For 4 Sundays in February, amid the tropical plants and much larger-than-everyday living artwork pieces of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, guests can bask in the melodious glow of jazz and gospel musicians — from a crooner who can replicate the unmistakable Louis Armstrong to a chorale whose harmonies reach the soul.
Jazz & Gospel in the Gardens is back again by popular demand, honoring Black Heritage Month at the West Palm Seashore home of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, from 1 to 3 p.m. starting up Sunday.
“It truly is an great departure for people in a stress filled time,” explained Margaret Horgan, managing director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “It offers a really tranquil expertise for anyone that I believe people today could use.”
The thirty day period-extensive event will characteristic 3 of the four artists who done in the course of the initially sequence in 2020 — Troy Anderson, Ritah Wilburn and Ebony Chorale — and will welcome Avery Sommers for the initially time.
Sunday’s efficiency will function Troy Anderson as Louis Armstrong. Anderson began participating in trumpet at the age of 10, and perfected his singing voice with the Florida Vanguards, in accordance to his profile on the Gardens web page.
Ebony Chorale will be featured on Valentine’s Day. The team is produced up a group of mainly non-skilled musicians joined together by their perseverance to preserving African-American heritage through performing Negro Spirituals that grew out of the ordeals of enslaved men and women.
On Feb. 21, Avery Sommers will conduct with a quartet. If you visited the Royal Area at the Colony Resort in Palm Seaside between 2008 and 2016, you may possibly have observed her carry out. Sommers has carried out on Broadway in exhibits like “Chicago” and “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and has toured across the country.
Lastly, closing out the collection on the Feb. 28 is Ritah Wilburn, whose biography on the Gardens site claims she “leaves you spellbound and yearning for more.” Wilburn has done at common blues golf equipment in Atlanta and, at 16, took the stage at the Apollo Theater.
Visitors can reserve a certain place on the principal lawn to watch the two-hour performances. A number of tables will be presented, but guests are inspired to provide their very own blankets to distribute on the lawn.
But reservations usually are not necessary to watch the concert, as website visitors can stroll the grounds as they hear.
West Palm Seaside-based mostly caterer SandyJames will have boxed lunches for purchase.
Admission is cost-free for customers of the Gardens. For non-customers, the entry price is $12 for grown ups, $8 for seniors and $5 for college students. Face coverings and social distancing will be demanded. To make a reservation, call 561-832-5328.