Mozart’s Romantic Side: Piano Concerto No. 20

Mozart’s D minor Concerto marks the first of six staggering masterpieces for piano and orchestra written between 1785 and 1786. His stormiest concerto – and an omen of the Romantic Era – was regarded by the 19th-century masters as Beethoven-ish, the highest praise possible at the time. It’s a perfect pairing with Beethoven’s First Symphony, a work in which the first few moments already foreshadow that this giant was about to change everything. Van Cliburn Piano Competition-medalist Daniel Hsu joins Courtney Lewis and the Symphony in this spectacular season opener. 

Community Concerts

Now more than ever, music is an essential part of our lives, providing an outlet to celebrate, remember, and connect to one another. Yet, even with its importance, the work of heroic Essential and Frontline workers has been the real and unifying connection to our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jacksonville Symphony is dedicating its 2021 Community Concerts to all Essential and Frontline Workers on the First Coast. It’s our way of saying, “Thank You!” for what you do to keep our community safe and strong every day!

Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz

“Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz” has enthralled audiences around the world for over two decades — and received a standing ovation at every stop along the way. The beloved songs of the Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter are given breathtaking performances by some of New York City’s best vocalists. This uplifting, soul-stirring concert features hits from classic shows like GODSPELL, PIPPIN, WICKED including “Magic to Do,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Day by Day,” “When You Believe,” “Popular,” “For Good,” “Defying Gravity” and more. It’s an unforgettable evening of magical musical theatre starring Emmy-nominee Scott Coulter and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte. 

Spooktacular

Spooktacular is back and spookier than ever! Join us for a Halloween concert that’s fun for the whole family. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for tricks, treats and other spooky surprises.

Organ Chamber Concert

The Symphony’s new Organ Series kicks off with a program featuring the instrument’s intimate side. Greg Zelek partners with small chamber ensembles on works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonìn Dvořàk, George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and many more.

Bach To America

Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t invent the concerto grosso, a genre with musical conversation between a small group of instruments and the full orchestra, but he probably wrote the best six in history with his Brandenburg Concertos. Stravinsky modeled his Dumbarton Oaks after Bach’s concertos, named for the historic estate in Washington, D.C. and filled with Stravinsky’s own flavor of Americana. Alberto Ginastera’s Concert Variations weave the music of Argentina into this program through a set of short solos for nearly every instrument in the orchestra.

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.

Patriotic Pops

Join the Symphony as we celebrate Veteran’s Day and honor those who have protected the freedoms that make America great. Hear your favorite selections from The Star-Spangled Banner to the themes of each of the branches of our military, with a touch of the Andrews Sisters for good measure. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the year. 

Patriotic Pops — Coffee

Join the Symphony as we celebrate Veteran’s Day and honor those who have protected the freedoms that make America great. Hear your favorite selections from The Star-Spangled Banner to the themes of each of the branches of our military, with a touch of the Andrews Sisters for good measure. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the year. 

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

How much gorgeous, emotional and lush music can we pack into one hour? Jonathon Heyward and the Symphony think they have the answer. The young conductor with a meteoric career leads a program featuring music from Wagner’s opera about love and redemption, and Tchaikovsky’s powerful symphony laced with the sounds of fate and providence he feared he would never write.