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. 

JSYO Fall Concert

Join the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for their opening performance of the season!

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.

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?

A Journey Through Beethoven — Coffee

Beethoven wrote nine epic symphonies. 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?

Mozart’s Dream: Piano Concerto No. 21

It seems that Mozart wrote his 21st Piano Concerto as a vibrant and comedic antidote to the dark and dramatic 20th. Alessio Bax is the perfect pianist for this piece with fun and games in the outer movements and the famous middle movement’s floating nocturnal world. The New York Times called his playing “so seemingly effortless that the music appeared to live and breathe of its own volition.” Courtney Lewis and the Symphony pay homage to Mozart’s deep career connection to Prague with two pieces by Czech masters: Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture and Dvořàk’s most intensely expressive symphony.

Holiday Pops

It’s Jacksonville’s favorite holiday tradition. After hearing many beloved holiday songs, you’re sure to be in the spirit of the season. And don’t miss Florida’s only indoor snowfall. Featuring the Symphony, guest singers, dancers from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and more. Bring the entire family to celebrate the season together!