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.

GATSBY’S LOST GENERATION 2018

GATSBY’S LOST GENERATION St Augustine 2018 The Greatest Event in St Augustine!! Gatsby was BACK! Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Lightner Museum from 7pm to 11:00pm! ​VW of St. Augustine was at it again, and if you’ve been to one of their parties, then you know it’s unbelievable. Lightner Museum, was rocked by the Mother of all parties! And Wait…There was an after Party again this year! The fun kept going at the Corazon Cinema from 11pm to 1:00am. Karla and the gang know how to keep the party going too!! The Gatsby Party kept the champagne flowing and the awesome music made the masses dance the night away!

“Everyone Behaves Badly, Given the Chance“ – Hemingway

1927 – was brought back to life!!

EMMA: The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra

St Augustine experienced the excitement and pleasure of truly beautiful music as the New Year and EMMA brought the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra to Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. For more than 30 years the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra has brought music lovers to their feet in appreciation of performance after performance.

St Augustine Chanukah 2017

First Coast.TV spoke with Rabbi Vogel and his wife Fraidy and learned that each year, during the holiday of Chanukah, Chabad of St. Augustine, with the assistance of the City of St. Augustine, sponsors a Chanukah Menorah Lighting Celebration in the heart of the old city. This community-wide festival is open to the public free of charge. The event features entertainment, holiday crafts and activities for the children, traditional Chanukah foods, and holiday kits. The highlight of the program is the Menorah lighting ceremony, as the mayor is honored with the kindling of the lead flame.The annual Chanukah celebration has become a highlight of the year for the St. Augustine Jewish community and a meaningful event for the community at large! This year’s event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 5:30pm, at the gazebo at the Plaza de la Constitucion. It is an evening that celebrates the universal message of Chanukah; the triumph of good over evil and the infinite power of a single act of kindness and humanity.

Post Hurricane Irma

The city of St Augustine is in clean up mode after hurricane Irma. First Coast.TV went to see the damage and the efforts to recover.

Mayor Talks Hurricane Irma

First Coast.TV got a moment to talk to the Mayor of St Augustine Nancy Shaver about the potential danger of hurricane Irma as it approaches the state of Florida, less than a year since the devastation of hurricane Matthew.

St Augustine Speaks About Confederate Monuments

St Augustine citizens came to St Paul AME Church to have an orderly forum concerning the fate of some confederate monuments in public spaces. The event was hosted by Rev. Ron Rawls and people spoke against and for the these symbols of the confederacy.

To see the entire forum of 1 hour and 13minutes go to :