Christmas in the Village – 2018

Christmas in the Village with Kimilee Bryant, Broadway Star Stacie Haneline, piano …with The Stradivarius String Quartet, and Esther Underhay, harp, and JKV Choristers

Saturday, December 15, 2018 6-9 pm

John Knox Village Centre Auditorium VAS/JKV $35.00 General Public $50.00The Venetian Arts Society Christmas in the Village at John Knox Village is Venetian Art Society’s elegant holiday experience featuring world class artists from the great stages of the world. The evening begins at 6:00 pm in Village Centre Auditorium with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed at 7:00 pm with our signature intimate and interactive Salon Concert. The 2018 Christmas in the Village features Kimilee Bryant, Broadway Star, Stacie Haneline, international pianist, The Stradivarius String Quartet, Esther Underhay, harp, and The JKV Choristers. Following the Holiday Salon Concert there will be champagne and dessert and the opportunity to meet the artists and continue the holiday festivities. The Venetian Arts Society is a South Florida fine arts organization that provides a unique opportunity for an intimate and interactive artistic experience with world class artists from the great stages of the world, stimulating conversation and a connection with artists and like-minded arts enthusiasts. The Venetian Arts Society 21st century version of the “Art Salon” is a performance-educational-social concept with a mission to unify our world by celebrating the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of our community through inter-disciplinary arts. Please join us for a complete artistic experience with food, wine, and stimulating conversation…where art compliments art synthesizing the total artistic, social, multi-generational and educational experience. Kimilee Bryant, native of Greenville,SC, has performed the role of “Christine Daae” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Switzerland, Toronto and to critical acclaim on the U.S. National Tour. She is the only former “Christine” to return to Broadway and play all three leadings roles (Christine, Carlotta, and Madame Giry) in the longest-running show in Broadway history. In The Pirate Queen (Broadway), she covered the role of Queen Elizabeth I. Other NYC credits include Josephine/H.M.S. Pinafore, Mabel/ The Pirates of Penzance, Casilda/The Gondoliers, Ida/Princess Ida, and Bye, Bye Birdie at NY City Center; Elsie/The Yeomen of the Guard, Phyllis/ Iolanthe, and Aline/The Sorcerer at Symphony Space. She debuted at Lincoln Center as soloist for The National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall and appeared as soloist in a staged production of Handel’s Messiah, which was also performed at The Utrecht Early Music Festival in Holland.

Kimilee was Miss South Carolina 1989 and won two talent scholarships at the Miss America pageant. She then went on to The Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree and won the South Carolina Metropolitan Opera Audition

A versatile pianist, Stacie Haneline maintains an active recital career in symphonic, chamber, opera, vocal and instrumental repertoire. Thomas Wilkins (Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) states, “…her musical excellence is overshadowed only by her generous spirit and kindness to her colleagues.” Stacie’s career highlights include performing with Boston Symphony’s Hawthorne Quartet in the world premiere of Clint Needham’s Voices for String Quartet and Orchestra; and the premiere of Leslie Adams’ Dunbar Songs with soprano Gail Robinson-Oturu. Additionally, Haneline has served as a collaborative pianist for the Sydney Opera House, the University of Australia, New York City Opera, Kennedy Center, Hawaii Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brevard Music Center, Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha.

The Stradivarius String Quartet, Esther Underhay, harp, and The JKV Chorist.