By LORRAINE THOMPSON
After hosting a season of nationally and internationally known performers, itâ€™s time for the locals to shine in the final concert of the 2015-16 St. Anastasia Catholic Church concert series. The free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, will feature the churchâ€™s director of music and organist Peter Morin, and his wife, violinist Helen Morin. The couple will be joined by musical friends including pianist Scott Watkins, violinist Marguerite Richardson and cellist Brittany Maroney in an evening of classical music which will include two movements of Josef Rheinberger’s Suite of Organ and Violin, a Bach solo ‘cello sonata, a Vivaldi concerto for 2 violins and some Dvorak.
Peter Morin, who interned at Worcester Cathedral in England, holds a Master’s of Sacred Music in Organ Performance in Sacred Music from Emory University. Before assuming the music director position at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in 2010, Morin served as choir director in churches in New York, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
Helen Morin, earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance with Lucia Lin at Boston University and holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin from Trinity College of Music, London, England.
Watkins is an associate professor of piano at Jacksonville University. Since 2011 he has held the position of Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang Universityâ€™s Conservatory of Music and Dance in Yin Chaun, China where he performs, teaches and lectures.
Richardson, an associate professor at Jacksonville University, has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1990.
Maroney graduated from the University of North Florida where for four years she was recipient of the Most Outstanding Musician of the Year award. She is a member of the string trio, Triolet. She also performs solo at special events in the area.
St. Anastasia Catholic Church is located at 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island. The concert and parking are free. Those who wish may contribute to a free will offering to assist in covering artist and concert expenses. For information call 471-5364.
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