Sounds of Summer
Jun29

Sounds of Summer

The Jacksonville Symphony ended its 2021/22 season on June 11, 2022, with a grand finale of Beethoven’s Ninth: Ode to Joy. The concert, conducted by Music Director Courtney Lewis, featured a quartet of star vocalists, the Symphony Chorus, and the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Jacksonville Symphony commission, Trances. With the first performance of the symphony’s 2022/23 season starting in September, many of the orchestra’s musicians packed their suitcases and embarked on rejuvenating adventures that fuel their passions for music and travel over the summer. 

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Experience Chihuly
Dec01

Experience Chihuly

Dale Chihulyis perhaps the most well-known glass artist in the world. Outside of the artist’s hometown of Tacoma, Washington, the sole museum devoted to his work is in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Morean Arts Center opened a permanent Chihuly collection display in 2010, along with a glass studio that is the brainchild of Chihuly himself. The presentation of this groundbreaking, large-scale glass work, housed in a building and garden designed specifically for the purpose of its viewing, is unlike any other. 

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A Single Flower Of Many
Dec01

A Single Flower Of Many

Susan Ober has long been a painter of portraits and figures. Recently, she made a marked shift toward close-up florals, but Ober’s figurative background is still alive in her flowers. One can see the attention to detail, but one that is held in soft focus. The texture, surface, and soft shapes of flower petals almost mimic the body. Perhaps paralleling a human’s physical changes over time, Ober states that she is interested in the life span of a flower—the transient states of beauty in all its stages. 

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St. Johns Riverkeeper 20th Annual Oyster Roast
Oct13

St. Johns Riverkeeper 20th Annual Oyster Roast

Friday, November 19 Held each year to benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the oyster roast is one of the First Coast’s finest fundraising events, featuring live music and food—including, of course, plenty of oysters—by local restaurants. St. Johns Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watchdog organization dedicated to defending the St. Johns River and advocating for its protection. This member-supported group serves as an educator, advocate, and...

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Symphony Keeps the Holiday Spirit Alive
Nov24

Symphony Keeps the Holiday Spirit Alive

With the return of the Jacksonville Symphony in September also came the return of being able to experience live music with each other. As we come into the holiday season, the desire for togetherness increases as the temperature (hopefully) decreases. The good news is that there’s nothing quite like music to bring people and communities together.

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Seafood on the San Sebastian
Oct15

Seafood on the San Sebastian

There’s a new fish camp in St. Augustine When it comes to finding freshly prepared seafood in Northeast Florida, locals will tell you to go to a fish camp. Historically, fish camps were the places that men would set up camp alongside the water, fish all day, then enjoy their catch in the evening with a few drinks and tall tales. The design of fish camps today pays delicious tribute to this remarkable heritage, especially at the...

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