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Keeping the Symphony Safe

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Keeping the Symphony Safe

Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. At the beginning of 2020, these are phrases that meant absolutely nothing to most of us. Gone are the days of hugs, handshakes, and walking whichever way you want down a grocery store aisle.

Gone also are the days of sitting elbow to elbow in a concert hall to hear the marvelous sounds of a symphony orchestra. Though the experience may look a little different, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the desire for live music. Surveys and anecdotal data have both shown that, even given the exponential increase in digital content, there is no replacement for a live performance. So, what will the Jacksonville Symphony do to safely bring music to Jacksonville?

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20/21: More Music Than Ever Before

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20/21: More Music Than Ever Before

The Jacksonville Symphony has announced its season line up for 2020-2021. The 20/21 season will be Music Director Courtney Lewis’ sixth leading the Jacksonville Symphony.

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20/21: More Music Than Ever Before

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20/21: More Music Than Ever Before

Following their trip to Washington, D.C. for SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony has announced its season line up for 2020-2021. The 20/21 season will be Music Director Courtney Lewis’ sixth leading the Jacksonville Symphony.

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Marvelous Mystery. That’s Music.

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Marvelous Mystery. That’s Music.

I think I must have been thirteen or fourteen and it was one of my first times riding the bus from my school. Santiago is a lovely city, but it’s definitely scary for a child that has no friends and wants to listen to classical music. On that ride, I was mugged by three people not that much older than me. Even though they just wanted my personal stereo, they also got Dvořák’s New World Symphony recording in it. Another way to share music, you may think. However, a void grew every afternoon when missing the beautiful mixture of Czech sounds and South American traffic noise. 

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First Coast Nutcracker — A Symphony Tradition

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First Coast Nutcracker — A Symphony Tradition

For the Jacksonville Symphony, and local residents, it is hard to imagine a time when the First Coast Nutcracker was not part of our holiday tradition. But believe it or not, prior to 1972, only selected vignettes, known as “Nutcracker Suites,” had been presented in Jacksonville.

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Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

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Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Last season, the Jacksonville Symphony brought opera back during a two week long festival celebrating one of the most famous composers of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For their 70th season, the symphony is dedicated to bringing to life multiple works from another monumental composer – Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Making Music: Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras

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Making Music: Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras

For most, summer is a time to recharge, chill, and maybe catch your breath. Not for Deanna Tham, principal conductor, Winston Family Endowed Chair with the Jacksonville Symphony. She’s busy preparing for her third season overseeing the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (JSYO) program — an umbrella name for six musical ensembles.

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The Jacoby Comes of Age

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The Jacoby Comes of Age

The Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall opened on April 27, 1997, fundamentally transforming downtown Jacksonville in the process. Until then, the symphony had no dedicated home of its own. With seating for 1,800 within an acoustically perfect space, the Jacoby incorporates state-of-the-art technology and design characteristics that rival its counterparts in musical capitals throughout the world. It was, and remains, a symphonic home for the long term. And like most twenty-two-year-olds, it is just hitting its stride.

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Jacksonville Symphony Welcomes Violinist Jennifer Koh

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Jacksonville Symphony Welcomes Violinist Jennifer Koh

On April 5th and 6th, Jacksonville Symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis will be joined on stage by internationally acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful Symphony No. 2. In this Arbus edition celebrating the impact women have had in business, the Jacksonville Symphony is taking the opportunity to highlight the impact Jennifer Koh is making on classical music.

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Who was Mozart Anyway?

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Who was Mozart Anyway?

In January, the Jacksonville Symphony performs its first ever Midwinter Mozart Festival. Never before has the orchestra celebrated the works of one single composer with three consecutive weekends of incredible music. But who was Mozart anyway?

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