Jacksonville Symphony begins 70th anniversary season

September 9, 2018 by  

This September, the Jacksonville Symphony will start its 70th season. Local companies may be giving subscriptions to this year’s performances as corporate gifts.

The second annual Fanfare series open the season. Symphony’s music director Courtney Lewis will conduct, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis will be the special guest. The program will be Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, John Williams’s Escapades for Saxophone, Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone, and Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice et Benedict.

The music of John Williams will be the next week. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead the symphony in an evening of familiar Williams movie scores such as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars.

A 60-minute version of Beethoven Symphony No. 4 will be the orchestral centerpiece the following Friday. It will be presented between a happy hour and an on-stage after party.

A full Beethoven’s 4th Symphony followed by Ein Heldenieben by Strauss will be presented the following two evenings. All performances will be in Robert I. Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 Water Street.

Fanfare’s opening night will be next Saturday, September 15, with the curtain going up at 8:00 pm.

The music of John Williams will be held September 21 and 22 beginning at 8:00, with a coffee morning from 11:00 am until noon on the first day.

Symphony in 60 will be September 27 beginning at 6:30 pm, with the full symphony presented on September 28 and 29.