Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Back to School September events

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens reach out to diverse audiences through visual art, quality learning experiences, and opportunities to participate in the beauty of the natural world.  Arts, gardens, and education combine to create meaningful personal experiences and open a world of new possibilities.  Below you will discover a venue which you family & friends, will be able to schedule for September 2016.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday - Each Tues. Evening from 4 to 9 p.m. | Free and No registration required.  Free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and Gardens, also the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday.

Tapas Tuesday - Each Tuesday Evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | The Cummer Café. Reservations recommended by calling 904.899.6022.  Tap into Tapas Tues. sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café.  Take in the sunset on the patio, while listening to local musicians.  Beer, wine, or artfully inspired tapas for sale at the Café.

Weaver First Saturday ‘Free For All’ Sat., Sept.3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free and No Registration Required.  The first Sat. of each month at the Cummer Museum is ‘Free For All,’ thanks to the generous support of Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver.  Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2 p.m.

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Museums on Us - Sun., Sept. 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. | Free to cardholders & No Registration Required.  The Cummer Museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums on Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum.

Garden Concert featuring Patrick Evan & Mama Blue - Sat., September 10, 2016.  Doors Open at 6 p.m., Concert of blues and jazz under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $25, table of ten $500.  Guests are invited to bring chairs, picnics, and beverages of choice to enjoy an evening in the Cummer Gardens.  Beer, wine, sodas, and light snacks will also be available for purchase that evening.  Concert will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather.  To preorder call Cummer or email.

Art for Two: Music & Art! - Sat., Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair.  Ages 3 through 5 with an adult.  Students will learn how music and songs influenced the art from LIFT and the Permanent Collection, highlighting the song Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.

Women Artists: From the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism - Tues., Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission).  Explore women artists who were prominent in their own time, forgotten by history, and rediscovered when the first feminist art historians began asking, “Why are there no great women artists?” Join Director of Education Lynn Norris for this four-part lecture series which includes time in the Galleries.

Talks & Tea: The Permanent Collection - Wed., or Thurs., Sept. 14th or 15th from 1:30 p.m. | Members and Non-Members $6.  You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk over a cup of tea and a sweet treat.

Jacksonville’s African American History Tour - Sat., Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Members and Non-Members $70.  Take a guided tour through three Jacksonville museums while learning about the city’s rich African American history.  Lunch, transportation via bus and water taxi, guided tours, and admission to all three Museums are included in the ticket price.

Art Adventures: Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing! Sat., Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15.  Students ages 6 through 12 will visit LIFT, which celebrates the well-loved song, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.  Explore how art and poetry can connect to issues surrounding race, equity, and community, then create their own works of art.

History of Western Art Antiquities - Tues.., Sept. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission).  Explore art history through this monthly series of lectures that includes time in the Galleries.  If you want to brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment, then join Director of Education, Lynn Norris, as she leads you through the history of Western Art.

Cummer Beaches: Museum Tour & Bus Trip - Thurs., Sept. 22 — Fri., Sept. 23 All Day | $250 for Museum and Cultural Center Members, Non-Members $260.  Cummer Beaches and the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach have partnered for an overnight trip to Atlanta, including a tour of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta.  For further information or to register, please visit here.

Sunday Classical Concert: Lifting Voices with The Ritz Chamber Players - Sun., Sept. 25 starting at 1:30 p.m. | Free with paid admission.  Enjoy music from African American composers performed by North Florida musicians.

Cummer Beaches: Kickoff - Tues., Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $15.  Join Cummer Beaches for their annual kickoff event with cocktails and a talk with Chief Curator Holly Keris, on art acquisition at the Museum. For additional information, contact Wendy Mayle at (904) 899-6007 or email.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting - Wed., Sept. 28 — Nov. 2nd from 1 to 4:30 p.m. | Members $170, Non-Members $190.  Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters.  Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Participants may sign up for multiple sessions. Supplies are not included. Ages 16 and up.  Stay tuned for October, 2016 events.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  829 Riverside Avenue
  Jacksonville, Florida 32204
  (904) 356-6857
  Hours of Operation & Admission

‘Fame - The Musical’ on stage at the Times-Union Center

It’s never too early to think ahead and get ready to see some exciting performances right before the holidays.  “Fame - The Musical” will tour North America this season with a stop in Jacksonville Florida, at the Times-Union Center, for only one performance!  The high octane show will have audiences dancing in their seats as the special relationships unfold for the lucky youngsters given a chance to develop their talent at the famous School for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Its musical score for the film was awarded an Oscar for the song - with its unforgettable lyrics - “FAME - I'm Gonna Live Forever!  Baby Remember my Name”.  It is a universally known lyric and is the fever pitch anthem that drives these talented young people forward.  The superb music and dance numbers tell their story including their personal relationships as they strive to grow and develop their talent.  Each personality hopes to make their own big splash in the performing arts world of music, dance, and theatre.

The title song "FAME" was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.  The exhilarating dance numbers created for this production by the acclaimed choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo will have the audience on the edge of their seats.  It is a full-throttle journey which highlights the struggles, fears and dreams of young artists as they navigate their time in this "special" school that may well propel them into the world of entertainment. The production follows the four-year odyssey of triumphs and broken dreams right through graduation day, including a tragedy that they must all rise above as they go forward in cap and gown to sing the moving "Bring on Tomorrow"

After reaching some sixty million people in over 30 countries, Fame - the Musical, based on the Academy Award winning film and Emmy Award winning TV series will tour the United States again this fall and spring. It last toured here in 2003 and returns in an all new presentation produced by the veteran team of James Murtha and William Weir and under the direction of Dom Ruggiero.

Fame - The Musical
DATE: Saturday December 3, 2016
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:on sale NOW and start at $32.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is coming back to JAX town

Get ready for more of Jacksonville, Florida’s Fall lineup in entertainment.  2016 will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, by Chip Davis.”  Their album has revolutionized the holiday seasons music category.  The group will perform live, for one performance only, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts; and tickets may be purchased now!

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.  This year’s tour includes many of the performances in a PBS special broadcast airing this year, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” featuring the group’s legendary concert.

Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.  The show, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting.  The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.  With 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Chip Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
     by Chip Davis
DATE: Monday November 21, 2016
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:are on sale NOW and start at $48.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing