St. Augustine has a wonderful reputation for setting the stage for talented musicians and bands to perform from here to the county line. We have music venues that range from the giant Amphitheatre to a corner of a cozy bar and back again. And while we can’t get enough of these concerts, the other entertainment needs its moment in the spotlight. St. Augustine is also home to a plethora of stage shows and orchestras that will take your evenings (and Sunday afternoons) up a couple of notches. So without further ado, here’s your guide to the other side of the St. Augustine spring 2018 season.
Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez
1905…New York City. An illiterate black seamstress lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for women of all backgrounds. Lonely and longing for a husband and a future, she has saved a good amount of money for her future. A written correspondence begins between the lonely seamstress and a lonely man working on the Panama Canal. But at the same time, a strong attraction exists for the Jewish man who sells her the fabric she uses in her sewing. What to do? What can be done? Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm. Sunday show begins at 2pm.
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS WEBERN AND SCHUBERT
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The March 4th Florida Chamber Music Project performance will feature Anton Webern’s “Langsamer Satz” and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 “Death and the Maiden.” The two Austrian greats both pour a wealth of technical finesse into otherwise simple works that are lightly pleasing to an audience and allow easy listening. The show begins at 3pm and tickets are $25.
A SYMPHONIC ODYSSEY
St. Augustine Orchestra’s ‘Symphonic Odyssey’ will take you to Europe in the early 1840s through to Russian in the 1930s. It features the works of Italian, German, Russian, Czech, and Norwegian Composers during a time of social change, wars, and revolutions in Europe. An odyssey can be an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest – we like to think of this program as our quest to musically document a turbulent, game-changing time in history!
Performed by the Flagler College Theatre Arts Department, the play is set in the London home of Will, a handsome, well-educated television-documentary researcher, and his attractive, social activist wife, Ronee, who runs a community center in South London. Filled with bitterly funny repartee, and sudden bouts of anger and violence, it is the uneasy relationship between these characters which demonstrates how little these middle-class activists are able to bring order to their own lives, much less to the larger society in which they are foundering. The Wednesday through Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm. The Sunday show begins at 2pm.
Corpse!, set in London in 1936, is not so much a whodunnit as a whodunnit to whom! As with most foolproof plans, things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem. The shows run Thursday through Sunday. The Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm and the Sunday shows begin at 2pm. Tickets are $26.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA
Since its inception on 1960, the Nat’l Symphony of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru, and Argentina. Tickets are $40.
Presented by the Flagler College Theatre Arts Department, Medea is centered on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband. Medea is a classic tale of passion and rage, revenge, and exile, greatness and pride that has continued to speak to audiences since Euripides first penned the play in 431 B.C. The Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 7:30pm. The Sunday performance is at 2pm.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JUNIOR
RJ Murray Middle School
Based on the Tony Award-winning musical and Academy Award-winning film, a small town girl named Millie searches for a new life under the bright lights of 1920s New York City (and meets a host of colorful characters along the way). This production is a collaboration of the KidzfACTory at Limelight Theatre and RJ Murray Middle School. All performances will be held at the school. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and the Sunday matinee begins at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children.
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS SCHUBERT
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Florida Chamber Music presents Franz Schubert. Schubert was extremely prolific during his short lifetime. His output consists of over 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music, all before he died at age 31.
April 20-May 13
The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured, and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith, and legacy ensues. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm and Sunday shows begin at 2pm. Tickets are $26.
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS MOZART & SMETANA
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Join the Florida Chamber Music Project as they celebrate Mozart, a prolific and influential composer of the classical era, and Smetana, a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music.