“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” at LIVE! From Vero Beach Jan. 11

Long ago and oh so far away . . . the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs. We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is the definitive concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. It arrives to the Emerson Center stage on Saturday Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Carpenters sold over a hundred million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for most consecutive top-ten singles. The dynamic combination of Karen’s voice and Richard’s compositions and arrangements created Grammy winning magic and won them a worldwide legion of loyal fans. Accomplished vocalist Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her 5-piece band of Nashville musicians.

The show re-creates the Carpenters’ arrangements, sound and stories culled from extensive research and interviews with those who knew Karen and Richard personally and professionally. Experience an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era, and sing along with hits that include “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Rainy Days & Mondays,” and many more.

In its 7th concert season close to home, LIVE! From Vero Beach is presented by Cindy O’Dare and Fenia Hiaasen. Show sponsors are Joe & Denise Corr, Catherine Sullivan, The Audiohouse, Springhill Suites By Marriott and New Vision Eye Center. This concert’s non-profit partner is Quail Valley Charities. Since 2001, Quail Valley Charities has dedicated their funding to non-profit organizations and programs in Indian River County, focusing solely on children and education.

To date, QVC has donated over $6.6 million to non-profit children and education organizations within Indian River County.

The other performers this season include “Ticket to the Moon” …A Trip Through the Music of Electric Light Orchestra-Wed., Jan. 22; “Herman’s Hermits” starring Peter Noone (A special performance on Wed., Jan. 29); Singer/Songwriter “Joan Osborne”-Thurs., Feb. 6;  Singer “Judy Collins” (A special performance on Sat., Feb. 15); “The Rocket Man Show”- A Tribute to Elton John-Thurs., Feb. 20; Classic Albums Live: “Creedence Clearwater Revival”-Chronicle, Vol. 1-Thurs., Feb. 27; “Live and Let Die”-The Music of Paul McCartney-Thurs., March 5; The Kingston Trio-Thurs., March 12; “Broken Arrow”-A Neil Young Tribute-Thurs., March 19; “Space Oddity”-The Ultimate David Bowie Concert Experience-Thurs., March 26; Classic Albums Live:  “Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits”-Thurs., April 2; and “Peter Asher” of Peter and Gordon Fame-Thurs., April 9.

Tickets are on sale now for all concerts. A special ticket discount of 15 percent off is offered for the purchase of 20 or more tickets (to one or more concerts) in one purchase and will be automatic at time of purchase with no code necessary. For Best Seats…Buy Tickets Now! Visit the website for available seating locations and ticket prices: www.MusicWorksconcerts.com or call (800) 595-4849.

Sponsors, in addition to the presenting sponsors include CenterState, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Harmony Reserve, Indian River Land Trust, MID-Florida Credit Union, Ocean Grill, A.C. and Ann Starkey. Non-profit partners include Cultural Council of IRC, The Emerson Center, Grand Harbor Community Outreach, VNA & Hospice Foundation and The Mental Health Association in IRC. In-kind sponsors include ABC Printing as the Printing sponsor and Majestic Theatre as the Screen Sponsor.

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue and the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, both venues are in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young and Stacey Kasselman of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating at 6:30 p.m. Come early and purchase drinks and snacks from the Emerson Center lobby bar. An elevator to the 2nd floor balcony is available as well as listening devices from the Emerson Center office. For more information call 772-234-4412.

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