Category: Press Releases
Posted By: Denise Gallagher
a summer we have had! From the Beach Boys and their band the Corvairs to Roy
Orbison and Conway Twitty to Elvis, our concerts have been sold out and we
thank you all for your support. We invited you to the beach and you came,
beach balls and all.
fast forward to the fourth and final concert of the series on Thursday, September 21, which brings in the Valerie
Gillespie Ensemble. Gillespie has played alto saxophone professionally since
age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano,
alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. She is
also an adjunct faculty member at The
University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. She earned her BFA from Carnegie
Mellon with a major in Classical Saxophone and her MM in Jazz Saxophone from
the University of South Florida.
Valerie has played with national icons including Chick Corea,
Bobby McFerrin, George Burns, Natalie Cole, Joan Rivers, Diana Ross, Ray
Charles, and Dionne Warwick, among many others. She has traveled with the
Xavier Cugat Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan, and performs
regularly with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge.
634-3428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes
light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the
Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society,
Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.