On June 21, the First Coast Wind Symphony will embark on its first international tour! We’ll visit both Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, the cities of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and perform three concerts in historic venues.
To mark this event, the touring group will present a “Bon Voyage” concert at the Friday Musicale on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public. Friday Musicale is located at 645 Oak St. in Jacksonville. The program will include selections to be presented on the tour, including music of Beethoven, Pezel, Telemann, Mozart and Weber. The ensemble will also perform Americana selections by Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa. Come hear the tour program!
“If one had the opportunity to attend a round-table discussion with composers Sam Hazo, Robert W. Smith, James Curnow, Robert Sheldon, Richard Saucedo, David Holsinger, and Mark Camphouse, it would most likely prove to be a very spirited exchange of seven decidedly different points of view regarding virtually all aspects of the creative process. But there would, most assuredly, be unanimous agreement on this important point: recognizing and saluting the significant musical achievements and educationally enriching activities of the First Coast Wind Symphony ... a first-rate ensemble that is clearly emerging as a key player in the American community band movement. And to Artie Clifton: bravo sir, on your artistic vision, superb musicianship, and dedication to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of the greater Jacksonville community.”
-Mark Camphouse, Feb. 2017
“Guest conducting the First Coast Wind Symphony was such a genuine pleasure. This group of fine musicians are as warm and friendly as they are musically talented. I truly hope I have another chance to share the stage with them!”
–Samuel Hazo, Feb. 2016
“My sincere thanks to Artie Clifton and the First Coast Wind Symphony for inviting me to share a concert with them in a performance of my music. As a composer, it is always gratifying to be asked to conduct my own works with a Wind Symphony, but to hear such an outstanding group of musicians performing at such a high level of musical integrity was a special treat. What a fantastic wind symphony! Their professionalism, artistry and energy certainly make this one of the premiere community bands in the country, and certainly one of the musical crown jewels of Florida. Best wishes for continued success!”
–Robert Sheldon, Feb 2013
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