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When should I arrive?

We suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. That will give you ample time to find your seat, relax, read about the program, and watch the musicians as they take the stage. Jacksonville Symphony concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Ticket holders who come late will not be seated in the hall until after the conclusion of the first work on the program. Concert-goers who must leave the hall before or during the playing of a piece will not be reseated until after that piece is concluded. In consideration of the performers and fellow concert-goers, we ask that you remain in your seat until the concert has ended.

Can I bring my cell phone or camera?

The Jacksonville Symphony requests that you turn off all cell phones, pagers, beeping watches, and other electronic devices before the performance begins - and that you check to see that they are again turned off after the intermission, before the second half of the performance begins.

What is classical music?

The term "classical music" generally refers to music written for a group of musicians who play orchestral instruments: strings (such as violins and cellos), woodwinds (such as flutes and clarinets), brass (such as trumpets and French horns), and percussion (such as the timpani, or kettledrums). Most orchestral music is written in one of two forms: a symphony or a concerto. A symphony is a major work, played by the entire orchestra. Most symphonies have two or more parts, called "movements." Some of the best-known classical symphonies have four movements: the first is fast; the second is slow; the third is music for a dance, such as a minuet; and the last movement, or the finale, is fast. A concerto is a musical composition performed by the orchestra and a soloist - who play in dialogue with one another. Most concertos have three movements. During the performance, there is a short pause between each movement of a piece. You can determine how many movements there are in a piece, and how many pauses there will be, by looking at your program - the movements in each piece will be listed there.

What is a symphony orchestra?

An orchestra is made up for four sections: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The instruments featured in each section include:

Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass
Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, English horn
Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba
Percussion: timpani, harp, xylophone

The members of the Jacksonville Symphony all earn their living as full-time musicians. They rehearse and perform with the Orchestra at Jacoby Symphony Hall during the regular season (September to June).

Will I recognize the music?

It is very likely that you will recognize parts of many symphonies, concertos and choral works (classical music performed by an orchestra, vocal soloist, or choir). Music written by the great classical composers is often used in movie soundtracks, television shows, and commercials.

Do I need to know the music before I attend a performance?

No. One of the great joys of going to a Jacksonville Symphony concert is being introduced to a wonderful piece of music you've never heard before, or listening to a superb performance of a piece you haven't heard in years. Some audience members find it enhances their enjoyment of the music if, before the performance, they read the notes in the program about the composer and the pieces that are to be played. There are several ways to learn more about a program - explore program notes and blog posts on our website, or watch the Insight videos we periodically share on social media.