Chamber festival brings music to downtown

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Florida’s most extraordinary chamber music festival returns in June to the gilded sanctuary of St. Augustine’s Cathedral Basilica for its eighth season. The St. Augustine Music Festival, under artistic director Jorge A. Peña, has become a world-class occasion for celebrating classical music. Most extraordinary: It’s free and it will be live streamed on the Web. The six-concert series this year includes performances by the standard-setting Diaz Trio. Violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen, who dazzled audiences last year with her tango-pulsing “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, returns with a Mozart concerto. Violinist Andres Cardenes is back with four Vivaldi concertos. Brilliant guitarist Stephen Robinson and internationally acclaimed Jacksonville flautist Les Roettges, both North Florida favorites, will also be in the house. A special treat: The sublime J.S. Bach “Goldberg Variations” in a rare, complete performance by pianist Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando.

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Schedule

June 20 “Summer Music”

Les Roettges, Flute

Boyd Jones, Organ/Harpsichord

• Sinfonia from Cantata No. 156 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
• Sonata in D Minor, Opus 2, No. 2 – Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
• La d”Hericourt – Claude Balbastre (1724-1799)
Canonnade

• Sonata in B Minor for flute and harpsichord BWV 1030 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
INTERMISSION
• Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
• Elegie – Le Follet for solo flute – Francois Donjon
• Suite Antique – John Rutter (b. 1945)
• Chorale from Cantata No. 140 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

June 21 “Grace and Beauty”
Diaz Trio/Pena Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven
• String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3

Johannes Brahms
• String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18

Week II

June 26 “Discovery”
Louis Spohr
• Double String Quartet No. 3 in E minor, Op. 87

Quartet I Quartet II
Aurica Duca, Violin Jorge Avila, Violin
Clinton Dewing, Violin Antonio Rincon, Violin
Jorge Pena, Viola Colin Kiely, Viola
Jin Pena, Cello Moisés Molina, Cello

Heinrich von Herzogenberg
• Horn Trio in D Major, Op. 61
Eric Olson, Oboe
Debra Sherrill-Ward, Horn
Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

Camille Saint-Saëns
• Septet for Trumpet, two Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano Op.65
Julian Kaplan, Trumpet
Jorge Avila, Violin I
Aurica Duca, Violin II
Jorge Pena, Viola
Jin Pena, Cello
Patrick Bilanchone, Bass
Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

June 27 “Piano Spectacular”
Eugenio Urrutia–Borlando; Piano
Johann Sebastian Bach
• Goldberg Variations

June 28 “Mozart and More Mozart”
SAMF Chamber Orchestra, Elisa Koljonen; violin solo
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201