Friday Musicale is Florida’s oldest musical organization
Tucked away on Oak Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Riverside, you will find the oldest musical organization in Florida: Friday Musicale. Founded in 1890, Friday Musicale is where music begins in Jacksonville. Conveniently located near I-95 and I-10 and less than two miles from the heart of Downtown, the Oak Street property was purchased in 1929.
Friday Musicale’s two unique venues are home to its own annual concert series, as well as hundreds of weddings, concerts, social gatherings, corporate meetings and events. Venue rental income assists Friday Musicale in continuing to fulfill its mission of bringing exceptional music programs, education, scholarship and opportunities to the Greater Jacksonville community.
The 127th Concert Season will kick off on Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m., with a jazz concert and reception immediately following featuring two-time Grammy award winning saxophonist Tivon Pennicott and the John Lumpkin Trio. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (904) 355-7584 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Friday Musicale will present a diverse blend of artists and musical genres in the 2016/2017 concert series, including, on January 13, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet, winners of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award and the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.
On February 3, the Peter and Will Anderson Trio from New York City will be performing two jazz concerts. Originally from Washington, DC, these twin brothers attended the Juilliard School and have been called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by The New York Times. Guitarist and Juilliard graduate Adam Moezinia, who has headlined with his quartet at Jazz @ Lincoln Center in New York City, will complete their trio.
On May 5, Akropolis, the first ever reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal (in 2014), will perform. Founded at the University of Michigan in 2009, Akropolis has released two studio albums and commissioned more than twenty-five reed quintet works to date. Their dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works formed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries.
In addition to the concert series and venue rentals, Friday Musicale serves the community through its annual scholarship competition, Outstanding Young Pianists Competition, and master classes/educational programs presented in local schools.
In 2016/2017, Friday Musicale will present nine educational programs in schools, host its Outstanding Young Pianists Competition for grades 5 – 12 on Monday, December 5, and its annual scholarship competition on Saturday, April 1. For full concert schedule, venue rental information, competition applications and additional information, please visit fridaymusicale.com.