St Augustine 12th Annual Music Festival /Concert 1

The 12th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival will take place over two weekends (Thursday – Saturday) from June 21 to 23 and June 28 to 30, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine. There will be six concerts in all, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts are free and will feature selections from a range of composers, including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Schubert, Gershwin, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

Now in its 12th year, the St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

FL Chamber Music Project Plans Tango Masquerade Gala

The primary purpose of the Florida Chamber Music Project is to foster and encourage the presentation of classical chamber music; to present and sponsor presentation of classical chamber music by highly qualified professional musicians; to increase awareness of classical chamber music in the State of Florida in general and in North Florida in particular and to provide educational institutions with opportunities to educate students of all kinds concerning the nature and value of classical chamber music and its performance. On June 9th it will have a Tango Masquerade Gala at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Obtain tickets website http://flchambermusic.org/

St Augustine Community Band’s Spring Concert 2018

EMMA -National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

“The finale of EMMA’s Winter Orchestral Series”

Since its inception in 1960, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina. More than 100 guest conductors have led, and many acclaimed international soloists have performed with the orchestra.

Performing in the EMMA series at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba performed :

Conductor: Enrique Perez Mesa

Overture of 1812 Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky in E flat major (1840 – 1893) – Three Poems Amadeo Roldán (1900 – 1939) – Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (Antonio Dorta Lazo, Clarinet) Amadeus Mozart Allegro (1756 – 1791)  – INTERMISSION –  Three Cornered Hat Manuel De Falla (a.k.a. Carnival of Venice) (1876 – 1946) – Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

The Narrow Awards and the Launch of SAMHOF

On Sunday night, Feb. 25th at Sarbez, Narrow Magazine honored the St. Augustine music scene with the inaugural launch of St. Augustine Music Hall of Fame (SAMHOF) at this year’s Narrow Awards!

 It’s been over 450 years in the making, but a Saint Augustine Music Hall of Fame has finally launched!

This launch was the first part of the 2018 Narrow Awards, paying homage to the amazing and rich history of the Saint Augustine music scene. Special guest performers helped to kick off the SAMHOF!
Here was the night’s schedule:
7pm to 8pm – Red Carpet and Photos! They welcomed EVERYONE to come out in their best (or funkiest, or rock n roll best) dress for photos, and the rest of the hoopla.
8pm to 10pm – St Augustine Music Hall of Fame was launched. There were special performers, introductions, and presentations. Recognizing the history of Saint Augustine music. For more information, see their Facebook page.

10pm to 12:30am – 2018 Narrow Awards. Recognizing some of the music events and people of 2017. With performers:

Walt Kulwicki
Salt and Pine
Teresa Rose
Flagged Van
Chemtrails

For more info go to www.narrowmagazine.com/

EMMA: The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra

St Augustine experienced the excitement and pleasure of truly beautiful music as the New Year and EMMA brought the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra to Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. For more than 30 years the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra has brought music lovers to their feet in appreciation of performance after performance.

Billy Buchanan’s EP Release Party

Released Jan 12, 2018, this EP is heavily influenced by the soul and early rock artists of the 50’s and 60’s. Hence the title, which is a nod to the dances of that era, ShagShuffleShimmyShakeSwing: Vol 1 is an authentic homage to the pioneers of that soul and early rock, “The ones that started it all”. You can hear the backbeat rhythms and musical influences of all the artists he admires. The lead single, “The Pioneers”, is a celebration of the music of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke and will take you back to a time of juke joint, jump jiving grooves that still move your heart and soul, and make you want to get up and dance. The EP Release Party in St Augustine was held at the  San Sebastian Winery to a packed house of dancing fans. If you would like to purchase Billy Buchanan’s music go to www.billybuchanan.org

EMMA Gala and Concert

This year’s Gala for the EMMA Concert Association shaped up to be fabulous…the Big Band theme was a lot of fun, and the EMMA Guild committee, spearheaded by Barbara Hamel and Dori Hondorf, worked extremely hard to create a memorable event for everyone…including the guests!
The gala was followed by the Orlando Jazz Orchestra (Music Director: Greg Parnell) and Jazz singer Linda Cole at the Flagler Lewis Auditorium. The orchestra rocked the house!

Sing Out Loud / Highlights 2nd Weekend

After hurricane Irma cancels the first of three weekends of Sing Out Loud Festival. Here are the highlights of that 2nd weekend which was so needed after the devastation of hurricane Irma. The city of St Augustine came back to life with music sweet music..

A Tribute to Billie Holiday

On Saturday August 12th the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center had a tribute to American jazz musician and singer-songwriter Billie Holiday, the house was packed to a sold out crowd. Carole Freeman shared her stories and sung interpretations of Billie Holiday, filling the room with the artistic spirit of one of America’s greats.