Surprises in Store for St. Augustine Orchestra’s Christmas Concert

Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Toy Symphony” is a Christmas favorite among concertgoers. It is unique in that it requires special toy instruments to be played as part of the music. This year some of St. Augustine’s civic dignitaries have agreed to play the toy instruments on cue.  John Regan, City Manager; Barry Myers, Curator of the Lightner Museum; and Cathy Brown, Executive Director of the Council on Aging are three who will join the orchestra in this not-to-be-missed performance of Haydn’s “Toy Symphony”. The Orchestra’s Christmas concerts will be held Friday Dec. 14 at 8 pm at the Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard, St. Augustine, with an encore performance of the same program on Sunday Dec. 16 at 3 pm at Christ Episcopal Church 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Admission at the door is $15 for the Friday concert and $10 for the Sunday matinee concert. Children 12 and younger and students are admitted free. Refreshments are available at the Friday concert at minimal cost.

Other music will include Christmas melodies from “Round the World” as described by Music Director/Conductor William McNeiland, with Latin-American “Salsa Carols” and a special arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival”. The orchestra is celebrating its 51st consecutive successful year as a volunteer organization, providing classical music programs for St. Augustine and environs since 1961. For more information, go to