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MUSIC OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

The Jacksonville Symphony reflects on the past and looks toward the present with a dedication and commitment to the living symphonic art form. By commissioning today’s brightest composers, the Symphony honors its history by looking at the monumental 1971/72 Season: a rebirth of the orchestra through new music.

Following a hiatus during the 1970/71 Season, the Jacksonville Symphony returned the following year with the commissions of Duke Ellington and Carlisle Floyd. These commissions were set to be premiered in Jacksonville, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, which aided in the emergence of a new prosperous period for the Symphony.

Historically, the role of new music from living composers saved the Jacksonville Symphony, and today, living composers can play that same role in launching the next era in Jacoby Symphony Hall.

Commissions

2022

Tarik O'Regan

Trances (World Premiere)
Sponsored by Brenda and Gene Wolchok

2019

Courtney Bryan
Mary Carr Patton Composer-in-Residence
Bridges (World Premiere)

2018

Lowell Liebermann Cello Concerto (Florida Premiere)

1972

Duke Ellington Celebration (World Premiere)

1972

Carlisle Floyd Flower and Hawk - A Monodrama for Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere)

Upcoming Commissions

2023

Sean Shepherd
(World Premiere)

2023

Lowell Liebermann
(World Premiere)

2024

Courtney Bryan
(World Premiere)

2025

Carlos Simon
(World Premiere)