“What’s in a Name” Announced

March 13, 2015            8 pm           Lightner Museum       $20 Adults/$5 Students & Children Under 12 Free

posterThe St Augustine Orchestra will present its winter concert entitled  What’s in a Name, Friday, March 13th.  Under the direction of William McNeiland, the orchestra will perform orchestral pieces with unusual titles or composer names.

Some of the selected pieces have descriptive titles, such as Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto”; but who or what is a Brandenburg?   “Crown Imperial” was written by British composer William Walton, but for whom and when?   “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”, based on a Norwegian folk song and written by Frederick Delius, was inspired by his brief stay at nearby Picolata Landing on the St. Johns River.

The Orchestra will play an excerpt from the opera “Hansel and Gretel”, composed by Engelbert Humperdinck.    “Sinfonia Concertante”, written by a composter with the toungue-twisting name Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, will also be performed.   Is it a symphony or a concerto; or something else entirely? It does feature two solo instruments:  the viola and double bass, which are instruments that rarely get a chance to play solos.  Our soloists will be Heather Turvey, viola, and Dale Gosa, double bass.

The program will also include the well known “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, and “The Saints’ Hallelujah”, a piece made famous by The Canadian Brass.

The winter concert of the season will be held in the beautiful gilded age ambiance of The Lightner Museum at 25 Granada Street in St. Augustine.  The program will begin at 8:00 P.M.  Tickets for the concert are $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for Students with ID, and free to Children 12 and under.  Tickets are available in advance online at www.StAugustineOrchestra.org or at the door on the performance night.



St Augustine Orchestra performs “Sinfonia Concertante” by von Dittersdorf

Soloists: Turvey & Gosa

Heather Turvey, Viola

Heather Turvey, Viola

Heather Turvey started playing the viola at the age of 9 and she spent 3 summers studying the viola at Suwanee Summer Music Center, and played Carnegie Hall her senior year of high school and again her second year of college.  Her first symphony position was as a violist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.  Heather went on to study with Jack Abel at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and graduated with a BA in Viola Performance. During college she began playing with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and also performed in the orchestras of musical greats like Smokey Robinson and Burt Bacharach.  Upon moving to Jacksonville in 1995, teaching became Ms.Turvey’s  main focus and she went through Suzuki training in order to teach violin and viola. She has maintained a studio in downtown Jacksonville since 2002 and in St. Johns County since 2010.


Dale Gosa, Double Bass – Dale Gosa has been performing in Symphony Orchestras for 47 years in the United States and Europe. His studies include a BM degree from Arizona State University, graduate studies at Indiana University, and studies with distinguished bassists include John Williams, Lew Norton, Stuart Sankey, Murray Grodner, and Gary Karr.  Mr. Gosa has spent 33 years with the Jacksonville Symphony and many of those years he worked side by side with William McNeiland, SAO’s conductor. In addition to having a career as a symphony musician, Mr. Gosa studied violin making and has been a luthier for over 40 years and has a violin shop in Jacksonville.


 More about the Program!
Crown Imperial by Walton
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Delius
Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck
Sinfonia Concertante by von Dittersdorf
Finlandia by Sibelius
The Saints Hallelujah by Canadian Brass