With more than 35% of our orchestra members under the age of 40, a new young professionals program (UpTempo) and a youthful Music Director, the Jacksonville Symphony is definitely trending “youth movement.” The buzz surrounding Music Director Courtney Lewis and Assistant Conductor Nathan Aspinall has attracted large numbers of young people to new concert offerings such as Symphony in 60 and Symphonic Night at the Movies.
The UpTempo program was a resounding success in its first year. Enhancements for next season include invitations to monthly member experiences such as a pre-concert brunch for the December 4 Hansel and Gretel performance to a post-concert dinner after the May 20 Mahler’s Resurrection. The program includes UpTempo block seating to enable group socialization and $25 tickets to all Symphony concerts.
Besides young professionals, the Symphony continues to offer its Sound Investment Program which is designed to appeal to families with young children and students up to age 25. Sound Investment includes Family Concerts, Under 18 FREE and the Sound Check Card. The 2016-2017 season Family Concerts are Peter and the Wolf on November 20 and Stravinsky’s Firebird on February 19. With fun-filled activities including an Instrument Zoo before the show, this is a great way to introduce children to symphonic music.
As the leading nonprofit youth educator in Northeast Florida, the Symphony will continue its youth concerts which this past season entertained more than 80,000 students and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra will begin its 21st season. There’s more on the horizon in the Symphony’s youth movement and the support of our donors have enabled us to grow our efforts. We thank you for helping us lead the charge for children.