About the St. Augustine Music Festival

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Website: St. Augustine Music Festival

A closeup shot of a violin and a hand.

Photography by Tim Savage

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 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.

Performances in 2021

This year things were switched up a bit still due in part to Covid-19.   Sundays with SAMF, a collaboration between the St. Augustine Music Festival and The Women’s Exchange at the Peña-Peck House, have been held on Sundays in March.  The musical events were outdoors, under a tent with distanced seating.

A special event – Two Concerts is planned for Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre.   Planning is still in the works, so more information is to come.