Bernstein’s Broadway in St Augustine

First Coast Opera kicked off its 2018-19 season with Bernstein’s Broadway, a concert highlighting the musical legacy of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  Part of the international Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, Bernstein’s Broadway featured hit tunes from his wildly successful Broadway musicals performed by guest artists in the Lightner Museum “swimming pool”, 25 Granada St., in downtown St. Augustine.
The program featured selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and Wonderful Town.  Returning guest artists included Fort Lauderdale soprano Elena Galván, who sang the role of Kay in last season’s The Stranger’s Tale, Tampa mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin, who sang on last season’s Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies concert, University of Florida professor Matt Morgan, who last sang with FCO in the 2015 Opera Paris concert, popular local singer Carrie Thornton with accomplished local music director Curtis Powell accompanying on piano.  They were joined by St. Petersburg baritone Luis González and Tampa bass Tyler Putnam each making FCO debuts.  Leonard Bernstein’s music resonates with both classical and musical theater audiences.
According to FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, “Bernstein’s song-writing is extraordinary.  From a performer’s standpoint, they can be quite complicated, but for the audience, his songs are tuneful, clever, and memorable.”
The program was performed, at the Lightner Museum swimming pool area, 25 Granada St., in downtown Saint Augustine on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm and will be performed again on October 13th at Del Webb Auditorium in Ponte Vedra.

Billy Buchanan and The Pioneers of Rock ‘n Soul

The Pioneers of Rock ‘n Soul Show is a nonstop, no holds barred production that pays tribute to many of the essential soul, blues, and early rock trailblazers. The shows founder and star, Billy Buchanan, portrays Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, with an unbelievable authenticity. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, the city where DJ Alan Freed first coined the phrase “Rock and Roll”, Billy has a deep musical heritage. He was nominated for a Dove Award for his role in the touring production, Hero The Rock Opera, and was nominated for two Sunny Awards at The Sunburst Celebrity Impersonator’s. Billy has never forgotten where he came from and the artists that inspired him as a child. That is why he created The Pioneers of Rock ‘n Soul Show; To pay tribute to the city that he loves and the music that changed his life and the lives of millions around the world.

Check out Billy Buchanan’s website for testimonials, pictures, videos and more about his Pioneers of Rock ‘n Soul Show: https://billybuchanan.org/tributes

 

The Ancient City Cat Show 2017

The Ancient City Cat Club presented its 2nd Annual Cat Show on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 2017, at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center in St Augustine, FL.

There were over 125 pedigreed and household pets, they were judged in each of six rings each day. The theme of this year’s show was “Pirates of St. Augustine,” and a pirate re-enactor from Ancient City Privateers was onsite both days. Spectators were welcome to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats. Photography of the cats in the rings was encouraged, and photography of the cats in the benching area was at the discretion of each respective owner.

In addition to vendors selling cat related items, there was a fundraising raffle, a local food truck with lunch options, and an opportunity to have your picture taken with a local pirate.

 

14th Annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 14th Annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show presented by Fields Auto Group at Nocatee Town Center, on Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Auto Show featured up to 175 classic and new collectors’ cars all vying for the show’s 30+ trophies. New off-road car category and golf carts have been added to this years line-up. The much-anticipated awards ceremony took place at 2:00 p.m.