Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Welcomes Jazz Violinist Tim Kliphuis


- The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., welcomes Tim Kliphuis and his accompaniment Alfonso Ponticelli​, to the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center to be held Wednes​day, April​ 11.

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis performs a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal. Widely regarded as the legendary Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, Kliphuis is classically trained, and is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator.

"We are always looking for unique and trend-setting artists to fill our concert series and produce performances that may never make it to our area,"​ says Debi Evans of Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc.

​Of the concert, Kliphuis relates, “Alfonso and I will be pursuing the 'Gypsy Jazz Duets' format that I premiered with guitarist Sam Miltich to great acclaim. It is music from the gypsy tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, with a lot of surprises along the way. It will be a musical conversation between two friends.”

More information on Tim Kliphuis is available at ​, and information on Alfonso Ponticelli is available​ at

A photo of Tim Kliphuis may be viewed at

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, and VIP seating is $30 at the door. Seating is limited, but tickets may be purchased in advance online at

A vegetarian dinner will be available for purchase on site along with coffee, bottled water and other beverages. Customers may bring their favorite wine or champagne, and an attendant will tend their bottle. Plastic cups will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own glasses.

The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center continues its concert series Thursday, May 3 with legendary Peter Rowan, with guitarist Sam Pacetti opening.

More information is available at

The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. The ticket office for the Jewel Box Concerts is 904-886-8378. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Ernie Evans, the vice president of Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc. at or 904-886-8378.