From the first note to the last, the Jacksonville Symphony’s 2021/22 season will take you on a soul-stirring adventure. Explore the many musical facets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through a series of stunning piano works. Feel the electric energy of Queen’s music pulsing through the aisles. Experience the drama of young love in the heartfelt and tragic story told through opera. With nearly 40 programs to choose from, we promise every one will take you on an exceptional journey.
The Florida Blue Classical Series promises a spectacular lineup with boundless energy and unforgettable moments from one concert to another. New this season is the David M. Hicks Piano Series featuring five A-list pianists playing five of Mozart’s most remarkable piano concertos.
The Fidelity National Financial Pops Series delivers 10 weekends of popular music favorites ranging from the Music of Elton John to Broadway and John Williams. Symphonic Night at the Movies will return after a season-long break with hits Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Our Gift to You!
In addition to these symphony series classics, there are new and inspiring concerts added to the schedule. On the second weekend of the season, October 1 and 2, the symphony will perform two free community concerts. These two performances, featuring a wide array of musical pieces, are the symphony’s way of thanking the Jacksonville community for their continued and irrepressible support. The weekend will also honor and celebrate our frontline workers, who have worked so hard to ensure the safety and well-being of our community during these trying times. Presented by Haskell, the symphony is thrilled to celebrate the community through music.
An Instrument Like No Other
There is no experience quite like hearing a 20-ton instrument, equipped with 6,215 pipes, echo through a symphony hall, especially when played by a master. This season, the Jacksonville Symphony is spotlighting the Bryan Concert Organ: a star feature in Jacoby Symphony Hall but also a hidden gem in the city of Jacksonville. In a three-concert miniseries, the symphony welcomes master organist Greg Zelek to harness the power of this immense musical instrument. Each of these three performances will be unique, highlighting not only symphony musicians, but also the organ’s incredible range, sweeping color palates, and thunderous chords. This brand-new series is sure to provide an experience unlike any other symphony concert.
Meet Conductor Daniel Wiley
Throughout the season, you will also see a new face on the conductor’s podium! In August, the Jacksonville Symphony welcomed Daniel Wiley as the new music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras and assistant conductor of the symphony. Wiley comes to Jacksonville from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted over 65 concerts a season. As a former school music teacher, Wiley has a unique passion for music education, making him a perfect fit for the role. Outside of guiding the minds of budding musicians, Wiley will also conduct a myriad of Jacksonville Symphony concerts from the First Coast Nutcracker to the Music of Whitney Houston. Wiley joins a team of outstanding conductors with associate conductor Gonzalo Farias and symphony music director Courtney Lewis.
More of the Music You Love
Additional highlights include the start of a multiyear commissioning project that will see the premiere of five original works written by five of today’s most exciting composers and the return of opera to Jacoby Symphony Hall with Giacomo Puccini’s hit La Bohème. The commissioning project reflects the symphony’s dedication to breathing new life into music with the creation of brand-new works. La Bohème will bring a star-studded cast to Jacksonville, including Metropolitan Opera stage director Gregory Keller.
Connect with the Jacksonville Symphony and experience the power of this incredible musical journey. To view the complete season, purchase tickets, and choose your seats, visit jaxsymphony.org and get ready to soar!