The St. Augustine Music Festival brings free classical music concerts to downtown St. Augustine. Free Event

St. Augustine Music Festival 2022

Thurs. - Sat., June 23 - July 2, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Music Festival brings acclaimed local and international musicians, who present free classical music concerts in St. Augustine.

Across from the North side of the Plaza
38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(646) 565-8504
  • The largest free classical music festival in the United States, St. Augustine Music Festival, presents six live performances at the Cathedral Basilica in June and July. Scheduled on Thursdays through Saturdays from June 23, 2022 to July 2, 2002, the festival features musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as well as internationally renowned guest artists. The Festival's aim is to offer St. Augustine visitors and locals an opportunity to appreciate classical music with a wide variety of selections.

    Sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and the Community Foundation for North East Florida, the 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. For more details regarding the St. Augustine Music Festival, please visit here.

    Admission: Free. Reservations aren't required by can be made on Eventbrite.

    When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from June 23, 2022 to July 2, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. See below for each evening's program.

    Where: Concerts are held at the Cathedral Basilica located at 38 Cathedral Place in historic downtown St. Augustine.

    Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 7:30 p.m — Virtuosity and Beauty

    • William Grant Still: Serenade for Flute, Harp, and String — Les Roettges on Flute, Giovanni Bertoni on Clarinet, Justine Tiu on Harp, Nigel Armstrong on Violin I, Gabriela Peña on Violin II, Mario Rivera on Viola, Jim Kim-Peña on Cello.
    • Niccoló Paganini: Guitar Quartet No. 15 — Jorge Peña on Viola, Gabriela Peña on Violin, Jin Kim-Peña on Cello, Silviu O Ciulei on Guitar
    • Alexander Borodin: String Quartet # 2 — Gabriela Peña on Violin I, Nigel Armstrong on Violin II, Jorge Peña on Viola, and Jin Kim-Peña on Cello.
    • Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet — Nigel Armstrong on Violin I, Gabriela Peña on Violin II, Jorge Peña on Viola, Jin Kim-Peña on Cello, Les Roettges on Flute, Giovanni Bertoni on Clarinet, and Justine Tiu on Harp

    Friday, June 24, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. — Postcards from Austria

    • Thuille: Sextet in B-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Opus 6 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano — Les Roettges on Flute, Xiaodi Liu on Oboe, Giovanni Bertoni on Clarinet, Conrad Cornelison on Bassoon, Mary Beth Orr on Horn, and Erin Bennett Hibbard, on Piano.
    • Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor OP.34a — Jorge Peña on Viola, Nigel Armstrong and Gabriela Peña on Violin, Jin Kim-Peña on Cello, and Terrence Wilson on Piano.

    Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. — Danses and Spells

    • Piotr Szewczyk: Rebirth of Hope for String Orchestra
    • Bloch: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano
    • Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and String Orchestra
    • Franz Liszt: Malédiction for Piano and String Orchestra (1883)

    Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. — Mozart and More

    • Mozart/Robert Stallman: Quintet in C, K521 (1787 for Flute, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello — Les Roettges on Flute; Nigel Armstrong and Gabriela Peña on Violin; Jorge Peña on Viola; and Betsy Federman on Cello.
    • Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E-flat Major Op. 38 (1849) For Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon — Nigel Armstrong on Violin, Jorge Peña on Viola, Betsy Federman on Cello, Paul Strasshofer on Bass, Les Roettges on Flute, Xiaodi Liu on Oboe, Patrick Graham on Clarinet, Conrad Cornelison on Bassoon, and Mary Beth Orr on Horn.

    Friday, July 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. — Rare Musical Gems

    • Burch: Piano Quintet in G Minor —Aurica Duca and Ingan Han on Violin; Brian Magnus on Cello, and Erin Bennett Hibbard on Piano.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67 — Aurica Duca and Ingan Han on Violin, Mario Rivera on Viola, Brian Magnus on Cello, and Erin Bennett Hibbard on Piano.
    • Buillaume Connesson (b. 1920): Sextet for Violin, Viola, Bass, Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano— Piotr Szewczyk on Violin, Jorge Peña on Viola, Paul Strasshofer on Bass, Xiaodi Liu on Oboe, Patrick Graham on Clarinet, and Ileana Fernandez on Piano.

    Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. — Baroque to Romanticism: A Musical Journey

    Featuring Emily Birsan Soprano and the SAMF Chamber Orchestra.

    • Handel:  Judas Maccabaeus - Overture 2. 001 with Organs and Strings
    • Bach BWV 1067: Orchestral Suite No. 2 1.000
    • Ralph Vaugh Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves for Flute and Piano
    • Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
    • Beethoven: "Ah! Perfido" Scena and Aria for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble

    SAMF Orchestra for July 2, 2022

    Soprano: Emily Birsan
    Flute: Les Roettges
    Clarinet: Patrick Graham and Giovanni Bertoni
    Bassoon: Conrad Cornelison and Stephanie Magnus
    Horn: Mary Beth Orr and Matt Monroe
    Piano: Ileana Fernadez
    Harmonium/Organ: David McIntyre
    Percussion: Joel Panian
    Violin I: Nigel Armstrong, Gabriela Peña, Piotr Szewczyk, and Ingan Han
    Violin II: Aurica Duca, Clinton Dewing, Ann Hertler, and Tania Aniela Moldovan
    Cello: Jin Kim, Betsy Federman, and Brian Magnus
    Bass: Paul Strasshofer

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