Modern Marimba Presents 'Friends of Dorothy': A Free Outdoor Concert Celebrating Queer Musicians and Composers
Looking for something fun to do on Saturday, March 18th? Bring your lawn chair to MLK Jr. Memorial Park near the pavilion for an afternoon of captivation, education, and entertainment! Modern Marimba, in partnership with the Newtown Farmers Market, presents "Friends of Dorothy," a free outdoor concert featuring Spectrum Ensemble.
Spectrum Ensemble, comprised of Jaime Esposito and SA Hall, is an exciting percussion duo that strives to increase visibility of talented Queer musicians and composers. For this event, they have prepared something special: music that showcases famous and up-and-coming Queer composers and their music.
The idea for Spectrum Ensemble had been incubating in Jaime Esposito's mind for years. After noticing that there was a distinct lack of LGBTQIA+ representation in classical music, Jaime realized their passion was to give the Queer community a platform to create and make music together. Co-founder SA Hall jumped on board with the project, and together, they have created a unique and exciting ensemble that celebrates the talents of Queer musicians and composers.
The program for "Friends of Dorothy" includes talented Queer musicians and composers such as "Maria" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, "Ah Yes, The Three Genders" by Alex Temple, "Aesop’s Fables" by SA Hall, "Kidd Gunner Brother" by Darian Donovan Thomas, "Mi Cosa" by Wes Montgomery, "Golden Gate" by Kevin Rosacias, and "Dorothy Fragments" by Derek Tywoniuk.
The concert takes place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, located at 2523 Cocoanut Ave in Sarasota. The event is free to attend, and parking is also free. Free parking is available in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park lot and in the grassy lot at Cocoanut Ave and 25th St.
"Friends of Dorothy" is presented with support from the Newtown Farmers Market, Fabulous Arts Foundation, and Project Pride SRQ. This event promises to be a celebration of diversity, inclusion, and talent, and a wonderful opportunity to come together, learn, and enjoy some amazing music.