Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony — Sym 60

We don’t know for certain why Schubert left this symphony midway in 1822, with only two of the conventional four movements penned. Physical and mental health difficulties? Insecurity from the intimidating shadow of Beethoven? We may never be sure, but there is no doubt it still manages to be one of the great symphonies ever written. Courtney Lewis kicks off our Symphony in 60 Series by talking through all that gave this masterpiece a place in history. The Symphony’s principal oboe, Eric Olson, opens the program with a piece by living composer Bill Douglas that drops flavors of jazz, Afro-Cuban, American folk, and Celtic music.

A Journey Through Beethoven — Sym 60

Beethoven wrote nine epic symphonies and five glorious piano concertos. We couldn’t possibly choose just one for this program, so Gonzalo Farias is set to take you through a series of highlights from several of these titanic works, each revealing a different face of the master and his brilliance. Why have one entrée when you can have a taste of everything on the menu?

The Fairy & The Phoenix — Sym 60

Myths and legends take flight in this program. From the Fairy King and Queen of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the rising phoenix of Stravinsky’s ultimate Russian fairytale, The Firebird, every note from the stage is sure to paint a colorful picture.

The French Impressionists — Sym 60

Throughout the late 19th century the German Romantic style was the dominant superpower in the Western musical world. Like it or not, even composers in other countries at the time couldn’t escape its gravity. Enter the French Impressionists. Arising shortly after painters like Monet and Renoir revolutionized the visual art world, composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Fauré turned from the emotional extremes and large scales of Romanticism in favor of symbolism, atmospheric sounds, and smaller pieces. Join Gonzalo Farias and the Symphony in this world of watercolors made sound.

Mozart & Juliette — Sym 60

Peace and love are the name of the game in this program. Mozart’s final and 625th composition that he completed before his untimely death makes the clarinet sing like the human voice. The greatest love story of all time meets the gorgeous, sweeping melodies of Tchaikovsky. Escape the daily grind with Courtney Lewis and Jacksonville Symphony principal clarinetist Giovanni Bertoni.