All Saints Anglican Church, 1250 Hwy 19S, Palatka, will host a concert to be held at the church on November 12, 2011 at 7:00pm: “A Grand Night” for Singing.” featuring nationally acclaimed artists: Karen Marshall, soprano and Edward Bryant, Tenor; accompanied by Ture Larson. Tickets are $15.00. For more information, call the church office at 386-325-8247
Marshall and Bryant met while Resident Artists of Central Florida Lyric Opera and performed together in the leading roles of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Since that time, they have appeared together in numerous concerts in Central Florida and also toured nationally with the Mantovani Orchestra.
They bring their special music programming to Palatka for a night of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes. The program will include works from La Traviata, La Bohéme, The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera and more….truly “A Grand Night for Singing.”
Karen Marshall is a classically trained, lyric soprano and has appeared as a concert soloist across the United States as well as England. She also toured with the internationally acclaimed Mantovani Orchestra for many years.
Ms. Marshall has had leading roles in numerous operas and musical theater productions and was a resident artist with Orlando Opera Company and Central Florida Lyric Opera. Her numerous operatic and theater credits include Musetta in La Boheme, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Pamina in The Magic Flute, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Country Girl in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marian in the Music Man, Maria in The Sound of Music, Dolly in The Grass Harp, Mrs. Peahum in Three Penny Opera, Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, and Carlotta in Phantom.
Ms. Marshall studied music at the University of Central Florida and has participated in masters’ classes sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Company.
In the realm of church music, she has sung in numerous choirs, recorded a solo album “Love Immeasurable”, and was soprano soloist and section leader for 12 years in the choir of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando prior to moving to Palatka.
Currently, Ms Marshall is the Director of Music and Organist for All Saint’s Anglican Church here in Palatka where her husband, The Rev Gary Marshall, serves as Rector.
After studying drama for two years at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, Edward Bryant transferred to Gordon College in Wenham, MA where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to get his Master of Music degree, with a concentration in opera, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston
While studying at the New England Conservatory, Bryant performed several leading tenor roles, including Fenton from Verdi’s Falstaff and Tamino from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, among others. He has since apprenticed with the Orlando Opera and was a resident artist for several years with the Central Florida Lyric Opera.
Bryant was the tenor soloist and choir section leader at Boston’s historic Park Street Church. He has since performed in equity summer stock productions with the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, PA, toured nationally as a vocalist with the Mantovani Orchestra and is a former member of the Walt Disney World Voices of Liberty.
Currently, Bryant is on the music staff at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, where he teaches applied voice lessons, Class Voice, Fundamentals of Diction, Diction for Singers and Vocal Pedagogy. He is also the artistic and stage director for the Southeastern Lyric Theatre and has directed numerous productions, including Le Nozze di Figaro, HMS Pinafore, Hansel and Gretel, The Mikado, and Cosi fan Tutte. In addition, he directs the annual A Night at the Opera and A Night on Broadway programs. Bryant and his beautiful wife Soraya are parents of three children, Daniél, Gabriél and Clara-Emille.
A native of Moline, Illinois, Ture Edward Larson, Dean of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, received his musical training in Music Education, Organ and Piano at Augustana College, Drake University and Northern Illinois University. While in graduate school at Drake University he accompanied many vocalists in recital for Mr. Andrew White, voice teacher of the renowned high baritone, Sherrill Milnes. Mr. Larson studied piano at Drake with Mr. Elvin Schmitt, who was also the piano teacher of the popular pianist, Roger Williams.
Now retired, Ture taught public school music for many years in Illinois as well as fifteen years in Orlando. Serving in the Army in the Adjutant General’s Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, he taught advanced music theory to the members of The First Infantry Division Band, of which he, too, was a member. He also held the position as Post Organist at the Main Chapel. For many years he taught private piano to numerous students. Mr. Larson’s interest in vocal music started as a soprano in the select Moline Boy Choir; this lead to singing in high school, college and community choruses.
He moved to Florida in 1983 and became a full-time Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Sanford. For fifteen years he sang with the Bach Festival Choir of Winter Park. In this choir he met his wife, Lin. Now living in Orlando, he and his wife have been active in the choir program at The Cathedral Church or St. Luke (Episcopal) and for several years he was on the staff as the assistant organist. He has traveled extensively here and abroad having had the opportunity to play both piano and organ in many historic churches and cathedrals.
An exciting two nights and two days of great, home grown blues is planned for Palatka during the 1st Annual, 2010
St. Johns River Blues Festival; Friday, November 19th thru Sunday, November 21st.
National recording artist and Jacksonville native, “Ben Robinson”, Kingsnake Records recording artist, from Savannah, “Eric Culberson”, Gainesville’s “Bridgett Kelly & Tim Fik” and from Ocala, The Delta Blues Legend, “Willie Green” headline the evening shows. The Kim Ricks Blues Band, The Blues-O-matics, Franc Robert, Rocco Blu, Lil Jake and the Soul Searchers, The Georgia Allstars, Blues Lightning, The A1A Blues Band, The S.P. Hammond Band, The Alligator Cowboys, Tropical Whiskey, The Whiskey River Band, Out of the Blue, The Florida Tazers, The Wayne Johnston Band and Shelby and the Mustangs, compete for more than $6000.00 in prizes, bookings and concert appearances donated by The Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Downtown Blues Bar & Grill and Medusa Studios on our two downtown Palatka Stages.
The daytime blues competition in friendly downtown Palatka begins at 10 AM Saturday and covers five blocks of beautiful St. Johns Ave., and ends Sunday at 6 PM. Fun rides, face painting, arts, crafts and great food will fill the streets around two blues competition stages, one at the Putnam County Court House and the other at Prosperity Bank parking lot.
The St. Johns River Blues Festival, Inc., is a not for profit Florida Corporation with the goal to provide scholarships to Putnam County performing and fine arts students.
I like small local museums, and there are not many smaller than the museum in my home town. It is in what is said to be the oldest surviving building in Palatka. (Around 1837.) They say it is the only surviving building from Fort Shannon, a military outpost from the Seminole Indian Wars. It may have been the officer quarters but there is nothing to prove that in the character of the building today.
There are four small rooms loaded with various pieces of local memorabilia.
Your visit is free and will not take you more than a half hour. Volunteer docents are a pleasure to talk to but they are happy to just let you browse. It is open 2 to 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
(From Thursday through Sunday you can combine a visit to the museum with a visit to the historic Malhouland House next door. )
ravine gardens state park is the most visited natural attraction in the town of palatka. this beautiful garden was created in 1935 as a WPA project during the great depression. the revines in the park were created by small springs that flow into the st. johns river. in march of each year there are almost 100,000 azaleas in bloom in in the park. the park offers a number of hiking and walking trails through the beautiful foliage planted in the park. for those interested in nature and flowers ravine gardens state park should not be missed when in the palatka area.
the south palatka historic district is located south of reid street (US 17) in downtown palatka. picturted is a historic home on river street in the south palatka historic district. the south palatka historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history the south palatka historic district is worth a look when in the palatka area.
pictured is the azalea inn in the north palatka historic district. the north palatka historic district has scores of antebellum and victorian homes. this neighborhood is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history this neighborhood is worth a look when in palatka.
the larimer memorial library is located on reid street (US 17) in downtown palatka. the larimer memorial library is listed on the national register of historic places. today the library building is home to the arts council of greater palatka. for those interested in architecture and florida history the larimer memorial library is worth a look when in downtown palatka.
the historic st. marks episcopal church is located on main street in the north palatka historic district. st. marks episcopal church was built in 1854 and is the oldest church in palatka. the church was forced to suspend services between 1862 and 1866 due to the civil war. in 1862 union troops took over the church and did extensive damage to it's interior. st. marks episcopal church is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history st. marks is worth a look when in palatka.
the browning rail road museum is located in the old palatka depot in the north palatka historic district. this museum has exhibits on early florida rail road history and a model train. the palatka depot is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in rail road history the browning rail road museum is worth a stop when in palatka. see the attached web site for admission and times.
pictured is the grave of judge isaac h. bronson (1802-1855). isaac bronson was a new york congressman and a federal judge for the north district of florida. bronson's grave is located on the grounds of the bronson-mullholland house.
the bronson-mullholland house was built by judge isaac h. bronson in 1854. bronson was the judge for the u.s. district court of north florida prior to the civil war. the bronson-mullholland house is listed on the national register of historic places. today the bronson-mullholland house is a museum and is open to the public. for those interested in architecture and florida history the bronson-mullholland house is worth a visit in the palatka area.
During the last few years that has been a lot of wall painting going on in Palatka. There are said to be about 30 murals in the city, most on the walls of old buildings. They depict various historical, cultural and natural riches of Palatka and Putnam County. The goal is apparently for the city one day to be designated as the official Mural City of Northeast Florida.
What is really special is the large number of artists and community supporters found in this small rural county. The murals are not great art, but they are interesting and worth a look if you are in the area.
If you're in Palatka, or even passing through, and you enjoy a beautiful nature trail, this is the place to see. There are thousands of Azaleas in this park and it's a very pleasant hike. The extensive trails lead around ravines and along a spring-fed stream. There is also a Parcourse fitness center with exercise stations, and picnic tables and grills are available throughout the park.
the maltby live oak is located on the grounds of the putnam county courthouse in downtown palatka. this ancient oak is named after hubert maltby who was a putnam county agricultural agent.
pictured is the putnam county confederate civil war memorial on the grounds of the putnam county courthouse. this bronze statue of a solder is very unique memorial style.