Beaches Fine Arts Series to present Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on May 26


Beaches Fine Arts Series closes its 50th anniversary season of concerts featuring performers from its history by presenting the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a concert of patriotic music, celebrating Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 26. The orchestra has appeared 16 times in the series, more than any other ensemble.

The music will begin with “America the Beautiful” and conclude with a Festival Overture on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the concert will include famed pieces by Strauss, Copland and James Weldon Johnson. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Arrive early for seating for this free performance.

A champagne reception follows the concert, with an art exhibit by Lisa Lofton.

In its 73 seasons, the Jacksonville Symphony has brought exceptional music to listeners in the community, across Florida and far beyond. Annually, it reaches more than 113,000 individuals with more than 125 performances.

The orchestra maintains a roster of some of the world’s finest musicians in performances that continue to reach new levels of artistic excellence.

Lofton is the president of the Art Center Cooperative Inc. and the vice president of the Jacksonville Artists’ Guild. She is also a member of the Art League of Jacksonville.

She enjoys the use of a variety of mediums but works primarily with acrylic on canvas. Her current works depict Jacksonville and Florida. Her paintings are influenced by the architecture, people, landscape and industry of her city and state. Her bright illustrative style invites an emotional connection to a time and place. 

Lofton enjoys the combination of bright acrylic colors, washes, charcoal, resin and ink. She is continuing to work on an ongoing series titled, “Vintage Florida. She has been commissioned to depict local buildings, cityscapes and Jacksonville iconography.

The concert will be held at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th St. North, Jacksonville Beach.

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