It was another busy Friday night at Waterside Place thanks to the popular Sights and Sounds music series.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat entertained the crowd with “Songs from the Sand: A Hermitage Cabaret.”
The Hermitage artists perform about 50 shows a year, usually at the beach on Manasota Key, where the retreat is located. This was the first time they’ve brought a program to Lakewood Ranch, which was the original goal of Sights and Sounds, to attract such talent.
“Having these organizations perform here at Waterside Place means that our residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy and support arts and culture,” said Nicole Hackel, the LWR Communities' Events and Resident Experience manager.
The program was composed of songs written by Hermitage alumni fellows, including Jeanine Tesori. Tesori wrote four Tony-nominated scores for Broadway and won two for “Kimberly Akimbo” and “Fun Home.” “Fun Home” was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The next Sights and Sounds is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 28 when Easter Seals and Everyone Rocks will “Rock the Spectrum.”