By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- February will be the time for music when St. Bernadette Catholic Church presents its concert series for 2013. While all of the performances feature amazing talent, the one receiving the most interest is the Feb. 18 performance of the Vienna Boys' Choir.
"It's very exciting to have them here," said Paula Andreozzi, one of the organizers of the concert series.
"They actually contacted us about performing. One of the members of their management team had seen information on the church, and they were looking for another venue in which to perform in Florida. It was wonderful they thought of us."
The Vienna Boys' Choir, originally formed in 1928, is comprised of about 100 boys ages 10 to 14 who come from all over the world. They are trained and then divided into four touring groups.
But they won't be the only ones performing in February. Also scheduled is Italian pianist Francesco Attesti, the Boston String Quartet and the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.
All the performances will take place at the church, which was newly built three years ago. It now features seating for 1,200 people, state-of-the-art acoustics, a grand piano and a pipe organ.
"Our incredible new concert venue is the first of its kind here in Port St. Lucie and is quickly becoming a musical destination on the Treasure Coast," said Thomas Bold, the church's music director.
Mr. Bold has a long history with music and entertainment and has even received a Grammy award for his talent.
"(Mr. Bold) came here when the church was first dedicated," said Ms. Andreozzi. "He's been the driving force for the music ministry here. His talent is just amazing."
As for the concert series, Mr. Attesti, a concert pianist from Cortona, Italy, is performing for the third time at St. Bernadette on Feb. 1. He is a member of Rotary International, The church partnered with the Port St. Lucie Rotary Club to bring Mr. Attesti to the area to perform. The proceeds from the performance will benefit the Rotary Foundation.
The Boston String Quartet will bring the Beatles alive on Feb. 4 during their performance entitled, "String Circus." The group incorporates storytelling, composition and original arrangements of classic music in their performance.
On Feb. 11, a local musical group, Treasure Coast Youth Symphony will perform. The group is made up of talented student performers from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.
While all the groups are part of the concert series, the Vienna Boys' Choir is the one almost sold out of tickets.
"Here, we celebrate stewardship with artists from around the world to around the corner," Mr. Bold said. "Our mission is to bring the Treasure Coast world-class entertainment at affordable prices."
St. Bernadette Church is located at 350 N.W. California Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Francesco Attesti will perform on Feb. 1, the Boston String Quartet will perform on Feb. 4, the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony will perform on Feb. 11 and the Vienna Boys' Choir will perform on Feb. 18. All performances will take place at 7 p.m.
Season tickets for all four shows are $70. Individual concert tickets at $20 per concert, except for the Vienna Boys' Choir, which is $35. Children in sixth grade and under are free and seventh grade and up are half price.
For more information, call Mr. Bold at (772) 236-9956 or (617) 650-0130.