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WELCOME! Insight One hour prior to each Florida Blue Masterworks Series concert, join Music Director Courtney Lewis and other Masterworks guest conductors in Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall to hear their insight on the program. An open, low-key 15 to 25 minute presentation including question and answer time will provide the opportunity to learn more about the fantastic works performed by the Jacksonville Symphony.

As we say goodbye to 2016 and herald in 2017, I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Jacksonville Symphony as we make this transition to the New Year with a number of exciting, entertaining and family-friendly performances. This issue focuses on a subject that is very personal to me—introducing children to classical music. You have likely seen me in the hall accompanied by my eleven year-old daughter who has been attending symphony concerts for most of her life. With an orchestra manager father and violist mother, she really didn’t have a choice. Over the years, it’s been a joy to see her appreciation deepen. At first, she liked only loud and fast pieces, and anything by Franz Joseph Haydn. We would always get aisle seats so we could make a quick get away if she became restless. With each year, concert and season her patience and palette became more sophisticated. She knows that she won’t like everything performed equally, but she has an understanding that not everyone has the same tastes. We have this same conversation about food. She may favor macaroni and cheese over spinach, but she also knows that one cannot go through life on cheesy carbs alone.

Guest artists often join the conductor to give their vision of the works to be presented. Insight is a new angle on the concert experience. You’ll never listen to the music the same way after hearing Insight. So come early, grab a seat and hear what the experts have to say.

When my family moved from Washington, DC, to Iowa, I was amazed by how deeply college football was embedded into the culture of that community. I’d see social media posts with cute babies wearing Hawkeye onesies, little girls wearing cheerleading uniforms and boys wearing the jerseys of their favorite players. In the United States, our communities unite around sports teams (Go Jags!) and from an early age, children develop a bond with a team through their parents, grandparents and other family members.


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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could develop the same culture for the arts as we do for sports? The Jacksonville Symphony is committed to making the ability for parents and grandparents to pass their love of symphonic music to their children and grandchildren as easy as possible. For young children, we offer one-hour Family concerts. For older children, we offer a free ticket to Masterworks and Pops concerts with the purchase of an adult ticket. We’ve created new programs such as Symphonic Night at the Movies which features popular films performed to a live soundtrack. With titles ranging from last season’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to this spring’s Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, many of these are perfect for families. We expanded our Sunday matinee offerings for both Masterworks and Pops concerts to provide an accessible afternoon time for those who don’t like to drive at night, have to travel a great distance or simply can’t stay up that late.

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Now is the perfect time to introduce your loved ones to the music you have already discovered. Opera returns with the fairy tale classic, Hansel and Gretel, which features a full cast of singers, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, costumes, sets and larger-than-lifesize puppets. Seasonal favorites Holiday Pops, The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah also make a return. Our Masterworks series continues with music by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. For our older family members, don’t miss Pops concerts featuring Steven Reineke and the music of Frank Sinatra on New Years Eve, plus Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski’s return with the music of Journey, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and more. As always, our performances are only possible thanks to your support. To our patrons, members and sponsors, I thank you, and while this is the “Season of You,” it is also the season of giving, so please share the gift of music with those in your life that you love. You’ll be passing on a wonderful gift that will last a lifetime.


Robert Massey President and CEO

Profile for Jacksonville Symphony

Encore 2: 2016-2017  

An overview of programming for Jacksonville Symphony's 2016-2017 season. Includes profiles on musicians, guest artists, and concerts.

Encore 2: 2016-2017  

An overview of programming for Jacksonville Symphony's 2016-2017 season. Includes profiles on musicians, guest artists, and concerts.