Our 50th Year

Steven Banks and Xak Bjerken
Adelaide Boedecker
Lisa Chavez
Peter and Kara Dugan
Jonathan Gentry
Joshua Horne
Dick Hyman and Robert White
Olga Kern with Vladislav Kern
Tetiana Shafran
Kevin Short
Jennifer and Christopher Takeda
Maria Wirries

Maria Wirries

Maria Wirries

Born in Haiti and raised in the United States, Maria Wirries is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Penn State University and has spent the last two years, after a summer in the Broadway company, on the First National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen.

In Sarasota, her home, she has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra in their Masterworks and Pops Concert Series, the Sarasota Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, at the Players Theater, and at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. She received rave reviews for her featured solos with Gloria Musicae, Sarasota's professional chorus, during their Italian tour at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. Ms. Wirries has premiered original works from jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman and Canadian-based composer James Grant, as well as her own original music.

Ms. Wirries' eclectic repertoire extends from Broadway to jazz, classical to country, and gospel to Americana. Outside of theater and music, her other main passions are biological sciences and activism for all minority communities. Finding ways to intersect those passions are what fulfills her the most as an artist.