Friday, December 8 at 7 pm

EMMY® and PEABODY Award Winner Charlie Grinker continues his series at Clermont Performing Arts Center with The Story Behind The Song

Grinker will present the next installment of his Charlie Grinker Presents Series on December 8 at 7pm.  The Story Behind The Song will feature some of the greats of the music industry, and the stories of how those songs came to be.

Our all-time favorite songs accompanied by the low-down on how they came to be. Quincy Jones reveals to Charlie the joys of creating music with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson; Beatles memories come from John Lennon and Yoko Ono; then the surprising story behind Amazing Grace written by slave trader John Newton in 1779 and the unexpected tale behind the lyrics of Yankee Doodle Dandy. Pete Seeger and The Weavers sing their famous “B” side that beat o
ut the “A” side followed by delightful moments with Elvis Presley, Big Joe Turner, and Jerry Lee Lewis. A highlight is our salute to America’s  brilliant songwriter Irving Berlin who said he wrote his songs for The real soul of the country, the average American. Mr. Berlin gave us Easter Parade, White Christmas, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, There’s No Business Like Show Business and God Bless America.

Saturday, December 9 at 8 pm

Acclaimed play comes to Clermont Performing Arts Center

Clermont Performing Arts Center will present Tuesdays With Morrie on December 9 at 8pm in the Mainstage.

Tuesdays With Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

“Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.” —NY Magazine.

“Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatable…aphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit.” —NY Times.

“A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” —NY Daily News.

“I was unprepared for how moving and powerful TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE turned out to be…On this ground, the flowers of humanity grow.” —NY Post.

“You’ll Laugh! You’ll Cry!” —Variety.

“The evening has an aura of celebration. Just what the doctor ordered, you are likely to be moved.” —Journal News.

“Rewarding. Go see it any day of the week.” —WOR-AM.

Crowd Favorite Returns to Clermont Performing Arts Center for the Holidays

Saturday, December 15

Praia Entertainment Group, creators of the immensely popular Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp series, will present it’s super holiday hit A Motown Christmas Spectacular on the CPAC Mainstage on December 15 at 7:30pm.  This year’s performance will feature The Motortown All-Stars and The Original Vandellas.

The Motortown All-Stars feature an all-star line-up of vocalists and musicians assembled from the ranks of the Capitols and the Miracles and former members of the Temptations.  These vocalists have each performed with Motown legends on stages around the world and now they’ve come together to deliver all the biggest Motown hits, complete with impeccable harmonies, flashy outfits and that dazzling choreography.  A live band of the finest players out of Detroit (complete with live brass) adds yet another level of excitement to those instantly-recognizable grooves.  You’ll hear all the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and Supremes’ hits you know and love like “My Girl”, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, “Ooh Baby, Baby”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” as well as holiday classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Silent Night” performed in that inimitable Motown style.

Plus special guest stars… Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Motown legends The Original Vandellas!  Annette Beard-Helton and Rosalind Ashford Holmes began their career with Berry Gordy at Motown in 1962 and have stood the test of time.   From touring the world to being one of the very first “girl groups” inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the group’s importance in the history of American music is well-documented.  Rolling Stone Magazine has named the Vandellas to their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time.”  Don’t miss this chance to see authentic rock and roll legends in action.  The Vandellas’ hits include Come and Get These Memories”, “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave ”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Dancing in the Street”,  “Quicksand”, “Nowhere to Run and many others.

So, “Get Ready”… It’s the most wonderful time of the year and this will be both groups’ only area appearance this holiday season.


Tickets can be purchased, and more information is available by calling 352-394-4800, or visiting