Emma Concert Series
Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College
14 Granada Street, St Augustine
Although The EMMA Concert Association has been doing business for years as the EMMA Concert Association, the organization’s original name was Emil Maestre Music Association. Started by a small group of music lovers, among them Frieda Bringmann and Irene and Peter Allemano in April 1979, the organization was named after a famous Spanish cellist, Emil Maestre, who retired to St. Augustine. EMMA was incorporated in September of the same year.
EMMA has always been a nonprofit all-volunteer organization with a mission to produce quality music and dance performances at modest ticket prices. Since then the organization has lived up to this commitment and never failed. The volunteers serving on the EMMA board of Directors change as times goes by, but they all embrace the work with the same enthusiasm and spirit of accomplishment that bonds the group together.
Every Concert Season, EMMA produces an Evening Series of six performances, an Afternoon Series of four performances, two Holiday Pops concerts and one free concert for the community combined with the EMMA annual meeting. Besides these big productions, each fall EMMA produces a series of Music Masters - Words and Music presentations at the beautiful Flagler Room in the main building of Flagler College.
Jan 5 - Inspirata / 8 pm $30
A quartet of nationally and internationally acclaimed vocal and stage artists, INSPIRATA members are consummate pros at thrilling audiences. Their performances provide outstanding entertainment, more than music alone. When the group first formed, it was to provide an opportunity for the classically trained singers to perform outside the traditional concert, musical and opera stages they already graced. Starting with oratorio, the most similar to opera, the group began to widen its repertoire. Soprano Elizabeth Claxton has become a highly praised soprano known for her vocal prowess in Europe as well as the United States. Mezzo-Soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis has performed leading roles at opera companies throughout the Eastern U.S. Tenor Duane A. Moody made his operatic debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Baritone Steven B. Jepson, as an acclaimed international artist, has expansive credits in the Americas, Europe and Japan.
Jan 13 – Spanish Brass / 2 pm, $30
The Spanish Brass is one of world’s foremost brass quintets. Since winning the first Prize
in the 6th “Ville de Narbonne” (france) international Competition for Brass Quintets in 1996, considered the world’s most prestigious event of its type, they have performed worldwide and are recognized as one of the most dynamic and established brass ensembles on the international scene. Their many U.S.. tours have made them a favorite of American audiences, including St .Augustine’s . The ensemble is also known as “Spanish Brass Luur metalls.” The “Luur” was a Bronze Age Scandinavian instrument, the ancestor of modern brass instruments. “Metalls” means “brass” in the Valencian language of their home region of Spain.
Jan 26 – China National Symphony Orchestra / 8 pm, $35
The China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO), is one of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in China. Originally founded as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in 1956, the orchestra was restructured and renamed in 1996. Leading CNSO into the future are Director Guan Xia (Composer), Laureate Conductor Muhai Tang, Principal Resident Conductor Li Xincao and Principal Guest Conductor En Shao. CNSO is made up of an outstanding team of instrumentalists, many of whom have won prizes in national and international competitions. The combination of consummate artistry, dedication and professionalism of the orchestra’s players has enabled CNSO to maintain a consistently high level of performance and to create an orchestral tradition unique to China. For almost half a century, CNSO has introduced Chinese audiences to a vast repertoire of classical, romantic, modern and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers.