Oct. 18: St. Augustine Orchestra opens 58th season with Lightner Museum performance

BRASS AND WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT OCTOBER SEASON PREMIERE 

Masterworks Concert: Brahms, Schubert & Friends 

The St. Augustine Orchestra opens its 58th season celebrating the melodious sounds of brass and woodwind instruments with classic pieces from the mid-1800s to a contemporary concerto for tuba written by a distinguished, Emmy Award-winning composer. The Masterworks Concert is on Friday, October 18th at 8:00 pm.

The Masterworks Concert: Brahms, Schubert & Friends will include Johannes Brahms’ lively Academic Festival; Franz Schubert’s ‘unfinished’ Symphony No. 8; Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto and Bruce Broughton’s Tuba Concerto.

“We have an excellent winds section in the St. Augustine Orchestra and this will be an opportunity to highlight their talent with famous works of music,” said Conductor Scott Gregg. Jason Harris will be featured in the Tuba Concerto while Andrea Albritton will solo on trumpet in the Hummel piece. Concert goers will also hear flutes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and trombones highlighted in these pieces along with strings.

Wind instruments are the oldest instruments known to man, and one recent discovery was a flute made from bird bones dating back 42,000 to 43,000 years agoi.

All concerts this year will be held at the Lightner Museum in the former ‘swimming pool’ area. Tickets are $27.50 for adults over age 18; $12 for youth 11-17 years old; and free for youth 10 and under. New this year is that there are no additional fees online added to the concert ticket price, so the face value is what patrons will pay. Tickets are available at: https://staugustineorchestra.ticketleap.com/brahms-schubert-sao2019/. Tickets may be available for sale at the door if the concert isn’t sold out. The box office opens at 7:30 pm with general seating and wine is available for purchase.

The St. Augustine Orchestra won two audience awards in 2019: Folio Magazine’s first ‘Best of St. Augustine’ Reader’s Poll as Best Large Band/Orchestra in the city and was named one of three Best Local Band/Performers by the St. Augustine Record in its ‘Best of St. Augustine’ published in July. Visit the website at: staugustineorchestra.org or follow its news on Facebook at facebook.com/staugustineorchestra/

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