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“The Hemingway Suite” Event Spotlights Key West Composer Bill Lorraine with Special Guests Cuban Virtuoso Pianist Lianne Vega, Conductor Zenaida Romeu and Film-maker Oscar Ortega

On Thursday, July 20, from 6:00-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society supports the annual Hemingway Days celebration with a special cultural event spotlighting local composer Bill Lorraine who will offer “The Hemingway Suite,” a short film premiere with a live performance of classical music at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.

In 2007, Lorraine was inspired to begin work on an orchestral composition as a tribute to Hemingway. In 2014, the Key West-based artist and musician saw his musical and cross-cultural vision come to fruition when his work premiered at the 700-seat Teatro Marti Opera House in downtown Havana, Cuba.

“This music is a tribute to Key West’s greatest artist, Ernest Hemingway,” says Lorraine, who has lived in Key West since 1976. “It is a musical reflection on his novels, short stories and his personal life.”

Prior to the film, which reveals the original performance of the suite as performed by the Havana Orchestra at Cuba’s Teatro Marti de La Habana, composer Lorraine and Cuban virtuoso pianist Lianne Vega will perform a few melodies from the suite, and world-renowned Cuban Conductor Zenaida Romeu will join the composer in presenting a discussion of its compositions, with filmmaker Oscar Ortega also in presence.

Purchase your tickets now at Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members, and include a champagne reception.  For more information contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, x115Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.


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In this 2014 photo, Key West-based artist and composer Bill Lorraine is congratulated by Cuban architect and restoration expert Dr. Orestes del Castillo, following the premier performance of Lorraine’s “The Hemingway Suite” at the 700-seat Teatro Marti Opera House in downtown Havana, Cuba. Center left is pianist Lianne Vega; center right is conductor Zenaida Romeu.  Both Vega and Romeu will join the conductor on Thursday, July 20 at The Studios of Key West for “The Hemingway Suite” short film premier and performance. (Contributed Photo)