"On this Earth" is a concert series aimed at enlightening and empowering audiences to make a difference
"on this earth" in their local community. Through music, poetry, lecture and discussion, "On this Earth
" informs audiences about various needs in the community, introduces them to local organizations active in
meeting those needs and, finally, empowers them to get involved themselves.|
The "On this Earth" series takes its name from the title of a song recently composed by Tampa Bay
based singer/songwriter, Lorna Bracewell. "Show me what on this earth you're gonna do," Bracewell challenges
both herself and her listeners in the song's chorus. The "On this Earth" series is Bracewell's attempt
to meet that challenge. She hopes it will inspire others to act in kind.
The three topics that the 2006 season of "On this Earth" engaged are racial justice, sexual justice and
religious ecumenicism and tolerance. The three organizations that this season of "On this Earth"
benefited are the YWCA of Tampa Bay, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) of Saint Petersburg and Pinellas Habitat
The three concerts in this series were held at Pro Star Recording Studio at 3220 28th Street North in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Pro Star features a concert space that comfortably seats 100 people in an intimate setting
with excellent sound. Would you like a map?
Artist Bio's from 2006 On this Earth
Lorna Bracewell Bio (Episodes I, II, III)
Lorna Bracewell is less than a year out of college, and already she has found that she
has a voice and a will and a passion for justice that is making a difference. Lorna
envisioned "On this Earth" as a way of bringing people together around a common theme
where there is a need for justice and reconciliation, and putting them in contact with
an organization that is doing something about it.
And Lorna doesn't just sing about it; she leads by example. Her
work with CASA has already resulted in a nomination for a Pearl Award by the
Tampa Bay Area Women's Directory for her "commitment to making a difference through her
connections with local organizations and inspiring her audiences to do the same,"
and a nomination for a Special Tribute Award by the Office of the Attorney General and the
Governor's Office of the state of Florida as a distinguished victim advocate for her "commitment
to supporting victims of domestic violence."
Lorna's professional recognitions include nomination for Best Solo Artist in the 2006 Music Awards
of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA, a national college campus activities
organization), and an appointment to the state of Florida's 2006 - 2008 State Touring Program, where
she is one of the youngest artists ever to have received this honor.
Lorna has made more than 700 appearances in the United States and Europe as a performer, and now she
is also coming into demand as a speaker. Her latest program, "Love 101: Rethinking, Love, Sex
and Power" was premeried at the Florida Junior and
Community Colleges Student Government Associations' state conference, where it was voted a Top
Visit Lorna's web site at
Adrianne Bio (Episode I)
California-based Adrianne is an extraordinary songwriter and a powerful live performer.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Adrianne was the grand prize winner
of the USA Songwriting Competition (out of 30,000 entries). In addition,
she has also received other awards such as The Boston Music Award for 'Best New Singer
Songwriter' and the SESAC award for 'most promising young songwriter.'
Lorna met Adrianne when they played a women's music festival together last year, and the
two formed an instant bond of friendship. Adrianne was Lorna's guest artist at her
August 2005 "Live for CASA" benefit concert, and they have stayed in touch
"If you can imagine a pure musical embodiment of soul- songs brimming with sumptuous vocals,
lyrics that clearly bridge the mind with the heart, and instrumentation that delicately yet powerfully
completes the picture, then step out of your imagination into a pleasant reality- for this is
Adrianne." -Debbie Catalano, Soundcheck Magazine
Visit Adrianne's web site at www.adrimusic.com.
Venus Jones Bio (Episodes I, II, III)
Venus Jones is an award-winning speaker, writer, and entertainer. As an accomplished actress, voice-over
talent, model, and former MTV correspondent, Venus has worked on blockbuster films like The Punisher and
Out of Time and credits over one hundred print ads and commercials to her name.
As a spoken word artist, Venus is a three-time Tampa Bay area slam winner. She has opened for Def Poetry
on Broadway and served as the first resident poet on WMNF 88.5 FM.
Venus has poetry published in the UK’s X magazine, Underground Poetz, Artists Embassy International,
and in Map of Austin Poetry. Her work has been featured at The Salvador Dali Museum, The Tampa Bay
Performing Arts Center, The Improv, and poetry venues, conferences, schools, and festivals across the
Lorna met Venus when they shared the program for a CASA benefit last year. Venus is the featured poet
in residence for all three of Lorna's "On This Earth" concerts.
Visit Venus' web site at www.venusjones.com.
Amy Steinberg Bio (Episode II)
With irreverent humor and crafty intelligence, Amy Steinberg uses her original music and poetry to
promote tolerance, openness and diversity. Combining a sassy sensibility with a loquacious socio-political
and spiritual awareness, Amy brings forth a fresh and solid energy.
Amy has won numerous awards, among them Songwriter of the Year from the Songwriter Showcases of America
and Best Solo Performer from the Orlando Music Awards. Touring all over the country incessantly, Amy has
played at clubs, colleges, cafes, community centers, and festivals.
Currently Amy is working on her 7th independent release. Classically trained on the piano since age 4,
with a degree in theater (from studies at Boston Conservatory, American Musical and Dramatic Academy
and Marymount Manhattan),and self-taught on the guitar, Amy’s shows display wildly innovative musicality
combined with extraordinary performance skills to create an arousing environment like none other.
Themes of her music include woman power, faith, sexuality, acceptance and love. The audience at a
Steinberg show claps, sings along, and laughs until they cry.
Lorna has shared the stage with Amy several times in the last few years. She always cherishes the opportunity
to do so, and even when she's not on the program, if Amy's in town, and Lorna's not working that night,
chances are she'll be out in the crowd enjoying the show.
Visit Amy's web site at
Dr. Tim Johnson Bio (Episode III)
Dr. Tim Johnson received his Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
He is published in numerous North American and European Journals, is a contributing editor for
"Francis of Assisi: Early Documents," and has authored several books, including
"The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer, and Union with God.
He has taught at St. Bonaventure University in southwestern New York state, and is currently
Assistant Professor of Religion and Chairperson of the Liberal Studies Department
at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
Dr. Johnson and his classes which Lorna attended at Flagler College have had a profound
influence upon her life and specifically upon her conception of a practical compassionate
spirituality. Lorna is honored to be able to share a little bit of Dr. Johnson
with her friends "On This Earth."
Lane Lederer Bio (Episode III)
We are especially thrilled to feature in our On this Earth series the
sublimely beautiful music and soul of The Florida Orchestra oboist, Lane Lederer.
Lane has been a member of The Florida Orchestra since 1980. As a classically trained
musician, he brings a unique perspective to the vision of On this Earth, as we strive
to embrace the many forms of the musical arts which give context and meaning to our
vision to unify the arts with real community involvement.
Lane will be performing
works on oboe, and on english horn. Perhaps many of our guests have never heard
these instruments - at least, not up close and personal. If so, you will be amazed at the serene
and expressive sounds which Lane will coax from these instruments. And you will
be moved by his vision of music as an expression of the timeless human spirit.
Lane is pleased to announce that he will be joined by four special musical guests:
Sasha von Dassow is in his tenth season as cellist with The
Florida Orchestra, active as a soloist and chamber musician, Music Director of the
North Port Orchestra, and a member of the faculty
at Manatee Community College in Bradenton.
Lyndie Laramore soprano, is an active performer in the Boston music scene.
She has her bachelor of music in vocal performance from Concordia College
in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Footnote: we are thrilled to have Lyndie traveling all the way from Boston for
On this Earth, and we sincerely thank Roseanne Kue, who was originally scheduled to appear,
for arranging for Lyndie to appear in her stead when Roseanne's plans had to change.
David Rogers, harpsichord, is the Artistic Administrator of The Florida Orchestra.
He holds his doctorate in music composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music and
taught theory and composition courses at the University of South Florida from 1998- 2004.
Cliff Rice, trombone, is formerly principal trombonist of the Norfolk
(Virginia) Symphony and the Virginia Opera. His compositions and arrangements have
been performed by the Norfolk Symphony, the Virginia Chamber Ensemble, and the
Norfolk Brass Quintet.
Rice will premiere his work Sketches for a Requiem for
Eleven Victims of Domestic Violence, scored for soprano, folk vocalist (Lorna),
spoken word artist (Venus), acoustic guitar, oboe, cello, trombone, and percussion.
Martha Kehm Bio (Episode II)
Martha Kehm has been sketching, drawing, painting and sculpting since she
could hold a pencil.
She describes a recurring theme of her work to be that of "escape - a physical escape from danger,
perceived strictures, the ordinary - or mental/emotional escape." Martha's dramatic figures
use texture, negative space, rhythm and movement to engage the viewer.
In Martha Kehm's work
we sense in a tangible and visual manner the condition of those individuals in whose lives CASA
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Barbara Ott & Becky Klopp Fedor Bios (Episode III)
Barbara Ott (pictured) and Becky Klopp Fedor were invited to participate in On this Earth Episode III because of
their beautiful, spiritual, and uplifting artwork in clay, pottery, and ceramics. We felt that their
work embodied the joy of faith that we wished to communicate in this theme, and which we believe
underlies the work of Habitat for Humanity.
(Barbara Ott will display both artists' work at On this Earth Episode III, as Becky Klopp Fedor will be
in a different part of the country on this date.)
Barbara Ott became enamoured with clay through an introductory class at the Dunedin Fine Art Center
in 1996. With a background in the "black and white" world of accounting, clay offered Barbara
a myriad of possibilities and challenges and a way to find herself via the creative process. Expressing
her spirit has become an integral part of the work she creates, so much so that it led her to leave the
corporate world to pursue her passion and love for art.
In addition to being a creator of art, Barbara
is now also the manager of Highwater Clays of Florida.
Visit Highwater Clay of Florida's web site at
Becky Klopp Fedor
Becky Klopp Fedor has been creating art with clay since she stumbled into a ceramics
class at Oklahoma State University in 1972. Since then, she has taken every summer off
from her profession of teaching and speech therapy to be "covered with mud."
Becky has spent the last three decades doing art shows in California, Nevada, and Oklahoma,
and currently has a studio at the St Pete Clay Company.