Jacksonville Symphony schedules free community concerts


The Jacksonville Symphony is offering three free community concerts as part of the Mayo Clinic Community Concert Series this week, with a fifth scheduled in the spring.

Dates and locations for the community concerts are as follows:

Nov. 1: Artwalk at Hemming Park, 6:30 p.m.; The Bethel Church, 7 p.m.

Nov. 2: Seawalk Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Nov. 3: First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, 1600 S. 8th St., 12:30 p.m.

May 2: Artwalk at Hemming Park, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30p.m.

The community concert series is sponsored by Mayo Clinic. The Nov. 4 community concert is also made possible through help from ARIAS, Amelia Residents in Action for the Symphony.

Jacksonville Symphony assistant conductor Deanna Tham will be conducting the concerts throughout the community.


Symphony to offer family fun with ‘Lift Off!’ Nov. 4

The Symphony will also present its first Family Series concert of the season at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts.

The Symphony’s adventure through air and space, “Lift Off!” will be led by JSYO Principal Conductor and Jacksonville Symphony Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham. The Symphony’s family concerts are designed for fun-filled, family engagement and for children from infancy to the age of 10.

The program will feature family-fun works from “Star Trek Through the Years” to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” to introduce younger symphony goers to classic symphonic music. Families will be able to hear bees buzzing throughout the hall with a rendition of “Flight of the Bumblebee,” as well as an arrangement of the well-known theme from the movie “The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons.”

The Jacksonville Symphony family concerts feature free pre-concert activities, starting at 2 p.m., which include an instrument zoo presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Guild, and crafts that are tied to the theme of each concert.