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Connect, Experience, Soar

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Connect, Experience, Soar

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.

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What Do Opera, Elton, and Star Wars have in common?

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What Do Opera, Elton, and Star Wars have in common?

You can find them all in the 2021/22 Jacksonville Symphony season! After a season of triumphs and tribulations, the Jacksonville Symphony is planning a full return for the start of the 2021/22 season. If all goes as planned, September 2021 will mark the first time in well over a year that Jacoby Symphony Hall will be open without physical distancing.

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Now More Than Ever …

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Now More Than Ever …

A phrase that has been used exhaustively for over a year. We’ve all seen it: letters, emails, maybe even a Zoom invite. Yet, even as we may laugh it off, “there’s that phrase again,” there is still a piece that settles in the mind as truth. Now more than ever …

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A Concert from the Comfort of Your Couch

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A Concert  from the Comfort of Your Couch

It’s fair to say that this past year has brought about a fair bit of change. The performing arts are no exception to this and, perhaps, embody the necessity for change a little more than others. Gone were the days of sitting elbow to elbow with a fellow concertgoer, shaking hands with old friends in the lobby, or sharing a drink with a friend while waiting for the concert to start. Although, as we come into the spring season, concert hall doors are slowly starting to open once again, there are side effects of COVID-19 that may stick around.

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Why Support the Arts Now?

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Why Support the Arts Now?

The arts bring communities together, celebrate life, bring joy, and improve academic performance.

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A Musician’s Time in Quarantine

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A Musician’s Time in Quarantine

I’m used to being asked, “What did you do over summer break?” but being asked, “What have you been up to since the quarantine began?” is definitely a new question and, hopefully, not one that we’ll all get used to being asked in the future.

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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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