June 21-23 and June 28-30: St. Augustine Music Festival features FREE classical concerts

St. Augustine Music Festival Celebrates 12th Year of free Classical Concerts

The St. Augustine Music Festival (SAMF) returns for its 12th summer season of free classical music concerts in the historic St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. Six performances are staged over two weekends, (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), June 21-23 and June 28-30, with all concerts starting at 7:30 pm.

Jorge A. Pena, founder/artistic director of the St. Augustine Music Festival.

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 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.” 

Nigel Armstrong, guest violinist, will perform in the 2018 St. Augustine Music Festival.

This year’s event includes the return of young violin sensation Nigel Armstrong, a two-piano concert evening featuring a Mozart double-piano concerto and Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” charismatic cellist Andres Diaz and a program combining the Cathedral’s two, magnificent pipe organs with brass ensembles. Chamber music also plays a prominent role, with works ranging from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Go to StAugustineMusicFestival.org for concert and sponsorship information. St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica is located at 38 Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. 


* PLEASE NOTE: All concerts start at 7:30 pm in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. Doors open promptly at 7 pm. 

  • Thursday, June 21 – VIOLIN VIRTUOSITY

Nigel Armstrong, violin

Overture for Strings in C Minor – Franz Schubert

Rondo in A Major for Violin – Franz Schubert

Caprice Viennois for Violin and Orchestra – Fritz Kreisler

String Quartet “Death and the Maiden” – Franz Schubert

  • Friday, June 22 – MUSIC FOR BRASS AND ORGAN

(Program to be announced)

  • Saturday, June 23 – RUSSIANS AND ROMANTICS

String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108 – Dmitri Shostakovich

Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85 – Richard Strauss

String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence” Op. 70 – Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Thursday, June 28 – MOZART AND A MENAGERIE

Wendy Chen and Ileana Fernandez, pianos

Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-flat for Two Pianos, K. 365 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Carnival of the Animals – Camille Saint-Saens


Andres Diaz, Cello

Fancy on a Bach Air – John Corigliano

Cello Sonata, Op. 19 – Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 – Dmitri Shostakovich


Andres Diaz, Cello

Capriol Suite – Peter Warlock

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob VII:2 – Joseph Haydn

Idyll Suite for String Orchestra – Leos Janacek

Symphony No. 64 in A Major, Hob I:64 “Tempora Mutantur” – Joseph Haydn

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