Jacksonville Symphony 2023/24 Season: World Premieres, Classics, Opera, Jazz

  • by 904 Newsroom
  • May 9, 2023

Jacksonville Symphony 2023/24 Season: World Premieres, Classics, Opera, Jazz 

Jacksonville, Fla – The Jacksonville Symphony and Music Director Courtney Lewis have unveiled an impressive, diverse slate of programming and performances, acclaimed guest conductors, and world-renowned guest artists for the Symphony’s 2023/24 season. The Symphony’s 74th season, which runs from September 15, 2023, to June 8, 2024, seeks to create concert experiences that will enrich the lives of patrons with inspirational performances of the very best music has to offer.  

“I believe symphonic music has the power to transport us to another world and to inspire us in ways that few other art forms can,” said Lewis. “The 23-24 Season is full of the music you know and love, performed by an orchestra that reaches new heights of artistic excellence every year. I simply cannot wait to share it with you!” 

Classical, Pops, and More 

Commencing the season are two free community concerts on September 15 and 16 conducted by Associate Conductor Kevin Fitzgerald, an honored Jacksonville Symphony tradition that welcomes all of Jacksonville to Jacoby Symphony Hall for a preview of the season’s musical offerings.  

The Florida Blue Classical Series is packed with thrilling concertos and blockbuster symphonies by classical legends like Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Sergei  Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms, and more. On September 29 and 30, the series opens with a major new organ concerto commission produced by award-winning composer Lowell  Liebermann and performed by Paul Jacobs, the first organist ever to win a GRAMMY®. Later in the season, Courtney Bryan returns for the world premiere of another Jacksonville  Symphony commission. 

More standout performances including Concertmaster Adelya Nartadjieva’s solo in Vaughan  Williams’ soaring The Lark Ascending, three huge performances by award-winning pianists  Simone Dinnerstein, Joyce Yang and Conrad Tao as part of the David M. Hicks Piano Series, with a special celebratory performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for its historic 100th birthday. 

The Paysafe Pops Series is brimming with exciting performances featuring tributes to musical greats like The Music of Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Music of John Williams, Women  Rock! and other creative, collaborative programs that showcase Prince, Elvis, Queen, Paul  McCartney and more. 

Finally, the fan-favorite FIS Symphonic Night at the Movies Series returns with live-to-picture performances of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™.

Going Above and Beyond  

The Friday morning Coffee Series offers eight concerts sampling music from a variety of  genres including A Journey from Bach to Beethoven, Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration, Music of the Knights and much more. There will also be four Thursday evening concerts in the  Symphony In 60 Series, including the return of the fan-favorite At the Ballet II featuring dancers from the Florida Ballet on the Jacoby Symphony Hall stage. Subscribers to this series also receive two tickets to a Florida Blue Classical Series concert of their choice. The Concert Organ Series will also return with three Saturday evening concerts spotlighting the monumental Bryan Concert Organ and esteemed guest artists. 

Another major highlight of the 2023/24 season is the Symphony’s grand opera production of  Georges Bizet’s Carmen produced by Stage Director Gregory Keller. As one of the most cherished operas of all time, this symphonically-staged production will feature an award-winning cast of International guest artists, the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, and the  Symphony Orchestra. 

New this season, the Jacksonville Symphony is proud to host the Jacksonville Jazz  Collective, a collection of sensational local and national talent that will bring the riveting rhythms of swing and other jazz tunes to Jacoby Symphony Hall. Curated by Principal Tuba and Jazz Collective Director, 

James Jenkins, the Jazz Series will feature an invigorating big band concert, an intimate trio performance, and a finale featuring the iconic jazz trumpeter, Terence Blanchard. 

Holiday Specials will also make their return with festive traditions including Holiday Pops, the  Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker, and Handel’s Messiah

The Jacksonville Symphony’s education and community engagement programs offers opportunities for the whole family to enjoy including two Family Concerts, five performances  by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (JSYO) and a special Young People's  Concert for students and young listeners. Talented community members are also  encouraged to sign up for the newly created Civic Orchestra Side-By-Side, a concert that  welcomes community musicians to join the Jacksonville Symphony on stage for an  unforgettable performance experience.  

Tickets and Subscriptions 

Subscriptions are on sale now with single tickets available mid-August, 2023. For more information on the 2023/24 season and how to secure the best seats, visit JaxSymphony.org or call the Box Office at 904.354.5547. 

About the Jacksonville Symphony 

The Jacksonville Symphony is North Florida’s leading music nonprofit offering live  performances at Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts and  other venues throughout the area. In addition, the Symphony provides music instruction for  youth and operates the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. For more information about  the Symphony, visit JaxSymphony.org. 


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