Jacksonville Symphony announces 75th season


The Jacksonville Symphony has announced its 75th season, which will be filled with exceptional programming, special events and new, vibrant branding that depicts Jacksonville’s sunrises and rivers, reflecting the symphony’s deep connection to the city and its surroundings. 

“It is with great joy and excitement that we unveil the Jacksonville Symphony’s 75th season,” said Steven B. Libman, symphony president and CEO. “Over the past seven decades, the symphony has served as the fabric of Jacksonville's cultural landscape, weaving together the threads of music and community spirit through uplifting experiences. This milestone is a testament to our mission of reaching new artistic heights year after year. The 2024-25 season promises to soar to an even higher caliber.” 

To commemorate this benchmark season, the symphony plans special performances, beginning with Opening Night: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” on Sept. 21. This program features operatic megastars Ailyn Pérez and Isabel Leonard (who starred in the film “Maestro” with Bradley Cooper), the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, University of North Florida Chorale, Jacksonville University Singers and the full power of the Jacksonville Symphony. 

Kicking off the Pops Series is the world premiere of “Parrots + Palms: The Songs of Buffett & Fins,” co-produced by the Jacksonville Symphony and Spot-On Entertainment. This show celebrates the life, vibe and legendary songs of Jimmy Buffett and his musical “fins,” including Zac Brown, Van Morrison, Bob Marley and more in a groundbreaking tribute. 

One of the most important season highlights is the return of Violins of Hope: Building Bridges Through the Power of Music. This internationally acclaimed concert series features restored instruments once owned by Holocaust victims before and during World War II, demonstrating the power of resilience and the importance of remembrance.

“This season holds a special place in our hearts, reflecting on our rich history and unwavering commitment to artistic excellence,” said symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis. “Each meticulously curated performance serves as a testament to our dedication to providing unforgettable musical experiences. Our anniversary season heralds a new dawn, marked by exceptional programming and a revitalized brand embodying pride for our community, the vitality of our performances ... and the energy of our orchestra.” 

Additional 2024-25 season highlights include 11 Florida Blue Classical concerts featuring masterpieces such as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”; three world premieres by Conrad Tao, Carlos Simon and Brittany J. Green; more than 40 guest artists, including pianist Joyce Yang, guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and the Marcus Roberts Trio; 10 pops concerts with music from artists like Cher, Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder and The Righteous Brothers; holiday specials including the return of Holiday Pops, First Coast Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, now with two new additions: Big Band Holiday and Holiday Brass, Organ & Percussion; three “Symphonic Night at the Movies” programs: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” in Concert, “Star Wars: A New Hope” in Concert and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” in Concert; and much more! 

Subscriptions are on sale now to current subscribers looking to renew. Single tickets and new subscriptions are available beginning July 8. 

To view the season and learn more about the new brand, go to JaxSymphony.org or call the Box Office at 904-354-5547.