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Nickel for Your Thoughts: Mozart’s Prague and Prokofiev

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

Arts organizations are a good community investment

Steven Libman

We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and the sheer magnitude of the lives affected by COVID-19 is hard to fathom. As we all know, great news has arrived with the approval of several vaccines and thus we know there is light at the end of the tunnel, provided that enough people receive both doses of the … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Mozart’s Jupiter

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. November is finally here, bringing somewhat lower temps and an end to an election that I think lasted about seven years. It also brings a Masterworks program this weekend that … Read More

Mozart, MacMillan pieces will challenge symphony

Courtney Lewis

I know I speak for all the musicians and staff at the Jacksonville Symphony when I say we are delighted to be back onstage performing. I’m especially looking forward to our program on Nov. 13-14, which features works by Mozart and the Scottish composer James MacMillan. MacMillan is Scotland’s leading composer, having been in the public eye since the late … Read More

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