Mu­sic and Art

Gale Ben­nett’s art­work fea­tured at Gulf­shore Opera ben­e­fit

RSWLiving - - News & Views - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT —C.G.

Au­nique op­por­tu­nity ben­e­fit­ing a South­west Florida mu­si­cal jewel and to view the art­work of a prom­i­nent artist is ob­tain­able on Jan. 31. Cello Ben­nett and Paul Nadler are host­ing An Af­ter­noon of Mu­sic & Art at Ms. Ben­nett’s Fort My­ers home from 4 to 7 p.m. The Sun­day event for a lim­ited guest list ben­e­fits Gulf­shore Opera, a re­gional com­pany sup­ported by Gale Ben­nett, the artist who died in 2008. Cello Ben­nett is Gale Ben­nett’s widow. Mae­stro Paul Nadler was Gulf­shore Opera’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor for 16 years, and to­day is a con­duc­tor with the Metropoli­tan Opera in New York City. Gale Ben­nett was as­so­ci­ated with mu­sic and art in South­west Florida, serv­ing on the board of the South­west Florida Sym­phony and help­ing spear­head the ef­fort to lo­cate an opera com­pany in the re­gion, Cello Ben­nett says.

An Af­ter­noon of Mu­sic & Art of­fers a rare glimpse of Gale Ben­nett’s works, some of which have not been shown. Ben­nett was the founder of ArtS­tudy Giverny, a French art school in Claude Monet’s home vil­lage. Ben­nett’s art­work blends Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ism, Im­pres­sion­ism and Cu­bism, earn­ing him a life­time achieve­ment award from An­gels of the Arts in South­west Florida. He also taught mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion and wrote mu­si­cal re­views, di­vid­ing his time be­tween Fort My­ers and France.

Aside from re­fresh­ments, guests at the Jan. 31 event re­ceive a Gale Ben­nett gift, and a num­ber of his works will be for sale. Pro­ceeds sup­port Gulf­shore Opera. A sur­prise is also planned, Cello Ben­nett says, in­clud­ing a short pro­gram of mu­si­cal and opera fa­vorites. The com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, St­ef­fanie Pearce, joins the event. Paul Nadler, Cello Ben­nett says, “Is so ex­cited to see his Florida friends and mu­sic fans, and do some­thing spe­cial for Gulf­shore Opera.”

De­tails are at 239-529-3925.

Mae­stro Paul Nadler was Gulf­shore Opera’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor for 16 years, and to­day is a con­duc­tor with the Metropoli­tan Opera in New York City.

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