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Handel’s Messiah Tonight

Jacoby Hall Jacksonville, FLHarried by all the hustle and bustle of Christmas?  For a change of pace,  come to  Jacoby Hall tonight and hear Handel’s beloved Messiah.   Donald McCullough conducts our own Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with guest soloists.

This concert is a longtime Christmas tradition in Jacksonville, and will likely be a sellout.  Come early!


Weekend in Jacksonville Nov 2-4, 2012

It’s a beautiful weekend to be out and about in our River City.  Looking for something to do?  Here are a few suggestions:

Jacksonville Agricultural Fair:  The Fair is here again with exhibits, rides, music, food, and fun for the entire family.  Come celebrate our heritage, culture and community.  October 31-November 11 downtown at the Fairgrounds.  www.JacksonvilleFair.com

Northeast Florida Veg Fest: Saturday, November 3, 10:00am – 5:00 pm, at Riverside Park. Cooking demonstrations, speakers, live music, animal rescue groups, games and more.  www.neVegFest.org

Jacksonville Symphony: Music of John Denver, Saturday, November 3rd, 8:00 pm at Jacoby Hall.  www.JaxSymphony.org

Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Jacksonville.  It’s also a great time to enjoy a state park, one of our national historic sites,  a walk along our Riverwalk, or a stroll on the beach (the tourists are gone now).

Have a wonderful weekend!


Enjoy an Intimate Fine Arts Concert

Fall is in the air, and with the change in season, there is much to do in Jacksonville, Florida.  Many newcomers are surprised to learn that we don’t spend all our time at the beach in the Sunshine State, and that we have  many varied cultural events in our vibrant city.

Today, I would like to focus on two of my favorite chamber music/recital series: the Riverside Fine Arts Series and the Beaches Fine Arts Series.

The Riverside Fine Arts Series opens its Concert Series Friday, October 12th, at 8:00 with Julian Lage, guitarist.  November events include the Bohemian Quartet, November 16th, and the Empire Brass, November 29th.  Enjoy world-class music in an intimate atmosphere at the Church of the Good Shepherd  in historic Riverside.  Tickets are $25 with season discounts available.

The Riverside Fine Arts Organ Series opens this Thursday, October 11th, at 7:30 p.m. with Felix Hell performing with the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacoby Hall.

In 1972, the Beaches Fine Arts Series began offering world class music and dance in a series of 8 free programs annually.  Most concerts are held at the stunning St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL.  Upcoming performances include the American Boy Choir,  Sunday November 21st at 4:30 and the American Brass Quintet,  Friday November 9th at 7:30 p.m.

There’s even a reception after each of the Riverside Fine Arts Series and the Beaches Fine Arts Series performances, where you can meet and greet the performers, enjoy visual art work from regional artists, and perhaps pick up an autographed CD!




Attend a Jacksonville Symphony Concert

Everyone knows we have a major league football team, but did you also know we have a major league symphony orchestra?  In writing this post, I must admit to being partial.  After all, I was a music major and originally came to Jacksonville as a teacher and violinist in the symphony.  But our orchestra is truly one of the finest in the nation!

Don’t know much about classical music?  No problem!  The Jacksonville Symphony offers a variety of programs relevant to today’s audience.  From the classic masterpieces to contemporary works, a pops series, theater, opera,  family concerts and more, there is  something for everyone.

Each year, over 80,000 students  benefit from the Orchestra’s educational programs, including in-school concerts and Youth Orchestra organizations.  Symphony members are also outstanding community partners, performing in various venues throughout the state.

Performances are at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  There’s one more opportunity to hear them this season in a concert featuring  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony,  Friday, June 1  (11:00 am) and Saturday, June 2 (8:00 pm).

Now is also the perfect time to check out next season’s schedule. Visit Symphony’s website for best prices and seating.