About Jacksonville Symphony

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ranks among the nation’s top regional orchestras and is vital to the City of Jacksonville’s continued growth. From September through May, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and in community venues throughout the First Coast and statewide.

New Music director COURTNEY LEWIS, in his March 2014 guest conducting appearance with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
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The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with the debut of COURTNEY LEWIS as music director designate. Courtney begins his first full season as music director in 2015-16. Also in 2014-15, the Orchestra will be joined by Audra McDonald and Paul Williams, and will stage Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet.

As a non-profit cultural and educational organization, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to create experiences that enrich the human spirit and inspire a lifelong love of music. Its programming reflects the diversity of the community and is relevant to today’s audience, offering the highest caliber of live symphonic variety – from the classic masterpieces, to contemporary works, to opera and theater, to popular styles. Each season nearly 84,000 young people benefit from the Orchestra’s diverse educational opportunities, including concerts, in-school ensemble performances, Jump Start Strings after-school enrichment, master classes, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has hosted some of the most renowned artists of the past century, including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle and Mstislav Rostropovich. Acclaimed for its “superior quality” by the Toronto Star, the Jacksonville Symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and has been broadcast nationally on “Performance Today.”

An American orchestra with its own dedicated concert hall, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s home is the acoustically superb Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall. As reported by the Palm Beach Daily News, "… we surely deserve and need to have a full time orchestra [in south Florida]. We can only hope that it would be as good as the Jacksonville Symphony."

Beyond the stage, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding community partner, serving four county school districts and collaborating with a wide range of organizations.  And close to 2,000 music lovers in the community are members of Symphony volunteer groups.

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