Two Faculty Recitals Coming Up at SCF, Manatee-Sarasota

(Bradenton, Fla., March 30, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present two faculty recitals of classical music at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W. Trombonist Laurie Penpraze will be joined by Jurate Landsbergyte on organ and Vytautas Oskinis on flute at 7:30 p.m. April 10. Flautist Jane Hoffman and Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 13.

Penpraze, formerly a trombonist with the Sarasota Orchestra, studied at the University of Michigan, and as a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius, Lithuania. She was an assistant professor of trombone at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and taught for 13 summers in the Lutheran Summer Music Program. While in Vilnius, she met Landsbergyte and they formed a trio with Penpraze’s husband, trumpeter Todd Craven. Eventually, Oskinis, Landsberbyte’s son, joined the ensemble. The group has performed in Lithuania, Germany, Finland and the United States.

Hoffman, in her fourth season as principal flute with the Pops Orchestra Sarasota-Bradenton, earned her doctorate in musical arts at SUNY Stony Brook. She has performed with the Sarasota Opera and also tours Florida with The Craig Turley Orchestra, playing with artists such as Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys,

Ann Murray, Mandy Patinkin, Indigo Girls, Irish Tenors and Clay Aiken. In addition to being on the faculty at SCF, she teaches pre-K music at the Kaplan Preschool and instructs older students at Booker Middle School and Riverview High School.

General admission for both recitals is $8; students and SCF employees $4. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 941-752-5252. During the construction of SCF’s new Library and Learning Center, parking for SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center is west of Building 11, in Parking Lot I. Entrance to the auditorium remains on the east side of the building, with a drop-off area directly to the south of the front doors. Signs along 60th Avenue West and the drive lanes on campus guide patrons to the drop-off area and parking.


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