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Nickel for Your Thoughts: Haydn and Stravinsky

Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Director 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 high altitude view of this weekend’s concerts looks somewhat similar to our first Masterworks of the season: a juxtaposition of Classical and Neoclassical music. A quick review of what … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Mozart and Beethoven

Program Spotlight, Tony Nickle

In his own words, Artistic Director Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, but with a little edge and humor for good measure. Welcome to our opening Masterworks subscription weekend. I absolutely love this program because each of the three pieces is a personal twist on a classic style. Here are some of … Read More

Symphony building strong ties with student musicians

Deanna Tham

Deanna Tham of the Jacksonville Symphony shines a light on the symphony’s work with Communities in Schools to bring classical music to students who might never otherwise experience it. The on-stage performance of a symphony orchestra is just the tip of the iceberg. There is the rehearsal, stage, library and personnel that must come together. Beyond that, there are hours … Read More

Finding strength in classical music

Courtney Lewis

The Jacksonville Symphony’s Courtney Lewis says that, in trying times like these, we can all find strength and solace in the works of the masters. A friend recently asked me what symphonic music I think feels of the moment, what music feels like now, as we adjust to a new normal of social distancing and uncertainty. I often use music … Read More

Music is made for hard times like these

Steven Libman

Steven Libman says the Jacksonville Symphony is doing what needs to be done to survive the quarantine. As I write this it’s almost incomprehensible that I started a new job on Feb. 1, 2020, as president and CEO for the Jacksonville Symphony. Less than 30 days later, the world changed as the COVID-19 crisis fell upon us. We have had … Read More

Take 20 minutes for Beethoven

Courtney Lewis

Courtney Lewis of the Jacksonville Symphony says a Beethoven piano sonata may be the pick-me-up we all could use right about now. I’m sure I speak for many of you when I say it’s been a long time since I had this much time on my hands. The effect of the coronavirus on the performing arts has been devastating. At … Read More

Kids learn more than music in youth orchestras

Behind the Scenes, Deanna Tham

Deanna Tham, principal conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, says her favorite part of the job is watching kids learn to work together to create something bigger than themselves. There is a special moment in every musical performance, right before the sound starts. The conductor takes in a breath and absorbs the profundity of the entire work that is … Read More

A chance to shine for flute player

Program Spotlight, Musician Spotlight

Les Roettges, principal flute player with the Jacksonville Symphony, says he is excited about about an upcoming performance, which gives him a chance to step into the spotlight to perform one of his favorite pieces. I am thrilled to be the featured soloist on the upcoming Florida Blue Masterworks series concerts (January 31 and February 1). I have been the … Read More