The Straz Center’s Arts Legacy REMIX Was a Long Time in the Making and Looks Like It’s Here to Stay.

What started as a conversation about celebration the Tampa area’s rich artistic heritage turned into a free concert series drawing unexpectedly large crowds. After a brutal warrior’s stint in Vietnam that gave him an ultimatum to become brutal himself or take a higher calling, Fred chose love. A longtime jazz musician who’d played with Aretha […]

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Past, Present & Future: The D’Angelo Family’s Long Love of Opera Supports Emerging Artists.

The 2019 D’Angelo Young Artist Vocal Competition honors Opera Tampa’s dedication to nurturing new artists. One a more personal note, the competition represents Opera Tampa League Board Chair Gina d’Angelo’s commitment to continuing her parents’ love of music through philanthropic support. When Straz Center donor and Opera Tampa League chairperson Gina d’Angelo was in college, […]

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Straz Salutes: an organizational mission to make sure our military and veteran communities know they have a place at The Straz.

We’ve always had a soft spot for military, veterans and their families, which is why we’ve offered discounted tickets for our armed forces guests for years. Since 9/11, the country as a whole has seen more wounded warriors return home with visible and invisible injuries sustained in the line of duty. Since we regard our […]

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Straz Arts Education Program, Broadway Buddies Unites Kids from Different Learning Backgrounds

A little bit exchange program, a little bit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a little bit theater boot camp and a lot of laughs – that describes the remarkable new program launched by Patel Conservatory’s Acting Director of Community Engagement and Education Programs Alice Santana and theater instructor Matt Belopavlovich. Inspired by Hillsborough County Schools’ PEERS program, […]

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Passing It On and Paying It Forward – A Story of Third Generation Straz Donors

Rebecca Jacobson’s family owned the cast recordings of Hair, Pippin and Man of La Mancha. As they did for many Broadway-loving families, these musicals wove themselves into the Jacobson identity. The songs bookmarked memories, linking themselves to cherished people, intertwining grandparents, parents, grandchildren through music and story. Today, the opening notes from “The Impossible Dream” […]

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Patel Student Spotlight: Mateo Valdes

Eleven-year-old music student Mateo Valdes’ violin journey at the Patel Conservatory. Patel Conservatory violin student Mateo Valdes has a very deep and wise gaze under a flop of shaggy, dark bangs. He doesn’t make eye contact much, but when he does, he seems to possess a kind of old-soul way of knowing that belies his […]

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