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October 2018

Bachtoberfest 2018: The Reformation

October 19 - October 21

One of today’s leading Baroque interpreters, Matthew Halls takes the Jacksonville Symphony through a program spanning the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries. The inspiration of Bach’s extraordinary genius is revealed in Mendelssohn’s moving “Reformation” Symphony and in Kramer’s playful BACH meets EsCHeR.

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November 2018

Pictures at an Exhibition

November 9 - November 10

Nathan Aspinall conducts this titanic program featuring Cameron Carpenter. Carpenter, currently the biggest name in the organ world, brings poetry and power to the mighty Bryan Concert Organ in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Wagner's Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser. Aspinall concludes the program with Mussorgsky’s monumental Pictures at an Exhibition.

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A French Fantasy

November 30 - December 2

Gemma New, a rising star conductor, takes the Symphony through a journey of French giants, from the playful The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Debussy’s ethereal Nocturnes and Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro. The Jacksonville Symphony’s principal harpist, Kayo Ishimaru, takes the stage for Saint-Saëns’ entrancing concerto, Morceau de concert.

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January 2019

Beethoven, Haydn and Sibelius

January 4, 2019 - January 5, 2019

A 20-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven studied with the living legend Franz Joseph Haydn on the path to his own immortality. The pairing of these two could not be more fitting as the Symphony welcomes young phenom Evren Ozel. Once a student of Music Director Courtney Lewis', they partner in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 wraps up the program with sounds of Scandinavia.

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Don Giovanni

January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019

Considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, the Symphony brings a staged version of Mozart’s dark tale to the concert hall. Reimagined through vivid projection and a world-class cast, Mozart’s glorious music finds new life in this thrilling Jacksonville Symphony production and Festival grand finale. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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February 2019

Daphnis and Chloe

February 15, 2019 - February 16, 2019

As different as the music of Maurice Ravel is from Richard Wagner’s, the German’s influence on Daphnis et Chloé is unmistakable. Music from Wagner’s final, and by many accounts greatest, opera sets the stage for music from Ravel’s grand ballet. These two works swim in resplendent themes and colors, and weave drama into music that needs no words.

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March 2019

Verdi’s Requiem

March 15, 2019 - March 16, 2019

One of the most gifted and prolific opera composers in history, Verdi weaves drama, beauty, loss, redemption and terror into the entire fabric of his epic Requiem.

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April 2019

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

April 5, 2019 - April 6, 2019

A program with optimism coursing through the notes, this program begins with the Jacksonville Symphony’s commission and world premiere of a work by Courtney Bryan. Jennifer Koh makes her Jacksonville debut with Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto, a piece filled with triumph and joy. Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful Symphony No. 2 contains themes of hope, redemption and the hallmark romance that made the composer famous.

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Mozart’s Jupiter

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

A tremendous talent among a generation of young conductors, Karina Canellakis marks her return to the podium in Jacoby Symphony Hall by leading the Symphony through Mozart’s final symphony, the grand “Jupiter.”

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May 2019

Brahms Symphony No. 1

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Through mentorship, endorsement and friendship, Robert Schumann had the single most significant impact on the career of the younger Johannes Brahms. In homage, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 contains clear references to the musical style of the man who so influenced him. Joshua Roman returns to Jacksonville to perform a virtuosic tapestry of sound in Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto.

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