The Jacksonville Symphony (JSA) is an orchestra based in Jacksonville, Florida.
As one of a handful of American orchestras with its own dedicated concert hall, the Jacksonville Symphony performs the majority of its programs in the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall is a concert hall primarily used for orchestral performances. The hall is modeled after the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. It is designed in a shoebox shaped, similar to many European venues. It is known as a pure concert hall, providing an intimate setting with no stage curtains, orchestra pit, fly space or backstage wings. It houses The Bryan Concert Organ, which is a rebuilt Casavant Frères pipe organ. It is the home to the Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Seating over 1,700 guests, it also used as an intimate concert venue.
Founded in 1949, Jacksonville's symphony is one of Florida's longest-standing orchestras and hosted renowned artists such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Arthur Fiedler, Victor Borge, Jack Benny, Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Midori Gotō, Leon Fleisher, Art Garfunkel, Victoria Livengood, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Pinchas Zukerman, Frederica von Stade, Andre Watts, Horacio Gutierrez, André Previn, Ravi Shankar, Henry Mancini, Isaac Stern, Leontyne Price, Olivia Newton-John, Van Cliburn, Rudolph Nureyev, Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Eugenia Zukerman, Roberta Peters, Leonard Bernstein, and Sarah Chang. The Jacksonville Symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall, most recently in 1998.
The Jacksonville Symphony also performs in venues that vary from schools and senior citizen centers to stages throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States. Local listeners can hear weekly JSO broadcasts on WJCT-FM. The Jacksonville Symphony has reached a national audience with appearances on National Public Radio's Performance Today and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.
The Jacksonville Symphony offers a variety of live symphonic music reaching a large number of residents throughout Florida and an annual attendance exceeding 200,000. Nearly one-third of these residents are children, who benefit from the Symphony's educational programs, including concerts, Jump Start Strings after-school enrichment, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to a season schedule of approximately 130 concerts, Symphony musicians give educational ensemble performances in schools and senior centers, reaching nearly 15,000 students and 1,500 seniors in the four-county area.
1950-1952 Van Lier Lanning
1952-1962 James Christian Pfohl
1962-1969 John Carina
1969-1970 Daniell Revenaugh
1971-1983 Willis Page
1984-1998 Roger Nierenberg
1999-2014 Fabio Mechetti
2015–Present Courtney Lewis (conductor)
Select concerts performed by the Jacksonville Symphony are broadcast Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on 89.9 FM WJCT Public Radio. "89.9 Presents the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra" is a one-hour program featuring performance highlights – recorded in Jacoby Symphony Hall – and conversation with Jacksonville Symphony musicians along with guest artists from the program's performance.
2006: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (Orff)
Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Jean, Betty B. (1999). The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: Fifty Years of Great Music. Jacksonville: Jacksonville Symphony Association. ISBN 1-879894-18-1
Jacksonville Symphony Official website