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June 2019

Season Finale! Mahler 5

June 7 - June 8

The Jacksonville Symphony closes its season with a spectacular opening – a powerful, lone trumpet  call that unfolds into an enormous work filled with dramatic power in Mahler’s Fifth  Symphony. From the lush and introspective fourth movement to the triumphant finale, Mahler fills this expansive canvas with nearly every color imaginable.

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October 2019

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

October 4 - October 5

Our season-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday opens with perhaps his most unique symphony, the “Pastoral.” Beethoven loved nature and captured the beauty and power it held for him in this elegant and dramatic work.

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Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

October 25 - October 26

Brahms’ colossal Second Piano Concerto interlaces tremendous virtuosity with the haunting lyricism that is one of his great calling cards. Surprisingly, it also features one of the most beautiful cello solos ever written. Music from Janáček’s lighthearted opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, opens the evening and is followed Lutosławski’s beautiful and profound Symphony No. 4. This program touches nearly every emotion imaginable.

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November 2019

Ehnes Plays Elgar

November 15 - November 16

We follow our compass to the North as international superstar violinist James Ehnes returns to Jacksonville for Elgar’s epic Violin Concerto. We continue our Sibelius cycle with his Sixth Symphony and explore the story of a lonely fisherman with Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.

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December 2019

Symphonic Dances

December 20 - December 21

Nathan Aspinall returns to the Jacksonville Symphony’s podium just in time for Christmas. From lighthearted music for the winter season like the famous Skater’s Waltz and Tchaikovsky’s evocative Snow Maiden, to the glimmering majesty of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, this program is sure to set the stage for a warm and wonderful holiday season.

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January 2020

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

January 10, 2020 - January 11, 2020

Beethoven influenced the course of music history in nearly every genre, and the concerto is no exception. The New York Times praises phenom violinist Stefan Jackiw’s “remarkable purity of tone,” which he couples with the controlled intensity this concerto demands. Beethoven’s lineage shines in the late Romanticism of Schreker’s Chamber Symphony, and his fire is unmistakable in Schumann’s First Symphony.

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Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony

January 31, 2020 - February 1, 2020

Tchaikovsky died just a week after the symphony’s premiere and the name “Pathétique” is certainly appropriate for the psychological drama it lays bare. Tchaikovsky himself called it, “…the best thing I ever composed.”

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February 2020

Beethoven’s Mass in C

February 21, 2020 - February 22, 2020

On the surface Stravinsky and Beethoven may seem an odd pair, but Stravinsky’s music from the ballet Pulcinella is a perfect match for the German master’s Mass in C. Both draw inspiration from the Baroque and Classical Eras, and both prominently feature world-class vocal soloists. Discover the wonders of another of Beethoven’s symphonic works with the grand forces of orchestra, vocal soloists and The Symphony Chorus and University of North Florida Chorale.

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March 2020

SHIFT: Kennedy Center Bound

March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020

The SHIFT Festival “…celebrates the vitality, identity and extraordinary artistry of orchestras…” Hear the program the Jacksonville Symphony will perform at the Kennedy Center. The selections include two pieces written specifically for the Symphony and Jacksonville: Duke Ellington’s Celebration written for our 25th anniversary and Courtney Bryan’s Bridges. New York Philharmonic clarinetist Anthony McGill returns for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

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April 2020

Copland’s Great American Symphony

April 3, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Leonard Bernstein said of Copland’s Symphony No. 3, “The symphony has become an American monument like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial.” Copland wrote this music to celebrate the euphoric spirit in America at the close of World War II.

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