Explore the 2020/21 Season
Explore upcoming Jacksonville Symphony concerts below!
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International superstar pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet brings his rock-star panache to Jacksonville, performing one of his signature piano concertos with roots in America’s greatest musical gift to the world: jazz. Inspired by the American style’s adoption in Europe, Maurice Ravel’s G major Concerto features jazzy opening and closing movements that bracket a resplendent middle movement where time seems to stand still. Thibaudet follows with Gershwin’s variations on perhaps his most famous tune, “I Got Rhythm.”
Broadway and Symphony star Capathia Jenkins returns to Jacksonville for a weekend of Gershwin classics including “Summertime” and “The Man I Love.” Jenkins, who has been called, “…an immense musical presence” will also bring you songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, and songs from the Broadway hit Dreamgirls.
Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is not famous for the fire and muscle of his Third and Fifth, but rather for the slow and pensive second movement. A rhythm that feels like the pulse of life runs as a current under a soulful theme full of beauty and longing. Organist Greg Zelek returns to the mighty Bryan Concert Organ to begin the program with Joseph Rheinberger’s lush Second Organ Concerto.
Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is a bone-chilling testament to the postwar period of the 20th century, and Schumann’s Second Symphony is inscribed with moody and rebellious sounds in response to the composer’s terminal illness. Follow Courtney Lewis as he leads the Symphony through this deep psychological exploration.
Few symphonic pieces evoke American vistas like Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Centered on the Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts,” this work’s spacious tonality defined the archetypical Americana sound. The program begins with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, a sound-world depicting the Scottish Highlands, and concludes with Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite.
Sometimes referred to as Gustav Mahler’s tenth symphony, The Song of the Earth is no ordinary song cycle, titled by the composer “a Symphony for Tenor, Contralto and Orchestra.” Drawing from German adaptations of ancient Chinese poems, the songs explore themes of tragedy and the imminence of death, ultimately asserting a passionate delight in the beauty of living. Witness this narrative through a theatrical lens in this Jacksonville Symphony dramatic staging of Mahler’s profound testament to love and life.