The 2020 St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music & The Arts has been UN-cancelled.
Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 15, 16 & 17. Simply go to RomanzaFestivale.com at the scheduled times. The schedule of times and their sequence is still evolving at this time, but it will be listed on the RomanzaFestivale website next to the FREE streaming video.
Romanza Festivale Home-Stream features over 20 of the originally scheduled Romanza Festivale participants, including several of the Celtic bands from Romanza’s Celtic Festival. * indicates St. Augustine-based performers
|Theatre||SHELL SHOCK||Play seen by Festivale Chair, Kathleen Vande Berg at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, written and performed by Tim Marriott, TV star from the UK, with comments by Mr. Marriott and Fen Marriott, licensed therapist|
|Theatre||A Classic Theatre *||Monologue by Harolyn Sharpe|
|Theatre||Tale Tellers *||Kathy Kniery, Margaret Kaler and Guy Fussell|
|Poetry||Ancient City Poets *||Chris Bodor with Kimmy Van Kooten and Robert Waldner. Music by Sam Pacetti|
|Dance||Dancers from Kaleidoscope *||Including St. Johns School for Performing Arts; Noise Complaint, Blue Lotus Bellydancers, Matanzas Tap|
|Dance||Honey Burton *||tango dancer extraordinaire|
|Concert||Astralis Chamber Ensemble *||Peter Pan Fantasy by Rubtsov.
Flute, trumpet, piano ensemble presenting 3 major works: Trio Sonata by Stephenson; Concertina by Dorft
|Concert||Deux Saisons *||Keri Lee Pierson and Christopher Schoelen – soprano and classical guitar performing Renaissance music|
|Concert||First Coast Opera *||Highlights from their past seasons|
|Concert||Island Duo *||Caren Umbarger and Paul Umbarger
Violin and guitar – performing their own compositions
|Concert||Mama Blue *||Full hour of Mama Blue’s incredible song stylings|
|Concert||North Florida Women’s Chorale *||Kerry Fradley, director. half of concert presented in December|
|Concert||Raresong *||First Coast Renaissance Ensemble
Early music ensemble of recorders, percussion, cello and voices
|Concert||Ray McDonald*||Organ demonstration of the Aeolian Skinner instrument in Memorial Presbyterian Church
Recital and demonstration of organ construction
|Concert||Sam Pacetti *||Guitarist celebrating St. Augustine in words and music with his special brand of storytelling through music|
|Concert||Sposi Cantante – 3 married couples *||Full hour of incredible vocals – solos and duets.
Including operatic arias as well as songs from Musical Theater. Arranged by Lisa Lockhart.
|Concert||Sposi Cantante – Leila Warren *||5th grade violinist presenting her music along with Sposi Cantante|
|Concert||St. Augustine Community Chorus *||Highlights from their last 3 concerts – MIke Sanflippo, conductor With St. Augustine Youth Chorus: Kerry Fradley, conductor|
|Concert||Albannach||Celtic Band, Scotland|
|Concert||Emish||Celtic Band, New York|
|Concert||Jamison||Celtic Band, Philadelphia|
|Concert||Seven Nations||Celtic Band, California, Toronto, & Florida|
|Concert||Steel City Rovers||Celtic Band, Hamilton Ontario|
Participating groups or solo performers will receive a $200 stipend from Romanza for their performance and will also receive 100% of any donations (which are tax-deductible) made online during their performance. In response to hardships created by event cancellations and venue closures related to the Coronavirus, Romanza intends this arrangement to help sustain the viability and vibrancy of St. Augustine’s arts community into a healthy recovery when the crisis is past.
Romanza believes in supporting the arts and our local artists. Romanza Festivale has been able to operate at a level of increasing support to our community artists and musicians by paying for performances, stipends, sponsorships, awards, scholarships, and significant promotion.
The Festivale had originally been scheduled for 17 days from May 1 to May 17, 2020, but all in-person events had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency. Now, we hope you will enjoy all of the talented participants in Romanza’s FREE “Home Stream” Festivale.
Romanza Festivale and the Celtic Festival, as well as the St. Patrick Parade are produced by Romanza-St. Augustine, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Romanza Festivale 2020 “Home-Stream – Online” is funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Visit Florida.