St Augustine Music Festival 2019 Final Night

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. Enjoy the highlights of the final night of June 29th.

St Augustine Music Festival Day 2

The 13th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival will take place over the last two weekends (Thursday to Saturday) in June 2019: June 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, at the Cathedral Basilica. 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 wide variety of composers, from Mozart to Mahler and Schubert to Shostakovich.

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.

On day 2 (June 21) was a night of percussion by musicians Joseph Becker and Kevin Ritenauer.

Gigs for Musicians

St Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) is putting up a workshop/presentation for musicians. Its goal is to get musicians to have some better understanding on gigs, pay, tours and so much more. It’s a must for musicians starting up and the people who promote them. It will be held Thursday, June 20th at Sarbez, at 530-630pm. All are invited and its FREE. Please share this video segment with fellow musicians.

Mariachis and Salseros at Romanza Festivale

On Sunday (May 5) at the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion in St Augustine, FL sounds of Mexican Mariachis (Mariachi Garibaldi) and Caribbean salsa (Caribeño Tropical) filled the air, where the audience danced, sung along and cheered.

Unidos en la Musica at Romanza Festivale

Unidos en la Música celebrated the art, music, dance, games, and, of course, delicious food of Latin America. The all-day festival was held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Francis Field, and served as one of the kick-off events for St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

Romanza Opens With Zayas

Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts presented Cuban pianist Juana Zayas in the Festival’s opening headliner concert on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Cathedral Basilica.

Havana-born pianist Juana Zayas has been winning awards for her artistry on the piano since she was a little girl. She gave her first recital at age 7, graduated with a Gold Medal from the Peyrellade Conservatory at age 11, and went on to study at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris.

Ms. Zayas is known for her sensitive rendering of the music of Chopin. She has toured throughout Europe, South America, and the United States as a Steinway artist, and has had several performances broadcast by National Public Radio and New York’s WQXR.

Saint Augustine Concert Band Xmas Concert 2018

Got into the holiday spirit by listening to the Saint Augustine Concert Band in their Holiday Concert on Friday, December 14th. Really wonderful concert, felt like I was at Rockefeller Center or Radio City Hall.

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.