2014-2015 Concert Season

Music @ Main

The Library's free Music @ Main concerts are presented in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium on second Sundays and first and third Tuesdays. (Exceptions are noted below).

PROMENADE First-Wednesday Art-Walk Concert
  • March 4, 2015 @ 6pm:  Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians in the Lounge at 303 (just inside the Main Library's Laura Street entrance)
  • March 8, 2015 : Marguerite Richardson, violin & Scott Watkins, piano (JU Faculty Arists)
OUT TO LUNCH Brown-bag Concert @ 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015: The Daniel Bennett Group (NYC Saxophone & Guitar Jazz Duo) in the Lounge at 303 (just inside the Main Library's Laura Street entrance)
As with any advance planning, details are subject to change. Please check back for possible updates!
Intermezzo Sunday Concerts @ 3pm
  • March 8, 2015 : Marguerite Richardson, violin & Scott Watkins, piano (JU Faculty Arists)
  • April 12, 2015 : Trio Solis (FSU Faculty Artists: Corinne Stillwell, violin, Gregory Sauer, cello & Read Gainsford, piano)
  • May 10, 2015 :  Maharlika Trio (Valdosta State Faculty Artists: Joren Cain, saxophone, David Springfield, trombone & Maila Gutierrez Springfield, piano)
  • June 14, 2015 : Musicians from Navy Band Southeast
Tuesday Serenade @ 7pm
Emergence : Tuesday Concerts @ 7pm
       Showcasing the talents of student performers 
  • March 3, 2015 : Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Piano Students
  • April 7, 2015 : LaVilla School of the Arts Chamber Music Recital
Out to Lunch : Brown-Bag Concerts @ 12:30pm
        Bring your lunch to the Lounge at 303 North

Community Standards : Tuesday Concerts @ 7pm
       Showcasing the talents of enthusiastic community music groups
    "Vernal Voices"
  • May 5, 2015 : The Don Thompson Chorale
PLUS! A Special First-Wednesday Art Walk Concert @ 6pm
  • March 4, 2015@ 6pm :  Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians performing in the Lounge at 303 (just inside the Main Library's Laura Street entrance)
Also of interest!
Celebrate Year of the River with Al Poindexter
Various Library Locations, February 17 - July 15

Ritz Chamber Players

Jacksonville Public Library is delighted to host one of the country's finest chamber music ensembles! All of these free concerts will be presented in the Main Library's Hick Auditorium.

  Vivace! Music for the Masses     An article from Florida Libraries about Children's, Teen, and Adult music programming and at Jacksonville Public Library.

Music @ Main : Classical Music Programming at the Main Library

Jacksonville Public Library's new Main Library proudly contributes to our community's cultural life by offering a wide variety of classical music programming. Since their inception in February 2006, our Music @ Main programs, including the popular monthly Intermezzo Sunday Concerts, have remained the best-attended ongoing series of adult programs in the history of JPL. All of the performers freely donate their time and talents for the opportunity to perform in the series*, and we have been fortunate to present programs in partnership with area schools, colleges and universities, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and with Friday Musicale, Jacksonville's oldest community music society.

The concerts showcase the artistry of prominent First Coast musicians, as well as the emerging talents of gifted students from among the area's many outstanding music education programs. In addition to players from the Jacksonville Symphony and faculty artists from the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University, we also have hosted visiting musicians, including, for example, the internationally-acclaimed chamber ensemble enhakē, Trio Solis (faculty artists from FSU), Italian pianist Laura Nocchiero, and Noteworthy Duo (faculty artists from Vanguard University of Southern California). We likewise were delighted to present the American debut of Iraqi pianist and television personality Abbas Abboud.

Taking advantage of the superior acoustics provided by the Library's Hicks Auditorium, program offerings have ranged from a concert version of Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, complete with chorus and chamber orchestra, to cutting-edge pieces for unaccompanied violin. Music @ Main concerts also have included world premieres of more than a dozen newly-composed works in a variety of vocal, choral, and instrumental styles. Printed program guides accompany each performance, providing information about the compositions and the performers, as well as selective listings of related reading and listening materials available from the Library's superlative collection of music resources.

From Intermezzo Sunday Concert 3/13/2011, with Duo Bonev-Birbochukov
Boyan Bonev (cello) and Hristo Birbochukov (piano)

* The first performers in what would become the Music @ Main Concerts were University of North Florida music professors Dr. Simon Shiao and Dr. Gary Smart. In February of 2006, Dr. Shiao attended a program in the Hicks Auditorium, and asked if the Library might be able to host a lecture recital he and Dr. Smart were preparing. The Library was delighted to accommodate. As sponsors, the Library could waive the usual rental fees for the hall, and also provided printed program guides, including a bibliography of related Library materials. The concert was a great success, and it demonstrated the superior acoustics of the Hicks Auditorium. Dr. Shiao encouraged his colleagues and other local musicians to take advantage of the opportunity the Library provided, and, as the word spread, requests for concert dates began flooding in from both local and out-of-town musicians. Now the Library gets more requests from musicians asking to perform here than we have available concert dates!