American soprano Renee Fleming, called by conductor Sir Georg Solti one of the two greatest sopranos he has ever met, will perform during the Jacksonville Symphony’s 2018 Gala on Saturday. Fleming will perform a combination of classical works including Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” from “Gianna Schicchi” and Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” and more contemporary works from “My Fair Lady” and the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.”
“Her talent is unparalleled and I know her performance will enrapture all those in attendance,” said the symphony’s music director, Courtney Lewis.
Tickets to the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., begin at $75 and can be purchased at www.JaxSymphony.org or by calling (904) 354-5547. A very limited number of VIP tickets, which include a reception, a dinner with Lewis and Fleming, and an After Glow Party, can be purchased by calling Kyle Enriquez at (904) 354-4092.
‘DRESSING DOWNTON’ EXTENDED
“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times,” an exhibit of 36 costumes from the popular television program “Downton Abbey,” has proved so popular that the Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine, has extended it an additional four weeks through Feb. 4. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, which are $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for seniors, active military and college students, $9.99 for teens 12 to 17, and free to children under 12, can be purchased at bit.ly/2dqGzyy. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
CONCERT IN PENNEY FARMS
The Lopez/Tabor Duo will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Penney Memorial Church, 4465 Poling Ave., Penney Farms. Violinist Alfonso Lopez is concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free.
WILSON TALKS TO ARTISTS GUILD
Sculptor Larry Wilson will be the guest speaker from 6-7 p.m. Monday at the monthly meeting of the Jacksonville Artists Guild. The meeting, which will be in Leatherbury Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave., will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
AMELIA ISLAND FESTIVAL BEGINS
Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach, in the opening concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Then Chick Corea, a 22-time Grammy winning jazz keyboard virtuoso, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Magnolia Ballroom, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach. Corea was originally scheduled to perform at First Baptist Church.
To purchase tickets go to bit.ly/2bvsZrM or call (904) 261-1779. The annual festival, which continues through April, will feature 17 concerts, three of which will be free to the public.
NASSAU ART SHOW DEADLINE APPROACHES
Wednesday is the deadline for artists and high school students from Nassau County to enter the sixth annual Nassau Art at the Callahan Depot art show. The show, sponsored by the West Nassau Historical Society, will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, at the historic Callahan train depot, 45383 Dixie Ave. Anyone interested in participating in the show should go to www.wnhsfl.org for information and entry applications.
HISTORIAN TALKS ABOUT JEWISH BUSINESS IMPACT
Stephen Whitfield, a professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University and a graduate of Jacksonville’s duPont High School, will give a presentation, “Jacksonville Jews: We Mean Business,” a look at the impact of Jewish run businesses on Jacksonville’s history, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s headquarters in Old St. Andrew’s, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Whitfield is the author of eight books including “In Search of American Jewish Culture.” The program, which includes a book signing, will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.
‘FOOL FOR LOVE’ AT LIMELIGHT
Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Koger-Gamache Studio at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Limelight’s rendition of the 1983 play casts African-Americans in the three main roles.
Tickets to the show, which runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 11, are $26 for adults, $24 for those over 62, $20 for military and students, and $10 for students 30 minutes before the curtain. They are $15 for the preview Thursday and $30 for two tickets on Tuesday, Jan. 16. They can be purchased at bit.ly/2giMwNx.
‘CLEAN HOUSE’ AT ABET
The comedy “The Clean House” opens at 8 p.m. Friday at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Feb. 3 with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Tickets, which are $20, can be reserved at www/abettheatre.com or by calling (904) 249-7177.
MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS MEET
Artist Mike Grecian will give a demonstration during a meeting of the Society of Mixed Media Artists at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. The meeting is free to the public.
HISTORICAL MARKER UNVEILED IN ATLANTIC BEACH
The Beaches Museum & History Park will unveil a historical marker to denote the site of Henry Flagler’s Continental Hotel at 10 a.m. Saturday. The marker will be placed outside the gate of the Cloister Condominiums, located where Beach Avenue meets 10th Street in Atlantic Beach. A reception will follow. The event, which was originally scheduled for September but was postponed by Hurricane Irma, is free.
MASTERWORKS CHORALE PERFORMS HYMNS
The Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale will present a concert based on hymns in a shape-note hymnal first published in 1831. The chorale will be accompanied by a brass quintet. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Avondale United Methodist Church, 1651 Talbot Ave., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave.
ORGAN CONCERT AT THE ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL
Concert organist Adam Brakel will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. The concert, which is free, is part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series.
CHAMBER CONCERT AT ST. MARK’S
The San Marco Chamber Music Society will present a concert featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3976 Hendricks Ave. The concert is free.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TAKING ST. AUGUSTINE ART APPLICATIONS
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is now accepting preliminary applications for non-profit organizations that promote visual art appreciation or education in St. Augustine. Funded through the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund, proposals of $2,500 to $5,000 will be accepted through April 5 for grants that begin Sept. 1. Go to bit.ly/2CXhybM for requirements, a time line and an application.
Proposals for less than $2,500 are called sponsorshipS and require only a preliminary application. Sponsorship applications are accepted any time throughout the year if funds are still available.
BRASS HAS NEW PRESIDENT
BRASS, an organization at the beaches which supports the Jacksonville Symphony, has a new president of its board of directors. Katheryn Hancock is replacing Michael Imbriani. During Imbriani’s nearly four years as president, BRASS raised more than $350,000 in support of the symphony.
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