In July, we gave you a hint of things to come for the next St. Augustine Music Festival season. After a summer break and reflecting on our successful 2019 festival, we’re back working, talking, and preparing for June 2020. Celebrating + Recognizing … [Read more...] about October 2019 Newsletter
A French concert program created a petite stir last year when it included this note: "Applaud when you like! The 20th-century fashion of not applauding between movements is historically absurd. Mozart never imposed silence." It is well known that … [Read more...] about The Etiquette of Applause: When to Clap?
With our 13th music festival behind us, our full house EACH EVENING speaks to the tremendous interest and enthusiasm in the largest, free classical music festival in the USA performed in the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. As always, … [Read more...] about A Look Back at SAMF 2019
In 1994, President Bill Clinton designated September as Classical Music Month. Therefore, what better way to toast the National Classical Music Month than announcing SAMF 2020! Mark your calendar for the 14th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, … [Read more...] about September is Classical Music Month
It is always gratifying to watch children listen, enjoy, and participate in music programs and events. On April 30, as part of St. Augustine Music Festival’s outreach program with St. Johns County schools, a woodwind trio comprised of flutist Les … [Read more...] about Educational Outreach at Sebastian Middle School
Earlier this month, we lost a dear friend. Colin Kiely was a violist for the Jacksonville Symphony and a regular performer for St. Augustine Music Festival. A husband and father of three, Colin lost his battle with cancer, but never lost his will to … [Read more...] about In Memory of Colin Kiely
Jorge A. Pena and Jin Kim-Pena launched the St. Augustine Music Festival in 2007 with little more than the belief that classical music belonged in St. Augustin amid the city's unique historic treasures, along with a commitment to offering that music … [Read more...] about Bringing a Musical Vision to Life
SAMF reached out to scores of Sebastian Middle School students in 2018 to share its musicalmissionand to encourage their musical studies. School music instructor Charles Rogers and SAMF Artistic Director Jorge A. Pena collaborated to share string … [Read more...] about Educating Musically