About Jacksonville Symphony
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 and Mstislav Rostropovich. Led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti since 1999, the Jacksonville Symphony is poised as an American orchestra for the 21st century. The Orchestra’s superior quality and commitment to Florida composers “offered a timely reminder of how much interesting music-making goes on outside what are traditionally regarded as major music centres,” as reported by the Toronto Star. The Orchestra has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and has appeared on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”
As a non-profit cultural and educational organization, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to bring great music to all walks of life. Its programming reflects the diversity of the community with a variety of live symphonic music that is relevant to today’s audience – from the classic masterpieces, to contemporary works, to grand 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, Symphony Schools partnership, master classes, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
An American orchestra with its own dedicated concert hall, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s home is the acoustically superb Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The Jacksonville Symphony also performs in community venues on the First Coast and statewide. A recent performance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach showed south Florida what it’s missing without its own orchestra. As reported by the Palm Beach Daily News, "May envy turn into action for we surely deserve and need to have a full time orchestra among us. 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.