Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the Jacksonville Symphony! Whether you are new to symphonic music or a seasoned concert-goer, the Symphony promises musical adventures for all. Our musicians strive to make every performance unforgettable and for you to play a principal part in creating the magic of music.

Know Before You Go


As a result of the River Walk construction project downtown, there will be temporary road closures of Water Street east of its intersection with Hogan Street, Hogan Street itself and Independent Drive.

We encourage you to be mindful of these closures and the detours you may need to take as you plan your commute time and route. This construction has also impacted sidewalks along these streets, so if you plan to walk to the Symphony after dinner reservations downtown, leave with an abundance of time.


Hall Maps & Seating Charts

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First Time at the Symphony?

Welcome to the Jacksonville Symphony, home to revered musicians from around the world and now you, our first-time patron. As you take your seat, expect nothing short of elation, energy and excitement as live performances unfold before you. By the end of your first concert, you’ll have discovered new favorites or rekindled your love of your most prized melodies. Either way, you’ll be changed in limitless ways, piece by piece. Tell us all about your experience here and how we can make your concert experience always end on a high note.

A Glimpse Into Your Experience:

First Things First

The concertmaster enters the stage–they are the principal, or leader, of the string section and sit to the left of the conductor. The string section includes, from smallest to largest, two sections of violins (the highest pitched strings), violas, cellos and basses.

Tuning Note

The concertmaster cues a note from the principal oboe for the woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons) and brass (trumpets, trombones, French horns and tubas). The only percussion instrument (the drums and keyboards in the back) that is tuned is the timpani. Spot the timpanist putting his ear close to the head of the drum as he tunes.

Conductor Enters

A conductor’s most basic job is to use a baton to keep time and make sure the orchestra starts and stops together, but the magic is in their gestures. These give the musicians cues as to how they should play the notes as a unit to express the music.

Time for the Music!

The best way to enjoy the music is to simply listen and see where it takes you. It is perfectly natural for your mind to wander, so don’t be discouraged or anxious about listening a certain way. This moment is for you. Here are a few insider tricks to make the most of your listening experience:

  • If you’re here for a Florida Blue Classical Series concert, read the program notes (located after the program page) before the concert begins.
  • See if you can pick out which instrument holds the melody (the part you can sing along with).
  • Close your eyes and imagine the memories, colors, movie scenes, images or moods the music evokes.
  • Listen for patterns in rhythm, sound or melody and notice how they change.
  • You might hear a composer winking at you. Many of them have a great sense of humor!
Your Next Concert

Jacksonville Symphony concerts are always breathtaking, but they are never the same. Pick your next performance and make sure you’re on our email list to receive a special offer. Related concert suggestions can be found on the event pages - start here.


Learn More:

Events Calendar >>
View all upcoming events with the Jacksonville Symphony.

2023/24 Season Highlights >>
An overview of the 2023/24 Season's most anticipated events, performances and guest artists.

Family Concerts >>
Curated performances perfect for introducing young concert-goers aged 4-10 to the Symphony as well as additional experiences suggested for families with older children with an interest in the Symphony.

Discounts & Offers >>
Don't miss out on four unique opportunities that make it easy and affordable for students and community members to experience spectacular concerts at Jacoby Symphony Hall.

About the Symphony >>
Learn about the past, present and future of the Jacksonville Symphony.

About Jacoby Symphony Hall >>
Learn about the history of Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, the design and the historic Bryan Concert Organ.

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