Evans Haile recounts stories, welcomes guest musicians at Friday show

Erica Brough/Staff photographer/file
Erica Brough/Staff photographer/file

Evans Haile, conductor and musical director of the Gainesville Orchestra, performs at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall on Friday in “An Evening with Evans Haile & Friends.”

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

After a successful opening show, conductor Evans Haile is preparing for the second performance of the Gainesville Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season.


‘An Evening with Evans Haile & Friends’

What: Gainesville Orchestra conductor plays the piano, recounts stories and welcomes guest musicians Anna Reider, Yefim Romanov, Virginia Lamboley and Lyle Lamboley; artworks by Linda Blondheim, Jane Medved and Peter Carolin will be featured in the lobby
When: 7:30 Friday
Where: Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St.
Tickets: $15-$35
Info: 395-4181, www.sfcollege.edu/finearts

However, the show Friday, “An Evening with Evans Haile & Friends,” will follow a different format than other shows in the orchestra’s season.

“It is something a little different in the sense that it is a more intimate evening,” Haile said.

The event, which will be in the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, is an opportunity to join Haile as he plays piano and engages the audience with stories.

“It should have the feeling that when you are coming in, you’re kinda coming into someone’s home where you’re gonna hear some wonderful music, hear some great stories and be thoroughly entertained,” Haile said.

The first half of the show will consist of Haile playing some favorite tunes by composers such as Chopin and Ernesto Lecuona on the Steinway piano he selected for Santa Fe.

Haile said in between playing piano, he will tell the audience stories that help to create a connection between the music and its context or the way it was composed.

“Every piece has an anecdote that goes along with it,” he said. “It might be something about Chopin’s sex life.”

In addition to stories, two dancers from Santa Fe College, Chris Miller and Juliana Richards, will be performing a dance choreographed by Alora Haynes, chair of the fine arts department at Santa Fe.

“When we have the opportunity to collaborate, that’s what we’re doing,” Haile said. “I take advantage of that.”

For the evenings finale, Haile will be accompanied by violinists Anna Reider and Yefim Romanov, violist Virginia Lamboley and cellist Lyle Lamboley in performing Antonin Dvorak’s most romantic piano quintet.

“It’ll be an evening of humor, of stories and music,” Haile said.

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