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Welcome to the 2022/23 Season!

The 73rd season of the Jacksonville Symphony promises world-class music performed by one of America's finest orchestras and will take you on a journey of musical adventures both long-awaited and yet to be discovered. Experience a journey of live symphonic music. Lose yourself in the classics with themes and stories that are as relevant today as they were centuries ago, and discover new favorites that embody your curiosities and your aspirations.

Our incredibly accomplished orchestra, alongside our new concertmaster, Adelya Nartadjieva, and an extroardinary collection of guest artists will fill Jacoby Symphony Hall with unlimited energy, transformative emotions, and unforgettable moments you will undoubtedly treasure forever.

Join us on an exhilarating journey throughout the 2022/23 Season and see where the music takes you.

The possibilities are boundless.

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Courtney Lewis
Music Director, Haskell Endowed Chair

Be transported through time and space with the colors and cultures of the globe in our classical performances this season. The Jacksonville Symphony brings to life the works of legendary composers who have enamored audiences for centuries with a season full of symphonic blockbusters like Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Bruckner’s FIFTH, Shostakovich’s TENTH and Beethoven’s FIFTH symphonies.

The season also features some of the most renowned concertos from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Brahms, plus a lineup of world-class guest artists including pianists Conrad Tao, Alessio Bax and Natasha Paremski, cellist Joshua Roman, and guest conductors Nathan Aspinall, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Chloé van Soeterstède.

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An Adventure of Romance & Enchantment

"My favorite Mozart opera, The Magic Flute, is a fairy tale of good versus evil, enlightenment versus ignorance, and the journey of finding your own way in the world. Full of some of Mozart’s greatest arias, including The Queen of the Night’s stratospheric high Fs, we can’t wait to share this brand-new Jacksonville Symphony production.”

Courtney Lewis
Music Director, Haskell Endowed Chair
April 28 | 7:30PM
April 30 | 3:00PM

Courtney Lewis
Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair

Kristine McIntyre
Stage Director

Cast, To be announced
Jacksonville Symphony Chorus
Students from University of North Florida School of Music

Travel through decades rich in musical styles with lively concerts like Disco Inferno, Revolution: Music of the Beatles, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn and The Queens of Rock and Soul: Tina Turner & Aretha Franklin.

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Rocky In Concert


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November 18/19 | 7:00PM

Enter the boxing ring and take a jab at the World Heavyweight Championship with the original Rocky. Watch as the boxer goes from rags to riches in an empowering and musical story of the American Dream. As the Symphony performs Bill Conti’s legendary score, you’ll feel inspired, motivated, and ready to overcome any obstacles.

ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III, ROCKY IV, ROCKY V © 1976-1990 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. ROCKY BALBOA © 2006 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC, ROCKY™ MGM. All Rights Reserved.

Jurassic Park In Concert


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January 20/21 | 7:00PM

Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, the action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Experience it now, projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.

© Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™

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May 12/13 | 7:00PM

You-Know-Who™ is not the only one who has returned—Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, and Hermione Granger™ are back as well in this unforgettable concert event. Relive the magic with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ displayed on a giant screen in high-definition and accompanied by a symphonic orchestra. See Harry and his friends race through the Department of Mysteries, practice Defense Against the Dark Arts in secret, and endure Professor Umbridge™—all with Nicholas Hooper’s iconic score!

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)


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Symphony in 60 Series


Seasoned listeners and those new to symphonic music will be equally entertained by the Symphony in 60 Series. Enjoy a casual and fun cocktail hour before the 60-minute concert, introductions to the music by the conductor, and a chance to make new friends. This series provides an exceptional experience for all.

Symphony In 60 Series performances are on Thursday at 6:30pm; Cocktail Hour at 5:30pm.

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OCT 27 ∙ At The Ballet
FEB 9 ∙ Visions of Spain
MAR 9 ∙ Sounds of Spring
APR 13 ∙ Picturesque Postcards
MAY 25 ∙ Myths & Legends

The Concert Organ Series


Take a journey to the heart of Jacoby Symphony Hall and discover a truly historic monument: the Symphony's Bryan Concert Organ. Find yourself immersed in wonder with three riveting performances, each designed to highlight the organ's versatile musical power. Hear its melodies transform from intimate and colorful to grand and thunderous!

OCT 8 ∙ Organ Chamber MusicJoshua Stafford, Organ
FEB 11 ∙ Brass, Organ & PercussionGreg Zelek, Organ
MAY 27 ∙ Solo Organ RecitalGreg Zelek, Organ


Special thanks to JF Bryan for sponsoring The Concert Organ Series.
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The Coffee Series


Mix and mingle with your favorite warm beverage and even more stirring music in our Coffee Series. Feel energized with excitement by hearing a wide variety of performances from each series like The Paul Simon Songbook, Holiday Pops, and featured classical concerts as they illuminate the stage in the daytime.

The Coffee Series performances are all on Fridays at 11:00am.

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Be enchanted by magical holiday performances as the Symphony shines while performing your festive favorites! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jacksonville Symphony's First Coast Nutcracker, revel in the uplifting joy of Handel's Messiah and ring in the New Year with the Jacksonville Symphony to create treasured memories your family will forever cherish.
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First Coast Nutcracker


Daniel Wiley, Conductor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker

DEC 16/17/18

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Handel's Messiah


Courtney Lewis, Conductor
Haskell Endowed Chair

Guest Vocalists, To be announced
Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

George Frideric Handel
, Messiah

DEC 17/18
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Shaken Not Stirred:
The Spies We Love



Kevin Fitzgerald, Conductor
Jessica Hendy, Vocalist
Scott Coulter, Vocalist
John Boswell, Vocalist

DEC 31

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Tianxu An, Piano
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
SEP 30/OCT 1
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Alessio Bax, Piano
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1
OCT 21/22
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Timothy Chooi, Violin
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
DEC 2/3
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Natasha Paremski, Piano
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
JAN 27/28
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Simone Porter, Violin
Joshua Roman, Cello
Brahms, Double Concerto
MAY 19/20
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Conrad Tao, Piano
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3
JUN 9/10

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Nathan Aspinall
Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon
of a Faun

Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
Sibelius, Symphony No. 2

DEC 2/3
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Carlos Miguel Prieto
Copland, Rodeo Suite
Chávez, Symphony No. 2
"Sinfonia India"
Márquez, Danzón No. 2
Price, Symphony No. 3

JAN 6/7
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Chloé van Soeterstède
Liszt, Les Préludes
Fauré, Pavane
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade

FEB 17/18
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Giordano Bellincampi
Shepherd, Silvery Rills
Mendelssohn, A Midsummer
Night's Dream
Suite
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

MAR 31/APR 1

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Sean Shepherd
World Premiere
Jacksonville Symphony Commission

MAY 19/20

Commissioning the Brightest Composers


Continuing our commitment to the living art form, the 2022/23 Season features the Jacksonville Symphony commission of a new work by Sean Shepherd who the New York Times has called "an exciting composer of a new American generation." Learn more about past, present and upcoming commissions on the Jacksonville Symphony Commissions Page.

Sean Shepherd has quickly gained admiration and return engagements with major ensembles and performers across the US and Europe. He recently completed his tenure as the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow of the Cleveland Orchestra, culminating with the premiere of Tuolumne in April 2013, written for Franz Welser-Möst and the orchestra. Other recent performances include those with the New York Philharmonic, the National, BBC and New World symphony orchestras, at festivals in Aldeburgh, Heidelberg, La Jolla, Lucerne, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood, and with leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor- champions include Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert and Welser-Möst; distinguished composer-conductors Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin; and young stars Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki and Matthias Pintscher.

Shepherd’s (b.1979) education includes degrees in composition and bassoon performance from Indiana University, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and doctoral work at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He lives in New York and his music is published by Boosey & Hawkes...continue reading

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