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Nickel for Your Thoughts: Schubert’s Great Symphony

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Vice President & Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. We’ve made it to the end of an historic and amazingly successful season, managing to bring you live music in Jacoby Symphony Hall and online nearly every weekend since September, and we … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Beethoven and Wagner

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. The end of this unprecedented season is in sight, with only two classical weekends remaining. This weekend’s program has a couple of threads running through it: 1. The musical lineage that runs from … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. Boy, do we have a doozie for you this week: The Song of the Earth by Gustav Mahler may be the program I’ve been most excited about all season. I’ve never seen it performed live, and I’d venture … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Schumann and Bartók

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. As I’ve been thinking about writing this week’s Masterworks blog, I keep coming back to this notion of people’s tastes. It’s a tricky thing, because so many things seem to inform our own. I’m … Read More

Schumann’s heartbreaking Second one of Lewis’ favorites

Conducting Electricity, Program Spotlight, Courtney Lewis

When I’m asked the impossible question, “What’s your favorite symphony”, I usually refuse to answer, but inside my head a voice always cries out: Schumann’s Second! Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was the archetypal Romantic: he loved poetry as much as music, couldn’t decide whether to be a musician or a writer, married another artist (the great pianist Clara Wieck), struggled with … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Britten and Schumann

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. As we welcome the music of English composer Benjamin Britten this week, we should count ourselves lucky that Northeast Florida has generously been providing us with suitably drab London-esque weather … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Beethoven’s Eroica

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. Two weeks ago we performed an interesting journey through the American sound with Dvořàk’s New World Symphony and Jessie Montgomery’s Banner. This week we take on what are arguably the bookends of German Romanticism in the symphonic rep: a rogue C-sharp … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Dvořák’s New World

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. What a day. I’m writing this just hours after the Inauguration Ceremony. It was certainly filled with many moving moments, but particularly powerful to me was Amanda Gorman’s captivating reading of her poem, … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Mozart’s Prague and Prokofiev

Nickel for Your Thoughts, Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. Happy New Year! I hope everyone has some optimism brewing for 2021. I am so excited about this week’s program, especially because we welcome back the sensational cellist, Joshua Roman. This is … Read More