Series to feature noted Israeli concert pianist


The Beaches Fine Arts Series will present Israeli concert pianist Alon Goldstein on April 16 in his third performance in the series.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the performance is at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville Beach. Admission is free.

A reception will follow with an art exhibit by Jessica Hall.

Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. His artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.

He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta and returned a few seasons ago with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons, Goldstein has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Philadelphia Orchestra; the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City, Indianapolis and North Carolina symphonies; and orchestras on tour in Paris, Mexico, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant — a position assigned only to his most exceptional students. In 2019, Goldstein was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He is one of only two Peabody graduates to have been selected.

Jessica Shockley Hall, previously a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, has called Jacksonville Beach home for the last 10 years. Hall is an oil painter and has practiced sporadically throughout her adult life, learning and working with other artists, recently making painting her primary focus.

Putting her unique contemporary spin on a long-held tradition of artists who have been inspired by the beauty of nature, Hall is currently working on a body of work based on and inspired by various flora.