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May 2020

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Headline Event: Sposi Cantanti

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

Sposi Cantanti requests the honor of your presence to celebrate the beautiful marriage of music and passion at their Romanza Headlining Concert LOVE AND MARRIAGE:  THE BLISS AND AGONIES OF THE HEART   Sposi Cantanti (the Singing Spouses) is an American vocal ensemble comprised of three professional, classically trained, yet versatile singing married couples from across the country.  Sposi Cantanti presents skillful and passionate performances of both traditional and original arrangements of music from varied genres, including opera, operetta, art…

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Headline Event: Sposi Cantanti

May 1 @ 7:30 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

                     Lisa Lockhart, Soprano and Artistic Director, has gathered an amazing cast of vocalists to present the opening Headline Show for Romanza 2020. Sposi Cantanti, the Singing Spouses, will appear on Friday evening, May 1, in a performance entitled Love and Marriage: the Bliss and Agonies of the Heart. The cast includes: Shannon Kessler-Dooley, Soprano:  known for her lyricism and expressiveness, Ms. Dooley’s most recent operatic credits include:  Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera Wilmington,…

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$5 – $50

Latin American Festival on Francis Field: Unidos en la Música

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Francis Field, St. Augustine, 32084 United States

KICK OFF AND ANTICIPATE CINCO DE MAYO with authentic Cumbia flare as two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Celso Pina headlines Unidos en la Música! Local musical performers include Baba Caiman, LPT and Taller Balance! Bring your whole family to experience a day filled with Latin Music, Dance, Workshops, Art, Games, Food and Beverages on Francis Field. LEARN TO DANCE with some of the best as Salsa Kings & Mario Che and Jeannette Dance offer free Latin Dance Workshops throughout the entire day.…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

    A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to…

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$5 – $15

Headliner: Romanza Dance Kaleidoscope

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

  GET YOUR TICKETS Romanza Festivale celebrates local dancers on May 6 when Kaleidoscope VI takes the stage at Lewis Auditorium at 7:30 pm.  The featured emcee this year is Bill McClure who will introduce the dancers and aid in transitioning from one dance group to another. The entire lineup will be announced soon, but some of the announced favorites who will be appearing on this show are Noise Complaint and the Ponte Vedra Ballet. The show is chaired by Lynn…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to either of…

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Young Performers Recital

May 7 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

St. Augustine’s young performers will have two opportunities to showcase their talent during Romanza Festivale.  The first recital will be on Thursday, May 7 and the second on Tuesday, May 12, both at 4:30 pm in the chapel of Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Local teachers and music studios will present their most advanced students giving them an opportunity to perform for their peers and for their enthusiastic fans. The public is welcome to cheer on the young performers in this delightful…

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Live in Lincolnville: West African Drumming Circle

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The beautiful courtyard at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church will come alive on Thursday evening, May 7, at 7 pm with the sounds of intricate rhythms as the West African Drumming Circle extends an invitation to all to join in creating these incredible sounds together.   Everyone is invited to bring a drum or rhythm instrument or to choose one brought by the Circle and join in the fun.   The West African Drumming Circle has enlivened St. Augustine wherever they…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

    A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to…

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Live in Lincolnville: The St. Augustine Dixieland Combo Plays Jazz

May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The St. Augustine Concert Band has formed several topnotch ensembles to play gigs around town.  Romanza has been fortunate enough to engage their Dixieland Band to entertain in Lincolnville on Thursday evening, May 7.  Members of the combo are: Natalie Arter, Greg Turn, Taylor Phillips, Jim Jenkins, Robbie Zukauskas, Jim Bradner and “Doc” Jerrold. Jazz has always been a musical style that is genuinely American.  It has deep roots in the New Orleans Dixieland jazz tradition, a tradition that speaks…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

        A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord,…

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Free – $25

The St. Augustine Orchestra in Concert

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard, 25 Granada Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The St. Augustine Orchestra will present its spring concert on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 8 pm in the Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard.  The title of the concert is “A Symphonic Salute” and it will feature a variety of popular and patriotic music.  The orchestra’s concerts are very popular with St. Augustinians and they regularly sell-out the available seating in the Lightner Museum. Please reserve your seat in advance, as seating is limited and often sells out. We’re sorry we can’t guarantee…

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Chamber Music Series: The North Florida Women’s Chorale in Concert: “Visions”

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The 45-voice North Florida Women’s Chorale, conducted by Kerry Fradley,  will open the Romanza Chamber Music Series with a concert entitled “Visions”.  John Rutter, pre-eminent British composer, recently published the work “Visions” for women’s chorus and violin and the NFWC will be premiering this music in NE Florida during this concert.  The solo violinist will be Judy Steinmeyer with Kathleen Vande Berg as accompanist. The concert will also include favorites of the chorale from past performances including Music Down in My…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to either of…

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$25 – $50

HAWKE presents the 26th Annual “Dine on the Wild Side”

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080 United States

  HAWKE Inc. (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education), a 501c(3) non-profit rehabilitation and educational organization, is holding its 26th annual “Dine on the Wild Side” fundraiser benefit on Saturday, May 9, from 5 – 9 pm at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. There are no state or federal funds for wildlife rehabilitation.  HAWKE, which was founded in 1987, cares for owls, hawks and other birds along with reptiles, otters and bobcats.  HAWKE has a professional feed…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

First Coast Opera and a Classic Theatre are joining forces to produce a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to either of…

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The Young-Peiskee Duo Concert sponsored by EMMA

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Flagler Room, Flagler College, King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The Young-Peiskee Duo, Sarah Jane Young, flute and Galen Dean Peiskee, piano,  has performed both internationally and throughout the United States.  Founded in 2014, this flute and piano ensemble was featured in the EMMA Concert Guild Classical Music Series.  Exploring repertoire from all over the world, the ensemble has performed a wide variety of works including standards, lesser-known works and newly commissioned music.  In June of 2018, Young-Peiskee Duo performed a program featuring music composed entirely by women composers.  They…

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$25

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera present “Cox and Box”

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”.  Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard.  The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night.  Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to either of…

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Music at Grace Celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Anniversary

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grace United Methodist Church, 8 Carrera St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

Celebrate the 250th year of Beethoven’s birth by joining faculty from the University of North Florida for an afternoon of chamber music by one of the world’s greatest composers.  Repertoire includes Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 1, and Cello Sonata No. 5 in D. This program offers works from all three of Beethoven’s major style periods. The performers in this UNF trio are Aurica Duca, violin; Nick Curry, cello; and Michael Mastronicola, piano. This is a…

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Chamber Music Series: the Boathouse Cello Choir

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The Boathouse Cello Choir formed in 2011 when a group of amateur cellists started meeting in the dock house at Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville, FL.  While the view was spectacular, expansion of the group eventually required a move to a larger rehearsal space. The BHCC is an eclectic group in that they play everything from classical to rock & roll, often including lots of crowd-pleasing pop tunes.  They try hard to present sedate concerts, but to the thrill…

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Organ Crawl

May 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

Ray McDonald, the Director of Music and Organist at Memorial Presbyterian Church, will invite attendees to join him in the choir loft for an examination of the inner workings of their amazing Aeolian-Skinner organ.  This organ, the largest in St. Augustine, has been refurbished recently and pipes and digital stops have been added.  People will be invited to join Mr. McDonald in the organ chamber and can view the pipes – large and small.  He will explain the inner workings…

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Live in Lincolnville: The Old City Fife and Drum Corps

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

  Old City Fife and Drum Corps consists of local musicians trained in military marching, choreography and eighteenth century period music, who form a professional fife and drumline designed to bring the St. Augustine community together through history and music.  Michael Scott Thomas is the guiding force in this group.  They have recently received grants from the St. Johns Cultural Council  and the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association for authentic uniforms. Join in on the fun at the St. Cyprian’s…

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Lincolnville Live! Outta Sight Band in Concert on the Commons

May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The beautiful courtyard, the Commons at St. Cyprian Episcopal Church in Lincolnville, will keep the beat going on Monday, May 11, with a performance by the Outta Sight Band from the Florida School of the Deaf and Blind at 8:00 pm.  These talented young musicians, supported by faculty members, Jim Carpenter, Elizabeth Roth and Bill Sabo, will bring their special brand of music to Festivale from 8 – 9 pm. Bring a chair, a beverage of your choice and sit…

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“Songs and Poems of Augustine” presented by the Ancient City Poets with Sam Pacetti on Guitar and Vocals

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

This celebration of St. Augustine in words and music will feature guitarist, Sam Pacetti, setting the scene with his special brand of storytelling through music and then move to a member of the Ancient City Poet Society who will share a relevant theme in words.  This very unique program will interweave music and poetry highlighting our own Ancient City bringing our heritage to life through these art forms. A downtown mainstay for the past ten years, the Ancient City Poets…

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Young Performers Recital

May 12 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

St. Augustine’s young performers will have two opportunities to showcase their talent during Romanza Festivale.  The first recital will be on Thursday, May 7 and the second on Tuesday, May 12, both at 4:30 pm in the chapel of Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Local teachers and music studios will present their most advanced students, giving them an opportunity to perform for their peers and for their enthusiastic fans. The public is invited to support and cheer on these young musicians through…

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Chamber Music Series: RareSong – The First Coast Renaissance Ensemble

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

RareSong, a unique First Coast Renaissance Ensemble, will present the Wednesday, May 13 chamber concert.  Since 2015, RareSong has searched out the music that would have been known to colonists, either at home or here in their new homes in Florida.  RareSong is composed of seven professionally trained musicians singing and performing on recorders, viola da gamba, harpsichord and other historical instruments.  The ensemble dresses in garb of the Renaissance era and often adds a little drama to their productions.…

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Chamber Music Series: Percussion!

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

This Chamber Music Concert is designed especially for school children although others are welcome to attend.  Charlotte Mabrey, Darren Ronan and Ernie Ealum will demonstrate and explain explain rhythm and percussion, including the history of percussion and the individual instruments. They will demonstrate the following instruments: marimba, upright bass, cajon, hand drums, and small percussion (shakers, tambourine, etc.). Some of the students will get the opportunity to join in the fun and participate in playing the instruments and helping to “lay…

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The Chamber Music Series: The Bartram Trail Mixed Chorus

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The award winning Bartram Trail Mixed Chorus will present the Friday noon Chamber Music Concert.  For the past eighteen years, Bartram Trail choirs have been under the direction of Ms. Barbara Mattingly.  The choral groups regularly earn superior ratings in Florida Vocal Association adjudication. In 2018, the Honor Choir was chosen  to sing in Manhattan Concert Production’s National Festival Choir in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and in 2019 to perform in Carnegie Hall.  Bartram’s choral students have been privileged to…

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Romanza Young Performers Music Series: The St. Augustine Youth Chorus

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

The St. Augustine Youth Chorus will perform the final concert of the “Young Performers Series.  Their performances are highly anticipated events in St. Augustine and are noted for their quality and beautiful vocal sound. The Youth Chorus, directed by Kerry Fradley, and accompanied by Mary Topping, will sing songs about the animals that make up a part of our wonderful world. The concert entitled “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir” will feature a touching song about a Hiroshima…

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Mama Blue in the Gazebo, Folio Weekly’s Best Female Vocalist Winner

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gazebo, Plaza de la Constitucion, King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

Mama Blue, the Sultry Sister of Soul, will be performing tonight with her incredible band.  With her signature flower in her hair, Mama Blue (Sarah Sanders) exudes personal warmth and a classy style.  She was chosen in November, 2018 by Folio Weekly as Best Female Vocalist. Mama Blue is a North Florida favorite and her performances have been greeted with raves in St. Augustine and surrounding venues. She is a graduate of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, has starred…

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$5 – $15

The St. Augustine Concert Band in Concert

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane
St. Augustine, FL 32092 United States

The St. Augustine Concert Band will present their final concert of the season on Friday evening, May 15 at 7:30 pm at the Pacetti Bay Middle School auditorium. The concert will feature great concert band favorites, all conducted by Maestro Geoffrey Magnani. The doors open at 7 pm for the 7:30 downbeat.

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Chamber Music Series: Deux Saisons

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

Deux Saisons presents, Spanish & American Songs   A modern take on a classic duo, the award-winning Deux Saisons is known for presenting concerts with a diverse collection of classical repertoire. Featuring soprano Keri Lee Pierson and classical guitarist Christopher Schoelen, this voice and guitar duo presents programs that engage and entertain all ages. Their repertoire includes works that range from old to new, harmonic to dissonant, rhythmic to melodic. Deux Saisons (French for “two seasons”) brings classical music to…

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$10 – $17

The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents “Through Love to Light”

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States

  The St. Augustine Community Chorus, directed by Michael Sanflippo,will conclude its 71st  season with a presentation of the “other” Messiah, that is, selections from Parts 2 and 3.  These sections are not performed as often as the first Christmas section but contain beautiful music written by Handel.  A contemporary selection by Elaine Hagenburg, “Through Love to Light” will open the program.  The concert will be presented at Ancient City Baptist Church on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm.  

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$15

The St. Augustine Band in Concert at Anastasia Catholic Church

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 United States
The St. Augustine Concert Band will present their final concert of the season on Friday evening, May 17 at 7:30 pm at the Anastasia Catholic Church Hall.. The concert will feature great concert band favorites, all conducted by Maestro Geoffrey Magnani. The doors open at 3:30 pm for the 4 pm downbeat. Find out more »
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A Festivale Finale: Astralis Chamber Ensemble

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Romanza Festivale will close with a very special concert at 5 pm on Sunday, May 17 presented by The Astralis Chamber Ensemble.  This innovative, dynamic ensemble has been performing to great acclaim across the globe.  Through creative programming and presentations on the works performed, Astralis Chamber Ensemble aims to make classical music more accessible enabling audiences to make a lasting connection with the music.  Members of Astralis are Angela Massey, flute; Trace Johnson, cello; and Hsin-I Huang, piano. The concert will salute… Find out more »
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