corporate events

Carrie Wiesinger is an international performing and recording artist. Ms. Wiesinger is the Principal Flutist with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, which tours extensively throughout the United States, China and Japan. Ms. Wiesinger holds the position of Second Flute with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. She performs with many chamber ensembles throughout the US and is a regular performer at the International Guitar Festival of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.

Eladio Scharron was born in Puerto Rico into a family of well-respected musicians. His education background includes a BA in music from the University of Puerto Rico with guitar studies with Ernesto Cordero, at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France where he studied with Alberto Ponce, and Eastman School of Music's Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer's Certificate with Nicholas Goluses as his mentor. Eladio is founder and musical director of the International Guitar Festival of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico that started in 2012, and teaches classical guitar at the University of Central Florida in Orlando since 1998.

 

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PARLOR SERIES: A DESIGN HISTORY OF WINTER PARK
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

PARLOR SERIES: A DESIGN HISTORY OF WINTER PARK

Dr. Bruce Stephenson, who recently published the biography of gifted planner John Nolen, will share planning insights into Winter Park’s place in Florida’s history. Richard Reep will present a Design History of Winter Park, and show how the effects of many decisions over time created the city that we know today.

The Casa Parlor Series is a sequence of lectures and performances and owes its name to the house's historic reputation as "Winter Park's Parlor." Sponsors include Wakefield Beasley Associates, a design firm based in Orlando, and Cónaithe, an art and design consultancy firm. The American Institute of Architects and Rollins College support the educational programming provided by this event.

• Free admission, donations are welcomed.

• Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin at 7 p.m. followed by questions and discussion. Limit is 75 attendees per program.

• To reserve your spot, call 407-628-8200 or email rsvp@casafeliz.us

Upcoming Parlor Series events includes:

November 14 presents how good design does not exist in a vacuum, but is the product of good government. City of Winter Park Architect Brooks Weiss will provide the city’s vision for its future.  The economics of government, and how it influences design, will be shared by Orange County Budget Administrator David Hardison.

Hosted by Casa Feliz board members Richard Reep and Rick Kilby.

 

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MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH LUIS GARCIA
Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH LUIS GARCIA

Luis Alfredo Garcia is a classical guitarist with formal training at the Conservatory of Musica of Puerto Rico, and the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Luis has also been fortunate to receive flamenco guitar lessons from world renowned Spanish (Andalusian) flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. Luis Alfredo has been performing and entertaining in Central Florida for nearly 20 years. He offers great Classical, Flamenco/Spanish, Latin and Jazz Guitar Music Entertainment for Orlando and all of Central Florida. His music selection is sophisticated, colorful, and passionate - excellent for any occasion. 

Luis is available as a solo classical and/or flamenco guitarist - great for wedding ceremonies, formal banquets, intimate/romantic dinners and serenades. Basically any event that a sophisticated and luxurious musical ambiance is desired. If you are looking for a more upbeat, high energy, fun and "show-off" guitar music, Luis Alfredo incorporates electronic drums/bass tracks into his music to create a band-like or "one-man-band" music show. He has developed a unique sound of Latin-Jazz, and Flamenco fusion - it can be simply described as "smooth jazz on caffeine".

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MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH JORGE MENDOZA
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH JORGE MENDOZA

I was born in the city of Las tunas, Cuba. I arrived in the US at 4 years of age. My musical interest began when I visited Cuba again and saw my nephew, a professional guitarist playing. I instantly picked up the instrument and fell in love with the world of music. My nephew introduced me to the world famous guitarist Paco de Lucia, and thus began my journey in flamenco music.

I was primarily self taught excluding 2 lessons that I took with flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. However, I always kept my heritage present and constantly indulge in Latin music. I seek to bring the best of the both worlds and congregate both Latin music with flamenco music as well hints of jazz and blues.

I began performing at the age of 16 across many restaurants and venues at Disney and between all those gigs, I met other musicians much older who have provided a clear pathway in order to transform my self taught virtues into traditional concepts and methods. 

I am currently performing at the the Four Seasons resort every Wednesday and Thursday and occasionally at weddings or private parties. I aim to provide my audience with a glance at my beautiful Cuba while blending the much loved Flamenco style music.

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MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH USA DANCE
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH USA DANCE

Dancers from the Orlando Chapter of USA Dance will celebrate HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH by performing :Latin dances like Salsa, Bachata, ChaCha, Merengue, Rumba, Bolero, Tango, Samba, Latin Hustle, and more; plus interactive mini-lessons. 

The Orlando Chapter of USA Dance is an all-volunteer non-profit organization to promote Ballroom Dancing and its social, physical, and health benefits. We define "Ballroom Dancing" to include all the partner, lead-and-follow dances (Smooth, Latin, Swing, and Country). USA Dance has 150 chapters and 12,000 members around the country.  The Orlando Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters, serving Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties.
    Our activities include: 

(1) Monthly ballroom dance parties 

(2) Outreach dance exhibitions for the community, at schools, malls, senior centers, festivals, nursing homes, non-profit organizations' fundraisers, etc. 

(3) Financial aid to youth dancers and school dance groups. 

(4) Low-cost all-amateur dance competitions. 

(5) Bimonthly Orlando-area dance newsletter. 

(6) Fund-raising dance events to benefit charities/non-profit orgs. 

(7) Co-sponsor with City of Alt Springs, of Ballroom Dance Classes for Special Needs population (Autistic spectrum, Down Syndrome, etc.). 

(8) Co-sponsor with Lighthouse of Central FL, of ballroom dance classes for visually-impaired population in Orlando. 

(9) Co-sponsor with Get Active Orlando, of ballroom dance classes for disadvantaged youth in Orlando. (10) Sponsor of ballroom dance classes for early-onset Alzheimer's patients 

(11) Provider of information (an unbiased information resource) about where to dance, dance studios and instructors and group lessons, and special dance events. 

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MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH OMAR MIGUEL
Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

MUSIC AT THE CASA: CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH OMAR MIGUEL

Omar Miguel aka "El nino de la isla", (The boy from the island), was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Omar studied Flamenco and Classical Guitar with world renown guitar artists like, Juan Serrano, Omar Blanco, Paco Pena and Juan Diego Mateos.

Omar Miguel has composed many pieces for the guitar and has performed for numerous restaurants, events and hotels including The Gaylord Palms, The Latin Quarter at Universal Studios, EPCOT, Disney World The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, and has toured the American gypsies flamenco dance tour in 2006; he has also performed with Raquel Tacon and her flamenco dance company.

Omar Miguel is also the founder of the flamenco fusion group Fusion Gitana at ceviche tapas bar and grill in Orlando from 2008 to 2012.

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PARLOR SERIES: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

PARLOR SERIES: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Two speakers will share the impact of design on community, memory, and character. A global perspective on design by Stephen Withers AIA will be contrasted with Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique contributions to American architecture by master storyteller Tim Totten.

The Casa Parlor Series is a sequence of lectures and performances and owes its name to the house's historic reputation as "Winter Park's Parlor." Sponsors include Wakefield Beasley Associates, a design firm based in Orlando, and Cónaithe, an art and design consultancy firm. The American Institute of Architects and Rollins College support the educational programming provided by this event.

• Free admission, donations are welcomed.

• Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin at 7 p.m. followed by questions and discussion. Limit is 75 attendees per program.

• To reserve your spot, call 407-628-8200 or email rsvp@casafeliz.us

Upcoming Parlor Series events includes:

October 17 showcases Dr. Bruce Stephenson, Rollins College, who recently published the biography of gifted planner, John Nolan. Stephenson and Richard Reep, AIA, LEED-AP, will share planning insights into Winter Park’s place in Florida’s history.

November 14 presents how good design does not exist in a vacuum, but is the product of good government. City of Winter Park Architect Brooks Weiss will provide the city’s vision for its future.  The economics of government, and how it influences design, will be shared by Orange County Budget Administrator David Hardison.

Hosted by Casa Feliz board members Richard Reep and Rick Kilby.

 

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Music at the Casa presents Brian Hayes
Sep
3
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes performs regularly as a classical guitarist both in concert and at a variety of venues and special events throughout Florida. His exceptional musicality and technical proficiency delights listeners and, along with his engaging and professional manner, has given Brian the reputation as Central Florida’s premier classical guitarist for weddings, anniversaries, private parties, corporate functions, banquets, conventions, festivals and resorts. His extensive selection of music includes Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Spanish and contemporary, consisting of advanced pieces by composers such as Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios and Luiz Bonfa, in addition to many solo guitar arrangements of the works Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, George Bizet and many others. With hours of repertoire, Brian tailors the style and volume of music to suit each event. From high-end fundraisers to intimate celebrations, nothing is too elaborate or simple for the touch of a classical guitar. 

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Music at the Casa presents Catherine Way
Aug
27
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents Catherine Way

Catherine Way has been a professional Harpist for over 25 years.  Prior to moving to Orlando from Chicago in 1998, she performed as an Actress/Harpist in a Broadway-bound show tour from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the Broadway stage in NYC.

In Orlando she has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony, Orlando Symphony, and EPCOT Candlelight Orchestra.

Catherine has performed for special events for Disney ~ including Disney Dream Weddings ~ SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and solo concerts at The Villages.  She performs with choral & instrumental groups for public school, college and community church concerts.  Catherine also teaches private Harp lessons and plays for public and private special events & weddings throughout the Central Florida region.

Catherine’s company, HarpStrings Inc, provides solo Harp & Ensemble music. 

Harpist Catherine Way ~ HarpStrings, Inc

Phone:  407 672-1139

Email:  cway@HarpStringsInc.com

Website:  www.HarpStringsInc.com

While you're here, take a tour of the house and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.  A suggested donation of $5 helps support programming and advance the mission of Casa Feliz

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