Order of La Florida and the Rahners’

 Through their leadership building a thriving theatre community, or by staging productions from the intimate to the grand, ensuring that the performing arts have a place to perform, Tom and Jean Rahner are synonymous with live theatre in St. Augustine, Florida.

The Rahners’ extraordinary contributions to performing arts in the city was  recognized when the St. Augustine City Commission presented its highest award, the Order of La Florida, to the couple on Monday, September 9th at City Hall.

St Augustine Music Festival Day 2

The 13th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival will take place over the last two weekends (Thursday to Saturday) in June 2019: June 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, at the Cathedral Basilica. There will be six concerts in all, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts are free and will feature selections from a wide variety of composers, from Mozart to Mahler and Schubert to Shostakovich.

The St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

On day 2 (June 21) was a night of percussion by musicians Joseph Becker and Kevin Ritenauer.

Shabby Events and The Corazon Team Up

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe is excited to team up with Gorgeous Shabby Weddings to create affordable and memorable wedding and event packages to help celebrate the most important affairs in peoples lives. ​

St. Augustine Easter Parade 2019

The full St Augustine Easter Parade 2019

The Circus is Here!!!

The Venardos Circus is back at the St Augustine Amphitheatre till Jan 27th, so yes the circus is here. Do not miss this show as the little circus that could brings a whole new show to St Augustine.

Check out there website for tickets and times: www.venardoscircus.com

Saint Augustine Concert Band Xmas Concert 2018

Got into the holiday spirit by listening to the Saint Augustine Concert Band in their Holiday Concert on Friday, December 14th. Really wonderful concert, felt like I was at Rockefeller Center or Radio City Hall.

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.

By Popular Demand “Portrait of an Artist”

People keep asking me (Jorge Rivera) about wanting to see the short documentary I put together about the artist (painter) Harry McCormick filmed here in NE Florida and NYC titled “PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST”. Many people were not able to attend the first showing of it at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe in mid August. As you all probably know Harry McCormick is a world renowned artist, and St Augustine was lucky enough to have an exhibition of his art (July 3 – September 20) at St Johns County Administration Building. His art was also being displayed at The Vault 1930 Art Gallery in Jacksonville. So here it is, please enjoy.

St Augustine Talks Prison Reform

On September 9th the Corazon Cinema and Cafe was packed with concerned local citizens who wished to learn more on prison reform in Florida and the United States.

Film, printed materials, speakers and a discussion panel were part of the entire education package on this subject. Hopefully informing the attendees on what to do in order to be part of the solution.

SJCC Workshop on “How to Get Your Art in a Gallery”

Learn the best practices of how to get your work into an Art Gallery. There will be three local gallery owners to share this information. Ms. Jan Miller – Butterfield Garage Gallery Ms. Sylvia Gortz – The Gallery Group and Ms. Karen Sheridan – Plum Gallery What is the best way to contact/approach a Gallery? Who is the Key contact person? Do your research to see if the gallery is a good match for your work and level of experience. Does the artist need to develop a relationship with the gallery. What are the galleries submission policies? How do you find it? Bring your questions or come to network. As always, there is no charge for this workshop brought to you by the St. Johns Cultural Council.