The 100 voice strong St. Augustine Community Chorus (Director Mike Sanflippo), along with the St Augustine Youth Chorus (Director Kerry Fradley) presented one of St Augustine’s most loved holiday traditions – The 67th Annual Christmas and Holiday Concert , “Christmas Tableaux – Peace, Hope, Joy and Awe”, under the direction of Michael Sanflippo with accompaniment by a chamber orchestra. Chorus members performed beautiful and festive works ranging from traditional to contemporary, including choruses from G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” which included the crowd favorite singalong of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The performance took place on Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 PM at the Cathedral Basilica in beautiful downtown St. Augustine.
First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with composer Gwyenth Walker and the director of the St Augustine Community Chorus Mike Sanflippo.
We talked about the upcoming performance on Saturday Dec. 12th at 8pm, and Sunday Dec. 13th at 2pm at the Cathedral Basilica.
The St. Augustine Chamber Singers presented their fall First Friday Concert at the Cathedral Basilica on October 2. The Singers, directed by Kathleen Vande Berg, sung selections from a new work by Carol Barnett: “Angels and Mortals: a Bluegrass Te Deum”. In addition to selections from Barnett’s “Te Deum”, the St. Augustine Singers reprised “A Little Jazz Mass” by Chilcott and two of Barnett’s compositions: “Great Day” and a Thanksgiving setting of the tune “McKay”. The choir was accompanied by Barb Mattingly and was also joined by Fran Coraggio, bass; Jerrold Michaelson, drums; Elizabeth Roth, guitar and Doug Carn, jazz piano.
The concert was free.
The St. Augustine Community Chorus introduced their new Director, Michael Sanflippo, during this concert “Jubilee! 450 Years of Song”. This concert took place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 17th at the historic Memorial Presbyterian Church on the final day of the Romanza Festivale.
During the concert the chorus took a musical journey featuring music from six centuries, beginning in 16th century Spain with Tomas Luis de Victoria’s beautiful setting of O Vos Omnes. Selections from Henry Purcell’s celebratory Come Ye Sons of Art were then followed by a gem from the young Mozart, Veni Sancte Spiritus. Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer was featured by the St Augustine Youth Chorus singing the serene melody O For the Wings of a Dove. A masterpiece of the 20th century followed: Norman Dello Joio’s dynamic setting of texts penned by Walt Whitman, A Jubilant Song. The chorus then returned to the 21st century with a performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children to close this choral salute to St Augustine’s 450th celebration.
A celebration and honoring for our Mothers. This concert performed on May 9th, was about love, the first love we experience from our mothers, the love the is the foundation of any family unit. The North Florida Women’s Chorale sung settings of “Ave Maria” and songs from many cultures that celebrate mothers. This concert included the St Augustine Youth Chorus as special guests. It was fitting that we combined the voices of women and children to sing about motherhood and family.
The North Florida Women’s Chorale prepares for its May 9th Concert by this event at World Golf Village.
In May we celebrate and honor our Mothers. This concert will be about love, the first love we experience from our mothers, the love that is the foundation of any family unit. The Chorale will sing settings of “Ave Maria” and songs from many cultures that celebrate mothers. This concert will include the St Augustine Youth Chorus as special guests. It is fitting that we combine the voices of women and children to sing about motherhood and family. As part of your celebration, bring your mother to this charming concert.
St. Augustine Community Chorus offered “Movie Musical Magic!”
We all love going to the movies and often leave singing or humming tunes from the score, especially with musicals. For audiences who enjoy music from Broadway or the cinema, this was an opportunity to attend the St. Augustine Community Chorus concert: These are a few of our favorite things: Movie Musical Magic! The concert took place at 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 14 and at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 15 at the Performing Arts Center of St. Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Avenue.
From the early days of films in the thirties up through the 1990’s, there are many memorable melodies that we all love, including: “My Favorite Things”, “Unchained Melody”, “As Time Goes By”, “My Heart Will Go On”, “Singin’ in the Rain” “Under the Boardwalk”, and “Hooray for Hollywood”. Director Kathleen Vande Berg selected all of these and more to be performed by the chorus and guest soloists during the spring concert, this was the final concert that Ms. Vande Berg directed the chorus. Having been a Chorus Director since 2005, she will remain active as the Director of the St. Augustine Singers and involved in many other community activities, including Co-Chair of the Romanza Festivale. The new director, Michael Sanflippo, will take over the baton for the May 17, 2015 concert and subsequent concerts in the next season.
For more info go to: http://www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org/