St. Augustine Music Festival returning for its 10th season


The St. Augustine Music Festival (SAMF) will return for its 10th season this summer.

Billed as the U.S.A.’s largest free classical music festival, the six-concert series will take place over two weekends, June 16-18 and June 23-25. All concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine located at 38 Cathedral Place.

Music by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Beethoven and other classical composers are on the programs this year, along with the debut of a St. Augustine-inspired piece by Northeast Florida composer Bob Moore.

The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members Jorge A. Peña (viola) and Jin Kim-Peña (cello), in conjunction with participation and support of many other musicians and the local community.

“Our mission statement is to entertain, educate and elevate through music,” said Peña, who serves as SAMF artistic director. “We want people to come and hear how a first-class classical music concert can truly enhance our human experience.”

The concerts are free and open to the public; no admission fee or ticket required.

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St. Augustine Music Festival 10th season concert performances

Thursday June 16: ‘Players Partnered’

Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3


Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Battalia á 10 in D major, C.61


Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 6


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

(1756-1791) in E-Flat major, K. 364

Friday June 17: ‘Folk and Formality’

Manuel de Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 (386c)


Guitar solos TBA – Stephen Robinson, guitar

Saturday June 18: ‘Young Beethoven’

Diaz Trio

Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade in D major Op. 8(1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 3(1770-1827)

Thursday June 23: ‘Piano Night: Pushing Parameters’

Scott Watkins

Program of Feb. 6, 2016, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Béla Bartók Piano Sonata Sz.80 (1926)(1881-1945)

Howard Harold Hanson Sonata In A Minor, Op. 11 (1918)(1896-1981)

Claude Debussy Préludes, Book II(1862-1918)         

Friday June 24: ‘Masters of Elegance’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major       (1756-1791) “Kegelstatt”, K. 498

Franz Schubert Piano quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout Quintet”(1797-1828)

Johannes Brahms Sonata No. 2 Op. 99 for Cello and Piano(1833-1897)Alexei Romanenko, cello, Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, piano

Saturday June 25: ‘Celebrating a Decade’

Richard Wagner Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103 (Symphonic Poem for(1813-1883) Chamber Orchestra)  

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring for 13 instruments(1900-1990)

Peter Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.48(1840-1893)

SAMF Commission and World Premier

Bob Moore La Década for Organ, Strings and Timpani(b. 1962 )