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October 2019

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, Cunning Little Vixen, opens the evening and is followed by Lutosławski’s beautiful and profound Symphony No. 4. This program touches every emotion imaginable.

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November 2019

Ehnes Plays Elgar

November 15 - November 16

James Ehnes, hailed as "fierce and impressive” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, joins the Symphony for Elgar’s ethereal Violin Concerto. The superstar violinist won the 2019 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo performance. You will be thrilled by Sibelius’ cheerful and yet peaceful Sixth Symphony. And, we’ll 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

Audience favorite Nathan Aspinall returns to the Jacksonville Symphony with Rachmaninoff’s powerful and seductive Symphonic Dances. Just in time for the holidays, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite delights with a charming tale of a countryside Christmas. Haydn brings a famous musical surprise to the festivities.

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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.” Principal Flutist Les Roettges solos on Nielsen's Flute Concerto, of which the composer wrote, "Here in a nutshell is what I demand of all art - opposing forces which meet aglow, appearing one but remaining two."

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February 2020

Beethoven’s Mass in C

February 21, 2020 - February 22, 2020

Both the Mass in C and music from the ballet Pulcinella feature world-class vocal soloists. Discover the wonders of another Beethoven masterpiece with the combined forces of the Symphony, soloists, the Symphony Chorus and the 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 the City of Jacksonville's 150th Anniversary and Courtney Bryan’s Bridges. The New York Philharmonic’s 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

Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year, Carlos Miguel Prieto, opens this program with Manuel de Falla’s deeply rhythmic Spanish ballet. 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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Brahms Symphony No. 2

April 24, 2020 - April 25, 2020

The Symphony No. 2 by Brahms shines as one of the brightest stars in the symphonic universe. Conductor Matthew Halls returns to pair Brahms with Tchaikovsky’s affectionate portrayal of melodies by Mozart. Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony offers a delicate balance in this evening of symphonic heavyweights.

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May 2020

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

May 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday continues with his “Emperor” Piano Concerto. Classical FM calls it, “…the most accomplished of all piano concertos with a striking opening movement and glorious finale but it’s the beauty and serenity of the adagio which makes this Beethoven’s best.” Witness 2017 Van Cliburn Competition medal-winner Daniel Hsu’s commanding facility in this masterpiece.

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