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.



Lowell Liebermann | Organ Concerto (World Premiere)

Sponsored by Brenda and Gene Wolchok
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tarik O'Regan | Trances (World Premiere)
Sponsored by Brenda and Gene Wolchok


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


Lowell Liebermann | Cello Concerto (Florida Premiere)


Duke Ellington | Celebration (World Premiere)

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

Upcoming Commissions


Courtney Bryan | Visual Rhythms (World Premiere)
Commission is made possible with support from Charles and Sandra Johnston.


Carlos Simon | (World Premiere)