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After J SYM finished in the black, president David Pierson plans to retire

  • August 22, 2014

David L. Pierson, who led Jacksonville Symphony Association through a financially successful 2013-14 season, has announced he will retire once a successor is hired.

By Charlie Patton
Florida Times-Union


Vim and Vision in Symphony's New Conductor

  • June 29, 2014

By Frank Denton
Editor, Florida Times-Union
Among all the gray heads in Jacoby Symphony Hall, the blond guy on the podium will stand out.


Enthusiasm for New Symphony Music Director

  • May 28, 2014

By Charlie Patton
Florida Times-Union
On Sunday, April 27, the day after the last of the eight Masterworks concerts that amounted to a tryout for the role of music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Courtney Lewis got the call.


Percussionist for Symphony Pulls Back Curtain on His Job

  • April 16, 2014

KEEPING THE BEAT, ALL THE TIME ON YOUR FEET
Profile on J SYM Principal Percussionist Steve Merrill
By Roger Bull
Florida Times Union - "Working on the First Coast"


Sir James Galway in Jacksonville - Man with the Golden Flute with JaxSymphony

  • March 28, 2014

The Man with the Golden Flute, Sir James Galway, was featured on News4jax "The Morning Show" and in the Florida Times-Union.


Jay Leno - A Stand-Up Guy - Coming to Jacksonville

  • March 21, 2014

Story by David Crumpler - The Florida Times-Union

You can't say Jay Leno is back doing stand-up if he never really stopped.


Beethoven, Mozart and much more for 2014-15 season

  • February 23, 2014

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season will feature lots of Beethoven and Mozart and a couple of evenings of George Gershwin.
By Charlie Patton
Florida Times-Union


News4Jax VIDEO - JSYO Festival of Strings - Live Performance on Morning Show

  • February 11, 2014

Interview with Jennifer Barton, J SYM individual giving manager, and a live performance by a string quartet from the JSYO, in advance of the "Festival of Strings" concert on Feb 16.


Guest conductor Andre Raphel plans romantic music for Valentine's weekend

  • February 09, 2014

By Charlie Patton
The Florida Times-Union

When the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra asked him to serve as guest conductor during Valentine’s weekend, Andre Raphel knew he had to choose music that is romantic.


Curtain Call – Fabio Mechetti profile

  • February 03, 2014

Now in his final season as conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Mechetti reminisces on his time here. Jacksonville Magazine, February 2014, “Getting to Know” Text by Virginia Chamlee Photo by Agnes Lopez


Beginning of the End for Principal Conductor

  • February 02, 2014

Fabio Mechetti’s long goodbye begins next weekend. Mechetti will conduct the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a fully staged performance of “The Marriage of Figaro,” Mozart’s sublime comic opera about love, jealousy and infidelity. It will be the first of three farewell performances Mechetti will conduct as he closes out his 15-year tenure. By Charlie Patton Florida Times-Union


Jacksonville Symphony gets grant to enhance its Jump Start Strings program

  • February 02, 2014

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is one of 23 orchestras awarded a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant, which will enhance “Jump Start Strings,” an after-school music education program that serves nearly 100 children at four elementary schools. By Charlie Patton Florida Times-Union, “Arts Notes”


Farewell to a Maestro

  • February 01, 2014

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra conductor Fabio Mechetti will step down in May. A special Feb. 7 tribute will celebrate his 14-year tenure. Ponte Vedra Beach Life Magazine, February 2014 Story by Nancy Purcell


Days When the Music Died

  • January 24, 2014

In early February 1959, a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson went down, killing all three singers and pilot Roger Peterson that echoes through history decades later.


J SYM Afterschool Program Gets $10,000 Boost

  • January 23, 2014

By Rhema Thompson
WJCT 89.9 FM News
A longtime musical establishment in Jacksonville will be getting a financial boost to its afterschool program for low-income students.


VIDEO - Interview - Scouts Day at the Symphony

  • January 20, 2014

Tony Kamnikar, Vice President of Education, talks with Harriet Swindling, host of "Scout Signs," about the annual Scouts Day at the Jacksonville Symphony EverBank Family Series.


Jacksonville Orchestra Well Led - Conductor Perry So a Master and Bringing Out Players' Best

  • January 15, 2014

REVIEW
By Allen Rosenberg
Palm Beach Daily News
Well, it happened again. The Kravis Center audience was thrilled Monday by the performance of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Perry So.


Jax Symphony Welcomes Latest Guest Conductor

  • January 06, 2014

As the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra continues the search for its next music director, First Coast residents have been given a unique opportunity to experience the artistry of several acclaimed maestros.


Guest conductor for Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and performance of ‘Eroica’

  • November 19, 2013

Continuing this season's showcase of the new generation of conductors, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will present Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," led by guest conductor Robert Moody, Thursday-Saturday.


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