First Coast Nutcracker

Enter the magical world of childlike imagination and experience Tchaikovsky’s ballet, the First Coast Nutcracker. A family tradition in Northeast Florida for over 40 years, this timeless masterpiece comes to life with the only performance in Jacksonville with a full, live symphony orchestra.

Handel’s Messiah Suite

In a season of social distancing and a pause on choral singing, the Jacksonville Symphony proudly maintains the heart of one of the great holiday traditions: Handel’s Messiah. World-class soloists and the Symphony perform everyone’s favorite arias, including “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted,” “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion,” “The trumpet shall sound,” and many more. This abridged performance of The Greatest Story Ever Told concludes with the uplifting sounds of the “Hallelujah” chorus.

New Year’s Eve: The Rat Pack

It’s the biggest New Year’s Eve party in town! The Jacksonville Symphony and guest vocalists straight from Broadway step into the roles of Davis, Sinatra and Martin to celebrate the best of “the Rat Pack.” So spend a couple of hours with the music that defined an era and hear the music they made famous. Followed by a Vegas-styled New Year’s after-party featuring the Chris Thomas Band, dancing, champagne and the best location for a spectacular firework show. Get your tickets NOW before they go on sale to the public.

Brass, Organ, Winds and Percussion

Continuing the tradition for the fourth year, the Bryan Concert Organ takes center stage joined by the brass, wind and percussion sections of the symphony. Featuring organist Greg Zelek, this powerful program is sure to shake the rafters of Jacoby Symphony Hall.

2021 Symphony Gala

International superstar pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet brings his rock-star panache to Jacksonville, performing one of his signature piano concertos with roots in America’s greatest musical gift to the world: jazz. Inspired by the American style’s adoption in Europe, Maurice Ravel’s G major Concerto features jazzy opening and closing movements that bracket a resplendent middle movement where time seems to stand still. Thibaudet follows with Gershwin’s variations on perhaps his most famous tune, “I Got Rhythm.”