Review: Mozart’s Dream

Symphony Review, Tim Tuller

The Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series returned with “Mozart’s Dream” this weekend, a concert featuring W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major bookended by two works from Czech composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák. The concert began with Smetana’s well-loved Overture to “The Bartered Bride.” From the outset the strings displayed impressively strong intonation throughout the … Read More

Review: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

Symphony Review, Tim Tuller

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presented “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony” this weekend, a program consisting of two nineteenth-century masterpieces led by guest conductor Jonathon Heyward. Richard Wagner’s Overture from “The Flying Dutchman” started the evening off with Mr. Heyward taking the reigns with confidence and conviction and the orchestra responding in kind. The strings were immediately notable for their warm yet incisive tone, which allowed them to maintain crystal clear clarity throughout even the quietest passages. The Jacksonville Symphony’s fantastic brass … Read More

Review: Bach to America

Symphony Review, Tim Tuller

This weekend the Jacksonville Symphony’s Florida Blue Classical Series presented “Bach To America,” a creatively programmed and wide-ranging concert featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Igor Stravinsky, and Alberto Ginastera. The evening opened with J. S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major.” Music Director Courtney Lewis dove right in, leading the ensemble with confidence and bristling energy. Cohesion amongst the musicians was tight and Bach’s intricate counterpoint was brought out with great clarity. Textures were … Read More

Review: Mozart’s Romantic Side

Symphony Review, Tim Tuller

The Jacksonville Symphony’s 2021/22 Florida Blue Classical Series season opened in great style on Friday evening with a program entitled, “Mozart’s Romantic Side: Piano Concerto No. 20.” The concert featured a Mozart concerto alongside Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, was first on the program, and saw the debut of the Jacksonville Symphony’s beautiful new Steinway concert grand piano under the masterful … Read More