Nine Jacksonville Symphony musicians who have a total of 356 years of performing with the orchestra will retire at the end of this season. Those retiring are Philip Pan, concertmaster since 1984; violinist Lois Elfenbein Gosa; violinist Jeanne Majors, now in her 50th season; violinist Glynda Newton; violinist Lela LaBarbera; flute and piccolo player Deborah Heller; oboe and English horn player Claudia Minch; principal violist Merryn Ledbetter Corsat; and principal clarinetist Peter Wright.
Auditions for all the positions except concertmaster will be held over the summer. Concertmaster auditions will be conducted during the 2017-2018 season and will include performances with the Symphony.
City of Angels perform in Fernandina Beach
The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet will perform Sunday as part of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and then will be featured at a free Family Concert on Monday. The Sunday concert, “From Classical to Jazz,” will take place at 5 p.m. at Walker’s Landing on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach. Monday’s concert, “The Many Voices of the Saxophone,” will be at 3 p.m. at the Robert’s Learning and Achievement Center of the Boys & Girls Club, 1175 Lime St., Fernandina Beach. For tickets to Sunday’s concert or upcoming concerts go to www.aicmf.com or call (904) 261-1779.
Apex plans its fourth summer theater series
Students interested in participating in Apex Theatre Studio’s fourth summer theater series should apply online at www.apextheatrejax.com. The deadline for applying is Tuesday. The company, which will consist of advanced level young artists from colleges, universities and area high schools ages 14-21, will perform two musicals, “The Secret Garden” and “Godspell,” and an abridged version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It.” If selected, students will be invited to a callback at the studio in Ponte Vedra Beach on Saturday, April 1. Need-based scholarships are available for all intensives.
Limelight’s rescheduled gala Thursday
Limelight Theatre’s 25th Season Gala, “Game of Theatre,” will take place from 6-0 p.m. Thursday at The River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. Rescheduled from Nov. 10, 2016, the gala is a fundraiser’s for KidzfACTory, Limelight’s education program. The event will include a seated dinner catered by Raintree Restaurant and a silent auction. Tickets, which are $100, can be reserved by calling (904) 825-1164.
Symphony to play Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony
The Jacksonville Symphony, led by associate conductor Nathan Aspinall, will present Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony in four concerts next weekend. The concerts will also feature Stauss’s “Don Juan” and Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto, featuring principal oboist Eric Olson. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Tickets, which range from $20 to $77, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org or call (904) 354-5547.
Jacksonville Dance Theatre performance Saturday
The Jacksonville Dance Theatre will present two performances Saturday, one at 7 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m., in the 5 & Dime’s new space at 112 East Adams St. “IN HERE: Artifact” will showcase the creativity of the 17-member dance company, each of whom has choreographed and will perform a solo piece. Tickets, which can be purchased at bit.ly/2nt3R9P, are $15 for each show, or $20 for both shows.
Evensong at St. Mark’s Episcopal
The choir at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave., will perform an Evensong for Lent, featuring the music of Dyson, Ebdon, Starnford, Havergal and Tye, at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The program is free.
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