One of the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony offers a variety of live symphonic music in the acoustically superb Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, and engages the community in many ways throughout the First Coast and statewide.
Since 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony’s commitment to excellence has elevated our civic pride and quality of life. Serving the community both on and off the stage, the Jacksonville Symphony musicians are resident artists who enrich our lives in many ways, from performing in community venues, to teaching and mentoring our youth.
Nearly 80,000 individuals annually experience the musicians' artistry through the Symphony’s comprehensive education and community engagement programs. Ensemble visits from Jacksonville Symphony musicians reach over 13,000 school children and 800 senior citizens. Many Symphony musicians also share their skills as coaches for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras and its Jump Start Strings program.
The Jacksonville Symphony's 2016 – 2017 season is truly exciting, packed full of inspiring music. Courtney Lewis returns for his second full season as Music Director and has programmed an exceptionally diverse Masterworks program, increasing the number of concerts from 10 to 12. We have also increased our Pops programming to 12 concerts, and Symphony in 60 to four concerts.
The Jacksonville Symphony’s superior quality “offered a timely reminder of how much interesting music-making goes on outside what are traditionally regarded as major music centers,” as reported by the Toronto Star. The Jacksonville Symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and been broadcast nationally on Performance Today.
The Symphony’s performance history has featured collaborations with such renowned artists as Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman.
Its mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.