The St. Augustine Music Festival features two free concerts to celebrate the emancipation of enslaved Americans.
The 16th annual St. Augustine Music Festival (SAMF), to be held this year on Juneteenth, will feature the music and art of Black artists. Celebrated annually on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Americans.
As this year’s event coincides with the holiday, two concerts of spiritual and classical works will be performed by world-class musicians, all rejoicing in the triumphs of the civil rights movement. The free events will be held at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, June 18th, and the Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, June 19th.
Enjoy an inspiring selection of negro spirituals performed by the SAMF orchestra and a multi-community choir.
Conceived as a free classical music concert series to celebrate the rich artistic and cultural traditions of St. Augustine, the annual festival has become a highlight of the summer season. SAMF provides the opportunity for attendees to deepen their appreciation for this beautiful genre of music in an environment that is dignified, uplifting, and welcoming for all. The event is sponsored by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and the St. Johns Cultural Council, which promotes arts, culture, and heritage activities and events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches.
For more information, visit https://www.staugustinemusicfestival.org/.