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Explore this season's concert series
Friday Musicale concert season runs from October to June and offers monthly FREE concerts for the residents of Jacksonville Florida. With a variety of artists performing, concert goers can enjoy everything from chamber music to modern jazz.
Scholarships, Grants and Community Involvement
For over fifty years through Friday Musicale’s Philanthropic Department hosts competitions and concerts to promote musical studies in youth. There are several awards granted in music scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Jacksonville Area.
Your Wedding or Event in Historic Riverside
With 2 venues to choose from, Friday Musicale is the perfect place for your family celebration or upcoming business event. Our professional event planners will help you achieve the perfect experience.
Wedding Wire Couples Choice award 6 yrs in a row.
Located in Historic Downtown Jacksonville, Friday Musicale is the Oldest Musical Organization in the State of Florida. Since 1890, Friday Musicale hosts outstanding concerts free of charge to the citizens of Jacksonville, provides educational outreach opportunities to local students, supports the next generation of musicians and music educators through college scholarship awards, and offers venues for local recitals and events.
131st Concert Season Sponsors
We invite you to be a special part of our 131st Concert Season, beginning October 2020! For 131 years we’ve been providing free concerts to the public to the Jacksonville community. We’ve also funded scholarships for aspiring young musicians and outreach programs to elementary and middle schools in our community, and offered summer music camps for ages 9th grade to adults!
Patron and sponsor support makes it possible for us to bring talented performers to Jacksonville, Business exposure to audiences through our concert programs, monthly digital newsletter, and website are profitable for our funding partners, with over 3,600 concert attendees this season, and over 10,000 people reached through our communications. Our patrons appreciate your support and they vote with their dollars!
Upcoming Free Concerts & Events
Saluting Mrs. Rosa B. Smith
Mrs. Rosa B. Smith celebrated her 98th birthday in May, with a drive-by parade of well-wishers, neighbors, family, and friends. A member of Friday Musicale for over 40 years, Mrs. Smith served as President from 1989 through 1991, and was integral in launching many of the important traditions we enjoy today at our grand concert hall. Rosa brought a renewed touch of elegance to the pre-concert receptions with fine wine, heavy appetizers, and luscious desserts, all set in a classic Southern style. Her daughter Karen remarks: “Mother has always paid attention to details, created elegance, and had the ability to bring people together for a common cause.” Rosa assisted in the purchase of the second Steinway concert grand piano for our auditorium, making Friday Musicale the only musical organization to own two in the Northeast Florida area.
A Steinway representative visited to personally deliver the piano, and participated in the celebration. Rosa negotiated with property owners in the Riverside area to secure the land where our present day parking lot sits. She assembled a team to remove trash from the once empty lot, fence it in, and add signage as well. Rosa also served on the Event Committee, recruiting fine musicians from our city and beyond to perform. One notable performer Rosa remembers is Phillip Pan, a classical pianist and personal friend of the Smith family.
A native of Wilmington, NC, Rosa grew up surrounded by music. She remembers back in the 1930s the famous band that played “Orange Blossom Special” visited in her mother’s home. Rosa is a Pearl Harbor Survivor. At 19, she was stationed with her husband in the Coast Guard officers’ residence section of the base, preparing for Sunday School that morning. She heard the roar of the low flying airplanes, and looked out her window to see the Kamikaze squadron headed to the beach. After the terrible chaos, she headed mainland, to San Francisco traveling aboard a heavily armed Coast Guard Destroyer. And later that year returned to North Carolina for a brief time.
Rosa’s daughter, Karen, remembers coming to Friday Musicale as a young person, experiencing classical music and world renown musicians up close. Karen recalls Rosa helped to provide an evening gown for a young opera singer. Visiting with Rosa and Karen was a memorable experience. Did you know that Friday Musicale has official colors: white & gold, and an official flower, yellow jasmine? Our staff has kept alive many of the traditions Rosa and her previous Presidents endeavored to provide for the enjoyment of our audiences.
Thank you, Rosa, for your leadership!