Youth String Orchestra Makes First Appearance With Community Orchestra
In a special celebration of the St. Augustine Community Orchestra’s 50th anniversary, one of the features on the program will be a performance by string players from Murray and Webster Middle Schools and private students of Dorothy Barrett, Sherry Nelson, Victoria Scarlett, and Rocco diGeorgio. Together they comprise the newly formed Youth Orchestra sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club to participate in the Community Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concert. As guest conductor, Mr. DiGeorgio will direct their performance. Members of the St. Augustine Community Orchestra and Conductor and Music Director William McNeiland promoted the formation of the Youth Orchestra.
Other features of the concerts include performances by duo acoustic guitarists James and Sylvia Kalal whowill play a Concert for 2 Guitars by Antonio Vivaldi. The Kalals have performed professionally in national and international venues and have 29 CD’s and 5 books currently published.
Bob Moore, composer, pianist, and choral director has written a new composition titled “Aurelia” for the occasion. He will conduct the performance of his work. Also, a newly orchestrated work by Dorothy Gaynor Blake titled “Irish Dance” will be played for the first time.
The first is at 8 pm Friday May 18, 2012 at the Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard, 25 Granada St., St. Augustine FL 32084; and the second, encore performance, is at 3 pm Sunday May 20, 2012 at the Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, 76 South Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Admission to either concert is $10 at the door. There is no reserved seating. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free.
Refreshments will be available at cost before the concert and briefly during intermission. A gala reception is planned after the Friday concert in the upper balcony of the Lightner
Museum. Special refreshments will be available courtesy of the Hilton Hotel. The orchestra greatly appreciates the support of its sponsors, advertisers, and donors, especially the generosity of the Lightner Museum for making its large enclosed courtyard available for concert performances, and Murray Middle School for providing space for the orchestra’s weekly rehearsals. The Tourist Development Council, now a part of the St. Johns County Cultural Council, also provides funding support for the orchestra. For more information log
on to: www.staugustineorchestra.org .