The St. Augustine Community Chorus returns to the historic Cathedral Basilica on Saturday, December 14 at 7:45 PM and Sunday, December 15 at 1:45 PM for their December concert, "A Celtic Christmas", which also includes the Christmas portion of Handel’s "Messiah". Participating in this performance are over 140 individuals including the Community Chorus, the St. Augustine Youth Chorus, the Concert Artists of Jacksonville Orchestra, Robbie Zukauskas on the Penny Whistle and Uilean Pipes, and the presenters of the flags of the seven Celtic nations.
Invited to join the chorus are three acclaimed soloists, Kandie Smith, Soprano, and Regina Torres, Alto, both of whom will be singing the arias and recitatives of Handel’s "Messiah", and Jamilia Welles, soprano, who will sing the solo in True Light.
As a performing artist, Kandie Smith has enjoyed a vibrant career in musical theater and operetta. In 2013 she sang the soprano solo in the Brahms’ Requiem in Vienna, Vicenza, Asiago and Verona with the Varna International Festival. Dr. Smith’s work as a voice specialist and pedagogue has spanned nearly twenty years and she has been in frequent demand as a Masterclass Presenter for universities and as a Guest Artist/Master Teacher for a variety of programs.
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Under the leadership of Nancy Sikes Kline, Vice Mayor, the City Commission of St. Augustine voted to support a National Maritime Heritage Area (NHA) Federal Designation by a vote of four to one on Wednesday, Nov. 20th. The Alcazar room was packed by NHA supporters and friends. Marsha Chance, co-editor of the feasibility study and a professional archaeologist was the first to speak on behalf of the NHA at the meeting. The regionally focused, First Coast/Oldest Port maritime designation now has more than a dozen governmental resolutions of support and the support of Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle.
Kathy Fleming, the St. Augustine Lighthouse’s Executive Director received the resolution of support on the Monday before Thanksgiving by email, and expressed her thanks to the city commissioners and staff. “All of us on the National Heritage Area Alliance are deeply grateful for both your inquiries and your faith in the power of our community to tell our own stories.” said Fleming. “The First Coast region truly is a special place in the American landscape.”
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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (12/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Judith Burdan will discuss the role of women in the Gilded Age at the Flagler College Community Lecture Series event on Dec. 10.
Burdan, an assistant professor of English at Flagler, will present "Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: Money, Power and the 'New Woman' in the Gilded Age" as part of the series, which this semester has focused on the Gilded Age in honor of the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon.
Professor Burdan earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. and B.A. in English and English Education from the University of Florida. She specializes in 18th century British literature, is widely published in academic journals and has delivered more than 20 scholarly presentations at academic conferences and workshops.
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