St Augustine Orchestra Focuses on Fiedler

The St. Augustine Orchestra’s spring concert, under the direction of Maestro Scott Gregg, featured popular and light classical selections performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.

Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 26 for Violin and Orchestra
Light Cavalry Overture
Slavonic Dance No. 8
American Salute
Hungarian Dance
My Fair Lady

Guest Soloist: The orchestra was delighted to welcome guest soloist Bryce Martin of the Jacksonville Youth Symphony Orchestra, who performed selections from Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 26, for Violin and Orchestra, by Max Bruch.

An Event to Benefit SAYO

People treated and kicked up their heels on February 25, 2016.  Dance! Dance! Dance!, sponsored by the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra, it featured live jazz and swing by the Lighthouse Band. The dance was be held at the Riverview Club in St. Augustine Shores (790 Christina Drive, St. Augustine).

During the opening welcome, there were special appearances, including a classical musical demonstration by members of Ponte Vedra High School’s ProArte, a string ensemble whose goal is to promote music in the area.  In addition, there was a tasting of sparkling wines provided by ARIA Wines and a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres from the Tasting Room, a Spanish restaurant featuring wine & tapas pairings, and Gaufres & Goods, a St. Augustine restaurant and specialty shop specializing in Greek and Polish cuisine.

The St. Augustine Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization whose mission is the training of young musicians. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with artistic director Stephen Marr and find out a little more about SAYO.


Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Performs in St Augustine

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra performed in St Augustine on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Lewis Auditorium. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was founded in the late 1930s as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra, becoming in 1948 the national radio orchestra known as “Kol Israel (voice of Israel) Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the ensemble expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra played a crucial role in shaping and developing the cultural climate of the newly formed state of Israel, commissioning and performing modern works, both Israeli and foreign, and combining local soloists and conductors with guest artists. 
Among its most notable premieres are the opera David by Darius Milhaud (1954), the cantata Abraham and Isaac by Igor Stravinsky, and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Some of the music world’s legendary musicians have performed with the JSO, including Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Igor Markevitch, Henryk Szeryng, Yo Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Neville Mariner, Christa Ludwig, Tabea Zimmermann, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Jose Carreras, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxim Vengerov and Yefim Bronfman.

Both Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli will lead the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra tour in the United States in February of 2016. The tour will be dedicated to the orchestra’s 80th Anniversary.

Cluster Pluck Bluegrass Jamm at DOS

The Cluster Pluck Bluegrass Jamm was a loosely organized bluegrass and old-time music sing-out and pick-along. Lots a of great music and songs by musicians that love bluegrass.

It was a wonderful evening and First Coast.TV was lucky to be there.

The 2015 Narrow Magazine Music Awards

Celebrating and recognizing the best of St. Augustine’s music in 2015! So Narrow Magazine will hold an event at Planet Sarbez on February 28 at 7pm to honor local musicians and music.
Awards being presented for Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best Blockquote, and Best Cover.

Performances by a who’s who of local music royalty!

Amy Hendrickson
Bob Patterson
Katherine Archer
Kensley Stewart
Kimberly Brown
Lucio Rubino
Mental Patients
Michael Jordan
Robbie Dammit & Speakeasy
Sam Pacetti
Shea Birney
The Skinny
The Willowwacks

“Red Carpet” @ 7pm, event starts @ 8pm.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Performs in St Augustine

The EMMA Concert Series and Flagler College presented the internationally recognized Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with piano soloist Macin Koziak on January 23, 2016, at Lewis Auditorium.

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest institution of music in northern Poland. The orchestra is led by Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, whose renowned career has included conducting orchestras all over the world, including Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Moscow and Rome.

Pianist Macin Koziak won his first competition in Poland at age ten. At age eleven, he debuted with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and his subsequent career has brought him recognition from all over the world. He is a laureate of a number of international competitions, including the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Budapest and the 10th Hastings International Piano Concert Competition in the United Kingdom.

The Polish Baltic Philarmonic Orchestra performed with Macin Koziak as solo pianist at Lewis Auditorium.

The Poulenc Trio is Beautifully Unique

EMMA Concert Association presented The Poulenc Trio, the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world this last Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. The Poulenc Trio has, since its founding, exhibited a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers, greatly expanding the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano , with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group. The Trio is also dedicated to exploring and promoting musics that reflect its members’ African, Pan-American, Eastern European and Jewish roots.

In 2004, the Trio launched a pioneering concert series called Music at the Museum, in which musical performances are paired with museum exhibitions, with special appearances from guest artists and curators. As part of the series, the Trio has collaborated with the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hermitage State Museum in Russia. Guest artist collaborators have included violinist Hilary Hahn, the Thibaud Trio of Berlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, and clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Anthony McGill.

In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” A recent performance in Florida prompted the Palm Beach Post to praise the group’s “polished loveliness” and the Palm Beach Daily News to say that the “potent combination” of oboe, bassoon, and piano had “captured the magic of chamber music.”

St Augustine Orchestra and the Many Moods of Christmas

December 11th 2015

Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale joined the St Augustine Orchestra in the beautifully decorated Lightner Museum historic swimming pool to perform a spectacular holiday concert that surely moved the spirit!  Dr. Mark Stallings, JMC music director took the baton leading the orchestra and chorus performance of a selection of traditional holiday pieces that included Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, The Many Moods of Christmas by Shaw and Bennett, Let There Be Peace on Earth by Miller & Jackson, Festival of Lights by Schillio, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by Handel. The acoustics at the Lightner are amazing, helping to produce a music that moved the soul.

A Concert by the St Augustine Youth Orchestra

The St Augustine Youth Orchestra, also known as SAYO performed a Fall Concert at Sterry Piano Company in St Augustine, on Saturday the 24th of October 2015. It was opened to the public.
First Coast.TV got a chance to talk to these young and upcoming musicians and those guiding them through the world of music.

Albert Li …..Violin

Caroline Bell …..Trumpet

Esther Simon …..Piano

Micah Taylor …..Double Bass / Piano

Zach Pruewitt …..Cello

Director…….Kira Omelchenko

French Boys Choir At the Basilica Cathedral

The Music Department of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine had The French Boys Choir give a concert at the Cathedral Basilica last Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The French Boys Choir, known in French as “les Petits Chanteurs de Nogent-sur-Marne”, formerly called Les Moineaux du Val-de-Marne, have been singing and traveling in France and all over the world for 60 years.

They regularly give concerts of the repertoire (Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, etc.) in prestigious places, and also sing for humanitarian causes.

Les Petits Chanteurs de Nogent-sur-Marne has been on tour in the United States (Florida) this October.  This will be the second appearance of the French Boys Choir in St. Augustine.  The concert is open to the public and a donation of $5.00 per person was accepted at the door.  They offered music of the sixteenth century and the well known Ave Verum from Mozart, Ave Maria from Schubert, as well as music pieces of the French folklore.

This choir of 25 passionate boys, from 8 to 20 years old, was conducted by François Olivier.