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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/5/2017: Media Roundtable; Comic Con; The Civic Orchestra Of Jacksonville


  In our weekly Media Roundtable, our panel included WJCT business analyst John Burr and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth (01:21). We also spoke with Master Will (36:07) from the Last Council Saber Academy about Saturday’s Comic Con at the Beaches and Willowbranch libraries, and we spoke with The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s music director and conductor Marguerite Richardson, as well as guest performers Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini (44:02).  

Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Gov. Rick Scott declaring the opioid epidemic a health emergency, Florida State College Jacksonville facing a serious budget shortfall and actions by the state legislature.

Comic Con

The Jacksonville Public Library will play host two Comic Con events Saturday on national “Free Comic Book Day.”

This is the fifth annual comic con at the Beaches Branch Library and the second annual comic con at the Willowbranch Branch Library in Riverside/Avondale. Will and members of his academy will hold a question and answer period as well as a demonstration of their skills 12:30 p.m. at the Beaches location.

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville    

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville is having its season finale 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville. The theme of the concert is “A Night at the Opera.” The Civic Orchestra will perform operatic masterworks alongside two world class New York City-based sopranos,  Shorstein and Pasquini. Shorstein is a Jacksonville native.

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.