David Wilcox, Santa Fe Winds highlight Thursday's entertainment


Singer/songwriter Dennis Wilcox appears for a workshop on “Musical Medicine” and separate performance today in Gainesville. (COURTESY OF RHYS ALBRECHT)

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:47 p.m.

Those who don’t already think of Thursday as a day to catch a great performance should reconsider given two performances tonight: special appearances by the renowned singer/songwriter David Wilcox, and the lead-off performance of Santa Fe College’s 2012-2013 Fine Arts season, which features the Santa Fe Winds.

David Wilcox

The Cleveland-born singer/songwriter David Wilcox has long been a favorite of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas, where in 1988 he won the event’s prestigious New Folk award.

In a career that’s so far produced 17 albums, and covers of his songs by such other performers as k.d. lang, Wilcox also has emerged as a master of “musical medicine,” which brings us to his two appearances today in Gainesville, as hosted by the University of Florida’s Spirituality & Health group.

The performer’s website, DavidWilcox.com, offers 121 songs grouped under the heading “Musical Medicine” to cure what ails you: Everything from depression (“Down Inside Myself” and “Worst Enemy”) and becoming addiction free (“Guilty Either Way”) to overcoming the loss of a loved one (“Deeper Still”).

Today, Wilcox conducts a workshop on “Musical Medicine” along with Cathy DeWitt, Mary Rockwood Lane and David Forest from 9 a.m. to noon at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave.

And at 7 p.m. today, Wilcox appears for an evening lecture and performance at UF’s HPNP Auditorium, which is in the Health Professions, Nursing & Pharmacy Building at UF’s Medical Center. Admission to both events is free. For more information on the workshop, call 265-5520 or see www.spiritualityandhealth.ufl.edu.

Santa Fe Winds

The second season of performances at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall starts tonight with a performance by the Santa Fe Winds.

The concert, which features solo performers and small ensembles under the direction of Steve Bingham, will showcase such concert-band classics as Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and Eugene Bagley’s “National Emblem” along with Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Dairy,” “Molly on the Shore” and other works.

Tickets to tonight’s performance at the SFC Fine Arts Hall are $12 to $15, $9 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Admission is free for SFC students and staff with ID. For tickets, call the box office at 395-4181.

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com, and follow on Twitter @SceneBillDean.

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