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.
St Augustinians took a trip to support the Indivisible”Rubio Empty Suit Town Hall” in Jacksonville this last Wednesday, May 31st. A good size crowd talked to a Trump impersonator, and an empty suit that represented Senator Marco Rubio, wanting both to confront issues that seemed to be of great importance to the attendees of this Town Hall. First Coast.TV went to see what this event was all about.
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.
On May 13th and 14th, Saint Augustine Ballet’s newest original production, Alice in Wonderland, came to the Lewis Auditorium. Artistic Director Luis Abella explained, “Children have always related to Alice – her curiosity and her bravery in the face of a bewildering new world. For this show, we have brought together an exciting mix of contemporary dance styles and eclectic music that will appeal to adults just as much as children.”
Artistic Director Luis Abella
Choreography by Emily Masson. A musical score sourced from all over the globe – from classical and romantic, to American jazz, steam punk, North African percussion, and exotic middle-eastern strains, the music had something for everyone.
Tap dance and choreographer, Jenne Vermes
Costumes by Parisian-native, Virginie Lorang-Woodward.
Head of scenic and lighting design, Robert O’Leary
The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 5 to 14, 2017, the nation’s oldest city is jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more. The Romanza Festivale includes more than 60 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage. First Coast.TV went out into the city to film some of the highlights of May 11, 12,13 & 14.