Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

I’m confident you’ll agree the coming season will be our best ever. The Florida Blue Masterworks series features our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the music of a great variety of composers. We will also bring you a variety of wonderful guest artists and conductors.

The Fidelity National Financial Pops series brings you music you love from the movies, your Broadway favorites, rock and soul. We pay tribute to two incredible artists, Billy Joel and the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Steven Reineke and the Doo Wop Project return with brand new shows. And, join us for a most romantic Valentine’s day.

And, there is so much more for you to enjoy. Four blockbuster movies. Holiday classics The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. The Symphony Gala featuring soprano Susan Graham and Fanfare with Jacksonville’s own Marcus Roberts.

I hope you will join me and the fantastic musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony for this most exciting season of music.

— Courtney Lewis, Music Director

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Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration


Our season is built around Ludwig van Beethoven. His music forever changed the course of the musical art form and paved the way for the future. He was born in 1770 and we celebrate his 250th birthday with symphonies, a mass, a piano concerto and the violin concerto, culminating in his epic Ninth Symphony at the end of the season, featuring our wonderful Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, joined by the University of North Florida Chorale.

Masterworks Concerts


Our classical concerts feature many works that are dear to Music Director Courtney Lewis. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and his second symphony,  Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, the great Violin Concerto by Edward Elgar, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances -  just a few of the many highlights we’re looking forward to. We’re also excited to take you on some adventures with captivating music you may not have heard before. Franz Schreker’s music is full of resplendent color much like Richard Strauss. Music by Henri Dutilleux is virtuosic for every instrument in the orchestra. And we’ll enjoy masterpieces by Lutosławski, and Thomas Adès.
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Special Presentations


This season, some of your favorite annual traditions like Fanfare! Opening NightBrass, Organ, Winds and Percussion, First Coast Nutcracker, and our New Year's Eve celebration will return, along with new programs Beethoven's Creatures of Prometheus, and a special Season Finale: Beethoven's Ninth.

Guest Artists


We welcome a great variety of great guest performers to Jacksonville. The fabulous jazz pianist Marcus Roberts plays Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in our season opener. The transcendent soprano Susan Graham headlines our Gala, the superb violinist James Ehnes returns, and we introduce pianist Daniel Hsu, a prize winner in the Cliburn Competition.
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Pops Concerts


Jacksonville loves our Pops concerts, and we have some great programs ahead next year. Michael Krajewski opens with Hooray for Hollywood, we celebrate the legacy of Aretha Franklin, and The Doo Wop Project returns. We present the music of Billy Joel featuring Michael Cavanaugh, who was selected by Billy Joel for the role of Piano Man in the Broadway Musical Movin OutSteven Reineke returns from the New York Pops for a concert of wonderful Broadway favorites. Our Holiday Pops is the centerpiece of Jacksonville’s holiday season, and Patriotic Pops honors our military and our country, near Memorial Day.

Symphonic Nights at the Movies


Our popular movie nights are great fun for the whole family, and we have four exciting titles to offer in 19-20!
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Coffee Concerts


Our Coffee Series is back and better than ever – these daytime concerts encompass the full range of our programming across the season. Enjoy movie music, Beethoven’s Fifth, the music of Aretha Franklin, the hair-raising Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Säens, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and much more.

OCT 18 ∙ Hooray for Hollywood
NOV 22 ∙ Beethoven's Fifth
DEC 6 ∙ Holiday Pops
JAN 3 ∙ The Organ Symphony
FEB 14 ∙ A Romantic Valentine
MAR 20 ∙ Copland and Ellington
APR 17 ∙ RESPECT: Aretha
MAY 22 ∙ Patriotic Pops

Symphony in 60 Happy Hour Series


Grab some friends and co-workers and join us for happy hour and 60 minutes of symphonic music! Our Symphony in 60 series continues with abbreviated concerts that are great for first-timers or for those who want to enjoy symphony concerts and still make it in time for dinner with friends. Happy hour begins at 5:30 PM and the concert starts at 6:30 PM.
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SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras


Next spring, we head to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the prestigious SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras, and we look forward to performing that exciting program here in Jacksonville before taking it on the road.