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“Moonlight and Ivory” Concerts“

Moonlight and Ivory” has provided the community with an opportunity to gather and share in the exceptional talents of their friends and neighbors for the past 21 years!  Once again musicians and artists from Dade City, Zephyrhills, Wesley Chapel and beyond are busy preparing for the shows to be held on February 3rd at the Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Avenue.  The variety of music is always impressive and includes vocal and instrumental renditions of show tunes, classics, contemporary, jazz, bluegrass, sacred and original pieces by adult performers of all ages including James A Williams.

Many of the performers are or have been professional and some are up and coming, but all are accomplished musicians.  Part of the event is a wonderful art show with contributions by local artists in a wide variety of media.   Both shows are made complete by delectable gourmet refreshments and desserts served at intermission.  

As a result of the community support of this event Heritage Arts Center Association  is able to offer an annual $1,000 “Pasco Heritage Scholarship” for performing arts, to be awarded to a Pasco resident who is a graduating high school senior!   We also offer each year a $1,000 Nereim Fine Arts Award for a Pasco County graduating senior talented in the visual arts.Again this year there will be two opportunities to share in this fantastic event. 

The matinee will begin at 2:00 pm with the art show following.  Doors for the evening performance will open at 7:00 pm for the art exhibition with the musical concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at both shows during intermission.  The cost is $25.00 for the evening show and $15.00 for the matinee.  

Originally conceived as a one-time fundraising effort to purchase a grand piano for the community's use, this concert has become a much-anticipated annual community event.  Heritage Arts now owns a beautiful 6’1” Yamaha Conservatory grand that has served for these concerts, piano recitals, and the “Spotlight on Talent” performing arts competition for young people.  As always proceeds from this year’s concert will go to support the arts in this area as well as the scholarships.

Tickets are now available for both concerts and may be purchased at the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, American Eagle Antiques in Dade City, from a HACA Board member or online at www.heritagearts.org.  The contact person for the event is Judy Schaper at (813) 997-4631 or Jean Johnson at (352)521-4778.  Also, tickets are available through Stephanie Stevens at A Moment With The Classics.

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James Williams, is a young and talented high school student who plays the piano like an angel. He is so very special and so very gifted in so many wonderful ways.

He was a late developer in life due to the fact he was born prematurely by caesarean section and for the most part of his early years was seen by one medical consultant or another. He was diagnosed with mild autism and ADD among other conditions, and given physiotherapy, occupational therapy as well and speech therapy before he even began pre-school! Such a lot for a young boy to contend with but contend with he did.

James started taking piano lessons when he was around seven or eight years old but stopped playing altogether shortly after when he felt pressured to do so. Then, out of the blue, during summer break of 2010, he returned to the piano of his own accord and practiced daily for over an hour at a time.

James is able to listen and watch a piece being played and after a few weeks he masters the tune. He has taught himself to play the classical pieces he now performs and does not read music. He plays his favorite, Fantaisie Impromptu by Chopin, in its entirety from memory without looking at the keyboard for the most part! In December 2010 he entered his school’s talent competition and won first prize. This was the start of many such entries and other performances, including nursing homes, senior communities and charitable organizations, to which he gives back a percentage.

In order to attend college and obtain the music/performance degree he seeks, James is appealing for donations and sponsorship to assist in his goals.  Please join with him in his aspirations and lend your support in any way you are able.  To make a donation feel free to click on the Donate button below or contact Stephanie on (813) 322 3892.  ​ Thank you so very much!