Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.
As Music Director Courtney Lewis begins his fifth season on the conductor’s podium, the Jacksonville Symphony celebrates the 2019-2020 season that promises more weeks of music reaching more people than ever before. Each season, the Symphony reaches almost 255,000 individuals through over 300 performances.
The Jacksonville Symphony is one of Northeast Florida’s most important cultural institutions. Founded in 1949, the Symphony now enjoys a national reputation, regularly heard on more than 250 public radio stations across the country on Performance Today. In March 2020, the orchestra will depart on a tour to Washington, D.C. as one of four orchestras selected from across the country for SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s home, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, is considered to be an acoustic gem. Each year thousands enjoy the Symphony’s performances both at Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and at venues located throughout the state of 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 Florida Blue Masterworks concerts, and other special youth pricing, there are several programs to foster music education. In June 2018, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras embarked on its first national tour as one of only three student orchestras invited to perform in the Los Angeles International Music Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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, Lang Lang, Alisa Weilerstein, Branford Marsalis and Renée Fleming.
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