History of St. Augustine Music Festival
The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members Jorge A. Peña and Jin Kim-Peña. Many other musicians and the local community also were instrumental in bringing the festival to fruition. The mission of the Festival is to Entertain, Educate, and Elevate through classical music. In fact, it is the largest free, world-class music festival in the U.S.A.
Performances are usually for six evenings the last two weeks of June at the Cathedral Basilica where the acoustics are outstanding.
Musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are joined by internationally known guest artists. From solo violinists to cellists to pianists, each artist is profusely talented.
Audiences can look forward to hearing everything from Bach to Stravinksy. The music covers solo recitals, chamber music ensembles, and full orchestral works.
Concerts are Free and usually don’t require tickets. However, seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Due to Covid-19, St. Augustine Music Festival performances in June, 2020 were virtual. Even so, they were extremely popular.