Fanfare! Opening Night 2020

Grammy Award-winner James Ehnes opens the season alongside Courtney Lewis and the Symphony with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, a Romantic masterpiece full of dazzling vivacity and tender melodies perfectly suited to Ehnes’ seemingly boundless facility. The program opens with Jacksonville Symphony violinist Piotr Szewczyk’s River City Fanfare, and concludes with a piece that needs no introduction, Beethoven’s fateful Fifth Symphony.

Mozart and Beethoven

A feast for fans of the Classical Era, this program maps the style’s course from the late Eighteenth Century to the early Twentieth. Idomeneo represents a watershed moment in Mozart’s opera canon, a genre that would become one of the most defining in his brilliant career. Beethoven’s Eighth may be the most stylistically Classical of his nine symphonies, reminding us that one can listen to the past while saying something of the present. In his Classical Symphony, Prokofiev imagines the sounds Haydn may have created had he been alive in 1917. 

Music of the Knights

A celebration of Britain’s most legendary songwriters – Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. Music of the Knights honors their lasting musical influence with songs like “Memory,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Circle of Life,” “Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Me,” “Hey Jude” and many more!

Stravinsky’s Symphony in C — Symphony in 60

Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in C exudes the tremendous upheaval he experienced during its composition: losing much of his family, recovering himself from tuberculosis, and emigrating from France to the United States at the onset of World War II.

Haydn and Stravinsky

Over his 104 symphonies, Franz Joseph Haydn single-handedly codified the genre’s conventions. By the time he wrote his 92nd, “The Oxford,” he was breaking his own “rules” in order to create explosions of humor and surprise. Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in C exudes the tremendous upheaval he experienced during its composition: losing much of his family, recovering himself from tuberculosis, and emigrating from France to the United States at the onset of World War II.

Cirque de la Symphonie

You’ll be dazzled by the combination of beautiful music and amazing acrobatic feats when Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerialists, strong men, jugglers and more join the Symphony for an unforgettable performance.

Mozart’s Jupiter

Mozart’s final symphony, the great “Jupiter,” offers a window into the further brilliance the world could have witnessed had the composer not died so young. The coda of the final movement percolates with astounding brilliance and otherworldly joy. Courtney Lewis and the Symphony open the program with two rhythmically driving pieces from distinctly different eras: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto and Bohuslav Martinů’s Double Concerto for Strings, Piano and Timpani.

Mozart’s Jupiter — Coffee

Mozart’s final symphony, the great “Jupiter,” offers a window into the further brilliance the world could have witnessed had the composer not died so young. The coda of the final movement percolates with astounding brilliance and otherworldly joy. 

Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade — Symphony in 60

Tchaikovsky wrote his String Serenade in the model of his great idol, Mozart, and imbued it with his own hallmark Romanticism. Thomas Wilkins returns to the podium for this program that seamlessly blends old and new.

Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade

Tchaikovsky wrote his String Serenade in the model of his great idol, Mozart, and imbued it with his own hallmark Romanticism. Likewise, Francis Poulenc looked back to Mozart and Haydn in his Neoclassical Sinfonietta, a tightly woven piece brimming with a broad, colorful spectrum of character and style. Thomas Wilkins returns to the podium for this program that seamlessly blends old and new.