The Jacksonville Symphony Chorus will hold auditions on Saturday in the Chorus Room on the second floor of The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Auditions are by appointment but walk-on auditions will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Auditions will consist of a 90-second sight-reading activity, establishment of range and a performance of an excerpt from “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” by Johannes Brahms. For additional information or to secure an audition time, email Chorus Manager Jill Weisblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. New member forms can be found www.jaxsymphony.org/symphony-chorus or by emailing Weisblatt.
The chorus rehearses Tuesdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at Jacksonville University’s Marks Chapel. All performance-week rehearsals will be at the Times-Union Center. Performances will be Feb. 18, May 3-5 and May 30-June 2. Chorus members must commit to an entire season of rehearsals and performances.
BOLD CITY BREWS A CUMMER BEER
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has partnered with Bold City Brewery to launch a new beer: Avant Gardener. After Hurricane Irma, Kevin Miller with Bold City Brewery approached museum staff to see if there was anything they could do to help. From this conversation, Avant Gardener was born. The Cummer Oak and the abundance of roses throughout the Cummer gardens inspired brewer Alex Johnson to come up with a flavor concept. Local artist Jim Draper has provided a serigraph print of a rose found in the Cummer Gardens to be displayed alongside the new brew.
The new brew is a Belgian wheat with hints of rose petal, rose hips and oak chips. It is described as floral, savory and cloudy, but not hoppy. The Cummer will celebrate the launch of Avant Gardener at the Bold City Tap Room, 109 E. Bay St., where the beer will be on tap beginning Feb. 7. Avant Gardener will only be available for a limited time. A portion of the beer sales will go directly to the Garden Reconstruction Fund at the Cummer.
ABET HOLDS AUDITIONS
Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, will hold auditions at 11 a.m. Saturday for “Man of La Mancha.” Those auditioning should prepare a two minute classic musical theater song and bring sheet music. They should dress for a dance audition. Performances will be March 9-25.
SYMPHONY CELEBRATES NEW YEAR
The Jacksonville Symphony, conducted by Timothy Hankewich, and joined by showman Tomas Kubinek, will ring in the new year with “Orchestral Lunacy” beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Following the concert there will be an after-party. The Chris Thomas Band will perform at the party and there will be champagne, dessert, dancing and a good view of midnight fireworks.
Tickets to the concert range from $59-$89. Tickets still available to the after-party are $100 for premium and $30 for general admission. They can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org/ or by calling (904) 354-5547.
NEW YEAR’S EVE SOIREE AT LIGHTNER
There will be a New Year’s Eve Soiree beginning at 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the historic pool area of the Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. There will be live music and, at midnight, champagne and a balloon drop. There will also be a cash bar and hors d’ouvres. In addition to celebrating the new year, the party, which will have a Gilded Age theme, will celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Alcazar Hotel and the 70th anniversary of the Lightner Museum. Tickets, which are $50, can be purchased at lightnermuseum.org/new-years.
‘CAROLS’ AT THE CATHEDRAL
Timothy Tuller, organist/choir master, will conduct the Cathedral Choir in “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 5 p.m. Sunday in the St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. Selections will include music by Philip Moore, Andrew Carter, Philip Stopford, Benjamin Lane and John Rutter. The audience will be invited to sing Christmas carols. The program is free.
ART OPENING AT THE JCA
There will be an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, of an exhibit by the Society of Mixed Media Artists in the Vandroff Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd. “Artist Vision” will continue at the JCA through Jan. 31. The opening reception is free, as is the gallery, which is open 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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