About the Jacksonville Symphony
Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.
As Music Director Courtney Lewis begins his third season at the conductor’s podium, the Jacksonville Symphony celebrates an expanded 2017-2018 season that promises more weeks of music reaching more people than ever before.
Last year’s record attendance of 255,000 individuals is sure to be broken this season. As the concert schedule expands to 38 weeks, there are new events along more artists that will make the season shine. The Daily’s Place Symphony Series which will debut with the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, performed with live orchestra soundtrack will be a first of its kind partnership between a symphony and a NFL team.
The Jacksonville Symphony is one of Northeast Florida’s most important cultural institutions. Founded in 1949, the Symphony is ranked among the nation’s top regional orchestras. The Symphony’s home, Robert E. Jacoby Hall, is considered to be an acoustic gem. Each year thousands enjoy the Symphony’s performances both at Jacoby Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and at venues located throughout Northeast Florida.
The Symphony is also the community’s leader in music education for children, serving four county school districts. In addition to offering free tickets to children under the age of 18 for selected Masterworks, and other special youth pricing, there are several programs to foster music education. This year the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Assistant Conductor and JSYO Principal Conductor Deanna Tham. As part of the JSYO’s activities, they will be gearing up to play in L.A.’s famous Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall this coming June as one of just three student orchestras invited to perform in the Los Angeles International Music Festival.
Over the years the Jacksonville Symphony has hosted some of the most renowned artists of the music world including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Mstislav Rostopovich, Audra McDonald, Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. This year the Symphony will host the incomparable Renée Fleming for the January 2018 Gala.
Our season would not be possible without the generosity of our donors, patrons and volunteers. We thank them and all our patrons for their support.
Click here for some quick facts about the Symphony’s impact on the First Coast.