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The Destin Log
The Jazz Ensemble of NWFSC

Celebrate jazz month

The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State Col-lege presents a rousing free concert of traditional and new jazz along with a performance by guest artist Dr. Brian Tay-lor at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The event is free with open seating on a first-come basis.

Theater doors open at 7 p.m.

Taylor is an active and emerging trumpeter, flugel-hornist, composer, and ar-ranger with a twist – he holds a doctorate degree in me-chanical engineering and when he is not playing or composing, he works as a research engineer and scien-tist. Taylor currently plays with a variety of musicians on Florida’s Gulf Coast and his debut album “Spirito Sereno” features his original composi-tions and jazz interpretations of the music from the musical “Les Misérables.”

Vocalists at NWFSC to perform

Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State Col-lege will present their Spring Concert at 2 p.m. April 17 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville Cam-pus. The concert features some of the college’s finest scholarship vocalists and is free of charge.

The college ensembles have a long and proud tradi-tion of performing sacred and secular literature in several languages ranging from the Renaissance Madrigal to con-temporary vocal jazz. The groups of Fine and Performing Arts scholarship students per-form concerts for the local community during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as participate as cast members in the annual productions such as “A Christmas Carol” and Handel’s Messiah.

Derek Raynaud of Destin is a member of the 2016 Mad-rigal Singers.

Selections at the concert include Sicut Cervus – Gio-vanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; Lux Nova – Eric Whitacre; Mata del anima sola – Anto-nio Estevez; Earth Song – Frank Ticheli; Say Something – Pentatonix arrangement; and Let the River Run – Carly Simon, the Battle of Jericho and more.

Event based on children’s literature

The annual Children’s Se-ries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents a national touring series of live theatrical events based on bestselling children’s literature. The day-time performances are open with advance reservations to school groups and accompa-nied homeschool students for a nominal fee of $6 per stu-dent and chaperones, with teachers admitted free of charge.

The award-winning story “Henry and Mudge” appears April 15 for two performances – at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. The musical is based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant. The approxi-mate one-hour show is rec-ommended for grades Pre-K to third grade.

Reservations are now be-ing accepted for all four of the 2015-2016 season Children’s Series shows, including “Henry and Mudge” on a first come basis. Call Suzanne Flood, audience services spe-cialist, at 850-729-6065 or email flooda2@nwfsc.edu for reservations and information.

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour

Multi-platinum Irish music sensation Celtic Woman re-turns to North America in 2016 with a brand new show, Destiny, celebrating the simul-taneous release of their new album and DVD, also titled Destiny. The performances honor Ireland’s past while bringing a contemporary mu-sical edge to songs old and new in a way that also reflects the vibrant, modern nation that Ireland has become.

Celtic Woman will appear May 1 at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Cen-ter at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Tickets available now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or purchase online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

Call to Artists: Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest

The Okaloosa Arts Alli-ance has issued a call for art-ists and crafters for the annual Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. The annual event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and bever-ages, live music and art per-formances. Free family activi-ties, a silent auction to help raise funds for OAA and the Okaloosa County School Poster contest entries will be on display. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for a vendor application or more information about the eighth annual Arts Fest.

OAA poster contest

Any Okaloosa County school student can enter the Seventh Annual OAA Oka-loosa County School Poster Contest. Entries can be sub-mitted by an Okaloosa County school or by an individual student.

The poster contest’s dead-line has been extended to May 6. Please submit only one entry per student. Posters should be standard size (8 ½ by 11) for the contest and should include the name of the artist, their grade and the name of their school. Please mail your entries to Okaloosa Arts Alliance-Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. If you pre-fer you can drop off your en-try at the Arts & Design Soci-ety, 17 1st St SE in Fort Walton Beach or at HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway S. in Fort Walton Beach.

The winners of the poster contest will be announced at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest May 21.

Call to Artists: Destin’s Fishing Heritage

The theme of the 38th An-nual Destin Seafood Festival – “Destin’s Fishing Heritage” – celebrates the festival’s loca-tion right on the harbor among its docks, charter boats and fishermen. Artists are invited to submit their hand-crafted work showcasing this theme by noon on June 1. No com-puter-generated or enhanced artwork will be accepted.

The entries will be voted on by the Destin Seafood Festival Committee, the Des-tin Charter Boat Association and Destin city officials. The winner will be announced via social media and press release on June 15.

The 38th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will be set up along the length of Destin Harbor Boardwalk from Har-borWalk Village to Heron Harbor, including the Harry T’s, Olin Marler’s, AJ’s, Ga-lati’s, Dewey Destin’s, the City of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Destin Fishing Fleet Marina, Boathouse Oys-ter Bar and East Pass Marina the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The location puts the festi-val right in the heart of the action along the harbor and kicks off the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which takes place the entire month of October. More than 70,000 locals and visitors attended the 2015 festival to enjoy live music, delicious seafood and more.

For an artist’s application or to find out how you or your business can be a part of the festival, contact the festival event coordinator at 850-428-7783, info@destinseafoodfestival.org or visit www.DestinSeafoodFestival.org.