The Romanza Festivale of the Art shines a spotlight on St. Augustine area artists, musicians and performers from May 6 through 15. The event features performances by local dance troupes, musicians and actors. The 10-day festival is designed to support and promote the arts in St. Augustine. The festival includes performances by The Big Orange Chorus and Cantus as well as a Dance Kaleidoscope and Plein Air Paint Out.
1. THE BIG ORANGE CHORUS
With prize-winning barbershop stylings and innovative music, the Big Orange Chorus will perform as part of Romanza Festivale at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students with I.D. and $5 for children 13 and younger.
Based in Jacksonville, The Big Orange Chorus is a chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, whose goal is to produce quality vocal arrangements in an entertaining way.
The group is well known for its live shows.
The Big Orange Chorus was crowned Sunshine District Chorus Champions in 2014 and 2015 and placed ninth in the world at the Pittsburgh International Chorus Competition.
2. DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE
Thirteen local dance groups will perform during Romanza Festivale’s Kaleidoscope of Dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 12.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at romanzafestivale.com or at the door the night of the performance.
Approximately 175 dancers will perform 18 dance numbers, spanning genres including ballet, tap, ballroom, belly dance, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary.
3. PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT
The oldest street in the U.S., will celebrate its history as an arts district and showcase First Coast plein air artists Saturday.
The fourth annual “Romanza on Aviles” Plein Air Paint Out is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
Artists will be painting on the sidewalk in front of the Hamblen-Holiday Building, Casa de Solana courtyard, Ximenez-Fatio House courtyard, Father Miguel O’Reilly House courtyard, the Bravo Park (home to the Coquina Well) and in all of the nooks and crannies along the street.
The paintings will be available for purchase in the galleries, stores and restaurants on Aviles Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening and all day Sunday, May 8.
Cantus, a nationally known vocal ensemble from Minnesota, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the Cathdedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place.
The title of the program is The Four Loves. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students with I.D. and $5 for children 12 and younger.
The musical group won the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, subscription concerts and educational outreach programs.
Cantus is recognized around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality.
Members include Zachary Colby, tenor; Adam Fieldson, tenor; Chris Foss, bass; Matthew Goinz, baritone; Samuel Green, bass; Paul John Rudoi, tenor; Paul Scholtz, tenor; Joe Shadday, tenor; and Matthew Tintes, baritone.