Ten Things You Might Not Know About Music @ Main Concerts at the Jacksonville Public Library

From the staff at Jacksonville Public Library:Print

Music @ Main has a long history at Jacksonville Public Library.

One of the first performers at JPL—University of North Florida music professor Dr. Gary Smart, piano—will be returning to perform with his wife, Marilyn Smart, Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m.

The Windward Brass, from Navy Band Southeast, will perform June 8 at 3 p.m.


Did you know…

  1. Musicians donate their time so that all concerts are FREE.
  2. Concerts first began at the “old” Main Library in December 1986, organized by Ed Lein, music librarian, who holds master-level degrees in library science and music.
  3. Lein wanted to bring free classical music performances to the community and encourage people to visit the downtown library on Sundays.
  4. The concerts were so popular that The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library donated a grand piano—which remains in the Main Library today—to support a regular concert series.
  5. When the “new” Main Library was completed, concerts resumed February 2006 in the Hicks Auditorium, showcasing exceptional acoustics.
  6. By January 2009, Lein was not only receiving requests from local artists, but also musicians from Florida, Georgia, California, Italy, Norway, South Korea and Iraq.
  7. The library now gets more requests from musicians asking to perform than there are available concert dates. Click here to see all the upcoming programs.
  8. The Music @ Main classical musical performances have remained the best-attended ongoing series of adult programs in the history of JPL. In addition to the Intermezzo Sunday Concerts, we host Tuesday evening concerts to showcase the talents of student performers as well as professional musicians.
  9. The library has presented concerts in partnership with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Friday Musicale, and area schools, colleges and universities.
  10. Library customers who use the public garage at the corner of Duval Street and Main Street may take their garage tickets to the ground-floor Popular Services Desk to get validation for FREE parking weekday evenings when entering after 5 p.m., and on weekends. Free on-street parking is also available on weekends and evenings after 6 p.m.

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