Our stage comes alive with special events that touch our community.
The Emerson Center is proud
to provide a venue for special events that reach many people in our
Often, these events are benefits and fund-raisers for area charities and
non-profits. Sometimes, they're simply programs of interest that have been
proposed by our friends and neighbors.
Beyond providing a comfortable 800+ seat auditorium and ample on-site
parking, we have the capacity to market tickets. We can provide a/v
equipment, lighting, sound system support, and much more.
To learn more about Special Events at The Emerson Center, call our Box
Office at 772.778.5249
Here are the Special Events
which have appeared on our stage in 2014. Check this page regularly as
new events are being scheduled (and our upcoming 2015 Season will be
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LEE LINDSEY BAND PERFORMS WITH RANDALL "BIG DADDY" WEBSTER Sat., Nov. 16, 2013
One performance, 7:00 PM
When Randall "Big Daddy" Webster played the Emerson Center
December, the response was overwhelmingly positive, with numerous
requests to get him back to Vero Beach soon. At 7 p.m., on Saturday,
November 16, Big Daddy will be honoring those requests in a special
appearance — and a bonus!
be showcasing the talented Canadian recording artist Lee Lindsey along
with her band.
Singer-songwriter Lee Lindsey, from Vancouver, BC, and
singer-songwriter Randall "Big Daddy" Webster, from Tallahassee, first
met while on separate tours in Europe years ago. Big
Daddy later performed a show Lindsey produced at the historic Bush
Hall in London, and they've stayed in touch ever since. Webster will
again be reunited with Lindsey and her band for six Florida shows,
from the Panhandle of Florida to Vero Beach.
A native of Vancouver, Lindsey started Tall Poppy, a successful
independent label and recording studio in London, England, and hosted
Lee Lindsey and Friends, critically acclaimed shows featuring
local and international musicians. In 2004, she transplanted her
family and the company to her homeland of Canada, determined to make
Tall Poppy flourish in the Great White North.
Here's a video of the title cut from her latest
nearly 30 years, Big Daddy has lived and breathed the Blues. His
four-octave voice, pulsing bass-line rhythm guitar, and beating foot
have traveled the world, opened for rock and pop legends, educated
many people about the blues, and raised awareness of and money for
For a sampling of Big Daddy's style, check out the
following video of him performing with the band Red Hot Java:
Their performance on our stage promises to be a musical experience!
Advance tickets are $18 may be purchased
online or by calling the Box Office at 772.778.5249.
Tickets at the door are an additional $2. Children ages 12 and
under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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'DREAMERS AND SCHEMERS' CHRONICLES PERSPECTIVES OF THREE FLORIDA
NOTABLES. Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013
One performance, 7:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS! An anonymous benefactor has "bought the house" for this
performance in hopes that everyone will attend. If you have already
purchased tickets for this event, please drop by our box office before
the event and your refund will be waiting!
The Emerson Center's long-standing relationship with the Florida
Humanities Council has delivered a special performance opportunity to
our stage. You don't want to miss this one!
This year as Florida celebrates its 500th anniversary (marked from the
day in 1513 when Spanish explorer Ponce de León landed on Florida’s
east coast), the Florida Humanities Council has organized a statewide
series of programs designed to engage audiences in thoughtful
reflection and dialogue about our state’s rich history. Three
different programs are being offered in auditoriums across the state,
but, for The Emerson Center, we were fortunate to be able to schedule
the program from the series which seems to be the choice of most
The Balancing Act: Industry, Tourism, and Preservation
is an exploration of the contributions of Henry Flagler,
Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas to
the Florida culture. Each of these characters is portrayed by a
distinguished actor who appears on our stage in full costume and
speaks "in the voice" of the historical figure they are portraying. We
felt this particular program would be most appealing to our audience
as each of these Florida notables had a very different vision of what
the future Florida should look like and who should control its natural
With its pristine beaches, fertile farm land, and vast Everglades; the
lure of tourism and industry has always been at odds with preserving
Florida’s natural beauty and unique ecosystems. Florida has always
things to different people. For some, it means wide-open spaces,
freedom, opportunity and adventure. For others, it means white-sand
beaches, palm trees, and Mickey Mouse.
We believe that our audience will delight in hearing what Florida
meant to three people who helped shape its destiny and left their
indelible mark on this great state.
Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, this performance is
FREE and open to the public (as of
11/11/13). If you have previously purchased tickets for this event,
please drop by our Box Office before the performance and your refund
will be waiting!
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BIG APPLE CABARET STAR, CORINNA SOWERS ADLER, STAGES ENCORE
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:00 PM
One of New York’s premiere cabaret performers, Corinna Sowers-Adler,
will be appearing in a return engagement to The Emerson Center on
December 8 at 4:00 p.m. presenting her latest musical review.
from debuting at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Jazz at
Lincoln Center, Ms. Sowers-Adler will star in "Let Me Sing and I'm
Happy," which is an evening of American popular song filled with funny
songs with "crazy words that roll along" to make you laugh, "sad
refrains of broken hearts that loved in vain" to make you cry, and
"crooning blues" that start you tappin' your feet and lift you out of
Ms. Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook. She has
performed her solo shows to rave reviews in New York City at The
Metropolitan Room, Stage 72 at the Triad, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre,
and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She is the host of the critically
acclaimed, MAC award-nominated "Music at the Mansion" series.
For her Vero Beach appearance, Corinna will be joined on stage by Kent
Taylor Brown on piano.
From Berlin to Broadway to The Beatles, Corinna brings a new face to
the sound of old favorites and a classic twist to new standards. "Let
Me Sing and I'm Happy" is an evening not to be missed.
Also, here's a video clip from YouTube. (It will lead you to other
videos as well.)
Advance tickets of $20 may be purchased online our
online box office or by calling the Box Office at 772-778-5249.
Tickets at the door are an additional $5.
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RAGTIME BOB: FEATURING BOB MILNE AT THE KEYBOARD.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
One performance, 3:00 PM
A special afternoon awaits you at The Emerson Center. After two
years showcased on our stage, "Ragtime Bob" Milne is back by popular
demand for a February 2 performance.
Considered by many to be the best Ragtime/Boogie-Woogie pianist in
the world, Bob Milne specializes in the music style that developed in
America in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Beyond performing this
unique musical style, Milne builds a program with special perspectives
about the tunes he plays as well as the artists and performers who made
Milne comes from a classical background, having excelled as a French
horn virtuoso at the Eastman School of Music, he is completely
self-taught as a pianist, playing totally by ear. He became fascinated
by Ragtime music and naturally progressed to the concert stage,
becoming acknowledged by many as one of the best pianists of our time.
Bob Milne brings endless enthusiasm, enchanting ease of playing, and
an engaging manner while telling stories about Ragtime and Boogie
Woogie music with warmth and humor. He was filmed and documented for
future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the
Library of Congress, and was declared a “National Treasure” at the
ORCA, the Treasure
Coast-based research institute for protecting and restoring our aquatic
ecosystems and the species they maintain, is bringing three
distinguished lecturers to the stage of Vero Beach's Emerson
Center for thought-provoking presentations that explore science, the
beauty of the planet, and conservation — with a spotlight on the Indian
Astronaut Joe Acaba appears on Jan. 30, 2014 at
Acaba is an educator, hydrogeologist, and NASA astronaut. He
completed his training in February 2006 and was assigned to STS-119,
which flew from March 15 to March 28, 2009 to deliver the final set of
solar arrays to the International Space Station. Acaba served as a
Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station from May 17 to
September 17, 2012. He will talk about his experience in space and how
it makes him appreciate the Earth more.
National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward Jr. appears at
7 PM on Feb. 27.
Ward is a conservation photographer whose
passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight
generations of family history (Ward is the grandson of Florida's
Depression-era governor Doyle E. Carlton) have grounded his
perspectives. Ward recently was on assignment photographing the Indian
River Lagoon and will discuss his work and the lagoon.
On March 27 at 7 PM, Dr. Edie Widder will present
Science Sea Stories and Out-takes – a look
at 30 years of unpublishable bloopers and blunders. The course of
science does not always run smooth, especially science at sea. Dr.
Widder, a deep sea explorer and MacArthur fellow, will share some
behind-the-scenes stories of 3 decades of research at sea. Topics will
include cold war shenanigans, things one shouldn’t say on camera, being
immortalized in a 4 stanza dirty limerick, and things the Discovery
Channel didn’t show in “Monster Squid: The Giant is Real.”
Tickets for the three part lecture series are $75 in advance.
Individual tickets are $35 in advance / $40 at the door. Student
Tickets for the Lectures are available from our
online box office or by
calling 772.778.5249. Also, you can visit The Emerson Center's box
office at 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.
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THE LEGENDARY JUDY COLLINS APPEARS LIVE ON OUR STAGE Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7 PM
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins, known for her
otherworldly voice and eclectic tastes, has thrilled audiences
worldwide for more than 50 years with her unique blend of
interpretative folk and pop. She has inspired audiences with sublime
vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a
firm commitment to social activism.
Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her
landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers,
has been entered into the Grammy Hall
of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of Stephen
Sondheim's ballad, “Send in the Clowns,” won "Song of the Year” at the
1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and
Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy
dazzling audiences performing Mozart's “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but
the hard luck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by
artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a
life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair
with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics.
In 1961, she released her masterful debut, A Maid of Constant Sorrow,
which featured interpretative works of social poets of the time such as
Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s,
90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching
her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust
In this touring schedule, Judy Collins visited The Metropolitan Museum
Of Art in August 2012 and performed many of her classics, songs like
"Chelsea Morning," "Cat’s In The Cradle," and "Bird On A Wire." Here's a
video from that performance. (It provides a preview of the evening
experience we can expect at The Emerson Center on April 13.)
Judy has also authored several books, including the powerful and
inspiring, Sanity & Grace. For her most
recent title, the memoir
Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, she reaches deeply inside and, with
unflinching candor, recalls her turbulent childhood, extraordinary rise
to fame, and her epic victories over depression and alcoholism.
Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright,
Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her
legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
Today at age 74, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new
generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and
heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music
industry for half a century.
Ticket prices range from $42.50 to $97.50 for VIP seats (which
include an invitation to a private meet-and-greet with the performer).
Tickets may be purchased
online or by calling the
Box Office at 772-778-5249.
The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach is conveniently located at 1590
27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue and has
more than 300 parking spaces, an auditorium that seats over 800 people
in comfortable padded seating, a raised stage that offers everyone
unrestricted views, and professional state-of-the-art sound and
lighting systems. Call 772-778-5249 for tickets, purchase tickets
online, or visit The Emerson Center itself. For many performances,
group tickets are also available.
In prior years, our special events programs have brought many distinguished
presenters to our stage. Here are just a few examples of the programs we've
Bill Schulz, Former Director, Amnesty International
Greg Mortenson, Author & Humanitarian
Giordani, Operatic Tenor
Anne Warshaw, Presidential Advisor
Rory Stewart, Afghani Scholar and Humanist
For a memorable look at other past events, visit our