“A Festive Spanish Christmas” and the Christmas section of Handel’s “Messiah” are on the program for the first concert of the season for the St. Augustine Community Chorus at the Cathedral Basilica on December 13 and 14.
Chorus Director, Kathleen Vande Berg, has planned an exciting program, supplementing the Spanish theme of the first half of the program with soloist Hector Gonzalez, Countertenor, classical guitarists, dancers, and Spanish songs. The Youth Chorus will once again join the Community Chorus and the Jacksonville Concert Artists will provide the orchestral accompaniment. Returning as a soloist for the “Messiah” is Kandie Smith, Soprano. Timothy Workman, Tenor will also join the chorus for this Christmas tradition.
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Scholarships for Young Artists Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. is hosting a Statewide Scholarship Competition, Concert & Award program entitled “A Day Stars”, Saturday, November 15, 2014, Wildwood Country Resort, 5604 Heritage Boulevard Wildwood, FL 34785. Competitions are from 9am – 12:30pm and the Concert & Award program is from 1- 3pm.
Young artists (ages 0-22), from across the state, may compete for $500 scholarship in each of the following four discipline competitions: individual dancing, visual arts, instruments, and individual singing. Young competitors will be judged by a panel of five professional judges (one from each discipline); and a total of $2,500 in scholarships will be awarded.
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Each year Saint Augustine Ballet invites professional guest artists to perform the principal roles in their annual production of The Nutcracker. This year the four dancers are personal friends and former classmates of Saint Augustine Ballet’s Artistic Director, Luis Abella. The five Cuban natives became friends when they studied ballet together at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. This will be the first time they have performed on the same stage since leaving Cuba to pursue their careers around the world.
Arionel Vargas, a principal dancer with the Royal National Ballet since 2004, returns to reprise his role as the Cavalier. Vargas will be partnering with his sister, Margit Vargas Rodrigues, when she dances the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Her husband, Daet Rodriguez will be dancing the role of The Prince. Daet and Margit Rodriguez own and operate the ballet academy, Cuballet Ecuador, and are former dancers with the Ballet of Camaguey in Cuba, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
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