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Harpist Christine MacPhail will perform Aug. 14 at Casa Feliz.

Photo By Frank Roark

Now that the gyrating Ms. Spears has blown through town and things are a bit slow at the Amway Center, perhaps it’s time to sing the praises of some more, shall we say, enduring forms of music. For that, we gyrate ourselves to Winter Park.

One group always making a joyful noise is the Rollins College-based Bach Festival Society, which has been around for 76 years. Its festival choir is composed of more than 160 auditioned volunteers, but for one day this month, you can be a member even if you’re tonally challenged.

Show up on Aug. 7 at the “Summer Sing” and you can sing through movements of several upcoming works along with the choir, led by conductor John V. Sinclair. The selections are from Bach and Verdi, but don’t worry if you’re a bit rusty on German or Latin: Sinclair will go over the pronunciation, and choir members will be more than happy to assist.

Just up Park Avenue from Rollins, there’s a musical treat every Sunday afternoon at the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, the magnificently restored Spanish farmhouse designed by James Gamble Rogers II. For 2½ years, harpists, classical guitarists, flute ensembles, jazz quartets, flamenco musicians and the like have mesmerized visitors during “Music at the Casa,’’ which many have called one of the area’s best-kept secrets.

The concerts/recitals are part of a weekly open house during which patrons can also enjoy a guided tour of the home and grounds and even spread out a picnic blanket. Casual attire is fine, and kids are welcome.

This month’s Casa musical lineup features the Alexia Jowers Flute Ensemble on Aug. 7, harpist Christine MacPhail on Aug. 14, Beautiful Music with flu-tist Shannon Caine on Aug. 21 and guitarist Peter Thatcher on Aug. 28.

And here’s a bit of information that will be music to your ears: Both the Bach and Casa Feliz events are free.

Bach Festival Summer Sing: 3 p.m. Aug. 7, Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Download free sheet music from bachfestivalflorida.org; it also can be purchased at the event. 407-646-2342. Bachfestivalflorida.org. Music at the Casa: noon-3 p.m. every Sunday. Casa Feliz, 656 Park Avenue N., Winter Park. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us
 


 

 Tuna-coustic

Aug. 4 The blues-rock band Hot Tuna is still cooking after 41 years, with founding members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady leading an acoustic tour on the heels of Steady As She Goes, the group’s first studio album in two decades. 8 p.m. $25-$35; The Plaza Theatre Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com
 
 


 

Photo Flashbacks

Through October 9 Yearning for a visual journey back into the 60s, 70s and 80s? The Cornell Museum of Fine Arts can oblige with two exhibits. “It’s Always Rock and Roll: The Work of Photojournalist Janet Macoska’’ features rockers whom the Cleveland-based Macoska began snapping in 1974. Her images—featured in Creem, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly among other publications—include subjects such as Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Debbie Harry and David Bowie. The exhibit is here courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Also at the Cornell: “The Velvet Years: 1965-1967, Warhol’s Factory Photographs by Stephen Shore.’’ This collection depicts Andy Warhol’s activities at his studio, the Factory, when the venue was teeming with musicians, artists, actors, writers and sophisticate wanna-bes. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. $5. 1000 Holt Ave. (Rollins College campus), Winter Park. 407-646-2526. rollins.edu/cfam
 
 


 

Regan’s a Riot

August 19 If you’re not yet a fan of Brian Regan, chances are you will be after checking out some of his routines on YouTube. The observational comic, who will make a tour stop in Central Florida, is genuinely funny without being off-color, which makes him popular among young and old alike as he ruminates on such oddities as the inane instructions on Pop Tart packages, the parking problems at emergency rooms and the pomposity of first-class airline passengers (sitting on their “thrones’’ and demanding, “Bring me the head of a pig!’’). Bring a hankie because you’ll laugh until you cry—he’s that funny. 8 p.m. $40 plus handling fees. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com

 

Quick Hits

AUGUST 2-7
Orlando Shakespeare Theater brings the enchanted world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the stage.

AUGUST 8
The horns from the Orlando Philharmonic take center stage with “Hornscapes,” an evening of serious and not-so-serious brass.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11
The Orlando Science Center offers a stringed showcase with the exhibit “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World.’’

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18
The works of 17 Florida sculptors are featured in the “Figure and Form” exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens.

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