A Beautiful Voice at Grace

Regina Torres sang an array of songs accompanied by Bonita Wyke , from Frank Sinatra, to Sarah Vaughn, to Carole King, and so on. Her voice filled Grace United Methodist Church,  in St Augustine, FL to the enjoyment of the crowd who came to listen to this very talented singer. This concert took place on Saturday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Cabaret Edith Piaf Rocks a Sold Out House

Le Cabaret d’Edith Piaf, was a festive evening of music, exploring the nightlife of Paris through the cabaret songs of Edith Piaf and other Parisian works.

The crowd came to know Edith Piaf through the eyes of First Coast Opera!

It was a fun and festive evening for all, the crowd just absolutely loved it.

It happened on Saturday, April 16th at 7:30 PM at The Mark Lance Armory, on 190 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine.

UNF Jazz Ensemble One, Rocks the House

EMMA Concert Association brought  to town one of the finest collegiate jazz ensembles found anywhere in the world–the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble. They brought their technique and passion for jazz  to St. Augustine on Sunday,  April 3, 2016,  at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.

The University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble  is the flagship ensemble of the prestigious University of North Florida Jazz Studies Program, headed by legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Rich Matteson in 1986, UNF’s Jazz Ensemble  has enjoyed a worldwide repuation. That all members of the UNF Jazz Studies Program are undergraduates makes this achievement that much more impressive.

The Jazz Ensemble has won numerous group and individual awards and has been consistently recognized by such publications as Cadence, Jazz Times, Jazz Educators Journal, and DownBeat for its improvisational prowess and precision ensemble playing. The band has received performance awards from DownBeat each year since 2002, and has been invited to perform at prestigious jazz festivals in both the U.S. and in Europe. The Ensemble also has been invited to perform at International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in Atlanta, Boston, Miami, and New Orleans, the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Suncoast Jazz Festival in Tampa, the Savannah Jazz Festival, the Mobile Jazz Festival, and annually at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

A special component of the UNF Jazz Studies Program is the Great American Jazz Series, which regularly brings in stellar jazz artists as residents. This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled the Jazz Ensemble to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, including Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, and Doc Severinse.

Thomas Pandolfi Plays in St Augustine

The EMMA Concert Association and Flagler College presented the talented and popular pianist Thomas Pandolfi in concert on March 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium.

The passion, artistry and flawless technique of this young American pianist have made him one of the most popular virtuoso pianists  performing today.  His orchestral appearances feature works by such masters as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Liszt, as well as more modern composers like Rubinstein and George Gershwin. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Thomas Pandolfi now resides in Washington, D.C.

St Augustine Orchestra Focuses on Fiedler

The St. Augustine Orchestra’s spring concert, under the direction of Maestro Scott Gregg, featured popular and light classical selections performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.

Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 26 for Violin and Orchestra
Light Cavalry Overture
Slavonic Dance No. 8
American Salute
Hungarian Dance
My Fair Lady

Guest Soloist: The orchestra was delighted to welcome guest soloist Bryce Martin of the Jacksonville Youth Symphony Orchestra, who performed selections from Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 26, for Violin and Orchestra, by Max Bruch.

An Event to Benefit SAYO

People treated and kicked up their heels on February 25, 2016.  Dance! Dance! Dance!, sponsored by the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra, it featured live jazz and swing by the Lighthouse Band. The dance was be held at the Riverview Club in St. Augustine Shores (790 Christina Drive, St. Augustine).

During the opening welcome, there were special appearances, including a classical musical demonstration by members of Ponte Vedra High School’s ProArte, a string ensemble whose goal is to promote music in the area.  In addition, there was a tasting of sparkling wines provided by ARIA Wines and a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres from the Tasting Room, a Spanish restaurant featuring wine & tapas pairings, and Gaufres & Goods, a St. Augustine restaurant and specialty shop specializing in Greek and Polish cuisine.

The St. Augustine Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization whose mission is the training of young musicians. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with artistic director Stephen Marr and find out a little more about SAYO.


Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Performs in St Augustine

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra performed in St Augustine on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Lewis Auditorium. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was founded in the late 1930s as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra, becoming in 1948 the national radio orchestra known as “Kol Israel (voice of Israel) Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the ensemble expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra played a crucial role in shaping and developing the cultural climate of the newly formed state of Israel, commissioning and performing modern works, both Israeli and foreign, and combining local soloists and conductors with guest artists. 
Among its most notable premieres are the opera David by Darius Milhaud (1954), the cantata Abraham and Isaac by Igor Stravinsky, and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Some of the music world’s legendary musicians have performed with the JSO, including Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Igor Markevitch, Henryk Szeryng, Yo Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Neville Mariner, Christa Ludwig, Tabea Zimmermann, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Jose Carreras, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxim Vengerov and Yefim Bronfman.

Both Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli will lead the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra tour in the United States in February of 2016. The tour will be dedicated to the orchestra’s 80th Anniversary.

Cluster Pluck Bluegrass Jamm at DOS

The Cluster Pluck Bluegrass Jamm was a loosely organized bluegrass and old-time music sing-out and pick-along. Lots a of great music and songs by musicians that love bluegrass.

It was a wonderful evening and First Coast.TV was lucky to be there.

The 2015 Narrow Magazine Music Awards

Celebrating and recognizing the best of St. Augustine’s music in 2015! So Narrow Magazine will hold an event at Planet Sarbez on February 28 at 7pm to honor local musicians and music.
Awards being presented for Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best Blockquote, and Best Cover.

Performances by a who’s who of local music royalty!

Amy Hendrickson
Bob Patterson
Katherine Archer
Kensley Stewart
Kimberly Brown
Lucio Rubino
Mental Patients
Michael Jordan
Robbie Dammit & Speakeasy
Sam Pacetti
Shea Birney
The Skinny
The Willowwacks

“Red Carpet” @ 7pm, event starts @ 8pm.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Performs in St Augustine

The EMMA Concert Series and Flagler College presented the internationally recognized Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with piano soloist Macin Koziak on January 23, 2016, at Lewis Auditorium.

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest institution of music in northern Poland. The orchestra is led by Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, whose renowned career has included conducting orchestras all over the world, including Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Moscow and Rome.

Pianist Macin Koziak won his first competition in Poland at age ten. At age eleven, he debuted with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and his subsequent career has brought him recognition from all over the world. He is a laureate of a number of international competitions, including the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Budapest and the 10th Hastings International Piano Concert Competition in the United Kingdom.

The Polish Baltic Philarmonic Orchestra performed with Macin Koziak as solo pianist at Lewis Auditorium.