Orchestra, Temple Theatre get festive to raise funds

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Patrons of the arts will literally have their plates full over the next few weeks as local groups host dinner shows to raise money for the coming year.

Temple Theatre will hold its annual Winter Ball from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 19, with a night of food, music and good times at the ArtStudio, located above Shops of Steele Street in downtown Sanford.

Staff member Sheila Brewer said tickets for the event — $35 for individuals or $200 for a table of six — will be available until they sell out, and that they might go quickly with just 150 available. People who are interested can purchase tickets at the theater box office, on the phone at (919) 774-5412, ext. 221 or by emailing templetheatre@windstream.net.

Local restaurants and individuals will be providing hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for the event, which has a black tie or cocktail dress code, and there will also be a cash bar and a raffle. Entertainment will be provided by the Temple Teens, as well as a DJ.

Another arts-centered group, The Lee County Community Orchestra, will hold its Winter Interlude event Jan. 28 at Cafe 121 in downtown Sanford. For $35, patrons get a three-course dinner, wine and entertainment from the orchestra’s music director and keyboardist Tara Towson Villa and her fiancée, Eric Keith, who is also the orchestra’s principal horn player. Jean McSwain, the group’s publicist, said at least one other guest performer may be announced later.

The musicians will play both classical and contemporary music at the event, which kicks off at 6:30 and will be moved to Feb. 4 in case of snow on the 28th.

Those wanting to buy tickets can call (919) 776-4628 or email rseaman@windstream.net, mcswain@wave-net.net or kfiddler100@yahoo.com. Checks made out to LCCO may also be sent to P.O. Box 3174, or to Orchestra President Reinette Seaman at 600 Valley Road in Sanford.

Of the $35 ticket price, $17 is a tax-deductible donation to the orchestra, which McSwain said will go toward a special piece to mark the orchestra’s 25th anniversary this fall. It’s being written by Mark Petering, a composer whom McSwain said the orchestra was first acquainted with several years ago when he approached them to perform a song he wrote that featured train whistles and other creative techniques.

“He has not given us any hints to what he’s writing as of yet, but we are sure excited about it,” she said. “He does beautiful work.”

The orchestra will also have a concert in March featuring many solo performances by its members, followed by a May concert featuring audience requests from previous shows, and the Petering piece will premiere in October.