Nickel for Your Thoughts: Britten and Schumann

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. As we welcome the music of English composer Benjamin Britten this week, we should count ourselves lucky that Northeast Florida has generously been providing us with suitably drab London-esque weather … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Beethoven’s Eroica

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. Two weeks ago we performed an interesting journey through the American sound with Dvořàk’s New World Symphony and Jessie Montgomery’s Banner. This week we take on what are arguably the bookends of German Romanticism in the symphonic rep: a rogue C-sharp … Read More

Nickel for Your Thoughts: Dvořák’s New World

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. What a day. I’m writing this just hours after the Inauguration Ceremony. It was certainly filled with many moving moments, but particularly powerful to me was Amanda Gorman’s captivating reading of her poem, … Read More

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

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

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

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