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Jazz Comes to Symphony in a New Concert Series

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The Symphony is thrilled to launch its inaugural Jazz Series this season. Jazz is one of, if not the most, significant artistic contributions to have ever come from the United States. It was born from the collision of several different musical styles shared by a diverse population in late 19th to early 20th-century New Orleans. It was the most diverse … Read More

Program Notes: Tchaikovsky & Barber

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Program Notes: Tchaikovsky & Barber Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Dramatic Overture:  World Premiere December 14, 1911; Leipzig, Germany (16 minutes)  Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a child prodigy who was often compared to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His ballet The Snowman, composed when he was 11, became a Viennese sensation. He was already conducting major opera orchestras in his early 20s. Korngold moved … Read More

Program Notes: Mahler’s Symphony for Alma

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Program Notes: Mahler’s Symphony for Alma Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A minor, “Tragic:” World Premiere May 27, 1906; Essen, Germany (79 minutes) Gustav Mahler is best known for his gigantic, cosmic symphonies. He also composed songs on a symphonic scale. Mahler employed an enormous orchestra, often including unusual instruments like cowbells. Although he was a tonal composer, Mahler’s … Read More

Performance Review: Beethoven, Brahms & Dinnerstein

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Performance Review: Beethoven, Brahms & Dinnerstein The Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series continued this weekend with “Beethoven, Brahms & Dinnerstein,” a bold and generous program featuring two mainstays of the repertoire alongside a recent work by a young, contemporary composer. Lumina by Nina Shekhar Opening the program was a short, orchestral piece entitled Lumina by Nina Shekhar. Born in … Read More

The Sounds of Connection: Fostering Student Growth Through Music Education

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Dr. Marianne Rice, Vice President/Music Education & DEI Initiatives  It’s Tuesday and students have arrived at Jacoby Symphony Hall to attend a Jacksonville Symphony Youth Concert. As the school buses line up on Water Street, students exit the buses with many emotions ranging from excitement to nervousness. Students from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are dressed in an array of … Read More

Performance Review: Beethoven, Schumann & Liebermann

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Performance Review: Beethoven, Schumann & Liebermann The Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series kicked off its 2023/24 Season in grand style this weekend with “Beethoven, Schumann & Liebermann,” a generous and groundbreaking program featuring the world premiere of contemporary American composer Lowell Liebermann’s Organ Concerto.  Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven After leading off with “The … Read More

Program Notes: Beethoven, Brahms & Dinnerstein 

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Program Notes: Beethoven, Brahms & Dinnerstein  Nina Shekhar’s Lumina: World Premiere May 12, 2022; New York, New York (12 minutes) Nina Shekhar is a composer and multimedia artist who explores the themes and intersection of identity, vulnerability, love and laughter. She double majored in chemical engineering and composition at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is completing a PhD in … Read More

Jacksonville Symphony to debut new music

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Courtney Lewis, Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony    Fall is upon us, and at the Jacksonville Symphony, we’re gearing up for our first classical concert of the new season on September 29 and 30. The program opens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture to Leonore No. 2, one of the first examples of a tone poem in music in which Beethoven … Read More

Program Notes: Beethoven, Schumann & Liebermann

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Program Notes: Beethoven, Schumann & Liebermann Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a: World Premiere November 20, 1805; Vienna, Austria (13 minutes)  Ludwig van Beethoven favored instrumental music: symphonies, sonatas and concertos. His vocal music includes songs, folk songs and some sacred masses. He labored on his only opera, Fidelio, for more than a decade. Leonore Overture No. … Read More

Jacksonville Symphony has big plans for season 

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Steven B. Libman, President & CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony     Although we are presently in the midst of an incredible heat wave, our administrative, artistic and production teams are very busy with preparation for the opening of our 2023/24 Season. Our 74th season has so much to offer the community – from phenomenal classical music to Pops concerts featuring … Read More