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St. Augustine Community Orchestra's Fall Concert Features Duo Violinists

St. Augustine Community Orchestra's Fall Concert Features Duo Violinists

An exciting pair of award-winning violinists will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” with the St. Augustine Community Orchestra as the featured presentation of its 50th anniversary season’s Fall concert. They are Gabriela Peňa and Ian Fell, seniors at Creekside High School, who have both been playing violin since they were very young. Both have been members of the Jacksonville Symphony’s Youth Orchestra for many years, studying with principal violinists.

St. Augustine Community Orchestra Prepares Fall Concert

St. Augustine Community Orchestra Prepares Fall Concert

The all-volunteer St. Augustine Community Orchestra is preparing for its gala 50th anniversary season. Rehearsals have begun each Tuesday at Murray Middle School 150 N. Holmes Blvd. St. Augustine, from 7 pm to 9:15 pm. Especially desired are violists, bass players, trombone, tuba, and percussionists. If you play any of these instruments competently and can read music accurately and easily, please call Becky Brown at 904-824-1156 to join the Orchestra. You will be welcomed and appreciated for sharing your talent. All ages are represented in the Orchestra, from teens to octogenarians. The exciting program planned for the October concerts includes Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony finale, Bizet’s “Carmen Suite”, Medley from Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and much more.

Limelight Theatre Announces 20th Season

Limelight Theatre announces its 20th Season Celebration, which kicks off in September--the 20th anniversary of the community theatre's founding. Executive Director Beth Lambert announced the seven main stage productions, which are presented year-round on Limelight's Matuza Main Stage and comprise the core of Limelight Theatre's programming. "We are so proud to launch our 20th season this September," she said. "This season is certainly destined to be one of the best ever--with two exciting musicals, great comedies and poignant drama that has special resonance with this community as the home of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind." The show she is referring to is Children of a Lesser God, which will be interpreted for the hearing impaired for several performances.

Bridge of Lions Wins Top Engineering Award

The rehabilitation of St. Augustine’s historic Bridge of Lions, led by facilities and infrastructure consulting firm RS&H, has received the Grand Conceptor Award from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE), presented at this month’s joint 2011 Florida Engineering Society-FICE Summer Conference in Miami.  The award is the highest honor given annually to the top engineering project in Florida and judged against eight other grand award winners in different categories.