EMMA: The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Part of EMMA Winter Orchestral Series:

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) traces its roots to 1926. It made its first international concert tour to Romania and Bulgaria in 1972. Since then the orchestra has gone on world tours in Kuwait, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Italy and Spain. The ERSO Russia (including the far east, cities in Siberia and Transcaucasia) and was a regular performer in the concert halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow. The orchestra has performed with many world-renowned conductors and soloists.

Their conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his powerful performances in both opera and concert..

Violinist Triin Ruubel performs throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. She received her Artist Diploma at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock’. Triin Ruubel is a prize winner of several international competitions.

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.

“Gems of Chamber Music” SAMF Day 5

On Friday, June 23rd, the St Augustine Music Festival presented The Gems Of Chamber Music as part of its program. Delighting the audience with the music of Johann Christian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Maurice Ravel.

“The Diaz Trio” Dazzles at the SAMF

On Thursday June 22 the St Augustine Music Festival returned for its second part of three more days of absolutely wonderful music, lets call it a crème de la crème of classical music. This time with The Diaz Trio, that delighted us with the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and ending with a standing ovation by an audience that truly appreciated this beautiful gift by the trio.

St Augustine Music Festival Begins

St Augustine Music Festival 2017

www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

June 15-17 & June 22-24 / 7:30pm

The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members Jorge A. Peña (viola) and Jin Kim-Peña (cello), with the invaluable participation and support of many other musicians and the local community.

Concerts are held at the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Concerts are free and no tickets are required, however, seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

First Coast.tv was able to capture some of the highlights of day one, Thursday.

The Doug Carn Trio at Lincolnville M & CC

Jazz at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on June 9th, featured The Doug Carn Trio. They played to a packed room which they filled with some awesome jazz tunes.