By NewsLine Staff

The St. Augustine Music Festival will soon return for its 13th summer season of free classical music concerts in the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Six performances will be staged over two weekends, (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), June 20 – 22 and June 27 – 29, with all concerts starting at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 2007 by Jacksonville musicians Jorge A. Peña and Jin Kim-Peña, the festival welcomes audiences as varied as its concert programs. Classical music “newbies” mingle with seasoned aficionados, true to the festival’s mission to educate, elevate, and entertain all through great music, regardless of ability to pay for a ticket. Individual and corporate donors support the festival financially to keep the concerts free to the public.

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The St. Augustine Music Festival, the largest, free festival of its kind in the United States, creates world-class concerts with professional musicians of the highest caliber. Many of the musicians are members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  

This year’s event will feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with St. Augustine favorite Nigel Armstrong, the beautiful Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night.

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Photo courtesy Dennis Ho

A scene from the 2018 St. Augustine Music Festival.


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