2011 spring performing arts

With a variety of shows in venues across the First Coast, there’s something for everybody to love this season. So buy your tickets, shine your shoes and enjoy the arts, from comedians to classical music and jazz vocals to violin solos.
Feb 3- 13 WILLIE WONKA Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave, 276-2599, www.opct.org

Feb 3 at 7 pm  SPOKEN WORD Free to the public. Ritz Theatre & Museum, 632-5555,
www.ritzjacksonville.com

Feb 3 at 7:30 pm JOHN PIZZARELLI IN A TRIBUTE TO DUKE ELLINGTON Presented by the 23rd Annual Great American Jazz Series. J.B. Scott, conductor / artistic director. UNF Robinson Theater, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 4 at 7:30 pm  AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ Tickets: $5.50. Ritz Theatre & Museum, 632-5555, www.ritzjacksonville.com

Feb 4- Mar 6 GYPSY In this classic musical, overbearing Mama Rose is determined to break into the big time by pushing the vaudeville career of younger daughter June, all the while not realizing the hidden talent in June’s elder sister Louise. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous burlesque stripper. Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine, 825-1164 #10, www.limelight-theatre.org

Feb 4- 5 at 7:30 pm BANG, BANG YOU’RE DEAD DASOTA Theatre, 2445 San Diego Rd, 346-5620, www.da-arts.org

Feb 4 at 11 am & 7:30 pm MARY L’ENGLE ENSEMBLE Friday Musicale, 355-7584, www.fridaymusicale.com

Feb 4- 5 FULL GALLOP A play based on the life of Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Café Society, she chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 249-7177, www.abettheatre.com

Feb 4- 6 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Flagler Room, Flagler College, 59 St. George St, St. Augustrine, (386) 313-1792

Feb 5 at 7 pm Gamble Rogers 2011 Benefit Concert Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, 794-4163, www.gamblerogersfest.com

Feb 5 at 7 and 10 pm RITZ JAZZ JAMM W/ROY AYERS Get up close and personal with contemporary jazz legend Roy Ayers with jamming music, good food and great vibes. Tickets: $21/advance, $25/day of show. Ritz Theatre & Museum, 632-5555, www.ritzjacksonville.com

Feb 5 at 7:30 pm JULIAN TOHA Piano performance. Friday Musicale, 355-7584, www.fridaymusicale.com

Feb 5 at 7 pm JACKSONVILLE CLEAN KINGS OF COMEDY Times-Union Center- Terry Theater, 633-6110, www.jaxevents.com

Feb 5 at 8 pm DONIZETTI’S: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE A few sips and you’re an irresistible Casanova! Nemorino’s down and out– dead-end job, hardly noticed by the ladies and hopelessly in love with Adina, who’s indifferent to his yearnings. But she’s not indifferent to the yearnings of Sergeant Belcore. Poor Nemorino hardly stands a chance until huckster Dr. Dulcamara whips up an “Elixir of Love” (really, it’s bad Bordeaux) that makes Nemorino the go-to guy for some serious loving. Make it your pre-Valentine’s date night- a comic opera with lovable characters, wonderful arias, beautiful sets and dazzling costumes. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547, www.jaxsymphony.org

Feb 6 at 3 pm THE ALBERS TRIO From an early age the Albers sisters have captivated audiences with musical styles as diverse as their distinctive personalities and features. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 899-6008, www.cummer.org

Feb 7 at 7:30 pm UNF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CHAMBER CONCERT Charlotte Mabrey, conductor. Free. UNF’s Robinson Theater, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 8 at 7:30 pm UNF ORCHESTRA CONCERTO SHOWCASE CONCERT Dr. Simon Shiao, conductor. UNF’s Lazzara Hall, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 9 at 7:30 pm CELTIC WOMAN Celtic Woman, the awe-inspiring vocalists along with their mesmerizing violinist, continue to capture the hearts of fans across the country. Come see the group and their six-piece band as well as the Aontas Choir perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. Songs from the Heart promises to be a live concert event that you and your entire family will never forget! Times-Union Center- Moran Theater, 632-3373, www.artistseriesjax.org

Feb 9 at 8 pm ABBA: THE CONCERT ABBA has not performed together since 1983 so for those who want to experience nostalgia and hear the songs that made ABBA sell more than 365 million records- Waterloo’s ABBA the Concert is the hottest choice! Tickets: $35. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com

Feb 10 MUSIC OF LOVE First Coast Wind Ensemble plays music from the heart with a full, vibrant and uniquely American sound. JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 256-7345, www.ju.edu/programs/music/events.aspx

Feb 10 – 12 WINTER DANCE CONCERT For this celebrated series of performances, graduating dance Seniors will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works produced on the Swisher Theatre stage. To compliment this production, JU alumnus Lisa Clarson will set a series of Broadway style dances entitled Sweet Charity Suite. JU’s Swisher Theater, 256-7345, www.ju.edu/programs/music/events.aspx

Feb 10 – 13 NO-I-TAN-I-GAM-I No-i-Tan-i-Gam-i is an insightful new children’s play. Set in a suburban community, No-i-Tan-i-Gam-i explores how some of its residents, parents caught up in their hectic lives, and children preoccupied with gadgets, are encouraged to wake up their senses and live life more cre
atively. $12, Children 10 and under $5. Feb 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm, Feb 12, 13 at 2 pm and Feb 13 at 6 pm. Players By The Sea, 106 6th Street North, 249-0289 www.playersbythesea.org

Feb 10- 26 CABARET The 1920s are drawing to a close and the Master of Ceremonies invites us to forget our troubles at the Kit Kat Klub in this Tony award winning musical. Amelia Community Theatre, Fernandina Beach, 261-6749, www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org

Feb 11 at 8 pm THE ROYAL COMEDY TOUR Some of the hottest, most respected old and new school comics around. Sommore, DL Hughley, Damon Williams and Bruce Bruce will round out the full line up for the show. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900, www.jaxevents.com

Feb 11 at 7:30 pm THE MUSIC MAN The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa in 1912 into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band he vows to organize. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, 276-6750, www.thcenter.org

Feb 11- 12 VALENTINE’S ROMANCE Often compared to Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Bublé, singer, pianist and composer Tony DeSare brings his signature sound to the best American pop music. He’s got a style all his own with his refreshing, jazzy interpretations of songs to swoon over. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547, www.jaxsymphony.org

Feb 12 at 6:30 pm EXTRAVAGANZA 2011 In celebration of the arts and the Douglas Anderson arts students, their twenty-fifth Extravaganza will be performed in downtown Jacksonville for one night only. Music, writing, film, dance and theatre, as well as a stunning display of visual art will all be part of the evening. Times-Union Center- Moran Theatre, 346-5620, www.da-arts.org/arts/performance-schedule

Feb 12 at 8 pm RACHELL FERRELL This soul-diva and contemporary jazz vocal sensation will enchant your ears and warm your heart. Ritz Theatre, 632-5555, www.ritzjacksonville.com

Feb 12 at 8 pm ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE A string octet, string sextet and in other configurations. Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine, 797-2800, www.emmaconcerts.com

Feb 12 at 7:30 pm PALMS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FINE ARTS SERIES Featuring UNF Choral Ensembles. Dr. Cara Tasher, conductor. Free. Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 12 at 7 pm UNF JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1 VALENTINE’S DANCE The Plantation at Ponte Vedra, 543-7532, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 13 at 7 pm FRANKIE VALLI & THE 4 SEASONS Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons had nineteen top ten hits and sold over one hundred million records worldwide. Frankie Valli, revered as one of the most distinctive voices in all of rock and roll, scored number one hits with the Four Seasons including ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man,‘ ‘Rag Doll‘ and ‘December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).’ As a solo artist, his hits include ‘My Eyes Adored You,‘ ‘Grease‘ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.’ Times-Union Center- Moran Theater, 632-3373, www.artistseriesjax.org

Feb 13 at 7 pm STRINGS AND FLUTE Presented by the San Marco Chamber Music Society. Mozart: Quartet for Flute and Strings no 3 in C major, K Anh 171 (285b) and Reger: Serenade for Flute/Violin, Violin and Viola in G major, Op. 141a Artists: Les Roettges (Flute); Ruxandra Marquardt (Violin); Ellen Olson (Viola). Free. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, www.sanmarcochambermusic.org

Feb 13 at 4 pm CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN Organist. St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 N 5th St, Jacksonville Beach, 270-1771, www.beachesfinearts.org

Feb 13 at 7:30 pm COMPOSERFEST This concert will feature works by Jian-jun He, Thomas Harrison and Tony Steve, as well as other composers on the faculty at JU and invited guest composers. JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 256-7345, www.ju.edu/programs/music/events.aspx

Feb 14 at 7:30 pm The Bronx Wanderers Listening to this incredible five-member tribute band is like having the original groups singing right to you! The Bronx Wanderers hit the stage like a lightning bolt of pure rock n’ roll, recreating the hits you grew up with. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, 276-6750, www.thcenter.org

Feb 15- 20 CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION Marvel as 27 world-class artists illuminate objects, balance on wires, leap structures and redefine flight with entertaining variety, comedy and extraordinary occurrences that reinvent everyday life. Urban acrobatics, dazzling choreography and brilliant illusions are ignited by special effects performed to a stylish original score of jazz, salsa, ballroom, pop and trendy beats from the streets. Times-Union Center- Moran Theater, 632-3373 or (888) 860-BWAY, www.artistseriesjax.org

Feb 15 at 7:30 pm THE AMERICAN CHAMBER TRIO The American Chamber Trio featuring Daniel Morganstern (cello), Eric Larsen (piano) and June DeForest (violin). JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 256-7345, www.ju.edu/programs/music/events.aspx

Feb 15 at 7:30 pm VIOLIN & PIANO RECITAL Featuring Dr. Simon Shiao, violin with Dr. Li-Shan Hung, piano. Free. UNF Recital Hall, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 16- April 3 HAIRSPRAY This big Tony Award winning Broadway musical comedy takes us back to the days of big hair, the big heart and the big passion to dance. The Alhambra, 641-1212, www.alhambrajax.com

Feb 16 CHAMBER SINGERS AT EMERITI LUNCHEON Dr. Cara Tasher, conductor. Free. UNF’s University Center, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 17- 20 LITTLE WOMEN Florida School of the Arts/St. Johns River Community College, (386) 312-4300, www.floarts.org

Feb 18 at 11 am & 7:30 pm ROMANENKO-YOSHIKAWA DUO Vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. Equally in demand as concert soloists, the duo has distinguished itself as a combined dynamic team of artists with an impressive list of awards and personal achievements. Friday Musicale, 355-7584, www.fridaymusicale.com

Feb 18 at 8 pm THE GRETCHEN PARLATO BAND The Church of the Good Shepherd, 389-6222, www.riversidefinearts.org

Feb 18 – 26 THE CREATIONISTS A comic look at what happens when three characters are suddenly abandoned by their narrator in the middle of their story. Forced to wander from one classic tale to the next, they wreak hysterical havoc in a search for their Narrator, their identities, and a place to call home. Feb 18,19, 24, 25, 26 at 8 pm. $15, $12students. Players By The Sea, 106 6th Street North, 249-0289 www.playersbythesea.org

Feb 19 JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN’S CHORUS First Coast Honor Choir Festival. Guest conductor Alyssa Gangarosa, Founder and Director of the Georgia Youth Choir. Mandarin Presbyterian Church, http://jaxchildrenschorus.com

Feb 19 at 5 pm UNF INVITATIONAL BAND FESTIVAL Featuring the UNF Wind Symphony and the Very Best in Regional High School Bands. Dr. Gordon Brock, UNF Wind Symphony, conductor. Free. UNF’s Lazzara Hall, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 19 at 1 pm  RITZ YOUTH ORATORICAL COMPETITION Contest open to high school students. For more information visit website. Free. Ritz Theatre & Museum, 632-5555, www.ritzjacksonville.com
 
Feb 20 at 2 pm CAPETOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA With violinist Phillippe Quint. Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine, 797-2800, www.emmaconcerts.com/

Feb 20 at 8 pm THE BEST OF JACKSONVILLE ORGANISTS Times-Union Center- Jacoby Hall, 389-6222, www.riversidefinearts.org

Feb 20 at 2 pm AMADI AZIKIWE Violist. MOCA Theatre, 354-5547, www.ritzchamberplayers.org

Feb 21 at 7:30 pm CLARINET & PERCUSSION RECITAL Dr. Guy Yehuda, clarinet and Charlotte Mabrey, percussion. UNF Recital Hall, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html
Feb 22 at 7:30 pm TANGO INFERNO THE FIRE WITHIN From the home of tango the world’s most acclaimed tango company, the Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires returns to North America with their brand new show. Tango Inferno: The Fire Within, is a dazzling display of tango at its most seductive and fiery. It will leave you breathless! Times-Union Center- Moran Theater, 632-3373 or (888) 860-BWAY, www.artistseriesjax.org

Feb 24 at 8 pm VIOLINIST DAVID GARRETT David Garret is said to be the world’s fastest violin player, able to perform 13 notes per second. Garrett began playing the violin when he was four years old and by the age of seven, he was playing once a week in public. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and in 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City. In Fall 2007 the recording artist made his appearance in Germany with the release of his crossover album Virtuoso and he has been redefining standards in the classic and crossover scene step by step ever since. Tickets: $35- $40. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com

Feb 24- 26 TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH Tchaikovsky’s most colorful symphony with Jennifer Frauschi on violin. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547, www.jaxsymphony.org

Feb 25 at 8 pm 18TH ANNUAL GREAT GUITAR GATHERING Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel headlines this annual event that also showcases the six string sounds of Barry Green and the fabulous DA Guitar Orchestra. Florida Theatre, 346-5620, www.da-arts.org/arts/performance-schedule

Feb 25 at 10 am & Noon HARRY THE DIRTY DOG Harry the Dirty Dog has captivated young people since 1956 with the misadventures of its lovable- if somewhat dingy- canine hero. Acclaimed producer ArtsPower National Touring Theatre is bringing this classic book to the stage. Harry the Dirty Dog will bring smiles to the faces of audiences everywhere with its fun-filled plot and inspiring message. Wilson Center for the Arts, 632-3373 or (888) 860-BWAY, www.artistseriesjax.org

Feb 25 at 7:30 pm CLARINET STUDENTS OF DR. GUY YEHUDA Free. UNF Recital Hall, 620-2878, www.unf.edu/coas/music/calendar.html

Feb 26 at 8 pm AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Chase the blues away with Fats Waller’s buoyant music, performed by a Broadway cast of singers, dancers and actors on stage at the Ritz. Tickets: $20. Ritz Theatre & Museum, 632-5555, www.ritzjacksonville.com

Feb 26 at 8 pm JOHNNY MATHIS IN CONCERT Johnny Mathis, famous for his romantic hits ‘Chances Are,’ ‘Wonderful, Wonderful’ and ‘Too Much, Too Little, Too Late’ will be in Jacksonville, enchanting audiences with over 50 years of beautiful melodies! Times-Union Center- Moran Theater, 632-3373 or (888) 860-BWAY, www.artistseriesjax.org
Feb 26 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm WHAT MY HUSBAND DOESN’T KNOW From David E. Talbert, the creator of the hit movie First Sunday, comes a captivating tale of lust, lies and temptation. Lena Summer has the perfect life, or so it seems. With her husband’s demanding career, the other side of her bed is too cold too often. When a handsome young foreman is hired to work on their home, the spark she’s been missing quickly rages into a wildfire that could cost her everything. Florida Theatre, 355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com

Feb 26 at 7:30 pm PRIVATE SCHOOLS HONOR BAND CONCERT Best instrumentalists from seven area private schools: Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Episcopal, First Coast Christian, Providence, Trinity Christian and University Christian. JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 256-7345, www.ju.edu/programs/music/events.aspx

Feb 26 at 7:30 pm SWAN LAKE BY THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET Back by popular demand, and in the great tradition of grand Russian ballet, the Russian National Ballet Theatre returns with its magical production of Swan Lake. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, 276-6750, www.thcenter.org

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