Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Center for the Arts Hosts Renaissance Academy


The Marco Island Center for the Arts will again host the Renaissance Academy’s Marco Island programs in 2016. The Renaissance Academy is an educational outreach program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with other regional organizations sharing the goals of advancing lifelong learning, creativity and social engagement.

Renaissance Academy is based on the premise that learning should never cease, a philosophy shared by the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The programs will be presented at the Center.

“Beethoven’s Ninth: The Struggle, Despair and Triumph” will be presented January 14, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Famed conductor Riccardo Muti said when he picks up the baton to conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony he feels a chill knowing he will be in direct communication with God for the next ninety minutes. This program invites participants to “listen and learn” about Beethoven’s powerful sound and how it cast an enormous shadow across the 19th century. While battling hearing loss in his thirties, fighting his sister-in-law over custody of his nephew, and suffering the lost love of the mysterious “Immortal Beloved,” Beethoven created some of the greatest music ever, crowned by his monumental Ninth Symphony. Join instructor Steven Mutart for this eye and ear opening presentation.

“In the Gardens of Claude Monet’s Giverny” will be presented February 18, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. The impressionist master, Claude Monet, is one of the world’s most beloved artists. Monet planted gardens wherever he lived, but his masterpiece was Giverny, where he spent more than half of his long and very productive life. The beautiful gardens he created at Giverny were a never-ending source of inspiration for Monet. Join instructor Carol Johnson as she looks through photos in the gardens and how Monet translated them into beautiful works of art.

“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Outer Limits of Genius” will be presented March 17, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. What does a five year old do with the rest of his life after mastering violin and piano? Mozart would go on to compose 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 5 violin concertos (by age 18), many operas, countless small concert pieces, and hundreds of live performances throughout Europe. Sadly, this musical darling of Europe died penniless and joined the paupers in their graves at the young age of 35.Adored by millions, he would become a hero to the many musical giants that followed him. Join instructor Steven Mutart as he leads a fascinating class on this musical genius.

Each class is only $20.00 and reservations must be made in advance. Renaissance Academy classes cannot be registered or paid for at the Center nor do they allow at the door admissions. Registration and payment for Renaissance Academy classes must be made online at or by telephone at 239-425-3272.

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For further information concerning Marco Island Center for the Arts, including classes, programs and membership, please visit the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145 or visit the Center online at

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