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Jacksonville Symphony gears up for season

Courtney Lewis, Conducting Electricity

Courtney Lewis, Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony   The summer months are some of my favorites of the year. Ironically, time away from the Symphony gives me the opportunity to learn new music and absorb all the scores for the coming season. What the audience hears at a concert is like the tip of the iceberg: most of the preparation … Read More

Jazz, ‘Carmen,’ ‘E.T.’ part of upcoming Jacksonville Symphony season

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Steven B. Libman, President & CEO The 2022/23 season at the Jacksonville Symphony just concluded with the thrilling energy and virtuosity of pianist Conrad Tao as he performed Sergei Prokofiev’s famous Third Piano Concerto. Having also featured Dmitri Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, this finale marked the perfect exclamation point on a remarkable season. Now, we are turning our sights toward the … Read More

Performance Review: Conrad Tao Plays Prokofiev

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Performance Review: Conrad Tao Plays Prokofiev The Jacksonville Symphony’s 2022/23 Florida Blue Classical Series season concluded in rousing fashion this weekend with “Conrad Tao Plays Prokofiev,” a program featuring the work of two 20th century Russian symphonic titans. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev The first half of the concert was given over to … Read More

Program Notes: Conrad Tao Plays Prokofiev

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Program Notes: Conrad Tao Plays Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: World Premiere: December 16, 1921; Chicago, Illinois (27 minutes) Though Sergei Prokofiev was from the Ukraine, his Third Piano Concerto has strong American connections. Prokofiev was the soloist in the first performance with the Chicago Symphony in 1921, under the direction of Frederick Stock. … Read More

Ticket to Ride: Beatles, Prokofiev close Jacksonville Symphony season

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Tony Nickle, Vice President & Artistic Administrator The 2022/23 season at the Jacksonville Symphony has shown us the boundless possibilities of symphonic music by spanning a wide expanse of eras, genres and artistic icons. The Pops Series in particular has featured perhaps our most diverse concert experiences with programs ranging from Cirque de la Symphonie all the way to celebrations … Read More

Performance Review: Mozart, Brahms & Schumann

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Performance Review: Mozart, Brahms & Schumann The Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series presented “Mozart, Brahms & Schumann” this weekend, a generous and approachable program of three Austro-Germanic masterpieces under the baton of Music Director Courtney Lewis.  Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op. 52 by Robert Schumann Kicking off the evening was Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo & Finale.  Essentially a symphony in … Read More

Jacksonville Symphony leader bound for Paris

Courtney Lewis, Conducting Electricity

Courtney Lewis, Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony This weekend, I head to France to spend six weeks conducting a very exciting new ballet with music by the English composer, Thomas Adès, for the Opéra national de Paris at the famous Palais Garnier. Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, “The Divine Comedy,” “The Dante Project” is a rarity … Read More

Program Notes: Mozart, Brahms & Schumann

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Program Notes: Mozart, Brahms & Schumann Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op. 52:   (World Premiere: June 12, 1841; Leipzig, Germany)  (17 minutes) Literate and passionate, Robert Schumann was a quintessential composer of the Romantic Era.  Schumann often had feverish, intense bouts of composition. His wife, Clara Schumann, was one of the 19th-century’s greatest pianists. Schumann was also one of … Read More

Program Notes: The Magic Flute

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Program Notes: The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, K. 620 (World Premiere September 30, 1791; Vienna, Austria) (2 hours and 35 minutes) During the first scene of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a fearsome serpent pursues Prince Tamino. Amid stormy and ominous music, the handsome, young nobleman cries for help but is knocked unconscious. Within moments, three … Read More

Performance Review: Beethoven’s Fifth

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Performance Review: Beethoven’s Fifth The Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series presented “Beethoven’s Fifth” this weekend, a program featuring three beloved orchestral favorites led by guest conductor Giordano Bellincampi. Silvery Rills by Sean Shepherd Leading off the program was Silvery Rills by contemporary American composer Sean Shepherd. A short and punchy piece intended to evoke the flowing waters of a … Read More