Classical Music

Jacksonville Symphony to Perform at JFK Center

Jacksonville Symphony to Perform March 23-29 for the Festival of American Orchestras at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.   The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins an elite group of musicians chosen to perform as part of the 3rd annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C. The prestigious event held March 23-29 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the identity and artistry of orchestras in our culture. This year, SHIFT will also feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Jacksonville Symphony …

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Jacksonville Symphony Celebrates the Start of a New Season with Hometown Artist Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Marcus Roberts Trio, Sep 28

It’s not very often that we are able to bring a hometown artist to the Jacoby Symphony Hall stage. But on September 28, the will do just that when we celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 season with pianist and his Jazz Trio.  Marcus Roberts lost his sight when he was just 5 years old. He doesn’t have many memories of vision, but does clearly remember how much he loved hearing the sound of a piano. In an interview with Jazztimes, he explains one of the reasons why his fingers were drawn to the keys of a piano. “Looking back, …

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Stripped Down and Evolved, Pete Yorn Returns to Florida

YOU & ME SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR Pete Yorn has built his career as a witness to the human experience. His music finds solace in ordinary experience and discovers the beauty in life’s mundane details. It’s raw and vulnerable and often times uncomfortable. Yet Yorn doesn’t spit shine the gritty truths. He finds a reflection in them. When Yorn embarked on his recent tour of solo acoustic dates, it was a vulnerable measure he knew would give him the gut check he needs to stay present and connected with his surroundings. There’s nowhere to hide when it’s just you and a …

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Irish Singer & Songwriter Mundy

Irish singer and songwriter Mundy performs for the first time in Jacksonville October 16th at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach. The Florida stop is part of a 21-day tour. Some cities he’s never played, and others he hasn’t set foot in in over two decades. But no matter where he plays, he can count on at least one fellow countryman in the room to show support. “There’s two kinds of Irish people in America. There are the ones who are my age that come to see me play. They might be there more to drink than to listen, but …

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Tropical Depression: Composer Cory Driscoll Collaborates with Long Road Projects & Avant

Tropical Depression by Cory Driscoll

Friday, September 14 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Composer Cory Driscoll, impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2017, began writing an album that focused on the experiences of his youth into adulthood living in Florida, a tropical place known for its beaches, sun, and storms. As Hurricane Irma crashed onto the Florida coastline, he found himself without power and finishing the album. Tropical Depression, bookended by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, reflects Driscoll’s relationship with the beauty, power, and, at times, depression of living in Florida. Meteorologist Mike Buresh will give a short talk about the intersection between storms, weather, and …

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Voices in Flight: Puccini’s Beloved Opera Madama Butterfly Comes To Jacksonville

Madama Butterfly, Opera, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida, BUTTERFLY CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE

Giorgio Lalov is a time traveler, navigating the distance from past to present where classical opera collides with the modern world. Dressing the stage and directing the voices that deliver the world’s most prestigious concertos, Lalov is firmly rooted in opera’s golden age when composers like Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart gave life to timeless works. As founder of an established opera company with over 5,000 full-scale productions to his credit, Lalov works to share these masterpieces with contemporary audiences. The presents Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly for one night only February 16th at the . In addition to directing the …

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A Conversation with Courtney Lewis: The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Season Ahead

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Courtney Lewis, EU Jacksonville, Performing Arts Guide, Classical Music

Classical music is a delicate balance of old and new with a respected history of great composers sharing the stage with exciting new artists. Now entering his third complete season as Music Director of the , strives to create a cohesive calendar that honors both the past and the present. “I personally want to introduce some new music that people don’t know because I think it’s very important for us to play the music of today as well as the past.” “We want to provide as rich a range of music as we can. Many different people in our audiences …

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The Classics of Rogers & Hammerstein

Providence School Spring Choral Showcase Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] Jacksonville’s Providence School presented its annual Spring Choral Showcase on Friday, April 29, 2016; the event was held on its campus at 2701 Hodges Boulevard, in the sanctuary of the New Life Christian Fellowship. The event was a celebration for the entire Providence family, but was especially designed to honor the ten senior members of the Providence Chorale, who were performing together as a group for the last time prior their upcoming May graduation. It was a special treat to spend an evening listening to excellent vocalists and …

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The Hip-Hop Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky Reimagined

  Event: The Hip-Hop Nutcracker Venue: The Ritz Theatre Date/Time: Nov 29 at 3 and 7pm Tickets: $25-40 Contact:   A contemporary work set to’s timeless music,  is a holiday mash-up featuring special guest and rap pioneer and hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo. Directed and choreographed by , artistic director of Brooklyn’s all-female hip-hop crew , and adapted by , executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts in New York City, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is staged for two performances at 3pm and 7pm Nov 29 at the ( The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed …

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Dolphinium Records – J.U.’s DIY

The DIY aesthetic is key to the survival of independent music artists. Recording and distributing demos, booking gigs and shrewd self-promotion is do or die At Jacksonville University, a unique program pairs music students and musicians together both center stage and behind the scenes. Dolphinium Records is a full service, independent record label and an extension of the university’s Music Business Program. Students and faculty advisors work on all aspects of label releases from scouting potential artists to production, A&R and marketing/publicity. “Dolphnium is a student-run organization. We have an advisor but the students do the work. It’s completely hands-on,” says …

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