Howey Mansion will be the place to be 4 to 5:30pm Sunday, Oct. 20, to hear jazz diva Suzy Park and her quartet sing selections from the Great American Songbook, as well as favorite standards in Blues, Brazilian and Funk Jazz.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a relaxed concert on the front lawn of the Howey Mansion, 1001 Citrus Ave., Howey-in-the-Hills.
Arisa Kusumi Sullivan, executive and artistic director of The Howey Mansion Music Series, founded in 2018 as a nonprofit organization, says this will be Suzy’s first appearance at Howey Mansion.
“Suzy has never been to Jazz on the Lawn and she is one of the most beloved jazz divas in Orlando,” says Arisa. “Suzy is very popular; she sings at all of the major jazz clubs and at Epcot sometimes. She is just delightful.”
The 20-room, 7,200 square foot Howey Mansion was built by William John Howey in 1927 at a cost of $250,000, around $3.2 million after inflation, according to historical records.
To celebrate the completion of construction, town records notes William Howey hosted the entire New York Civic Opera Company of 100 artists, drawing a crowd of 15,000 arriving in 4,000 automobiles to the free outdoor performance.
Mr. Howey was such a big fan of music,” says Arisa. “We’re bringing music back to the mansion the way he had, and we call it ‘breathing new life into musical treasures.’”
The mansion is now owned by Brad Cowherd, who restored the once dilapidated property back to glory and officially opened it to the public in May 2018 as a venue for special events, weddings and private parties.
Tickets for Sunday’s outdoor performance on the lawn are $25 per person; children under 12 are free. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert begins. The rain date for this concert is 4pm Oct. 27.
Additional concerts are slated Dec. 5, March 8, 2020, and April 16, 2020. For more information, visit howeymusicseries.org.