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Symphony hosts a Full March with Annual Gala and Trip to Washington, D.C.

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2020


The month of March holds important performances for the Jacksonville Symphony. The 2020 Symphony Gala will take place on Saturday, March 7 with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and the orchestra will travel to Washington, D.C. for SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras.


March 1 – Inside Beethoven’s Chamber Music

WJCT Studios

  • Sunday at 3 p.m.

Recently announced, this concert will take place at WJCT Studios. Experience the Jacksonville Symphony in a more intimate setting. Three chamber ensembles will perform some of Beethoven’s pathbreaking music in the WJCT studio. Join Music Director Courtney Lewis and WJCT’s CEO David McGowan as they discuss the magic and electricity of Beethoven’s chamber music.


March 1 – Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras Spring Concert

Deanna Tham, conductor

  • Sunday at 5 p.m.


The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras perform their annual spring concert, led by Principal Conductor Deanna Tham. The evening will feature five levels of student musicians and feature pieces from Holst, Berlioz and Shostakovich.


March 7 – 2020 Symphony Gala

Courtney Lewis, conductor

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

  • Saturday at 7 p.m.


Susan Graham – hailed by the New York Times as, “an artist to treasure” – has risen to the highest echelon of international performers. She is a familiar face at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at major international venues such as The Paris Opera, The Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl. This GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano will sing music by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lehár, Ravel and more.


Patrons can also purchase seats or tables to join us for the post-concert Symphony Gala event, which includes the VIP red carpet reception and silent auction before the concert, plus a seated dinner and live auction after the performance. The VIP red carpet, pre-concert reception also available as a ticket add-on to patrons just wishing to attend the concert.


Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Susan Graham’s operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. A familiar face at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, she also maintains a strong international presence at such key venues as Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Santa Fe Opera and the Hollywood Bowl. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, and has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music. Although a native of Texas, she was awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” both for her popularity as a performer in France and in honor of her commitment to French music.


This season, Graham makes her role debut as Herodias in Francisco Negrin’s production of Richard Strauss’ Salome at Houston Grand Opera and reprises her celebrated portrayal of Mrs. Patrick De Rocher, mother of the convicted murderer, in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s company premiere of Dead Man Walking. In concert, she sings Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre and excerpts from Les Troyens with Donald Runnicles and the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the Berlin Musikfest, revisits her signature interpretation of the composer’s Les nuits d’été with the Vancouver Symphony, and headlines the Jacksonville Symphony 2020 Gala.


March 13/14 – Give My Regards to Broadway

Fidelity National Financial Pops Series

Steven Reineke, conductor

Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

  • Friday at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday at 8 p.m.


Broadway World said, “Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers.” Reineke leads the Jacksonville Symphony and the Symphony Chorus in a performance of many of your Broadway favorites, including selections from Chicago, West Side Story and Cats. Join us for an evening of hits from the Great White Way.


March 19/20/21 – SHIFT: Kennedy Center Bound

Florida Blue Masterworks Series

Raymond James Coffee Series

Regency Centers Symphony in 60 Series

Courtney Lewis, conductor

Anthony McGill, clarinet

  • Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday at 11 a.m.
  • Friday at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.


The SHIFT Festival “…celebrates the vitality, identity and extraordinary artistry of orchestras…” Hear the program the Jacksonville Symphony will perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts just a few days later. A program built around the influence of jazz on classical music, the selections include two pieces written specifically for the Symphony and Jacksonville: Duke Ellington’s Celebration, written for the City of Jacksonville’s 150th Anniversary, and Courtney Bryan’s Bridges. The New York Philharmonic’s Anthony McGill returns for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, written for jazz-great Benny Goodman. The Coffee and Symphony in 60 Series performances will be an abbreviated program.


A more detailed news release surrounding the SHIFT Festival will be sent out in the coming days.


March 29 – Peter and the Wolf

Family Series Concert

Gonzalo Farias, conductor

  • Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Crafts and Family Activities at 2 p.m.


For the final Family Concert of the season, actor Michael Boudewyns returns to the Jacksonville Symphony with the timeless tale of boy and wolf. Prokofiev’s classic story and music have entertained and inspired kids and families for generations.


All performances listed will take place in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted.


Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the Ticket Office at 904.354.5547. Most Masterworks and Pops tickets start at $19.



Sydney Schless

Director of Marketing & Communications

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