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Magazine of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestr a

2013-2014 Season • Volume 20 – Edition 4

March - April 2014


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Symphonic Celebration Pops concerts sponsored anonymously: Special gift in honor of the City Rescue Mission Staff


Jacksonville Symphony / Florida Blue Community Challenge What is the Music of Your Life? See page 59


FOCUS ON PHILANTHROPY 29 EverBank 32 City Rescue Mission 32 Mayo Clinic


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5 Welcome! | Jacksonville Symphony Musicians

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6 ENCORE! Advertisers 7 Jacksonville Symphony Association Board | Staff 8 Upcoming Performances 9 About the Orchestra | Group Tickets and Transportation


11 Music Director and Conductors 16 Education, Youth Orchestra and Community Engagement 54 Volunteer Activities and Events


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THE ORCHESTRA Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Dear Patrons,


I am very honored to welcome you to tonight’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performance. This has been an exciting season so far for all of us, between the amazing repertoire and guest conductors, and there is still so much to look forward to before the end of the season. This month, we collaborate with more than 160 collegiate voices when we perform as the host orchestra for the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference.You’ll want to see acclaimed guest conductors Courtney Lewis and Andrew Grams lead the Florida Blue Masterworks Series concerts. In addition, Jacksonville’s favorite pops conductor Michael Krajewski leads symphonic hits on the Mayo Clinic Coffee Series and the Fidelity National Financial Pops Series. Blockbuster evenings with Sir James Galway and Indigo Girls close out the month. Be sure to catch them all, for each concert will have something special to offer! We are so happy to have you with us, and we cannot thank each of you enough for your continued support that allows the Jacksonville Symphony to remain an integral part of this community. Thank you,

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Julian Kaplan, Principal Trumpet

Fabio Mechetti, Music Director and Principal Conductor

Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor

Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor

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Violin Philip Pan, Concertmaster * Melissa Barrett, Associate Concertmaster* Christopher Chappell, Acting Principal Second* Aurelia Duca, Acting Assistant Principal Second* Andrew Bruck* Clinton Dewing* Patrice Evans* Anna Genest* Lois Elfenbein Gosa* Max Huls* Ilana Kimel* Jeanne Majors* Annie Morris, The George V. Grune Endowed Chair* Glynda Newton* Piotr Szewczyk* Bernie Vaughn*^ Lela LaBarbera+ Stephanie Lindsay +^ Karen Pommerich+# Marguerite Richardson+ Naira Underwood-Cola+^ Jenny Lee Vaughn+^ Carol Whitman+

Flute Les Roettges, Principal* Rhonda Cassano, Dr. Hugh A. Carithers Endowed Chair* Deborah Heller+

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JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION Jacksonville Symphony Association Board Martin F. Connor, III, Chair and CEO Matthew McAfee, Vice Chair Kay Nichols, Treasurer Frederick W. Schantz, Secretary Richard H. Pierpont, Immediate Past Chair Lynn Alligood Elizabeth Augustus Martha E. Barrett Candice Bobeck Michael Boylan J.F. Bryan, IV Carl N. Cannon Elizabeth Lovett Colledge, Ph.D. Joyce Q. Couch Barbara Darby, Ed.D. R. Chris Doerr Robert Golitz Margaret Gomez H.W.“Buzz” Goodall Allene Groote Anne Hopkins, Ph.D. Gurmeet Keaveny Brad King

Ross T. Krueger, M.D. Anthony Kurlas Anne Lufrano, Ph.D. Rick A. Moyer Claudia Minch Thomas Pippin Joel Settembrini Mary Ellen Smith Mark Spatola, M.D. David Strickland Randall Tinnin, DMA Clay B.“Chip” Tousey, Jr. Ronald Townsend Lowell B.Weiner Peter B.Wright Gwen Yates Wayne Young

HONORARY DIRECTORS Ruth Conley Isabelle T. Davis David W. Foerster Preston H. Haskell Robert E. Jacoby Frances Bartlett Kinne, Ph.D.

Arthur W. Milam Mary Carr Patton Jay Stein James Van Vleck James H.Winston

BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD David Strickland, Chair Martha E. Barrett, Bank of America Karl Halbach, ADP Brad King, Wells Fargo Rick A. Moyer, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christian Oldenburg, Regency Centers George Scanlon R. Travis Storey, KPMG Charles Zink, PGA Tour

Symphony Staff Administration David L. Pierson, President Sally Pettegrew, Vice President of Administration & Assistant Board Secretary Laurie Saisselin, Receptionist Artistic Operations Richard Naylor, Vice President of Artistic Planning & Operations Kevin Roberts, Director of Orchestral Operations Christopher Dwyer, Orchestra Personnel Manager Kenneth Every, Assistant Personnel Manager Carol Whitman, Librarian Deborah Heller, Assistant Librarian Ray Klaase, Stage Manager Shamus McConney, Technical Director James L.Pitts,Jr., Stage Associate Liz McAlhany,Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Manager Education Tony Kamnikar, Vice President of Education Scott C. Gregg, Youth Orchestra Music Director and Principal Conductor – Winston Family Endowed Chair Peggy Toussant, Jump Start Strings Coordinator Patron Development Toni S. Paz, CFRE, Vice President of Marketing & Development Lorraine Roettges, Director of Institutional Giving Paul Witkowski, Director of Communications Kenneth Shade, Graphic Designer Jennifer Barton, Individual Giving Manager Kristin Livingston, Marketing Manager Bill Cosnotti, Account Executive Catherine Grossholz, Individual Giving Coordinator Iris Simmons, Institutional Giving Coordinator R. Hugh Patterson, House Manager Box Office Scott Hawkins, Patron Services Manager Betty Byrne, Patron Services Agent Linda Chaney, Patron Services Agent Nadia Della Penta, Patron Services Agent Tara Paige, Patron Services Agent Finance Holly Bryan, Vice President of Finance Nancy Ferdman, Staff Accountant Cindy Weaver, Payroll & Accounts Payable Specialist Jacksonville Symphony Guild Lorie Harlow, Guild Coordinator Encore! 7

U P CO M I NG PERFORMANCES Community Education

Florida Blue Masterworks Series


WHO IS THE CONCERTMASTER? Wed, Apr 2 at 12:30 pm

Meet Philip Pan, concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony. Learn about the violin and what a 7-string Viper is as we explore music from the past and future. $15 for box lunch, lecture and open rehearsal. Florida Blue Masterworks Series

THE FIREBIRD Fri & Sat, Apr 25 & 26 at 8 pm Shizuo Z Kuwahara, conductor Stewart Goodyear, piano SHOSTAKOVICH Tahiti Trot PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 KHACHATURIAN Masquerade Suite STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919)

Friday concert sponsored by VyStar Saturday concert sponsored by BRASS



Thu, Apr 3 at 7:30 pm Fri & Sat, Apr 4 & 5 at 8 pm Andrew Grams, conductor William Wolfram, piano

Sat, Apr 26 Meet Guest Conductor Shizuo Z Kuwahara following Saturday’s concert for champagne and desserts in the Davis Gallery. By invitation to Conductor’s Club.

BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 1 LISZT Les Preludes DVOR ÁK Carnival Overture LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody & Piano Concerto No. 1 v


Fri, Apr 4 Meet Guest Conductor Andrew Grams following Friday’s concert for champagne and desserts in the Davis Gallery. By invitation to Conductor’s Club.

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JSYO STRING ENSEMBLE CONCERT Mon, Apr 28 at 8 pm Scott C. Gregg, Music Director and Principal Conductor Winston Family Endowed Chair

The season finale of the JSYO Overture, Foundation, Encore and Premiere string ensembles. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series Fidelity National Financial Pops Series



BRASS BLACK TIE DINNER AND CONCERT Sun, Apr 6 at 6 pm Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony (BRASS) hosts its annual black-tie fundraising gala to support the Jacksonville Symphony’s music education programs. For more information, please log on to Mayo Clinic Coffee Series Fidelity National Financial Pops Series

POPS GOES VEGAS Fri, Apr 11 at 11 am & 8 pm Sat, Apr 12 at 8 pm Jack Everly, conductor

Sail down the Strip as Jack Everly and the Jacksonville Symphony go Vegas.A jackpot of hits from The Rat Pack, Broadway and more. Stars, showgirls, and surprises. Just remember: What happens in Jacoby Hall stays in Jacoby Hall! Coffee concert sponsored by BRASS

All concerts are in Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted.

Fri, May 2 at 11 am & 8 pm Sat, May 3 at 8 pm Michael Krajewski, conductor Rob Evan, Shem von Schroeck and Micah Wilshire, guest artists

The power ballads. The chart-smashing hits. The Jacksonville Symphony pays tribute to Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, Freddie Mercury and more. They will rock you! Pops concerts sponsored by The DuBow Family Foundation P u b l i x S u p e r M a r k e t s C h a r i t i e s J SYO S e r i e s

MAJOR/MINOR CONCERT EVENT Fri, May 9 at 8 pm Scott C. Gregg, Music Director and Principal Conductor Winston Family Endowed Chair

This showcase event features the JSYO’s top-tier ensembles, the Philharmonic and Repertory orchestras, playing with their professional mentors in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. 2014 Young Artists Competition winners will be featured with the Jacksoville Symphony Orchestra. Event presented by CertusBank Florida Blue Masterworks Series

FABIO MECHETTI’S FINALE All programs, dates, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.

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Fri & Sat, May 16 & 17 at 8 pm Fabio Mechetti, conductor Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano Women of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Jacksonville Children’s Chorus MAHLER Symphony No. 3

Sponsored by Friends of Fabio and Friends of the Jacksonville Symphony Guild



Groups of Ten or More Get a 15% Discount Plan early! Call Bill Cosnotti, JSYM Account Executive, at 904.356.0426. Orchestrate a fabulous GROUP ACTIVITY with a performance by the Jacksonville Symphony, an experience unlike any other in our community. Whether it’s for entertainment or inspiration, we can arrange a complete JSYM event, with luxury bus transportation, restaurant packages and private reception area. • Thank clients and employees with an exhilarating experience. • Enjoy fun and fellowship with your community group members. • Celebrate a special occasion. • Introduce visitors to one of Jacksonville’s cultural treasures.

We’ll plan every aspect around your budget to guarantee an event that everyone will long remember and want to repeat.


Leave the car in your neighborhood and relax and ride with fellow concertgoers. Call Bill Cosnotti at 904.356.0426 for package pricing and pick-up times, and make your advance reservations for the 2013-2014 season. The Perfect Saturday Night Package Luxury Bus and Dinner from – St. Simon’s Island, Dinner at Halyards or King and Prince Resort St. Johns/Palm Coast, Dinner at Bistro Aix, Omni Jacksonville or Wyndham Thursday Masterworks Nights Luxury Bus and Dinner from Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Fleming Island and St. Johns Dinner at Omni Jacksonville.

JUST TRANSPORTATION Call the JSYM Box Office at 904.354.5547 to make your reservation. $15 round trip. All Thursday Masterworks Nights – Bus from Ponte Vedra Beach (6:30 p.m. from Ponte Vedra Inn and Home Depot)

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Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSYM) has hosted some of the most renowned artists of the past century, including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman and Mstislav Rostropovich. Led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti since 1999, the Jacksonville Symphony is poised as an American orchestra for the 21st century. The Orchestra has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and has appeared on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” As a non-profit cultural and educational organization, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to bring great music to all walks of life. Its programming reflects the diversity of the community with a variety of live symphonic music that is relevant to today’s audience – from the classic masterpieces, to contemporary works, to grand opera and theater, to popular styles. Each season nearly 84,000 young people benefit from the Orchestra’s diverse educational opportunities, including concerts, in-school ensemble performances, Jump Start Strings

after-school enrichment, master classes, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. An American orchestra with its own dedicated concert hall, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s home is the acoustically superb Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The Jacksonville Symphony also performs in community venues on the First Coast and statewide.A recent performance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach showed south Florida what it’s missing without its own orchestra. As reported by the Palm Beach Daily News, “May envy turn into action for we surely deserve and need to have a full time orchestra among us.We can only hope that it would be as good as the Jacksonville Symphony.” Beyond the stage, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding community partner, serving four county school districts and collaborating with a wide range of organizations. And close to 2,000 music lovers in the community are members of symphony volunteer groups.

89.9 Presents the Jacksonville Symphony Monday Nights on WJCT Tune in to hear the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra every Monday night at 7 p.m. on WJCT. Hosted by Kevin Roberts, the one-hour program features interviews with Jacksonville Symphony musicians, guest artists and Maestro Fabio Mechetti. The musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra graciously donate these broadcasts with permission from the American Federation of Musicians Local 444. WJCT is a proud partner in these broadcasts, expertly produced by recording engineer Jeff Alford and WJCT audio engineer David Luckin. Jacksonville Symphony trumpeter Jonathan Stites (right) recently was interviewed by host Kevin Roberts in the WJCT recording studio for our radio broadcast.

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THE CONDUCTORS Fabio Mechetti Music Director and Principal Conductor Haskell Endowed Chair

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One of the most respected conductors in the United States and internationally, Fabio Mechetti has continually led the Jacksonville

Symphony Orchestra to great artistic heights since 1999. The 2013-14 season is Maestro Mechetti’s final year with the Jacksonville Symphony, as he leads monumental performances of Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Third Symphony. Honored with Brazil’s Carlos Gomes Prize for Best Conductor of 2008, Maestro Mechetti

Michael Butterman Resident Conductor Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair

Making his mark as a model for today’s conductors, Michael Butterman is recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and to audience and community engagement. In addition to his conducting tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony since 2000, he is in his eighth season as music director for both the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and is in his 14th season as principal conductor for education and outreach for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

also serves as music director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil. He has also served as music director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra the Syracuse Symphony. Leading the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mr. Mechetti has been involved in recording projects for Naxos, featuring works by Villa-Lobos. The first CD is scheduled to be released in late 2014. Last season he led a tour of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, and conducted in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Also an acclaimed opera conductor, Mr. Mechetti has led 12 fully-staged operas with the Jacksonville Symphony, continuing this season with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. He made his American opera debut with the Washington Opera, served as music director of the Rio de Janeiro Opera, and directed productions in Syracuse, Spokane and Brazil. In addition to his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with the New Jersey Symphony, Mr. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United

States, including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Seattle, Utah, Rochester, San Antonio, San Jose,Austin, Phoenix, Charlotte, Omaha and Long Island, as well as orchestras in Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela. Recent engagements also include the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland and BBC Scottish Symphony. Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Mr. Mechetti has conducted extensively in Scandinavia. He led the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand and has made several appearances with the orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Hiroshima. Mr. Mechetti served as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, leading numerous concerts at the Kennedy Center, the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and at Wolf Trap. He was also resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony. Mr. Mechetti holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music. Married to the concert pianist Aida Ribeiro, the two are proud parents of twin daughters Carolina and Marina.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Butterman made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2012, and was immediately reengaged for two concerts the following season. Other recent engagements include appearances with the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Hartford Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, California Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Pensacola Opera and Asheville Lyric Opera, among others. Summer appearances include the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. In the 2013-14 season, he makes his debut with the Charleston Symphony. He gained international attention as a diploma laureate in the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition and as a finalist in the Besançon International Conducting Competition.As the 1999 recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship,

he studied at Tanglewood with Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, and Maestro Ozawa. For six seasons, Mr. Butterman served as music director of Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, N.M.At Louisiana State University, he was director of orchestral studies and principal conductor of opera. He conducted opera at the Indiana University School of Music and was associate music director of Ohio Light Opera. While at Indiana University, he conducted a highly acclaimed production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the Kennedy Center. His work has been featured in five nationwide broadcasts on public radio’s “Performance Today,” as well as on recordings for Newport Classics and with the Rochester Philharmonic featuring actor John Lithgow. More info at

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THE CONDUCTORS Michael Krajewski Principal Pops Conductor Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Endowed Chair

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. His role as Jacksonville Symphony principal pops conductor spans 18 seasons of great music and variety. He is also the principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the newly appointed music director of the Philly POPS.

Scott C. Gregg Youth Orchestra Music Director and Principal Conductor Winston Family Endowed Chair

Scott C. Gregg is in his 19th year with Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO). During his tenure the JSYO has grown from a 60member group to one of the region’s most comprehensive music training programs. He is also artistic director of First Coast Community Music School and has served as music director of the FSCJ Summer Musical Experience. Prior to his current position with the JSYO, Mr. Gregg was music director for education of the Jacksonville Symphony, associate conductor of the Goucher Symphony

As a guest conductor Mr. Krajewski has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Phoenix and National Symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Edmonton,Winnipeg and KitchenerWaterloo Symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonics, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin. As a conductor Mr. Krajewski has collaborated with many diverse artists including flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, pianist Alicia de Larrocha, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins,Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins,Wynonna Judd, Ben Folds,

Doc Severinsen, Sandi Patty, Pink Martini, and Cirque de la Symphonie, among others. He has recorded two Christmas CDs with the Houston Symphony,“Glad Tidings” and “Christmas Festival.” With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. He lives in Orlando with his wife Darcy.

Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and staff conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as music director of the Bach Society Orchestra in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Gregg has conducted the Alabama All-State Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic, the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, France, and the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, among others. A recipient of the Seiji Ozawa and Andrew Schenk Fellowships, Mr. Gregg spent two summers at the Tanglewood Institute. He has also been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Conductor’s Institute in South Carolina.A semi-finalist in the International Conductors’ Competition in Besançon, France, and the Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York, he also participated in the Tokyo International Conducting Competition. At age 17, Mr. Gregg made his solo violin debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra At Harvard College, he studied music theory

and composition, as well as astrophysics. He studied conducting at Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a master’s degree and was awarded the Christopher Percy Prize in Conducting. Concurrently, Maestro Gregg served on the Peabody conducting staff and was associate conductor of the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. He resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Camille.

Michael Krajewski leads the Fidelity National Financial Pops concerts featuring Symphonic Celebration (Mar 21 & 22) and The Rock Tenors (May 2 & 3).

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Donald McCullough Director, Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Tom Zimmerman Endowed Chair

Hailed by the Washington Post for his “dazzling expertise,” Donald McCullough is considered one of America’s preeminent choral conductors. Mr. McCullough conducted the Master Chorale of Washington at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for more than a decade before becoming director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus in the 2012-13 season. During his tenure, the Master Chorale performed 16 world premieres, produced three nationally distributed CDs, toured throughout Central Europe, and received the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence in North America.

The Chorale performed regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and sang in such renowned New York venues as Carnegie Hall,Avery Fisher Hall and Riverside Church. The 120-member symphonic chorus became known for singing “with an innate sense of lyricism and musical poise” (Washington Post). Mr. McCullough is also a composer whose works have been critically acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.At the invitation of German and Polish consulates, he led the Master Chorale in the European premiere of his work, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps. It was performed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, as well as in Krakow, Dresden and Berlin during the European commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII. Previously, Mr. McCullough was the founder and music director of the Virginia Chorale and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, musical legacies that continue to thrive today. In addition to holding two bachelor’s degrees from Stetson University and two master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University,

Mr. McCullough brings a diverse range of musical experience to the Jacksonville Symphony – as a conductor, music director, composer and clinician – giving him valuable insights into the needs and abilities of all variety of choirs.A native of Jacksonville, he currently resides in Atlantic Beach and his music can be found at

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EDUCATION AND CO MMUNITY PROGRAM S Each year, the Jacksonville Symphony reaches nearly 84,000 students and adults annually in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties.

Youth Orchestra Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra – The JSYO is one of the best and most comprehensive youth orchestra programs in the Southeast, enrolling more than 270 students in six ensemble levels plus a chamber music program.

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The Jacksonville Symphony thanks the following for their support of the Education Programs: ADP CertusBank City of Jacksonville by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Cummer Family Foundation The DuBow Family Foundation Duval County Public School Board Enterprise Holdings Foundation Florida State College at Jacksonville The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras

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Community Spotlight A Major Gift for Jump Start Strings Jump Start Strings, an after-school program established by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2009, received a major gift this year. The orchestra received a prestigious Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras. The gift will be used to enhance the program that is currently located in four Title 1 elementary schools in Duval County serving nearly 100 children in grades one through five.

John Wieland is one of four Jacksonville Symphony musicians who serve as instructors for Jump Start Strings.

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Concert & Pizza Party “Pizza With the Players” is a new program bringing students and musicians together. Thanks to a generous donation from the DuBow Family Foundation, “Pizza With the Players” is being offered four times to select high school groups, free of charge. After attending the Coffee concert, students gather for pizza with a Jacksonville Symphony musician at their table and learn about their professional role as a musician.


JSYM Principal Flutist Les Roettges (center, seated) with students from Oakleaf High School. Nearly 80 high schoolers attended the event and devoured 30 pizzas in 23 minutes.


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2013-2014 SEASON

Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra 2014 Young Artists Competition Finals Monday, March 31, 2014, at 6 pm Listen in on some of the most skilled JSYO musicians as they take the Jacoby Symphony Hall stage for a recital performance. The winners will be featured as concerto soloists with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Major/Minor Concert on May 9. Oboist Mitchell Kuhn was one of the 2013 Young Artists Competition winners who performed at last year’s Major/Minor Concert.

Jump Start students receive intensive instruction in violin, cello and bass.

Admission is FREE.

For $25, the Sound Check Card offers students (up to age 25) admission to all Masterworks, Coffee and other select concerts for an entire season. The Sound Check Card also allows up to two admissions for accompanying parents or friends, for $10 each (cash only).

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Symphony 101 – Who is the Concertmaster? – Apr 2 Meet Philip Pan, concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony. Learn about the violin and what a 7-string Viper is as we explore music from the past and future. Tickets: $15. Reservations: 904.354.5547

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J A C K S O N V I L L E S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E ST R A Fabio Mechetti, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor, Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair

Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 p.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Choral Blockbuster Collegiate Combined Chorus Georgia State University Singers Dr. Deanna Joseph, Director of Choral Activities Tennessee Tech University Chorale Dr. Craig Zamer, Director of Choral Activities University of North Florida Chorale Professor Frank Watkins, Conductor Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Activities Simon Halsey, Conductor Paul Thurmond, Organ/Accompanist Gabriel Preisser, Baritone

An Evening of English Choral Music George Frideric HANDEL

Zadok The Priest


Beautiful Valley of Eden


Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time

C. Hubert H. PARRY

I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me


Belshazzar’s Feast Gabriel Preisser, Baritone Latecomers will be seated after completion of the piece. Cellular phones and personal electronics must be turned off when inside the concert hall. Cameras and audio/visual recording are not permitted and personal devices may not be used as such. We appreciate your cooperation in avoiding any extraneous noises during concerts.

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Simon Halsey Simon Halsey is one of the world’s leading conductors of choral repertoire, regularly conducting prestigious orchestras and choirs worldwide. Mr. Halsey holds the position of Chief Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, frequently collaborating with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Marek Janowski. He has been chorus director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus for more than 30 years, and works closely there with the orchestra’s Music Director Andris Nelsons. Since 2012 he has been Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus, working closely with LSO Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev and leading choral strategy across the LSO’s performance and education programs. Mr. Halsey also holds the positions of artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Youth Choral Programme and Director of the BBC Proms Youth Choir. Recent projects with the Berlin Radio Choir include Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle in the orchestra’s new Easter residence in Baden-Baden. Previous projects have included performances of Bizet’s Carmen at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2012, also with the Berlin Philharmonic. He furthermore prepared the choir for Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus, in a program with Mahler’s 8th Symphony which concluded Musikfest Berlin, as well as for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new piece The Last Days Of Socrates and for Jonathan Harvey’s grand work Weltethos. Projects in the 2013-14 season include Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in Lucerne and Berlin, Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.


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MASTERWORKS SERIES J A C K S O N V I L L E S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E ST R A Fabio Mechetti, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor, Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair

Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15, 2014, at 8 p.m. “Words on Music” one hour prior to each Masterworks concert Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto Courtney Lewis, conductor Joyce Yang, piano Richard WAGNER

Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod

Antonin DVOR ÁK

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70


Allegro maestoso Poco adagio Scherzo vivace. Poco meno mosso Finale: Allegro


Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 Allegro ma non tanto Intermezzo: Adagio attaca subito Finale: Alla breve

Joyce Yang, piano

Stay after for “Talkback” following Saturday Masterworks, March 15, from the stage with Courtney Lewis and Joyce Yang, hosted by Tony Kamnikar. Latecomers will be seated after completion of the piece. Cellular phones and personal electronics must be turned off when inside the concert hall. Cameras and audio/visual recording are not permitted and personal devices may not be used as such. We appreciate your cooperation in avoiding any extraneous noises during concerts.

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Courtney Lewis Hailed by the Boston Phoenix as “…both an inspired conductor…and an inspired programmer,” Courtney Lewis is quickly becoming recognized as one of today’s top emerging talents. He is founder and music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra with the mission of introducing inner-city school children to classical music while bringing new and unusual repertoire to established concert audiences. Lewis is also Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he regularly conducts Young People’s concerts, outdoor concerts, and other performances, making a successful subscription debut in the 2011-12 season. In 2008 Mr. Lewis made his major American orchestra debut with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Other recent and upcoming appearances include returns to the Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the Ulster Orchestra (for a series of BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concerts as well as on subscription) and debuts with the Colorado and New Hampshire Music Festivals as well as the Alabama, Edmonton, Jacksonville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Vancouver symphonies, the Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Appointed a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2011-12 season, he made his debut with that orchestra in fall 2011, returning for additional performances in the spring. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lewis attended the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King, graduating with starred first class honors. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Sir Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

Joyce Yang

Masterworks guest artists sponsored by Ruth Conley

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her virtuosity, lyricism, and magnetic stage presence. At just 27, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. During the 2013-14 season, Ms. Yang completes her Rachmaninoff cycle with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, makes her debut with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, performs as concerto soloist in Brazil, and returns to symphony orchestras including those of Fort Worth, Houston, Nashville, Melbourne, Seoul, and Vancouver. She plays solo recitals in Washington, D.C., Houston, and Seattle, and appears at the Kennedy Center with violinist Augustin Hadelich and guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas in the multimedia “Tango, Song, and Dance” project. Other chamber collaborations include concerts with the Alexander and Modigliani Quartets, recitals in Dallas and Los Angeles with Hadelich, and a residency at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms.Yang received her first piano lesson at age four. At ten she entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and in 1997 she moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. She is a frequent guest on American Public Media’s radio program Performance Today and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic, among many others. A Steinway artist, she lives in New York City.

From the Podium

By Guest Conductor Courtney Lewis Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod The Prelude and Liebestod consist of the beginning and end of the opera. We start with a languid, yearning phrase in the cellos. The music stops and starts, gradually heating up into a long, ardent melody in the whole orchestra. Later in the opera, Tristan and Isolde will sing of their love of one another with this music. Then we skip forward several hours (and days) to Isolde’s Liebestod (literally “love death”). Tristan is dead. Isolde is oblivious to grief, convinced Tristan is beckoning her to the world beyond, where they can finally be as one. The music is some of Wagner’s most personal and explicitly erotic. As Isolde sings, she is transfigured in death, and sinks on top of Tristan’s body. It has become a tradition to play the Liebestod in concerts without a singer; Wagner’s writing is rich, and Isolde’s line can be followed through the orchestra. v

Dvor ák - Symphony No. 7 The first movement begins with an ominous theme in the cellos and basses. Dvorák loved trainspotting, and this is his impression of a train appearing on the horizon. The second movement is one of this most lyrical and passionate, borne out of his love of Tristan und Isolde. After a deliciously Czech dance, the almost Gothic finale begins, eventually concluding with an ambivalent note of triumph. v

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 From the beginning of the deceptively simple melody that opens first movement, Rachmaninoff draws us into an almost claustrophobic world of Russian passion and melancholy. The concerto is in the traditional three movements, with the simple melody drawing all three together. After the fast opener, the second movement begins thoughtfully, before developing a beautifully undulating melody. With no pause the finale starts with great rhythmic energy and proceeds with an incredibly virtuosic piano part, sweeping away the ambivalence of the previous movements, ending in glory.

Notes on the program by STEVEN KRUGER

Richard Wagner German composer Born May 22, 1813, Leipzig Died February 18, 1883,Venice Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod Composed 1857-1859 Premiered June 10, 1865, Munich Opera, Hans von Bülow, conductor ca. 18 minutes (9’ and 9’) Last JSYM performance: February, 2013, Masterworks Series, Fabio Mechetti, conductor. Tristan und Isolde represents one of the great turning points in the history of music. With the opera’s very first chords, which resolve into a dissonance,Wagner overturns traditional harmony. For the next three acts and five hours, he demonstrates how halftones, endless modulation, false cadences and remarkable orchestral color can keep an audience fascinated, without there being an actual resolution of those very first notes until the final and indeed, only C major

chord in the opera. The panorama of musical freedom and invention he brings to this is such that neither operatic nor symphonic music would ever be the same again. Wagner’s approach to harmony allows for a mood to be maintained almost indefinitely, (up to this point hard to do in concert music, which, under the rules of traditional harmony, is always “going somewhere”). So it is no surprise that Wagner’s chromatic technique ultimately had an effect on film music. Composers such as Bernard Herrmann (think Marnie) would not have been able to evoke the turbulent emotions of erotic love and loss without it.And this, indeed was Wagner’s purpose. He was an admirer of Schopenhauer, the romantic German philosopher whose writings amount essentially to a gloomy lament over the difference between the ideal and the real. “I shall erect a memorial to this loveliest of all dreams,” Wagner wrote Liszt,“in which, WAGNER (continued on next page) Encore! 23

WAGNER (from previous page)

from the first to the last, love shall, for once, find utter repletion. I have devised in my mind a Tristan und Isolde, the simplest, yet most full-blooded musical conception imaginable, and with the ‘black flag’ that waves at the end I shall cover myself over – to die.“ And so he did. The Prelude evokes a slow and sensuous amorous flowering, which ratchets itself up in intensity, but sinks again into the gloom of unrequited love and despair. Five hours later, (but a few seconds only in the concert hall), the Liebestod music begins to build again, this time in waves of ever increasing intensity. Here, things are held again to the breaking point. But at last the music expands satisfyingly to the C major cadence that has been intuitively missing and whose delay has so contributed to listening tension throughout the opera. It is at this point that Isolde dies her “Love Death” in the opera...a very nineteenth century reaction to virtually everything, but not recommended for audiences. In those days of corsets, it was not unheard-of for

audience members to faint, mesmerized by the same qualities in the music which ultimately led to “Wagner-as-cult.” Even today, the special qualities of Wagner’s music affect audiences as much like a religion, as an entertainment. In our day and age, fortunately, no matter how exciting the encounter with this music, one is likely to emerge from the concert hall both alive and at least fully conscious! v

Antonín Dvor ák Czech composer Born: September 8, 1841, Nelahozeves, Czech Republic; died: May 1, 1904, Prague, Czech Republic Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 Composed in 1885, Prague Premiered on April 2, 1885 at St James Hall, London, with the composer conducting Last JSYM performance: May 2009, Masterworks Series, Fabio Mechetti, conductor ca. 38 Minutes (11’, 10’, 8’, 9’)

Historically Speaking

In 1859, when Wagner completed Tristan und Isolde: • The Carrington Event, the largest geomagnetic solar storm on record, caused the Northern Lights to be visible as far south as Cuba and knocked out telegraph communication. • Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Charles Darwin’s The Origin of the Species were published. • Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope for the first time. • Lake City, Florida, formerly known as “Alligator,” was incorporated, and the town of Live Oak was founded by the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad. In 1885, when Dvorak premiered his Seventh Symphony: • The first automobile, the Benz-Patent Motorwagen, and the first motorcycle, the Daimler Reitwagen, were produced in Germany. • Medical history: the first successful appendectomy was performed in the U.S. and Louis Pasteur successfully tested his rabies vaccine in France. • The ten-story Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed, becoming the world’s first skyscraper. • The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. In 1909, when Rachmaninoff composed his Third Piano Concerto: • Russian ballet was brought to the western world when the Ballets Russes opened a tour produced by Sergei Diaghilev at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with 55 dancers, including Vaslav Nijinsky. • Elinar Dessau used a short-wave radio transmitter, becoming the first radio broadcaster. • The first National Conference on City Planning took place in Washington, D.C. • The United States Army Signal Corp Division purchased the world’s first military airplane, a Wright Military Flyer, from the Wright brothers. – Lynne Radcliffe 24 Encore!

Symphonic music, one could argue, evokes emotions while leaving out the real world events responsible for them. It matters less than it would in opera to know against what circumstances a piece of music struggles, when it is refractory, or for what reasons it turns to lament, when it becomes sad. But it doesn’t hurt to know what was taking place in the composer’s life, as a piece was composed. The Dvor`´ák Seventh Symphony is an impressively serious sounding symphony, closer to the gravitas of Brahms than any of his other works, and there is a reason for it. In the early 1880s, a wave of patriotism swept throughout Bohemia, and the fortunes of the Czech nation were very much on Dvor`´ák’s mind as he wrote it.Also, on an equally serious but more personal note, the slow movement emerges here as a memorial to the recent death of the composer’s mother. That said, this symphony is one of the most beautifully melodic and exciting of the nineteenth century’s traditional works in the genre. Dvor`´ák knew Wagner’s music, of course, but like Brahms, he preferred to write within normal tonality. In his late tonepoems, it is true, he explored “do it yourself ” form, as many composers did, Liszt before him, but on his own terms, not Wagner’s. The symphonies, though, generally satisfy in more traditional ways. The Seventh begins with tremendous gravitas over muffled drums, and powers up in a dramatic and portentous way. But soon, a secondary woodwind melody of utter romantic beauty and Brahmsian sweep takes over (the composer had just heard Brahms’ new Third Symphony). The movement works itself out in a satisfying way between these two poles and returns, as it began, to the serious drumbeats of mystery. The slow movement features a generous french horn melody so warm as to disarm any real sense of the funereal. Its climactic resolution at the end of the movement evokes a sense of nostalgia more than tragedy. In the Scherzo, we meet again the Dvor`´ák of the Slavonic Dances in a wild waltz. The snap and swirl of the dance floor carry the music away with sheer abandon, leavened by more bucolic trio passages, when the dancing pauses. The movement concludes with tremendous whiplash force. DVORAK (continued on page 26)

Obrigado! A celebration of thanks

Thank you for making the Tribute to Maestro Fabio Mechetti a resounding success! The Mechetti Tribute on February 7 raised more than $160,000 for the Jacksonville Symphony!

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The excitement generally inspires conductors to throw themselves immediately into the declamatory Finale, which is built on the first movement’s lyrical theme ( played backwards, actually). As the music develops, it acquires some of the foot stomping propulsion evident in the Scherzo and proceeds with both excitement and abandon to a magnificent peroration for full orchestra and brass. It is one of the most exciting endings in traditional symphonic music. And, despite all the struggles within, the listener emerges energized and upbeat from the music’s irrepressible energy.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Russian composer Born: April 2, 1873, Great Novgorod; died: March 28, 1943, Beverly Hills Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 Composed in 1909 Premiered on November 28, 1909, New York Symphony, Walter Damrosch, conductor, with the composer as soloist Last JSYM performance: April 2010, Masterworks Series, Fabio Mechetti, conductor, with Arnaldo Cohen as soloist ca. 43 minutes (18’, 10’, 15’) The Rachmaninoff Third was not only the composer’s favorite among his concertos, but it remains more than a century later arguably the world’s most popular romantic piano concerto. That and the composer’s Second, certainly.There are special reasons for this. Some of it is simply the mystery of a good melody. But wonderful tunes abound in the literature: concertos by Schumann, Grieg and the Tchaikovsky First (its only rival for fame) are filled with them. Yet the

listener may find that Rachmaninoff wears even better. Some of his appeal derives, of course, from keyboard thunder and pyrotechnical power. But that is not the answer. Brahms, Busoni and Reger wrote far weightier and noisier concertos. The reason Rachmaninoff goes down so well is that, with this concerto, he puts an end to the notion of piano versus orchestra. Traditional concertos, whether by Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms, are composed in the manner of military battles. A cannonade is let loose by the orchestra. The piano fires back through the smoke. Orchestra and piano repeat each other’s themes, hurling them over like ticking grenades. In the course of this, one sometimes tires of hearing two of everything. The lines of battle move slowly on the field, and a piano pounding away in an attempt to best an orchestra can sound static and “un-pianistic.” The genius of Rachmaninoff is that he integrates orchestra and piano together in such a way that the music always moves, indeed rolls forward. The orchestra and piano do not antagonize each other.And the piano never asserts anything in a boxy orchestral manner, stressing instead what seems to slide effortlessly from the fingers. In other respects, this is a fairly normal late romantic piano concerto, in three thematically related movements. It opens with a moment’s tribute to the Second Concerto, a sort of murmured hint at that work’s first movement. Subsequently, things get structurally unorthodox. The first movement boasts a nearly canonical development, with a lot of left hand chasing themes in the right. We have a slow movement in variation form over a beautiful droopy melody and a

finale that sums things up without a real development section, but with incredible excitement. The way Rachmaninoff slams into the bottom of the keyboard in the finale and then charges up it like a jackrabbit is heard with amazement. There are few moments when attention will wander. And none of this strikes the listener as anything but natural and intuitive. Rachmaninoff, indeed, has the remarkable ability to make minor-key melodies seem upbeat through their own gloom. Indeed, no composer creates such exhilaration from minor chords. It is one of the signatures of Rachmaninoff ’s music. And everyone will experience a thrill, as the concerto comes powerfully to an end with Rachmaninoff ’s other “signature”, a four-note bumpety-bump! © 2014 Steven Kruger Steven Kruger is a critic based in San Francisco. He reviews CDs for Fanfare and concerts for New York Arts/Berkshire Review. He has written for the Oregon Symphony and its CD releases, the Toledo Symphony and the UNC Orchestra (Chapel Hill). His concert reviews are at

In April, Joyce Yang completes her Rachmaninoff cycle with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

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Fabio Mechetti was honored with a commemorative baton, presented by J. F. Bryan, at the celebration honoring his tenure as music director. More photos from the Mechetti Tribute gala event are posted throughout the donor listings.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 3 p.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

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Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage Produced by Classical Kids Music Education With the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Michelle Merrill, conductor Featuring Elic Bramlett Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Andrew Redlawsk Karl Thomas Mozart Paul Pement Susan Hammond Douglas Cowling Paul Pement

Director & Producer Series Creator Playwright & Music Editor Production Stage Management & Technical Coordination

The theatrical concert version of Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage is an adaptation of the award-winning Classical Kids recordings, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, produced by Susan Hammond. Classical Kids® is a trademark of Classical Productions for Children Ltd., used under exclusive license by Pement Enterprises, Inc., and produced by Classical Kids Music Education, NFP. Classical Kids recordings are marketed by The Children’s Group. Actors and Production Stage Manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Classical Kids CDs/Merchandise Available at

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Michelle Merrill Distinguished as one of the “up-and-coming conductors of note” by the Rochester City Newspaper, Michelle Merrill was recently selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation for the 2013 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors. This fellowship enabled her to be in residence at the Salzburg Festival to observe the world’s leading conductors and musicians at work. Currently the assistant conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Ms. Merrill is a winner of the 2012 International Conductors Workshop and Competition (USA). In addition to her Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra debut at the 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, she has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic in a program featuring young conducting talent, the Richmond Symphony and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in masterclasses, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. Ms. Merrill divides her time between Pennsylvania and Florida, where her husband Steve Merrill serves as principal percussionist of the Jacksonville Symphony.

Elic Bramlett

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Elic joined Classical Kids during the 2005-06 season and has toured the United States, Canada and Malaysia playing Mozart. A native of Phoenix, he makes his home near Chicago. Stage credits include: The Music Man at Marriott Lincolnshire, Stage Kiss and The Boys are Coming Home at The Goodman; Western Civilization at Noble Fool; Teapot Scandals, Elegies, Sweeney Todd, Macabaret, Hereafter, and Three Sisters at Porchlight; The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Charlotte’s Web, and Cinderella at Drury Lane; The Bomb-itty of Errors at The Royal George; and Saturday Night with Pegasus Players. In Forever Plaid, Elic has played the roles of Jinx, Frankie, and Sparky at several theatres including Chicago’s original Royal George production.

Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage Based on the award-winning Classical Kids recordings, this theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences to the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Audiences will enjoy recognizable themes and popular excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. 28 Encore!

Andrew Redlawsk Karl Thomas Mozart

Andrew, now in his sixth season with Classical Kids, plays both Christoph in Beethoven Lives Upstairs and Karl in Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage. Originally from Iowa City, he is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and resides in New York City where he currently tours with The Unexpected Boys playing Frankie Valli. Other New York credits include: Stealing time and Greenwood (NYMF), BJ: A Musical Romp (Planet Connections), The Bowery Boys (NAMT), Together This Time (NYC Fringe), Assassins and Godspell (Momentum Repertory Company). Regional credits include: A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Northlight Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival).

Paul Pement

Director and Producer Paul holds an exclusive international licensing agreement with the Classical Kids organization to direct and produce the symphony concert series that includes Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and Hallelujah Handel. As executive and artistic director of Classical Kids Music Education, NFP, Mr. Pement oversees all business and artistic aspects of the Classical Kids Live! productions around the world. Paul received a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois and, as a member of Actor’s Equity Association, has extensive theatrical experience performing in more than 50 productions.

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Michael Krajewski

Fabio Mechetti, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor, Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair

Principal Pops Conductor Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Endowed Chair

Friday, March 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Symphonic Celebration Michael Krajewski, conductor Celebration Fanfare


Ride of the Valkyries


Flight of the Bumblebee


Wedding March




Dance of the Hours


“Galop” from William Tell Overture Classical Juke Box


“America” from West Side Story

BERNSTEIN, arr. Reineke

Fantasy on American Themes


Stars and Stripes Forever


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Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. His role as Jacksonville Symphony principal pops conductor spans 18 seasons of great music and variety. He is also the principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the newly appointed Music Director of the Philly POPS. As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Phoenix and National Symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and KitchenerWaterloo Symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonics, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin. See page 13 for more about Michael Krajewski.


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Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

Fabio Mechetti, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor, Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor, Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Endowed Chair

Members of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus come from all walks of life, sharing in common the spirit of singing great choral music. With nearly a 30-year concert tradition with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the roster includes some of the First Coast area’s finest voices, as well as many professional musicians, skilled amateur performers and students.

Pops Series Friday & Saturday, March 21 & 22, 2014, at 8 p.m. Matinee Series Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Symphonic Celebration Michael Krajewski, Conductor Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Donald McCullough, Director Tom Zimmerman Endowed Chair

Celebration Fanfare


Ride of the Valkyries


Flight of the Bumblebee


Wedding March




Dance of the Hours


“Galop” from William Tell Overture


1 INTERMISSION 2 “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Classical Juke Box “America” from West Side Story

ORFF ANDERSON, arr. Wendel BERNSTEIN, arr. Reineke

Fantasy on American Themes


Battle Hymn of the Republic Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

STEFFE, arr. Wilhousky

1812 Overture Jacksonville Symphony Chorus


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Founded in 1985 by past Music Director Roger Nierenberg, the all-volunteer Jacksonville Symphony Chorus has sung for many landmark Jacksonville Symphony events. Performance highlights include Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony for the tenth anniversary of Jacoby Symphony Hall and Orff’s Carmina Burana for the Jacksonville Symphony’s first-ever commercial recording. The Chorus has also sung in each of the Jacksonville Symphony’s annual grand opera productions, led by Fabio Mechetti. Since 2012, the Chorus has been under the direction of Donald McCullough (bio on page 15). Chorus auditions are scheduled in August and January. To join voice with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, call 904.354.5479, ext. 221 for audition and membership information.

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Mayo Clinic is highly ranked for quality more often than any other medical institution in the United States. The Florida hospital is ranked the second-safest U.S. teaching hospital by Consumer Reports (behind Mayo’s Arizona hospital), and ranked No. 1 in Jacksonville by U.S. News & World Report. A not-for-profit, physician-led organization, Mayo Clinic reinvests all earnings into providing the best care, finding answers to the toughest medical cases, researching new discoveries, and training the next generation of doctors and researchers.

Philanthropy holds a special role in Mayo’s story. The Mayo brothers invested their assets to found Mayo Clinic, and the Florida campus opened more than 25 years ago with benefactor support. Mayo’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the Jacksonville community remains strong. Today, Mayo Clinic is Jacksonville’s 8th largest employer with more than 5,000 employees and a regional economic impact of $1.6 billion. Our physicians and allied health staff are involved in many initiatives to improve the future of our region.

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Jacksonville Symphony Chorus Donald McCullough, Director, Tom Zimmerman Endowed Chair Liz McAlhany, Manager â&#x20AC;˘ Ileana Fernandez, Rehearsal Accompanist Soprano Kumasi Aaron Jerrye Baker Susan Baker Alla Bartosh May Beattie Celeste Bicknell Louise Brooks Susan Calfee Gloria Cardona Sandra Clarke Elaine Crawford Laura Dees Stephanie Doerr Janet Elsila Amy Fannin Kate Flint Pat Gavaletz Brittany Harmon Maggie Graichen-Herrera Kathy Hunt Lena Leon de Lahaye Ginger Lindberg Marianna Malinovskaya Kristin Markham Paula Merritt Barbara Miller

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SPECIAL EVENT J A C K S O N V I L L E S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E ST R A Fabio Mechetti, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair Michael Butterman, Resident Conductor, Jim Van Vleck Endowed Chair

Friday, March 28, 2014, at 8 p.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Sir James Galway With the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Michael Butterman, conductor Sir James Galway, flute Georges BIZET

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 Minuet Fanradole

Georges BIZET

Symphony in C


Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”) Gigue Minuet Prayer

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No. 2 in D major Sir James Galway, flute

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Sir James Galway The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway, is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. A modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is unequaled, Sir James continues to perform across the globe. Through his extensive touring, international television appearances, over 65 recordings and 30 million albums sold, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide. Born in Belfast, Sir James studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in such prestigious orchestras as the Sadlers Wells and Royal Covent Garden Operas, the BBC, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, before taking up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. Since launching his successful career as a soloist in 1975, Sir James has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors. Beloved as a mentor and teacher, Sir James makes his expertise widely available with First Flute (, for Beginners & Beyond, an online interactive series of lessons geared for flute students and music lovers of all ages. Through this course, called “Foundations,” Sir James shares his invaluable technical advice, practice methods, and secrets for success with flutists seeking to improve their skills. Sir James continues to share his wisdom and experience through the Galway Flute Academy & Festival, including International masterclasses and residencies. Sir James has performed for dignitaries from Presidents to Popes, Emperors and Queens, and shared the stage with an amazing variety of entertainers, from Pink Floyd to Jessye Norman. He also devotes much of his free time supporting many charitable organizations such as UNICEF, SOS and Youth Music (UK). Among the many honors and awards for his musical achievements are: the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award; Classic Brits Lifetime Achievement Award; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, and numerous gold and platinum CDs. He has been honoured twice by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with The OBE in 1979 and again in 2001 with a Knighthood for his services to music.

From the Podium

By Michael Butterman Tonight’s program is crowned by Sir James’ performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major. Listeners may notice a distinct similarity between this work and the composer’s popular Oboe Concerto. While visiting Mannheim in 1777, Mozart received a substantial commission from an amateur flutist for a large quantity of music, which was to include some four solo concertos for the instrument. Mozart, eager to be on his way to Paris, completed only a portion of the works he promised, including just two concertos, the second of which he based on his recently written Oboe Concerto in C major. Transposing the work to D major and rewriting some of the solo figuration created a work more suitable to the range and timbre of the flute. Otherwise, the structure and musical content of the two concertos is essentially identical. Cast in a three-movement framework, the piece exhibits a thoroughly sunny disposition with ample zest and energy. Tchaikovsky was just one of many subsequent composers who drew inspiration from Mozart. In the last of his four orchestral suites, he pays homage to his “favorite composer” by orchestrating four of his works. We are presenting the first three of those pieces on our program this evening. The first two movements were originally works for solo piano, K. 574 and K. 355, respectively. The third movement is based on Mozart’s famous motet, Ave verum corpus, but one step removed. Tchaikovsky’s treatment is essentially an orchestration of Franz Liszt’s transcription of the motet for solo keyboard. Georges Bizet displayed a Mozart-like precociousness. Admitted to the Paris Conservatoire just shy of his tenth birthday, the young composer immediately impressed his teachers with his innate musical understanding and prodigious facility as a pianist. He composed his brilliant Symphony in C when he was just 17 years old, but he evidently regarded the work as unworthy of his talents and the piece lay unperformed and essentially unknown until 1933, when the manuscript was discovered among collected papers by the composer’s first English biographer. The symphony quickly established a place for itself in the canon of great symphonic repertoire and has been a favorite of audiences ever since. Exhibiting exemplary classical period form, balance and symmetry, the work contains a wealth of delights, including a memorable slow-movement oboe melody and outer-movement energy that sparkles with Mendelssohnian effervescence. We open our concert with two short works by the somewhat older Bizet, from his L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. The second of the two works is the ever-popular Farandole, a piece that intertwines two melodies in a rhythmically driven, inexorable crescendo. With our focus on the flute this evening, I chose to begin with the Minuet, in particular, because it contains one of the most famous passages for solo flute in the orchestral literature. Its inclusion in the suite is ironic, though, since the music is not, in fact, from L’Arlesienne, but rather from Bizet’s opera La jolie fille de Perth. Michael Butterman’s biography appears on page 11. Log on to Michael for more information.

Newest in the Symphony Family Aurelia Duca and Clinton Dewing are excited to introduce the newest member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra family, Siena Bella Dewing. “We are pretty certain she will be playing the violin very soon,” said the proud parents.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

INDIGO GIRLS with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Michael Butterman, conductor Indigo Girls, special guests

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Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Rolling Stone describes them as the “ideal duet partners. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt folk-tinged pop songs.” Together they write, arrange, record and perform music which over the course of 25 years has become a vital part of the lives of their worldwide legion of devoted fans. With twelve original studio albums, three live records, various Greatest Hits compilations, a Rarities and a Christmas record to their credit, the iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, adding to a body of work that contains such contemporary classic songs as Galileo, Shame on You, Closer To Fine, Kid Fears, Love of Our Lives, Making Promises, Get out the Map, Moment of Forgiveness, Least Complicated and Go. After numerous Grammy nominations and awards, gold and platinum certifications and decades of touring, Indigo Girls always view their music as a fresh opportunity for exploration and discovery. Amy and Emily first met as fifth and sixth-graders in Decatur, Georgia, and began singing together during high school. Originally billed as Saliers & Ray, the pair adopted the name Indigo Girls during their undergraduate days at Atlanta’s Emory University, performing as an acoustic duo in local clubs. In 1985 they recorded “Crazy Game / Everybody’s Waiting (for Someone To Come Home).” Two years later they made their first LP, Strange Fire, produced by John Keane. In 1988, the Indigo Girls signed to Epic Records and EMI Music. With Amy and Emily on vocals and acoustic guitars, their album Indigo Girls featured contributions from REM, Hothouse Flowers and Luka Bloom. On its release the Boston Globe stated, “The Indigo Girls have simply made the best debut album so far this year.” Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still continue to grow and thrive. The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them a fervidly devoted following over the years.

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Andrew Grams Newly appointed music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra of Illinois, Andrew Grams is one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors. He has already appeared with the great orchestras of the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and many other leading orchestras of our country. A protege of Franz Welser-Moest, Mr. Grams served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2004 to 2007. Internationally, he has conducted the orchestras of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Hamburg, Oslo, Bergen and Malmo, among many others. This season Mr. Grams opened the Phoenix Symphony concert season in celebratory performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He makes debut appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony and returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as the Luzern Symphony. The Maryland native also led two concert weeks with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Also an accomplished violinist, Mr. Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra for six years, serving as acting associate principal second violin for two years. In addition, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony.

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American pianist Wolfram has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. In all of these genres, he is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Franz Liszt and Beethoven and is a special champion for the music of modern American composers. His extensive recording experience includes a critically-acclaimed series of Franz Liszt opera transcriptions on the Naxos label. Having performed with the world’s most renowned orchestras, Mr. Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. He has also appeared with the San Francisco, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, Buffalo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), the orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Rochester, Nashville, Utah, Edmonton, and Columbus, and many others. Internationally recognized conductors with whom he has worked include Andrew Litton, Jerzy Semkow, Mark Wigglesworth, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Spivakov, Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jeffrey Kahane and Carlos Kalmar. He was worked with Andrew Grams on several occasions, including a performance last season with the Sarasota Orchestra. Abroad, Mr. Wolfram has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Dublin), Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, the Warsaw, Moscow, and Budapest philharmonics, the Cape Town and Johannesburg symphonies of South Africa, L’Orchestre de Bretagne, and the National Symphony of Peru.

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By Guest Conductor Andrew Grams This program is just… fun! All these pieces showcase the endless variety of glorious sounds a symphony orchestra can make as well as delight and entertain anyone who lends an ear. Each of these little masterpieces encourages listeners to create their very own dramatic journey as evocative melodies, harmonies and rhythms fertilize their imaginations. Franz Liszt was a brilliant pianist, composer and showman. The three works by him on this concert highlight each of these roles. His first piano concerto, played by my good friend Bill Wolfram, puts his technical skills as a pianist at the forefront. The great tone-poem, Les Preludes, shows Liszt as a sensitive, masterful composer, but it is his Second Hungarian Rhapsody, arranged for full orchestra, that allows his center-ring showmanship to blaze like a bonfire. The composers Antonin Dvor`´ák and Johannes Brahms were musical soul mates. Dvor`´ák idolized Brahms, his elder, and used folk music from his native Slavic region as source material to create highly sophisticated works. Brahms, on the other hand, used Slavic folk melodies to create straight-forward little pieces that captured the rustic folk music performed in the pub by a slap-dash band! Finally, our greatest living American composer, John Adams, wrote a “Foxtrot for Orchestra” and he titled it “The Chairman Dances.” The “Chairman” in this instance is Chairman Mao and the scenario for this sleek, sensuous dance is that his wife has “crashed the Presidential Banquet” between Nixon and Mao. She dances to the memory of the record-player she and her husband used to move to and the music builds to a high level of excitement, but, gradually, the phonograph slowly winds down. If you are looking for a musical experience that has great energy and positive attitude, tonight’s concert program is for you!

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Johannes Brahms German composer born: 1833, Hamburg; died: 1897, Vienna. Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor Composed in 1868 for piano four hands; arranged for orchestra in 1873. Premiered on February 5, 1874, in Leipzig. Last JSYM performances: October 2011, Family Series, James Lowe, conductor; January 2002, Discovery Series, Michael Butterman, conductor. ca. 3 minutes.

this type of Hungarian folk music led him to compose and eventually publish 21 Hungarian Dances for piano for four hands. Their tremendous sales and popularity caused Brahms (and others) to eventually orchestrate them. This particular dance is based on the traditional Hungarian tune “Isteni Csárdas.” Brahms explained to his publisher that these pieces were “genuine gypsy children, which I did not beget, but merely brought up with bread and milk.” NOTES (continued on next page)

What does a teenager do if he needs to make some extra money? For Brahms the easiest way to earn some cash was to pick up piano gigs at inns or house parties. When the touring Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi needed an accompanist to play at private house parties, he asked sixteen year-old Brahms to be his accompanist. Their performances were so successful that they decided to tour together. Part of their repertoire would be an urbanized version of gypsy music. Brahms’s fascinating with

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Franz Liszt Hungarian composer. Born: 1811, Raiding near Sopron, Hungary; died: 1886, Bayreuth, Germany. Les Préludes, S. 97 Composed from 1849 to 1855. Premiered on February 23, 1854, in Weimar; conducted by the composer. Last JSYM performance: April 2013, Fusion Series, Michael Butterman, conductor. ca. 17 minutes. To the general audience, Franz Liszt is first and foremost known as the prototypically virtuoso pianist—the inventor of the solo recital and one of the greatest performers of all time. We don’t think of Liszt the same way as a composer—yet we should! When Liszt retired as a touring performer in 1848 to take up the post as Kapellmeister-in-Extraordinary, his main focus quickly became composition, assuming a leading role for the

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New German School. Central to Liszt’s musical aesthetics are (among other things) two concepts: Music needs to express an extra-musical idea, and these ideas are not explored through conventional form and structure. Les Préludes, the most famous of Liszt’s thirteen symphonic poems, represents these new aesthetic values. Central to the work is one musical theme (presented at the beginning) from which the whole piece germinates. While Liszt billed his works as program music, he did not abandon form altogether. Les Préludes loosely follows sonata form (two contrasting themes, a development section, contrasting themes reappear). And in typical 19th-century fashion, the program was added after the piece had been composed, underscoring the Romantic notion that music itself contains precise content. Liszt realized that Alphonse de Lamartine’s poem, Les Préludes,

In 1854, when Lizst’s Les Preludes was premiered: • The Panama Railway became the first railroad to connect the Atlantic and Paciific Oceans. • Scottish missionary explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls in modern day Zambia – Zimbabwe. • The first bridge over the Mississippi River was built in what is now Minneapolis. • Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published. In 1869, when Brahms completed his Hungarian Dances: • Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. Stanton was the first woman to testify before the U.S. Congress. • The Cincinnati Red Stockings opened the baseball season as the first fully professional team. • Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned in Fort Jefferson in Florida’s Dry Tortuguas, was released after being pardoned by President Andrew Johnson. Mudd, who set the broken leg of actor John Wilkes Booth, had been convicted of a conspiracy to kill President Abraham Lincoln. Mudd was a distant relative of noted television correspondent, Roger Mudd. In 1891, when Dvorak composed his Carnival Overture: • The London-Paris telephone system officially opened. • The Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. • Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope (an early motion picture device) was first displayed at Edison’s Laboratory, for a convention of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs. • Webb’s Jacksonville Directory of 1891 sold for four dollars, and stated that the minimum population of Jacksonville and its suburbs was 27,786. – Lynne Radcliffe

expressed perfectly the sentiments of his composition, and he included his prose interpretation of the poem in the printed score: What else is life but a series of preludes to that unknown hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death? Love is the enchanted dawn of all existence; but what fate is there whose first delights of happiness are not interrupted by some storm? […] Nevertheless, man […] takes up his perilous post, no matter what struggle calls him to its ranks, that he may recover in combat the full consciousness of himself and the entire possession of his powers.

John Adams American composer. Born 1947, Worchester, MA. The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra) Composed in 1985. Premiered on January 31, 1986, in Milwaukee, conducted by Lukas Foss. Last JSYM performance: May 2001, Discovery Series, Fabio Mechetti, conductor. ca. 12 minutes. Composer and conductor John Adams is one of the most frequently performed living composers of concert music. After learning to play the clarinet from his father, he began composing at age ten and heard his first orchestra pieces performed while still a teenager. Many of his scores have become staples of the symphonic repertoire, and his operas, all drawn from recent American history, have changed the course of contemporary opera. While his style would be considered minimalist (repetition and manipulation of basic musical material), Adams’s music is anchored in the Western classical tradition. On his website ( Adams provides the following program notes: The Chairman Dances was an “out-take” of Act III of Nixon in China. It was in fact a kind of warmup for embarking on the creation of the full opera … The Chairman Dances began as a “foxtrot” for Chairman Mao and his bride, Chiang Ch’ing, the fabled “Madame Mao,” firebrand, revolutionary executioner, architect of China’s calamitous Cultural ADAMS (continued on page 46)

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Now in its sixth year, this local effort is in partnership with annual the Orchestras Feeding America national food drive, launched by the League of American Orchestras in 2009. The drive runs from March 16 through April 28, 2014. Patrons may bring non-perishable food items with them to any Jacksonville Symphony concert. Food donations can also be dropped off at the Symphony Box Office in the Times-Union Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28.

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ADAMS (continued from page 44)

Antonín Dvor ák

Revolution, and (a fact not universally realized) a former Shanghai movie actress. […] The music takes full cognizance of her past as a movie actress. Themes, sometimes slinky and sentimental, at other times bravura and bounding, ride above in bustling fabric of energized motives. […] A scenario by Peter Sellars and Alice Goodman, somewhat altered from the final one in Nixon in China, is as follows: Chiang Ch’ing, a.k.a. Madame Mao, has gatecrashed the Presidential Banquet. She is first seen standing where she is most in the way of the waiters. After a few minutes, she brings out a box of paper lanterns and hangs them around the hall, then strips down to a cheongsam, skin-tight from neck to ankle and slit up the hip. She signals the orchestra to play and begins dancing by herself. Mao is becoming excited. He steps down from his portrait on the wall, and they begin to foxtrot together. They are back in Yenan, dancing to the gramophone…

Czech composer. Born 1841, Nelahozeves (near Kralupy); died 1904, Prague. Carnival Overture, Op. 92 Composed in 1891. Premiered on April 28, 1892, in Prague, conducted by the composer. Last JSYM performance: January 2012, Premiere Event featuring Joshua Bell, Fabio Mechetti, conductor. ca. 10 minutes. While Dvor`´ák, an ardent Brahms supporter, is known as a traditionalist, he nevertheless had to come to terms with the program music of Liszt. This overture is the central movement of a trilogy written partially in response to Liszt’s symphonic poems. The original titles of the three overtures were Nature, Life, and Love. He later decided to use more programmatic titles, In Nature’s Realm, Carnival, and Othello, providing the audience with clearer ideas about the content of each overture.

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Dvor`´ák himself provided the following description for Carnival: A wanderer reaches the city at nightfall, where a carnival of pleasure reigns supreme. On every side is heard the clangor of instruments, mingled with shouts of joy and the unrestrained hilarity of people giving vent to their feelings in the songs and dance tunes. In many ways, this work is not so different stylistically from his symphonies, as his Czech voice is clearly heard in his rhythms and melodious style. Dvor`´ák also still cast the overture in sonata form, albeit with a more descriptive musical language. Central to the work is the superb orchestration that creates a work that explodes with sound— just as its title suggests.

Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S. 244/2 Composed in 1847 for piano, orchestrated in 1874. Last JSYM performance: May 2011, Fusion Series, Roger Nierenberg, guest conductor. ca. 10 minutes. Long before Brahms had come to enjoy gypsy music, Liszt had discovered the expressive quality of some of the folk melodies of his home country. Unlike Brahms, however, who treated the tunes in a simple, improvisatory manner, Liszt developed virtuosic, large-scale piano pieces from these simple tunes, composing 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies over the course of his career. The second Hungarian Rhapsody has been by far the most popular—so much so that Liszt orchestrated it. The piano version quickly became a staple for virtuoso pianists. It would commonly be played at the end of a program as the ultimate showpiece. The piece has continued to be part of popular culture: Among many other appearances, it was prominently featured in the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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Franz Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, S. 124 Composed in 1830, late 1840s, and 1853. Premiered on February 17, 1855, in Weimar, conducted by Hector Berlioz with the composer as soloist.

Last JSYM performance: January 2006, Masterworks Series, Fabio Mechetti, conductor, with José Feghali as soloist. ca. 20 minutes (6’, 6’, 4’, 4’). One year before the premiere of Les Préludes (April 1856), Liszt presented his first piano concerto to the Weimar public under the baton of Hector Berlioz—Liszt’s compositional idol. Not surprisingly, this composition has many innovative features. While on the surface the concerto appears to be the expected bravura piece, a closer look reveals a tightly composed work rich in content and full of beauty. Drawing on the four-movement design of the symphony— rather than the fast-slow-fast concerto— Liszt presents an intense symphonic miniature. At the same time, however, all the movements are connected, creating in essence a symphonic poem. Much like Les Préludes, the work opens with a motto theme from which the whole work evolves. It is said that Liszt put the words “Das versteht ihr alle nicht, haha!” (None of you understand this, ha-ha!) to this opening idea, which underscores Liszt’s intentions to create something new. Over the course of the movement Liszt continues to return to this powerful opening phrase, each time expanding the harmonic horizon and leading to delicate solos— by the pianist as well as members of the orchestra. The slow movement is full of poetry and passion, vacillating between ecstasy and fervor. The ensuing scherzo requires the pianist’s lightest touch and dexterity, as the composer surprisingly features the triangle and pizzicato strings. Interrupting the scherzo is the ominous return of motto theme of the first movement, which leads directly into the last movement. The finale recalls and transforms material from the previous movements, all at break-neck speed, drawing the whole work to a climactic close.

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ARIAS Sponsors In-School Performance A recent performance for Nassau County schoolchildren was sponsored by ARIAS (Amelia Residents In Action for the Symphony). A woodwind quintet from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performed for more than 250 third graders at Emma Love Hardee Elementary School in Fernandina Beach. Rhonda Cassano, flute; Claudia Minch, oboe; Marci Gurnow, clarinet; Anthony Anurca, bassoon; and Aaron Brask offered a wonderful learning experience while talking about their instruments and giving background on the pieces.

Give a Gift Ticket sales cover less than half of the Orchestra’s operations. Membership gifts help bridge that gap, and support innovative, artistic, educational and community engagement programs throughout the season. To donate by phone, please call 904.354.5547, or log on to See page 58 for more information. Play Your Part Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra volunteer organizations offer a variety of rewarding opportunities to share camaraderie and play a part in the Jacksonville Symphony’s success. For more information, please call 904.354.5547.

Excitement Abounds at The Guild Several activities have made for a busy month at The Guild. We kicked-off the Brumos drawing on a three-year lease for a Mercedes-Benz C250, a Lexus RX350 or a Porsche Cayenne – winner’s choice. Tickets are available in the lobby at select concerts with the winner’s drawing on Saturday, May 17, Maestro Fabio Mechetti’s final concert. Our first “Up-scale Estate Sale” was well received in the community, and quite successful. We celebrated the romance of Valentine’s Day with sweet duet of chocolate and wine at the Peterbrooke Factory, followed by “The Perfect Valentine’s Day!” reception before the “Romeo and Juliet” concert.


BRASS - (Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony) The members of BRASS support

ARIAS sponsors in-school JSYM ensemble concerts for Nassau County schoolchildren.

the Jacksonville Symphony through financial contributions and by promoting concert attendance. BRASS also fosters local appreciation of fine music by bringing concerts to the beaches and raising funds for new equipment and instruments. For more information, please log on to or call Bob Golitz, BRASS President, at 610.223.9629.


Ride to the Symphony A round-trip bus to Amelia Island brings residents to all Friday Night Masterworks Concerts, leaving from the Harris Teeter parking lot. For tickets and reservations, call 904.354.5547. Friday, March 14* Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto Bus, Dinner, Concert Friday, April 11* “Pops Goes Vegas” Coffee Concert Bus, Concert, Lunch Thursday, May 22 “Let Freedom Ring” First Baptist Fernandina Beach * Please call Pat Murray at 904.321.4174 for details.

Tea With The Guild Join us for afternoon tea and refreshments at The Club Continental on the banks of the St. Johns River in Orange Park. Nestled among towering 300-year-old Live Oaks draped with Spanish moss, the estate was built in 1923 as the winter home of Palmolive Soap Company heir, Caleb Johnson and his family. We invite you to don your favorite hat and gloves, and join us as we step back in time to the grace and elegance of “Old Florida.” Wednesday, April 30 From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Club Continental 2143 Astor Street Orange Park, Florida $40 per person (Limited to 100 guests) Dress: Afternoon tea attire, hats and gloves optional Reservations: 904.358.1479 Reservation Deadline: April 23

Sunday, April 6 at 6 pm BRASS Annual Dinner & Concert Ponte Vedra Inn & Club To Purchase Tickets, Contact: Nadine Sabatier: 904.545.0491, Lynne Radcliffe: 904.610.7029, Friday, April 11 at 11 am BRASS Sponsored Coffee Concert “Pops Goes Vegas” Jacoby Symphony Hall Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm BRASS Sponsored Masterworks “The Firebird” Jacoby Symphony Hall BRASS Leadership Circle members are invited to a post-concert reception with Guest Conductor Shizuo Z Kuwahara.

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A cherished memory returns to Jacksonville! The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra sets the stage for one of the most festive events on the First Coast – the return of Starry Nights at Metropolitan Park! Subscribe by Apr 4th in Area 1 or 2 and receive a complimentary bottle of wine for both events.

Get a group together and save by purchasing an entire table! AREA 1: Table of 8: $1,250 – includes 4 VIP parking passes for both events.

Table of 6: $950 – includes 3 VIP parking passes for both events.

Per Seat: $170

Sat, May 31

AREA 2: Table of 8: $960 – includes 4 VIP parking passes for both events.


Per Seat: $130


AREA 3: Table of 8: $500 Per Seat: $70 LAWN SEATING: Adult Subscription: $30

Sat, Jun 7

Child Subscription – Under 12 years of age: $10

Pack your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food, beer, wine, soda and bottled water will also be available to purchase in the park from local food trucks and restaurant partners.

Metropolitan Park gates open at 6 pm.

Concerts begin at 8:15 pm.

For tickets, call 904.354.5547 or visit the Symphony Box Office at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Concerts take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. All programs, dates and artists are subject to change.

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The Jacksonville Symphony gratefully acknowledges some of our most important music makers. The Julius N. Frankel Foundation

Ruth Conley The Roger L. and Rochelle S. Main Charitable Trust

The Jessie Ball Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC duPont Fund

J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver

The DuBow Family Foundation The Valdemar Joost Kroier Endowment Fund

Acosta Sales & Marketing • ADP • Yvonne Charvot Barnett Young Artist Fund • Bob & Lynn Alligood Biscottis • Brooks Rehabilitation • Buffet Group Wind Instruments • Cummer Family Foundation Jess & Brewster J. Durkee Foundation • Fazzini’s Coffee and Tea • FIS • Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Hartley Press • Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation • The Kessler Fund The Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust • Fanny Landwirth Foundation • Parsley’s Piano Publix Super Markets Charities • Raymond James & Associates, Inc. • Rayonier • David and Linda Stein Stratton & Company Retirement Financial Strategies • Carl S. Swisher Foundation Edna Sproull Williams Foundation • Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts Dana’s Limousine and Transportation Services Agility Press • Brown Enterprises • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts • Enterprise Holdings Foundation • Harbinger Sign JAX Chamber • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation • LPS • The Main Street America Group • Malnove Packaging Solutions • Regions Bank Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop • Rotary Club of Fleming Island • Herb and Ann Rowe Charitable Foundation Schacter Family Foundation • Scott-McRae Group, Inc. • Spencer Holdings • St. Vincent’s HealthCare • The Stellar Foundation SunTrust Bank, North Florida • US Assure • Westminster Woods on Julington Creek • Wilson’s Limited, Inc. • Wells Fargo Foundation Clear Channel Outdoor • FOLIO Weekly • WEJZ Lite 96.1 • WJCT Public Broadcasting • WOKV AM 690

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MAKE MUSIC WITH YOUR ORCHESTRA! Give a gift that will enhance the lives of First Coast residents with... Artistic Vibrancy

Cultural Leadership

Inspiring Mentorship

Betty Lu Grune and Annie Morris, the George V. Grune Endowed Violin chair, bond over breakfast!

Conductor’s Club members gain first hand access to the Orchestra’s artistry at Sit-on-Stage rehearsals.

JSYM musicians and guest artists are an inspiration to musicians and audiences of today and tomorrow.

Join a Giving Club and Enhance your Symphony Experience! CONDUCTOR’S CLUB


Platinum ...........................................................$10,000+

Concerto – $750-$1,249

• NEW! Invitation to Lunch with Musicians and the President • Opportunity to dedicate a concert in honor or memory of someone special

Gold ..................................................$5,000-$9,999 • NEW! JSYM Coffee Table Book

One Guest Pass (admits 2) to attend an intermission reception in the Florence K. Davis Gallery One complimentary parking pass from the One Enterprise Center Garage

Sonata – $550-$749 NEW! Early access to Starry Nights priority tickets

Silver ................................................$3,500-$4,999 • NEW! Invitation to pre-concert reception and special reserved box seating at the Donor Appreciation Concert • Priority seating and sales for subscriptions, single ticket and special event concerts • Complimentary Valet Parking

Overture – $300-$549 Invitation for two to the Major/Minor Concert

Intermezzo – $150-$299 Invitation for two to all Open Rehearsals

Bronze ............................................$2,250-$3,499 • VIP Ticketing Concierge Service • NEW! Access to the Conductor’s Club concierge hotline • NEW! Two Companion Passes for two of your guests to attend intermission receptions in the Davis Gallery • Invitation for two to the Sit-on-Stage Luncheon • NEW! Voting Membership of the Jacksonville Symphony Association with an invitation to the Annual Meeting • NEW! Subscription to Encore! magazine

Prelude ...........................................$1,250-$2,249 • Season-long access to the Florence K. Davis Gallery at Masterworks and Pops concerts • Season-long recognition in Encore! magazine • NEW! Invitation to post-concert receptions with Guest Conductors • Free ticket printing and exchanges

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Minuet – $75-$149 Invitation for two to the Annual Donor Appreciation Concert NEW! Recognition in online Donor Honor Roll

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES! OPEN REHEARSAL Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6 pm Donors $150+ are invited to watch a concert come to life as the Jacksonvlle Symphony Orchestra and Chorus rehearse for a celebration of beloved classical repertoire. Doors open at 6 pm, rehearsal at 7 pm.

DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT Wed, May 28, 2014 at 7 pm Come re-live your favorite moments of the season with a concert to celebrate you, our generous supporters!

Please support the Jacksonville Symphony today! Online at or call our membership offices at 904.354.1473. 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32202

The Jacksonville Symphony Association gratefully acknowledges these members for including the symphony in their estate planning. Mark and Rita Allen Bruce and Mary Anderson Sandra Sue Ashby Rick E. Bendel Jacob F. Bryan IV Ms. Elizabeth I. Byrne Clarissa and Warren Chandler Estelle and Terry Chisholm Col. and Mrs. Robert B. Clarke Luther and Blanche Coggin Elizabeth Schell Colyer Ruth P. Conley Robert and Caroline Covin Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Cowden Dr. Amy Crowder in memory of Carole V. Ewart Chris and Stephanie Doerr Brock Fazzini Josephine Flaherty Mr. and Mrs. Allan Geiger

Linda Barton Gillis Sue Gover Scott and Camille Gregg Dr. Dan W. Hadwin and Dr. Alice Rietman-Hadwin Preston H. Haskell Richard Hickok and Andrea Ashley Bev and Bill Hiller Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Naomi E. Karkanen Frances Bartlett Kinne, PH. D. Norman and Dolores Kramer Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr. Dr. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anne and Mr. Daniel Lombardo Doug and Laura Mathewson Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Frances Watts McCurry Friend of the Symphony (5) Sherry Murray Mr. and Mrs. E. William Nash, Jr.

Janet and Joseph Nicosia Mr. Val Palmer Ruth (Rusty) Pierce Richard and Leslie Pierpont Victoria M. Rogers J. William Ross Mrs. Ruthwood C. Samek Carol and Bob Shircliff Mrs. Sally Simpson Al Sinclair Helen Morse and Fritz Skeen Ana and Hal Skinner Gwynne and Bob Tonsfeldt Chip and Phyllis Tousey Rev. W. Glenn Turner Mary Jane and Jack Uible James and Joan Van Vleck Renee Winkler

Jacksonville Symphony / Florida Blue Community Challenge This spring, make a gift that will keep your music alive in Jacksonville, and Florida Blue will match all new or increased contributions.

What is the Music of Your Life?

Share a song or artist that has changed your life on our displays in the lobby or on

#M u s i co f Y o u rL i f e .

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The Jacksonville Symphony Association gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following individuals, businesses and foundations: Gifts to the Annual Fund between July 1, 2012 and February 17, 2014 o Designates a gift in-kind

Century Club – $100,000+ Ruth Conley in memory of Paul Conley Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC o Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Fidelity National Financial Florida Blue Julius N. Frankel Foundation Monica and Bob Jacoby

Baton Society – $50,000-$99,999 BRASS Chris and Stephanie Doerr Jessie Ball duPont Fund Josephine V. Flaherty The Florida Times-Union o Roger L. and Rochelle S. Main Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, Jr. Mrs. C. Herman Terry YP o

Fabio Mechetti Society – $25,000-$49,999 Bob and Lynn Alligood • Anonymous Gift in honor of the City Rescue Mission Staff Bank of America / Merrill Lynch • Amy and Gilchrist B. Berg • bestbet Poker, Simulcast, and Gaming The Brumos Companies • Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bryan, IV • CertusBank • CSX • DuBow Family Foundation EverBank • Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs • Haskell Jacksonville Symphony Guild • Mayo Clinic • Regency Centers, Inc. • Stein Mart, Inc. VyStar Credit Union • J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver • Charles and Vivien Zink 60 Encore!

Conductor’s Club Platinum – $10,000-$24,999 Acosta Sales & Marketing Sandra Sue Ashby Sally and Jim Baldwin Bank of America Foundation Yvonne Charvot Barnett Endowment Biscottis o Brooks Rehabilitation G. Howard Bryan Endowment Buffet Group Wind Instruments

Steve and Diane Halverson (left and fourth from left) hosted a reception to welcome guest conductor André Raphel (third from right). Also pictured (from left) are Stephanie Doerr, Elizabeth Colledge, Marilyn Carpenter and Mary Carr Patton.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. “Pete” Carpenter Sharon and Martin Connor Cummer Family Foundation Sally and Tyler Dann Isabelle and Robert D. Davis Jane and Jack Dickison Jess and Brewster J. Durkee Foundation Jon A. Ebacher and Jill T. Wannemacher Mr. Andrew Farkas Fazzini’s Coffee and Tea o FIS John L. Georgas* Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras Paul and Nina Goodwin Hartley Press o Mr. and Mrs. Preston H. Haskell Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation The Kessler Fund The Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust Dr. and Mrs. Ross T. Krueger E. Michel and Heidja Kruse Fanny Landwirth Foundation Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr. Anne and Robert Lufrano Susan and Ron Masucci Arthur W. Milam and Teresa de Balmeseda Milam Lee and Darlene Nutter Publix Super Markets Charities

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Rayonier J. William Ross Mrs. J. Louis Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff Ann H. Sims Drs. Mihaela Ionescu and Mark A. Spatola David and Linda Stein Stratton and Company Retirement Financial Strategies David and Elaine Strickland Erlane D. and John E. Tait Lee and Dorothy Thomas Valdemar Joost Kroier Endowment Edna Sproull Williams Foundation George and Ellen Williams Winston Family Foundation Quentin and Louise Wood Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Worth Conductor’s Club Gold – $5,000-$9,999 ADP ARIAS John and Cherie Billings Paul and Kathy Bosland Riverplace Capital Management, Inc.

The Clinton Family Fund, in honor of Martin F. Connor, Chair and fellow trustees (Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Henry and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Houpert) Elizabeth Lovett Colledge Leonard Boyd and Molly Curry Tom and Jesse Dattilo Susan P. Davis Edward and Susan Doherty Alice and O’Neal Douglas Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

John and Barbara Darby, with André Raphel, and wife Jenifer Smith, at a post-concert reception for Conductor’s Club members.

Friend of the Symphony Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation William G. Gingrich Mr. and Mrs. John Godfrey

CONCERTS AT THE CUMMER Tuesday Afternoon Coffee Concerts with the Ritz Chamber Players Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 2 p.m. Members Free, Non-Members Free with Paid Admission


Join us for Coffee Concerts featuring classical music by the Ritz Chamber Players.

Join us for a relaxing, yet festive hour of music in the Cummer Gardens.

Please call 904.899.6038 or visit to make your required reservations.

Chamber Concert Friday, January 3, 2014, 8 p.m. | Semmes Gallery An intimate evening concert with Jacksonville Symphony string musicians performing works by Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Please call 904.354.5547 to purchase tickets.

YuleSlide Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. Members Free, Non-Members Free with Paid Admission

Garden Month Concert featuring KTG Friday, March 14, 2014, 7 p.m. Come dance under the stars in the Cummer Gardens with KTG.

Please call 904.899.6038 or visit to purchase tickets.

829 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32204 904.356.6857 | Image Credit: (detail) Theodoor Rombouts (Flemish, 1597–1637), The Concert, c.1620, oil on canvas, 44 7/8 x 68 7/8 in., Purchased with funds provided by Eunice Pitt Odom Semmes, AP.1970.10.1.

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NOV 8 – 15, 2014

AAA Travel Agency invites you to join fellow patrons of the Jacksonville Symphony aboard the Celebrity ReflectionSM for a luxurious cruise through the Western Caribbean. Enjoy the comfort, cuisine and amenities of Celebrity’s newest ship as we sail to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and the private beach resort of Labadee. Symphony musicians Les Roettges and Kayo Ishimaru will co-host this voyage, performing at-sea concerts exclusively for our cruise guests. AAA Travel Agency Cruise Highlights: Priority Check-In on the day of boarding Private onboard concerts reserved for our guests $75 shipboard credit per stateroom $100 donation per stateroom made to the Jacksonville Symphony Double occupancy rates from

Kayo Ishimaru Principal Harpist

Les Roettges Principal Flutist

$849 per person

For details or reservations, contact your local AAA Travel Consultant: Ponte Vedra904-280-8181 • Orange Orange Jacksonville St. 904-825-0298 Augustine Ponte Vedra Park Park 904-272-2010 • Jacksonville 904-565-7722 • St. Augustine 904-280-8181 904-272-2010 904-565-7722 904-825-0298

Travel Agency

Rate is per person, double occupancy for Category 8 ocean view stateroom and is in U.S. Dollars. Government taxes and fees additional $122.93 per person. Airfare is not included. Other restrictions apply. Ships’ Registry: Malta and Ecuador. BRA679-0004

Margaret Gomez Mrs. George V. Grune Karl R. Halbach by ADP Harbinger Sign Mrs. Egbert Heilman Mr. and Mrs. J. Malcolm Jones Michael and Marianne Jordan Dorothy and Naomi Karkanen Dr. Frances B. Kinne John and Bette Klacsmann Fund Patty and Jim Kleck

Board members (from left) Elizabeth Colledge, Joyce Couch and Joel Settimbrini, met guest conductor André Raphel (second from left) following rehearsal.

Richard and Janet Tatiana Langford Mrs. Richard C. Lonsdale Magnolia Foundation The Main Street America Group Malnove Packaging Solutions Mr. and Mrs. John Marchese Mr. and Mrs. Matthew S. McAfee Julie and Michael McKenny Mr. and Mrs. Terrence L. McGrane Maggie Leu Means Dorothea E. Neinstedt Ms. Kay Nichols Janet and Joseph Nicosia Mary Carr Patton Parsley’s Piano o Dick and Leslie Pierpont Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pippin Ronald and Antonia Porterfield Dr. and Mrs. Russell W. Pratt Regions Bank Sheila and Louis Russo Susan and John Ryzewic George and DiAnne Scanlon Susan and Fred Schantz Scott-McRae Group, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Joel Settembrini, Jr. Hal and Ana Skinner Dr. Richard G. Skinner, Jr. Linda L. Smith Dr. Edward and Mary Ellen Smith Kent and Marie Smith Virginia K. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Christopher H. Smith

Reg and Bonnie Smith Dr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Soud Spencer Holdings Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Spetnagel, III Joseph and Anna Spiak St. Vincent’s HealthCare Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Stein, Jr. SunTrust Bank, North Florida Carl S. Swisher Foundation Mrs. Luke Thornton Chip and Phyllis Tousey Tom Vickery and Sarah McAlhany Jim and Joan Van Vleck Ms. Barbara W. Webster Yvonne B. West Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Dr. and Mrs. Scott Wiedenmann Judith Williams Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts Dr. Eugene and Brenda Wolchok Martie Yohe Carleton and Barbara Zacheis

Foundation, Inc. Performance Security, Inc. Ina W. Richter Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop o Greg and Ellen Rogowski Ray and Jan Ross Mrs. Ruth Schwarzmann Ed and Whitney Selover Stephen and Joan Shewbrooks Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Sisisky Marianne and Ben Stein The Stellar Foundation Gwynne and Bob Tonsfeldt Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Towe Rev. W. Glenn Turner US Assure Dr. and Mrs. H. Warner Webb Norma and Jack Williams Wilson’s Limited, Inc. o Arlen and Doris Yokley Charitable Foundation

Conductor’s Club Silver – $3,500-$4,999 AAA Travel Auto Club South Mr. and Mrs. Mark Allen Stephen E. and Phyllis C. Bachand Mrs. Audrey Baker Annette and Bill Boling Ginny and Bob BonDurant Borkowski Family Foundation Nancy and Ted Burfeind Mrs. William S. Burns and Mrs. David L. Dalton Carl and Rita Cannon Martin and Gina Cone Cornehl Family Foundation Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Lorena Doolittle Sue and Jerry Dorsch Friend of the Symphony Pat and Fred Gieg Cynthia and Walter Graham, Jr. Bob and Pat Henderson Calvin and Ellen Hudson Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Hughes Lillian and Bunky Johnson, Jr. Dave and Mary Pat Kulik Mr. and Mrs. Anthony S. Kurlas Carolyn Marsh Lindsay Frances W. McCurry James B. Miles Jeanne and David Moomaw The Gerald L. and Jacqueline W. Nichols

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad F. Ahrens Harold E. Aken, Jr. Eleanor Ashby

Conductor’s Club Bronze - $2,250 - $3,499

Mary Virginia Terry (left) with André Raphel and wife Jenifer Smith.

Teri and Jim Babcock Candy and John Bobeck Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Boushie John and Cletia Bowron Patricia Sanow Bramlett Rod and Pat Brock Mark and Beth Brockelman Mary Ann and Shepard Bryan Carol and Jim Bryce Dr. and Mrs. John D. Casler Sandra and Andrew Clarke Linda and Patrick Clyne Meade and Alvin Coplan Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Drew Joe C. Ebbinghouse, MD Mrs. George C. Elliott Enterprise (Rent-a-car) Holdings Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Euston Encore! 63

Mr. and Mrs. David Foerster Reed and Nancy Freeman Friend of the Symphony (2) Judy and George Gabel

Fabio and Aida Mechetti, and daughters Marina (left) and Carolina, were applauded at the Tribute Event in celebration of Maestro Mechettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure.

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gibbs, III Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Goldberg Rabbi Robert Goodman Claudia B. Gordon Marion Haynes Mrs. Joan F. Heller Mr. and Mrs. John C. Herrin Dr. Anne H. Hopkins Ira and Eva Jackler Mr. and Mrs. Randolph R. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Keaveny David and Sally Ketcham Mrs. Anne Kufeldt

Annette Laubscher and Ken Mattiace Harriet LeMaster Lender Processing Servicess Mrs. John R. Mackroth Bill and Barbara Maletz Ms. Sally McCue Donald McCurry and Suzanne Keith Harriet Lemaster Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Henry C. Newcomer, USAF Ret. Charles and Diane Newman Bob and Flo Anne Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien Mr. and Mrs. John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil, Jr. Mrs. John G. Pflugfelder Mrs. Elsa Troeh and Mr. Thomas M. Pope Ted and Jane Preston Herb and Ann Rowe Charitable Foundation Dr. William C. Rupp and Dr. Janice Clarke Shacter Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Sherin Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Shorstein Samuel Shorstein Helen Morse and Fritz Skeen Mrs. Robert D. Slimmon Margaret and Travis Storey Mrs. C. Gray Strum Mr. and Mrs. John Tancredi Mireille and Robert Threlkel Michael and Kim Ward Wells Fargo Foundation Barbara C. West

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Wilchek Mrs. Linda F. Wilkinson Dr. and Mrs. Charles N. Winton

Conductorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Prelude - $1,250-$2,249 Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ronald Adams Judith and Robert P. Adelman Linda R. Alexander Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Amato Mr. and Mrs. Barry B. Ansbacher

(from left) Joe Marasco, Shirley Spaniel and Cherie and John Billings at the Mechetti Tribute.

David and Beth Arnold Peter and Laura Bailet Shirley and Dave Bailey Drs. J. Duncan and Julie Baker Mr. and Mrs. W. Delavan Baldwin Dr. and Mrs. Richard Balzer



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Claudette and Richard Barker, Jr. Berman Family Foundation Drs. Roger and Marsha Bertholf Mrs. Joyce R. Blackburn Mr. and Mrs. James C. Blanton Mr. and Mrs. Jack Borntraeger Otis and Joan Bowden Mr. and Mrs. David B. Boyer Michael and Susan Boylan

Symphony Dinner Cruises Onboard the Foxy Lady Luxury Yacht

Pre-concert dinner cruises for Florida Blue Thursday Masterworks and CertusBank Sunday Matinee series concerts. Reservations must be made in advance. Call Bill Cosnotti at 904.356.0426.

Chris and Stephanie Doerr with Kami and Alex Harrison at the Mechetti Tribute.

Mr. and Mrs. Benton Bradberry Mr. Harry E. Branch John and Hillary Breen Col. and Mrs. E. M. Brisach Sandra and Phillip Burnaman Jim and Mary B. Burt Pat and Stan Cairns Mr. and Mrs. Norman L. Cannon Ms. Kathryn Captain Stell and Terry Chisholm George and Patricia Clegg Mary Lou Coate Imogene and Neal Coleman Alice Mach Coughlin Robert and Caroline Covin

Jim and Lisa Modaff with Susan and Jim Towler at the Mechetti Tribute.

Mort and Renee Crim Peter and Lois Dalmares Mr. John and Dr. Barbara Darby Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Davis Deborah Jump Dawson Marcus E. Drewa Mr. and Mrs. George K. Dorsey Bettye M. DuPree in memory of Jane Munnerlyn Carter Dr. and Mrs. James W. Dyer Dr. and Mrs. A. R. Eckels Encore! 65

Bishop Felipe Estevez Mrs. Nancy R. Ferdman Mr. David Ferner Sally and Tom Fernley Mrs. George Fipp Mr. and Mrs. David M. Foster Friend of the Symphony (3) Maj. Gen. and Mrs. John Fryer

Phil and Sandra Burnaman and Monica Jacoby (right) celebrate with a troupe member of the Molotov Cocktail Party at the Mechetti Tribute.

Ben and Judy Fryrear Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gartner Clark and Lauretta Gaylord Jeanne M. Gibbs Sherrick and Patricia Gilbert Nathaniel Glover, President - Edward Waters College Wayne Greenberg and Elizabeth Shahan O. C. and Mae Jean Gregg Jim and Pat Griffiths Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Grimes Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Grubbs, Jr. Drs. Dan and Alice Rietman-Hadwin Terri and Curtis Hartin

Pat and Heather Geraghty (left & third from left) with Wayne J. and Delores Barr Weaver at the Mechetti Tribute.

Terree and Bob Hays Bondy and Tom Hodgkins Mrs. William G. Holyfield Brian J. Horton Robert and Rue Hunter Diane and Thomas Jacobsen Foundation Tom and Brenda Johnson Mrs. Hobart H. Joost Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. John R. Kelley Bill and Barbara Ketchum Brad and Cindy King Donald R. Knab 66 Encore!

Janine Leland and Tom Larson Hal Latimer Norman and Mary Ledwin Gene H. Lewis Rabbi and Mrs. Joshua B. Lief Mr. Lennert Lindegren Mary Ann and Ron Lindsey Mr. and Mrs. Phil Littlefield Mr. and Mrs. Tom Luyster Hal and Frances Lynch Pat and Mike Manko Ann and Bob Maxwell Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. May, Jr. Alison McCallum Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. McCart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Davis McCarty Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick McNabb Jim McGuffin and Kathleen Mullen Marcia Mederos Chuck and Nicki Moorer John and Dorothy Nutant Brita M. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Carroll Mr. Christian Oldenburg Mrs. Daniel C. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary, Jr. Gloria and Martin Olsen David and Kathryn Olson Marie and Joel Pangborn Mr. Mark Parkulo and Ms. Marie DeRuyter Mr. and Mrs. Marcio Paulino Mr. John S. Peyton and Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton Deborah and David Pierson Patricia J. Pillmore Carol and Dale Porfilio Jack and Patti Quaritius Richard Quina and Patricia Bentley Mr. and Mrs. Robert Quinby Lynne Radcliffe Rich, Brandon and Stacy Ridenour Mr. William L. Ritchie Donald Albert James Robinson Bruce Rosborough Dr. and Mrs. Lowell Salter Mrs. Ruthwood C. Samek Colleen Sanchez Dr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Sawyer Mrs. Miyuki Scheidel Mr. and Mrs. Tino Schuler Gert and Becky Schumann Paul Shuler Steve and Judy Silverman Marlene and Harry Skilton Martine and John Slemp Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith Mrs. Harold K. Smith Tom and Ann Smith Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spadaro George and Shirley Spaniel Dr. Mandell and Rita Diamond Stearman Rod and Ellen Sullivan

Ms. Elizabeth Tate Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Thompson John and Roz Toshach Susan and James Towler John and Alice Trainer Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Triano Mary Jane and Jack Ubile Ms. Emily Van Vliet Ms. Gabriele VanZon Mrs. Georgia Wahl Carol and Manuel Wallace

David and Debbie Pierson, with Matt and Seana McAfee at the Mechetti Tribute.

Mary and Frank Watson Arlene and Phil Weisner Audrey McDill and Jim White Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mrs. Linda F. Wilkinson Carolyn Munro Wilson Mr. and Mrs. A. Daniel Wolff, III Mr. and Mrs. Jacob E. Worner Hon. Gwen Yates and Lt. Col. Alton Yates, Ret. Dr. Mary Ellen Young and Mr. Donald Owen

Pat and John Tancredi with Mary Lee and Bob Golitz at the Mechetti Tribute.

Mary Jean Zimmerman Carolyn and Elliot Zisser In Memory of Agnes Carter Mr. and Mrs. William Haber Ms. Martha Morris Ms. Roberta Armstrong In Memory of Judge Jean Johnson Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson * Deceased

2013-2014 Top BRASS We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their vital support of the mission of BRASS: BRASS Concertmaster Society Mr. & Mrs. Andy Abate Mr. & Mrs. Conrad F. Ahrens Laura Bailey, A.R.N.P. Mr. & Mrs. James G. Baldwin Ted & Nancy Burfeind Phillip & Sandra Burnaman Kathryn Captain Ms. Ruth Conley Tyler & Sally Dann Mr. & Mrs. John Davies Charles & Virginia Dunn Richard & Marcia Ezequelle Robert & Paula Fairley David C. Ferner Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Fernley, III Josephine V. Flaherty Jack & Pat Flock Peter & Susan Forster Bob & Mary Lee Golitz Mr. Herbert W. Goodall, III Mrs. C. Stanton Green O.C. & Mae Jean Gregg Mrs. George V. Grune Robert & Joan Grune Mr. & Mrs. Samuel F. Heffner, III

Mr. & Mrs. John C. Herrin Richard Hickok & Andrea Ashley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hodgkins Mr. & Mrs. Michael R. Imbriani Bob & Monica Jacoby Jim & Barbara Johnson Randy & Becky Johnson Dr. Robert & Charlotte Jones Bob & Diana Kane Peter & Kiki Karpen Marguerite O'Andrea Keller Marc & Jeryl Kortlander Harold & Sunny Krivan Fred & Laura Kusumoto John & Maria Malone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Martin Thomas & Bettie Mason Tracy Mayo Mr. & Mrs. Davis McCarty Sally McCue Mr. & Mrs. Philip Meadows David & Bernadette Miron Mr. & Mrs. James I. Munson, III Dr. Kent New & Mrs. Jennifer Sawyer New Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Nicosia Val Palmer

Lynne Radcliffe Mr. J. William Ross Nadine Sabatier Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schlipf Dr. Edward & Mary Ellen Smith Debbie Snyder Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Spadaro Mr. & Mrs. Nick Stam Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Steven John & Pat Tancredi Mr. & Mrs. Philip Tomic Bill & Anne Tomson Bob & Gwynne Tonsfeldt Tom Rusk Vickery & Elizabeth McAlhany Phil & Arlene Wiesner Drs. Herb Wolfsen & Christine Ng Dr. Mary Ellen Young BRASS Corporate Sponsors Sawgrass Country Club Merrill Lynch Bank of America TD Bank Seaside Bank Watson Realty Corp. Restaurant Medure Caldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

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