March 2015

Calendar of Free* Classical Concerts in Jacksonville

*Listings of Jacksonville concerts advertised as FREE are compiled chiefly from online calendars. Listed concerts could be subject to change or cancellation, and additional concert listings might be added.  Most venue addresses are given at left.

Sunday, March 1 @ 3 p.m.
Troy State Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Adam Blackstock, they will be performing a concert of music by Bob Becker, Kevin Bobo, Adam Silverman and Ivan Trevino. The ensemble was one of the winners of the 2013 PASIC Collegiate Contest. Come out and enjoy a festive hour long concert of people making great art by hitting inanimate objects not found in nature.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, March 1 @ 7 p.m. 
San Marco Chamber Music Society Presents Percussion Showcase 
JSO Percussionists Steve Merrill and Joel Panian are featured in music by Debussy, Koppel, Douglas, Piazzola, and Piotr Szewczyk. Also with violinist Piotr Szewczyk, cellist Betsy Federman, flutist Les Roettges, oboist Eric Olson, and clarinetist Marci Gurnow. Please join us! Free admission!
* St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Sunday, March 1 @ 7 p.m. 
The Mwangaza Children's Choir
This is an inspiring group of 20 hopeful and talented children, ages 8-14, who admirably represent the orphaned and poverty-stricken youth of Uganda. Touring as a ministry outreach of Africa Renewal Ministries, they come to share a special message of hope through authentic Ugandan song and dance. The upcoming performance will be a part of Mwangaza’s tenth international tour!
* Lakewood Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 p.m. 
Emergence, with Piano Students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 
Under the guidance of faculty coordinator Vera Watson, talented young pianists will perform favorite selections by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy, among others. More at
* JPL Main Library - Hicks Auditorium

Tuesday, March 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
Elgar and Beethoven
The Jacksonville University Orchestra presents a concert featuring Dr. Shannon Lockwood in Elgar's stunning Cello Concerto in E minor, opus 85, and Beethoven's powerful and uplifting Symphony No. 7 in A major, opus 92. The JU Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Marguerite Richardson, offers these exceptional performances free of admission charge to the community.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Wednesday, March 4 @ 12:30 p.m. 
Wednesday Happening
Music Outreach Program of Bethune-Cookman University. Lunch Follows Wednesday Concerts RSVP 904-355-4585.
* Riverside Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, March 4 @ 6 p.m. 
Promenade! with Jacksonville Symphony Players 
Stroll in and enjoy J-Sym instrumentalists performing chamber music against the backdrop of Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk. More at
* JPL Main Library - The Lounge at 303 North (just inside the Laura St. entrance)

Thursday, March 5 @ 7 p.m.
High School Choral Invitational

The JU Choirs host outstanding choruses from Bishop Kenny High School and the Bolles School in the 5th annual celebration of choral music education in our schools.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Friday, March 6 @ 7 p.m.
Student New Music Recital
Innovative student compositions featuring varied instrumentations will be showcased as part of the New Music Festival.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Friday, March 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Beaches Fine Arts Series: The Treble Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Saint Thomas Choir School houses, nurtures and educates the boy choristers of the world-renowned choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Founded in 1919, and located in the heart of New York City, Saint Thomas Choir School is the only church-affiliated boarding school of its kind in the United States.
* St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Friday, March 6 @ 7:30 p.m. 
Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale: Dettingen Te Deum by G. F. Handel 
Handel was commissioned by King George II to write a Te Deum, a musical composition of praise and thanksgiving to God, to commemorate the British victory over the French in the Battle of Dettingen. The concert is free, but a good-will donation to help defray costs will be graciously accepted.
* First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Duval St., 32202

Sunday, March 8 @ 3 p.m. 
Intermezzo, with Marguerite Richardson, violin & Scott Watkins, piano
Representing both Jacksonville University and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the wife-husband duo will play sonatas by Beethoven (No. 4) and Brahms (No.1), as well as Dvořák's Sonatina, op. 100. More at 
* JPL Main Library - Hicks Auditorium

Sunday, March 8 @ 6 p.m. 
Event features the UNF piano faculty and students in an evening of multi-piano madness. Coordinated by Dr. Erin K. Bennett, associate professor of piano/pedagogy.
* Friday Musicale

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Faculty New Music Recital
Continuing the long-standing tradition of the Composerfest series, compositions by JU faculty are featured, including Jianjun He, Tony Steve, Dennis Vincent, and Thomas Harrison among others.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Wednesday, March 11 @ 12:30 p.m. 
Out to Lunch, Brown-bag Jazz with The Daniel Bennett Group
On tour from New York City and featured on NPR, The Daniel Bennett Group has shared recent concert billings with artists like Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter, Greg Osby and James Carter. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch while listening to what the Boston Globe describes as "a mix of jazz, folk, and trance." More at 
* JPL Main Library - The Lounge at 303 North (just inside the Laura St. entrance)

Friday, March 13 @ 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Fabio Montomoli, guitar & Giovanni Lanzini, clarinet
* Friday Musicale

Friday, March 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Beaches Fine Arts Series: Miloš Karadaglic, guitar
"The last six years have been dizzying times for Miloš Karadaglic, the young classical guitarist from Montenegro launched by Deutsche Grammophon in 2011 with his first commercial solo album” wrote the Sunday Times in February 2014. “It topped the UK classical charts and won awards, making Karadaglic, at 30, probably the biggest classical-guitar phenomenon since John Williams in the 1960s and Julian Bream a decade below.”
* St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
TENET Vocal Ensemble

TENET is celebrating its sixth year as one of New York’s pre-eminent vocal ensembles. Under artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET has won acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.
* Palms Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 15 @ 3 p.m. 
The Orange Park Chorale Spring 2015 Concert
Featuring music from Eric Whitacre (Five Hebrew Love Songs), Randall Thompson (selections from Frostiana), James Mulholland (selections from four Robert Burns Ballads), in addition to hymns spirutuals, and folks songs.
* Riverside Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 15 @ 3 p.m. 
Choral Evensong 
Evensong is a lovely evening service led by the choir in which we thank God for the day that has passed and ask for peace and protection during the night ahead. This fourth Sunday in Lent, called Laetare Sunday (meaning “rejoice”), is traditionally a “lighter” Sunday compared to the rest of the season. This year, we will be joined by the UNF trumpet ensemble, who will liven things up with a prelude “mini-concert” beginning at 4:30. The service will then start at 5:00 p.m.
* St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Tuesday, March 17 @ 7 p.m. 
Tuesday Serenade, with Jorge Peña, viola & Bonita Sonsini Wyke, piano
Jorge Peña, a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Founder and Artistic Director of the St. Augustine Music Festival, will be joined by celebrated collaborative artist Bonita Sonsini Wyke in presenting works for viola and piano by Enescu, Schumann and Mendelssohn. More at 
* JPL Main Library - Hicks Auditorium

Sunday, March 22 @ 6 p.m.
Jax AGO Members Recital
Featuring Rodney Cleveland, Tony Cruz, John Haugen, Ronald Butts-Boehmer, Tim Tuller and Peter DeWitt performing works by J. S. Bach, Alain, and others. Free. Reception to follow.
* All Saints Episcopal Church

Thursday, March 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Selection Honors Recital
The final installment in the series of recitals that features nominated music students for special recognition as performers and composers.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Friday, March 27 @ 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Luigi Santo, trumpet, & Daniela Gentile, piano

* Friday Musicale

Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Nick Curry and Friends
Featuring the Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat, Haydn Piano Trio in C and Schubert Quartettsatz. Aurica Duca , Violin, Jacksonville Symphony Member; Rimma Bergeron-Langlois , Violin, Concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic; Clinton Dewing , Viola, Jacksonville Symphony Member; Nick Curry , Cello, Associate Professor of Cello at UNF; Joey Martin, Piano, Director of Choral Activities at Texas State University.
* UNF - Recital Hall

Saturday, March 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
JU Percussion Ensemble
The percussion ensemble will be performing Lansky's, Threads and Reich's, Mallet Quartet. There will be a couple other jewels of the percussion chamber repertoire on tap as well.
* JU - Terry Concert Hall

Sunday, March 29 @ 3 p.m.
Edward Waters College Concert

Guest Artist, Patrick Meighan, professor of Classical Saxophone, FSU. Premiere Performance of Dr. Daniel Fulmer's Song Cycle Canticum Canticorum, for Soprano, Alto Saxophone, Cello, Piano; also Canyone and Rivers Without End in The North Dakota Sky, for Alto sax, Tenor sax & Piano. Inspired from the aurora borealis. Also works by Gershwin and Vivaldi.
* EWC - Milne Auditorium

Tuesday, March 31 @ 7:30 p.m. 
The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents 
 Soprano Juliana Gondek with Pianist Michael Mastronicola
* UNF - Recital Hall