Dvořák’s New World

Antonín Dvořák spent the summer of 1893 in Iowa, and it was America’s endearing, wide-open terrain that inspired the spacious sounds of his Ninth Symphony. The roots of the second movement’s famous English horn tune, sometimes known as “Goin’ Home,” can be traced to Dvořák’s exposure to African-American spirituals. Jessie Montgomery’s tribute to our National Anthem’s 200th anniversary opens the program. Associate Conductor Gonzalo Farias takes the podium in his Jacksonville Symphony Masterworks debut.

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.

Beethoven’s Eroica

The radical opening of Beethoven’s 1803 “Eroica” Symphony is so unlike anything that came before it, some say it is one of the earliest hallmarks of music’s Romantic Era. Strauss’ Metamorphosen, composed in the last days of the European theater of World War II, is an elegy to the passing of that same cultural era. Join Courtney Lewis and the Symphony for a visit to the genesis and twilight of German Romanticism.

Tony DeSare: Great American Crooner — Coffee

The NY Times described Tony DeSare as, “…two parts young Sinatra and one part Billy Joel meshed seamlessly to form a crooner, and a very good one.” Tony returns for his third visit to Jacksonville with a concert filled with Valentine’s romance.

Tony DeSare: Great American Crooner

The NY Times described Tony DeSare as, “…two parts young Sinatra and one part Billy Joel meshed seamlessly to form a crooner, and a very good one.” Tony returns for his third visit to Jacksonville with a concert filled with Valentine’s romance.

Britten and Schumann

The Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings is testament to Benjamin Britten’s flare for setting poetry to music. Tenor Bille Bruley and principal horn player Kevin Reid navigate this anthology of text tethered by a common atmosphere of night, sleep, and dreams. As the Serenade paints the night, so Schumann’s final symphony, the “Rhenish,” depicts the landscapes of the Rhine River through a tapestry of evocative melodies.

JSYO Winter Concert

In lieu of a traditional performance, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras winter performance will be recorded and shared with the families for all to enjoy!

Mozart’s Clarinet and Elgar’s Enigma — Coffee

Explore Sir Edward Elgar’s unmistakable Enigma Variations, filled with mystery, humor, and the famously lyrical Nimrod variation. Principal clarinetist Giovanni Bertoni opens the program as soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, one of the master’s final compositions before his untimely death.

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.”

Gershwin and More

Broadway and Symphony star Capathia Jenkins returns to Jacksonville for a weekend of Gershwin classics including “Summertime” and “The Man I Love.” Jenkins, who has been called, “…an immense musical presence” will also bring you songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, and songs from the Broadway hit Dreamgirls.