The 16th annual Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will wind up with a free concert Wednesday, a ticketed concert Friday and a closing gala Sunday, April 23. The Beth Newdome Seniors Concert will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island, 1900 Amelia Trace Court, Fernandina Beach. Friday’s Beth Newdome Fellowship Showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $30. The closing gala, which will feature the Turtle Island Quartet, will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, 4760 Amelia Island Parkway. Tickets are $50. Tickets to both the Friday concert and the gala can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or by calling (904) 261-1779.
Dorion’s art at the St. Johns Cathedral
An exhibit of art work by Dottie Dorion will open Easter Sunday at the St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 28, during which Dorion will lead a walk-through discussion of her art. The exhibit, titled “Inspiration,” will continue at the Cathedral through June 4.
VIP Combo at Clay library
The Navy Band Southeast’s VIP Combo, a five-piece group, will perform from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clay County Main Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. The performance is free.
Lightner seeking volunteers
The Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine, will hold a volunteer recruitment sessions from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the main lobby. The museum is filling volunteer positions in anticipation of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” an exhibit of costumes from television’s “Downton Abbey,” which will open in the fall.
First play is latest play at Limelight
Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” which was the first play ever presented at the Limelight Theatre, now in its 25th season, opens Friday. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 14 at the theater, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets range from $20 to $26. There will be a preview performance Thursday for which tickets are $15, as they also will be on Tuesday, April 25. Tickets can purchased at limelight-theatre.org or by calling (904) 825-1164.
‘MJ Live!’ in Terry Theater
There will be six performances of “MJ Live!,” a Michael Jackson tribute concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Terry Theater in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Art, 300 Water St. Shows will be at 8 p.m Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. April 23. Tickets, which range from $32.50-$53.50, can be purchased at www.fscjartistseries.org or by calling (904) 442-2929.
New exhibit at Space Gallery
There will be an opening reception from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday for “more than this,” an exhibit of art work by Lana Shuttleworth, Matthew S. Bennett and Jan Tomlinson Master at the Space Gallery, 120 E. Forsyth St. Shuttleworth, a Jacksonville native who moved back in 2014 after living in Los Angeles for more than a decade, uses recycled plastic materials, primarily traffic safety cones, to create her art work. The exhibit will continue through June 1.
Symphony to play ‘Bond and Beyond’
Principal Pops conductor Michael Krajewski will lead the Jacksonville Symphony in two performances of “Bond and Beyond,” a concert featuring music from various spy and detective films, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Actress/singer Debbie Gravette, who won a Tony Award as best featured actress in a musical for her 1989 performance in “Jerome Robbins Broadway,” will be the soloist. Tickets, which range from $27 to $77, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org or by calling (904) 354-5547.
‘A New Brain’ at 5 & Dime
“A New Brain,” a musical written by Tony Award winners William Finn and James Lapine, opens at 8 p.m. Friday at The 5 & Dime, 112 E. Adams St. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 7. Tickets, which are $20 if purchased by Thursday and $25 thereafter, can be purchased at bit.ly/2o6OKmn. There will also be a “pay what you can” performance at 8 p.m. Monday, April 24.
‘Hello, Dolly!’ at Conservatory
“Hello, Dolly!” opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Northeast Florida Conservatory, 11363 San Jose Blvd., Building 200. It will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and @ p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 30. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased at www.showtixnow.com or by calling (904) 374-8639.
Drummer performs at the Good Shepherd
Drummer Jamison Ross, winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St. Tickets are $35 if purchased at riversidefinearts.org. They can be purchased for $25 by calling (904) 389-6222 and using the code “drummer.”
Musical at The Foundation Academy
“My Life…A Musical,” which will feature songs from such Broadway shows as “Rent,” “Pippen,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Wicked” and “Godspell,” will be performed five times beginning Friday at The Foundation Academy, 3675 San Pablo Road. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 29 with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 23. Tickets, which are $5 and $7 for adults, can be purchased at the school or at the door before each show.
Concerts for the earth
The Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale will present two concerts for the earth, including the Jacksonville premiere of Libby Larsen’s “Missa Gaia: Mass for the Earth,” next weekend. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd.; and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Avondale United Methodist Church, 1651 Talbot Ave. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
‘Plein Air Paint Out’ in St. Augustine
The St. Augustine Arts Association will host a 10-day citywide “St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out” beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, April 30. Selected works by the participating artists will be featured in a juried exhibition, “Gilded,” to be held at the association’s gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, May 5-28.
Cathedral Arts Project students showcased
Work by students at 12 schools that have Cathedral Arts Project after-school programs will be featured in two performing arts showcases Saturday at the Lazzara Performance Hall at the University of North Florida, One UNF Drive. Students performances will include theater, ballet, jazz, violin, percussion and chorus.
At 10:30 a.m. students from Central Riverside Elementary School, Hyde Park Elementary School, Jacksonville Heights Elementary School, John E. Ford Pre K-8 Montessori School and Ruth N. Upson Elementary School will perform. At 5 p.m. students from Brookview Elementary School, Fort Caroline Middle School, Henry Kite Elementary School, Highlands Elementary School, Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School, Lake Shore Middle School and Parkwood Heights Elementary School will perform. Admission will be $5 for anyone over 2.
Dance-Film Festival at MOCA
The second annual Jacksonville Dance-Film Festival, produced by Jacksonville Dance Theatre, will screen more than 15 dance-films from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St. Dance-film is a genre that uses filmed dance as the primary component of its storytelling. Tickets, which are $10, must be purchased in advance at bit.ly/2ozEN46.
Evensong at Cathedral
Tim Tuller, organist/music director for the St. Johns Cathedral, will conduct the Cathedral Choir in an Evensong in honor of St. George, patron saint of England, at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23. The concert is free.
UNF Chamber Singer at Good Shepherd
The University of North Florida Chamber Singers, UNF’s flagship choral ensemble, will present “An A Cappella Choral Journey,” a free hour-long concert under the directionr of UNF director of choral Cara Tasher, at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St. The concert is freem although a $10 donation is suggested.
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