June 20-22 & June 27-29: St. Augustine Music Festival features FREE concerts at the Cathedral Basilica

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — 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 weeks, June 20-22 and June 27-29, with all concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit StAugustineMusicFestival.org

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.

SAMF creates world-class concerts with professional musicians of the highest caliber. 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 beloved 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.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is located at 38 Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine, FL. Follow on social media: Instagram @staugmusicfest and Facebook @staugmusicfest

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the 2019 season of the St. Augustine Music Festival, please visit StAugustineMusicFestival.org or contact us at SAMFnews4u@gmail.com. Additional high-resolution photos available upon request.


Thursday, June 20 ~ SIMPLE BEAUTY

Nigel Armstrong, Violin

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K. 219
  • Allegro aperto
  • Adagio
  • Rondeau

Roxanna Panufnik (B. 1968)

  • Tibetan Winter


SAMF Chamber Orchestra

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  • Symphony No. 5
  • Allegro
  • Andante con moto
  • Menuetto. Allegro molto

Friday, June 21 ~ PERCUSSION FEST

Joseph Becker, Kevin Ritenauer (Percussionists)

John Cage (1912-1992)

  • Dream
  • Steve Reich (B. 1936)
  • Clapping Music

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

  • Inventions No. 3, 4 and 1
  • Daniel Levitan (B. 1957)
  • Inventions No. 6, 2 and 1


Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

  • Cross Hatch

Anders Koppel (B. 1947)

  • Toccata

Andy Akiho (B. 1979)

  • Karakurenai

Gene Koshinski (B. 1980)

  • Dance of the Drums, movement 2

Saturday, June 22 ~ HOPE, JOY, AND LOVE

Nigel Armstrong, Gabriela Peña-Kim; violin

Jorge Peña, DJ Cheek; viola

Jin Kim; cello

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Viola Quintet in C major No. 3 K. 515
  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Menuetto: Allegretto


Jorge Peña, DJ Cheek; viola

Betsy Federman, Jin Kim; cello

Nigel Armstrong, Gabriela Peña-Kim; violin

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Op. 4


Scott Watkins; piano, Xiaodi Liu; oboe,

Patrick Graham; clarinet,

Stephanie Magnus; bassoon, Debra Sherrill; horn

Scott Watkins; piano, Alan Snow; violin,

Jorge Peña; viola, Brian Magnus; cello

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Piano Quintet in E-flat major K. 452
  • Largo – Allegro moderator
  • Larghetto
  • Allegretto

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

  • Piano Quartet in A minor
  • Nicht zu schnell
  • Scherzo


Gabriela Peña-Kim; violin, Jorge Peña; viola, Jin Kim; cello

Sam Casseday; bass, Patrick Graham; clarinet,

Stephanie Magnus; bassoon, Debra Sherrill; horn

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Septet in E-flat major Op. 20
  • Adagio – Allegro con brio
  • Adagio cantabile
  • Tempo di menuetto
  • Tema con variazioni
  • Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
  • Andante con moto alla marcia


Scott Watkins, Piano

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  • Four Impromptus Op. 90

Howard Hanson (1896-1981)

  • Symphonic Rhapsody Op. 14


Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

  • St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves
  • Transcendental Étude No. 9
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Saturday, June 29 ~ AROUND THE WORLD

Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848-1918)

  • An English Suite
  • Prelude
  • In Minuet Style
  • Saraband
  • Caprice
  • Pastoral
  • Air
  • Frolic

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

  • Adagio for Strings

“In memory of SAMF violist Colin Kiely”


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

  • Chamber Symphony for Strings in C minor
  • Largo
  • Allegro molto
  • Allegretto
  • Largo

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

  • Suite for Strings
  • Praeludium
  • Intermezzo
  • Finale

*SAMF Chamber Orchestra:

Violin: Nigel Armstrong, Gabriela Peña-Kim, Katherine Baloff, Piotr Szewczyk, Katrina Rozmus,

Alan Snow, Scott Jackson, Annie Hertler, and Yordan Tenev

Viola: Jorge Peña, DJ Cheek, and Daniel Urbanowicz

Cello: Jin Kim, Betsy Federman, Brian Magnus

Bass: Sam Casseday

Flute: Sarah Jane Young

Oboe: Daniel Rios and Claudia Minch

Bassoon: Anthony Anurca and Stephanie Magnus

Horn: Katharine Caliendo and Debra Sherrill


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