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Program Notes: Mozart’s Groundbreaker

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Tarik O’Regan Raï (2006) Born 1 January 1971 in London U.S. PREMIERE Tarik O’Regan is a biracial Englishman with an Algerian mother Educated in London, he has taught at many prominent American universities Currently based in Northern California, he is a Visiting Artist at Stanford O’Regan’s music reflects British rock, American jazz, and North African folk music Of 43 recordings … Read More

Performance Review: Appalachian Spring

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Performance Review: Appalachian Spring The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presented “Appalachian Spring” this weekend, a program consisting of three works by American composers directed by Associate Conductor Gonzalo Farias. Just before beginning the concert Mr. Farias led the orchestra in the Ukrainian national anthem as a sign of support for the Ukrainian people in light of the events currently unfolding there. … Read More

Composer Highlight: Carlos Simon

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Digital Marketing Manager Nicholas V. Hall shares what he believes to be an important part of orchestral repertoire: new music with living composers. By speaking directly to the artists of today, we learn what it means to be a living composer.  Composer Highlight: Carlos Simon “Define your own success.” “New Music” is not something often associated with symphonic orchestral performances. … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: An All American Program

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In his own words, Vice President & Artistic Administrator Tony Nickle shares what he believes to be the high points of the program, “Appalachian Spring,” but with a little edge and humor for good measure.  An All-American Program “…embracing the wonderfully unique aspects that give people a sense of common identity.“ It’s been a shocking and tragic week on the … Read More

Review: Beethoven to Brahms

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Review: Beethoven to Brahms The Florida Blue Classical Series presented “Beethoven to Brahms” this weekend, a program consisting of two well-loved Germanic masterpieces led by Guest Conductor Markus Stenz. Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” The program opened with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3,” which was rendered with lyricism and zest. From the very opening bars it was clear … Read More

Composer Highlight: Jesse Monkman

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Digital Marketing Manager Nicholas V. Hall shares what he believes to be an important part of orchestral repertoire: new music with living composers. By speaking directly to the artists of today, we learn what it means to be a living composer.  Composer Highlight: Jesse Monkman “Write what connects to you personally. That will be your most authentic musical contribution.” “New … Read More

Program Notes: Appalachian Spring

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Suite from Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland Born 14 November, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York Died 2 December, 1990 in North Tarrytown, New York For most of the 20th century, Aaron Copland was widely regarded as the Dean of American composers A native of Brooklyn, he studied with the eminent pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau, France He was one of the … Read More

Review: Mozart’s Defiance

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Review: Mozart’s Defiance This weekend the Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series presented Mozart’s Defiance: Piano Concerto No. 24, a program consisting of W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor alongside the Symphony No. 1 in E minor of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.  Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 The concert opened with the Mozart concerto, featuring soloist … Read More