2018-02-16 / Community

Koreshan Art Hall is a place of harmony

By Katie Moses
Assistant Park Manager

In the early 1900s, Koreshan members of all ages participated in the musicals. In the early 1900s, Koreshan members of all ages participated in the musicals. The sound of music can be uplifting, invigorating, relaxing and just plain enjoyable.

The Koreshan Unity frequently offered free concerts to the community throughout its heyday in the early 1900s to late 1920s. There is even documentation that the Koreshans had their own orchestra which often played in the Art Hall. This wonderful building with a large stage and seating area held numerous plays and musicals featuring Koreshan members. There are several photographs of musicians performing throughout the archives of the unique Koreshan Society.

The Friends of Koreshan and rangers of Koreshan State Park continue this tradition today with a music series held most Saturdays and Sundays. Local musicians are invited to perform in the historic Art Hall, built in 1905. The acoustics in the hall yield quite an enjoyable experience. The building is filled with original Koreshan artwork, currently the work of renowned painter Douglas Teed, Koreshan Unity founder Cyrus Teed’s son. The Art Hall currently has musical instruments displayed from the Koreshan archives as well.

Music series performers include Silvia & Pete, Scott Ritter, The Jarretts, Brooks Brothers, KG and The Ranger, Sax Appeal, Sarah Hadeka and the Gulf Coast Harmonizers. The concerts are free with park admission and are held most Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. For the most updated list of musicians and concert dates, visit the Friends of Koreshan website at www.friendsofkoreshan.org or the park’s Facebook page for frequent updates on the upcoming events at the park. Interested in performing in the Art Hall? Please contact Park Services Specialist Brittany Petit for more information at (239) 992-0311.

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