The St. Augustine Music Festival (SAMF) returns for its 13th summer season of free classical music concerts in the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Six performances are staged over two weekends, June 20-22 and June 27-29, with all concerts starting at 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 2007 by Jacksonville musicians Jorge A. Pena and Jin Kim-Pena, 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 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.
SAMF creates world-class concerts with professional musicians. Many of the musicians are members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. SAMF, the largest, free festival of its kind in the United States, has become a summer “must-do” in Northeast Florida’s cultural life. Its concerts have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”
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.
For more information, visit StAugustineMusicFestival.org.
If interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the 2019 season of the St. Augustine
Music Festival, visit StAugustineMusicFestival.org or email SAMFnews4u@gmail.com.