By LORRAINE THOMPSON
Expect the unexpected when Peter Morin, music director at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, and his wife Helen, call on their talented friends for a bit of help.
This year’s “Music with a Twist II,” a free concert on March 18, will feature Peter Morin on the piano and organ, Helen Morin on the violin, and friends: trumpet player Dr. Randy Tinnin, percussionist Michael Thomas and soprano Carolyn Brown.
The first “twist” of the concert will feature classical favorites including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, arranged for electric violin, synthesizer and percussion and contrasted with a more traditional setting of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. The “moonlight” theme will continue with Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune.
The concert will then “twist” to music influenced or which originated in Ireland, including selections by Celtic Woman, the Secret Garden, and beloved Irish favorites.
Music with a Twist II concert begins at 7 p.m. in St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island. It is the sixth of seven free concerts in the church’s 2016-17 series. The final series concert will feature the Jacksonville University Orchestra at 6 p.m. on April 23. Call 471-5364 for information.
About the performers:
- Helen Morin regularly leads special music ensembles at Ancient City Baptist Church, Memorial Presbyterian Church, First Coast Opera and St. Augustine Community Chorus concerts. Helen Morin teaches music at R.B. Hunt Elementary School where she has founded a string ensemble program.
Peter Morin directs the music ministry and concert series at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. A lifelong church musician, Morin has performed recitals at several British Cathedrals and venues as well as his native New England. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, working on the Steering Committee which is credited with bringing the regional AGO conference to St. Augustine this June.
Philadelphia born Carolyn Pierce Brown has both sung professionally and conducted choirs for various churches, organizations and events in Austria, Steubenville, Ohio, Washington DC, Northern VA and Philadelphia, PA. A newcomer to St. Augustine, Brown teaches music at Cathedral Parish School and leads the music ministry club at St Joseph Academy.
- Dr. Randy Tinninis Director of the UNF School of Music.
- Michael Thomasis founder of the West African Drum Circles of St. Augustine.