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.
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 2017
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.
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.
Sofar Sounds is a global, grassroots network of artists, hosts, and guests, all with the goal of helping to bring the magic back to live music. They curate secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces, from living rooms and churches to hoodie shops and fancy furniture showrooms. They aim to create performance spaces that are respectful to artists, where the audience lives in the moment and listens closely to the music.
They started as a hobby in London back in 2009, became a business a few years ago, and have grown into a global community of music lovers, supporting thousands of artists around the world, putting on hundreds of gigs every month across hundreds of cities.
Sofar is an expanding network of artists and music lovers. It is the first in St Augustine, and now our city is one of almost 360 cities around the planet that are part of this community driven music movement. Next live music event is in June, check out their website below, and see if you can get into the next event.
Today, after nearly 65 years of dormancy, the 70 member Saint Augustine Community Band is back in full force. Members range in ages from 16 to 80 including high school students, amateurs and semi-professionals from all walks of life. The band was re-formed in September of 2015 under the baton of Maestro Geoffrey S. Magnani, who retired in Saint Augustine from New York State. There were 38 members in the initial group but within the year the membership has blossomed to 70 and still growing. The goal is to offer instrumentalists in Saint Augustine and surrounding areas an opportunity to play in a band that is based in the city known for its rich heritage, culture and history. Members come from as far as Jacksonville south to Palatka to play in the band.
The May 19th concert wrapped up the St. Augustine Band’s first full season. It was an evening of magical music consisting of everything from Broadway tunes to classical music to concert band favorites, including:
Highlights from FROZEN (Sean O’Loughlin)
Concert Piece #2 in D minor for 2 Clarinets and Wind Band (Felix Mendelssohn)
Rest (Frank Ticheli)
Be Thou My Vision (Larry Clark)
Selections from Les Miserables (Warren Barker)
Stars & Stripes Forever (John P. Sousa)
Dr Sarah Jane Young is currently on faculty at Bethune-Cookman University, Dr. Sarah Jane Young has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony since 2005 and the Pensacola Symphony since 2007 after having begun her orchestral career with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. After receiving her Master’s degree from Florida State University, Sarah Jane was selected as the Professor of Flute at the King Hussein Foundation National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. While there, she served as Principal Flute with the Amman Symphony Orchestra and the Amman Sinfonietta, as well as the National Music Conservatory Woodwind Quintet. She has performed for both Queen Noor (Queen Consort of Jordan) and Princess Muna al-Hussein (Princess consort of Jordan). As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Canada, England, Jordan, Costa Rica, Belgium, Italy, Bolivia, and throughout the United States.
Galen Dean Peiskee, Jr. is currently a student at Florida State University, where he is in the process of acquiring a DM in collaborative piano. Before moving to Florida he worked as a freelance pianist in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex accompanying numerous faculty, student, and guest artist recitals at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University, where he was a vocal coach for two years. Mr. Peiskee has a MM in Accompanying from Florida State University, and an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, where he earned his BM degree.
If you attended the 1st Narrow Awards last year, you know it’s all about the community and not about winning! It’s just their way, once a year, to try and get the music community, and community, under one roof to celebrate the last year in local (mostly original) music. They changed things around this year, and featured more demographics. They again, featured a red carpet and photo backdrop, because our community is special. March 27th 2017.
St. Augustine’s EMMA Afternoon Concert Series presented the Janoska Ensemble in concert at Lewis Auditorium on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The Janoska Ensemble is made up of three brothers (violinists Ondrej and Roman and pianist Frantisek) and their brother-in-law, Julius Darvas, who plays the double bass. The Ensemble members all hail from Bratislava, Slovakia, and now reside in Vienna. They have garnered worldwide attention and acclaim over their careers, and perform both as an ensemble and as soloists.
The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, located in our Nation’s oldest city, seeks to preserve and showcase the rich African-American history of St. Augustine. It is located in the historic district of Lincolnville, just 2 blocks from downtown St. Augustine. Friday and Saturday, March 10th & 11th were a showcase of jazz. Friday had jazz from 6:30pm till 10:00pm. On Saturday there was a jazz brunch at 11:30 am and live Jazz at 7:00pm.