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March Concerts to Feature Classical Music Used in Movies
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For its March 9th and 11th Winter Concert performances, the St. Augustine Community Orchestra will present a unique program of selected classical music used in recent hit movies. For example, Conductor William McNeiland has chosen Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (1901), used in 13 films including “Forrest Gump”, winner of 6 Oscars in 1994.; “High School Musical”, a 2006 Disney Channel telefilm; and “A Clockwork Orange”, (1971) Director Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic tale of decaying cities.  Other examples include Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” (1858), a humorous French musical take-off on the Greek tragedy, used in 14 films including “Titanic” (Academy Award winner of 1997) and “Moulin Rouge”.(2001). Music by well-known composers of earlier times has often been used in modern day films to convey to the audience, through music, the emotional and sensory effects that the original composer wrote into it. 

Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” (1936), a slow movement taken from his string quartet, became an international favorite used in films such as “Platoon” (1986), “The Elephant Man” (1980), and “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1992). This same music was also used during the funerals of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.  And Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Blue Danube Waltz” has been used in 36 films, probably more often than any other piece of music.

A silent film titled “Curses” will climax the performance with special musical accompaniment by Bob Moore, playing keyboards, and Tony Steve, percussion. Bob

Moore is a composer of sacred music, piano pieces, chamber music, and orchestral works. He is currently Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. With percussionist Tony Steve, he performs jazz and experimental music, including silent film music scores such as the one for “Curses”. Tony Steve is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music and Percussion at Jacksonville University where he teaches percussion and composition, and plays percussion for the Jacksonville Symphony. During his career he has played percussion for numerous orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, working with such well-known personalities as Henry Mancini, Aretha Franklin, The Mannheim Steamroller, and Xavier Cugat.

Tickets for each concert are $10 at the door. Children 12 and under, and students with I.D. are admitted free. There is no reserved seating. Refreshments will be available for $5 (wine) and $2 (water), along with free snacks before the concert and during intermission.

The Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, having presented concerts for St. Augustine and surrounding area residents every year since 1961. Persons who wish to join the orchestra and who are competent players on their instrument and read music accurately are encouraged to contact Victoria Scarlett at 904-473-5911, or by e-mail at Monetary support for the orchestra is always gratefully received. To make a donation to the Orchestra, mail your check to the St. Augustine Community Orchestra, P. O. Box 2163,  St. Augustine, FL 32085-2163. The Orchestra appreciates the ongoing support of the Tourist Development Council, and the Lightner Museum; Murray Middle School for its rehearsal facilities, Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church and Ponte Vedra Christ Episcopal Church for concert venues, and for donations from its many advertisers and individual donors. For more information about the St. Augustine Community Orchestra and future concerts, log on to

Times, dates, and locations of concerts:

8:00 pm Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Lightner Museum

Antique Courtyard, 25 Granada St. St. Augustine, FL 32084

Encore performance:

3:00 pm Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Ponte Vedra Christ Episcopal Church

400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Tickets: $10 at the door; children 12 and under admitted free

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