St Augustine Concert Band Gala Season Opener

St Augustine Concert Band Gala Season Opener 2018 was on October 17th at the Pacetti Bay Middle School in St Augustine.
Making wonderful music under conductor Geoffrey S. Magnani.

Bernstein’s Broadway in St Augustine

First Coast Opera kicked off its 2018-19 season with Bernstein’s Broadway, a concert highlighting the musical legacy of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  Part of the international Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, Bernstein’s Broadway featured hit tunes from his wildly successful Broadway musicals performed by guest artists in the Lightner Museum “swimming pool”, 25 Granada St., in downtown St. Augustine.
The program featured selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and Wonderful Town.  Returning guest artists included Fort Lauderdale soprano Elena Galván, who sang the role of Kay in last season’s The Stranger’s Tale, Tampa mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin, who sang on last season’s Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies concert, University of Florida professor Matt Morgan, who last sang with FCO in the 2015 Opera Paris concert, popular local singer Carrie Thornton with accomplished local music director Curtis Powell accompanying on piano.  They were joined by St. Petersburg baritone Luis González and Tampa bass Tyler Putnam each making FCO debuts.  Leonard Bernstein’s music resonates with both classical and musical theater audiences.
According to FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, “Bernstein’s song-writing is extraordinary.  From a performer’s standpoint, they can be quite complicated, but for the audience, his songs are tuneful, clever, and memorable.”
The program was performed, at the Lightner Museum swimming pool area, 25 Granada St., in downtown Saint Augustine on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm and will be performed again on October 13th at Del Webb Auditorium in Ponte Vedra.

Jacksonville Symphony in St Augustine

EMMA Concert Association presented the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Flagler College on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Featuring selections of movie music by John Williams, the concert was held at Lewis Auditorium. John Williams has composed some of the most memorable movie scores in history, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and E.T. He has won 23 Grammys, five Oscars, six Emmys, and four Golden Globes. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performed under the direction of Michael Krajewsky.

A Drum Corps for St Augustine

Our Re-Established Old City Drum Corps was founded in 2018. In 1975 when US Army veteran Master Drum Major George Carroll lead the East Florida Fife & Drum at the start of the First Night Watch Parade, he couldn’t know that one of his students, Sr. Drum Sgt. & C.F.O. Michael S. Thomas would re-establish that group in 2018 to form Old City Drum Corps. As Founder & Chairman Of The Board, Sr. Drum Sgt. Thomas, re-organized Old City Drum Corps (OCDC) and is proud to have trained under George Carroll, honored and excited to share our vision & mission of the New Old City Drum Corps. The professional musicians of Old City Drum Corps recall the days of 16th thru 18th century periods as they parade in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of that time. Every Professional Musician of Old City Drum Corps is Highly skilled with years of training either in military service and or trained under world renown musicians. Many of our musicians are award-winning artists and full-time musicians, They are not re-en actors. The Corps uses century period, handmade rope-tension drums which bring to life the exciting sounds of 16th thru 18th century drumming. Old City Drum Corps consists of local Saint Augustine professional musicians trained in military marching, choreography and time period music. The size of their ensembles can be as small as a two man drumming solo exhibition…and as large as a full 12pc. Fife & Drum Corps with color guard & Drum Major. The Musicians of Old City Drum Corps have been rehearsing diligently so as to debut the Corps this upcoming parade season here in Old Town Saint Augustine. We are currently Booking Parades/Community Events/Education & Special Events, Please contact Booking Agent ; (904) 392-4707 Dedicated to U.S. Army Veteran Master Drum Major George Carroll, the “Original” East Florida Fife & Drum, and First “Night Watch Parade”.

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.