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Aretha Franklin taught us how to Think and demand Respect... all while ridin' on the Freeway of Love!
In Portrait of Aretha, CeCe Teneal honors the legacy of the Queen of Soul with personalized interpretations of both popular and lesser-known songs from this 18 Grammy Award-winning icon’s 50-year career, including Chain of Fools,
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,
Rock Steady
, and Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do).

From the President
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Dear Arts Patrons,

Welcome to this 2023–24 performing arts season production. The quality programming you are about to enjoy, and in which the university community takes so much pride, would be impossible without our friends, benefactors, and audience members. We are very pleased to have you join us.

This season is an expanded and eclectic mix of music, drama, music theatre, and stand-up comedy performed by outstanding artists ranging from nationally known acts to Viterbo students. The carefully crafted schedule reflects our dedication to upholding the legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and their goal of sharing the wonder of the arts with everyone in the region.

To all Viterbo arts patrons, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, artists, and students, thank you very much for your continued support.

Enjoy the show!

“Pace e Bene”
Peace and all good
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Rick Trietley
Viterbo University President



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Cece Teneal
is just a country girl from Florida, born in rural Osteen (just outside of Orlando). She has brought her music to over 47 countries as the opening act for Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Johnny Lang, Betty Wright, Cameo, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jazmin Sullivan, Fantasia, Maze & Frankie Beverly, and the legendary B.B. King. She currently tours both her soulful and funky originals as well as a celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin to tens of thousands annually at performing arts centers around the U.S. and onboard multiple luxury cruise lines.

Teneal never envisioned herself as a performer, but having inherited her voice from her mother, the universe had a different plan. She has been nominated for four Independent Music Awards and claimed the title for 2011 Best Gospel Song (I Heard You Prayin’) and 2011 Best R&B Album (Train from Osteen), as well as 2018 Best Soul/Funk/Fusion Song (Danger). Other accolades include the 2008-2010 Orlando Best Live Band, the 2017 Orlando Music Trailblazer Award, and the honor of being chosen as the halftime headliner for the 2019 Citrus Bowl. In 2022, Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Jerry Demmings proclaimed Sept. 17 as Annual Cece Teneal Day in Orlando and Orange County respectively to celebrate her 20 years of arts and entertainment contributions. In 2023, she was honored by the Orlando Magic as a Diversity Game Changer for her philanthropic work in Central Florida.

A consummate performer who delivers “whether there’s five people or 5,000 in the audience,” Teneal seeks to transcend cultural and generational barriers with her music, and audiences can expect a new album later this year to be released on all major streaming platforms at ceceteneal.com.

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