Brass and woodwind instruments take center stage at October season premier


The St. Augustine Orchestra will open its 58th season celebrating the melodious sounds of brass and woodwind instruments with classic pieces from the mid-1800s to a contemporary concerto for tuba written by a distinguished, Emmy Award-winning composer.

The Masterworks Concert: Brahms, Schubert & Friends will include Johannes Brahms’ lively Academic Festival; Franz Schubert’s ‘unfinished’ Symphony No. 8; Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto and Bruce Broughton’s Tuba Concerto.

“We’re showcasing our excellent wind instrument players in this performance,” said Conductor Scott Gregg. Jason Harris will be featured in the Tuba Concerto while Andrea Albritton will solo on trumpet in the Hummel piece. “The brilliance of these compositions is how they weave the timbre of the flute, clarinet, bassoon, horns, and trombones into the string phrases.”

The concert will also highlight the influence these composers had on one another as students together, peers and competitors – and the ‘6 degrees of separation’ between their lives.

All concerts this year will be held at the Lightner Museum (Alcazar Café) in the former ‘swimming pool’ area. The Masterworks Concert will take place Friday, October 18 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $27.50 for adults over age 18; $12 for youth 11-17 years old; and free for youth 10 and under. The ticket price reflects all online handling fees. Tickets are available at: schubert-sao2019/. Tickets may be available for sale at the door if the concert isn’t sold out. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. with general seating and wine is available for a donation.

The St. Augustine Orchestra won two audience awards in 2019: Folio Magazine’s first ‘Best of St.

Augustine’ Reader’s Poll as Best Large Band/Orchestra in the city and was named one of three Best Local Band/Performers by the St. Augustine Record in its ‘Best of St. Augustine’ published in July. Visit the website at: or follow its news on Facebook at


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