Ms. Collaso is the creator, director and producer of three musical productions; “ELEVEN JAZZY DIVAS”, “A TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON & SHIRLEY HORN”, and “I’M EVERY WOMAN” and has recorded 6 CDs of her own.
Joan Collaso is the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Timeless Gifts Youth Program for the Performing Arts, celebrating 7 years of working diligently to insure that the youth that come her way receive instruction from world-class musicians and arts technicians. She includes her Timeless Gifts youth in everything that she can so that they receive an early education in the art of performance, integrity, etiquette and protocol, using her influence and associations to give them as much exposure and as many performance opportunities possible.
Donations from generous businesses, foundations and individuals allow for the FREE event to take place each year. If you are interested in supporting the event, please see the options below:
The event is named in honor of Gene Harris, an American jazz pianist, celebrated for his warm sound and blues/gospel infused style known as “soul jazz.” A hometown talent who went on to become a shining star, Gene was pleased and thrilled to return and give back to the community and city he truly loved; a place he was proud to call home.
The goal of the event is to provide an experience that all people can enjoy. In addition, it celebrates the importance of people coming home and coming together to celebrate one of the greatest gifts of all - THE ARTS.
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
513 Ship Street, St. Joseph MI, 49085
ph: 269-982-4030 • contact us • fax: 269-982-4181