Courtney Lewis makes his debut as music director designate to open the 2014-15 Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra season! The new season features Tony winner Audra McDonald, Porgy & Bess, Jim Brickman, Beethoven’s “Emperor” and Mozart’s Requiem! Event presentations include Diana Krall, the Royal Philharmonic and Garrison Keillor. More after the jump!
Courtney Lewis, conducting the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
(Jacksonville, Fla. – August 21, 2014) A new era for the Jacksonville Symphony begins when conductor Courtney Lewis signals the downbeat on opening night of the 2014-15 season. Lewis makes his debut as music director designate on September 26 and 27.
The young British conductor is making his mark on the national scene, while also holding the assistant conductor position of the New York Philharmonic. While Lewis returns to conduct the Jacksonville Symphony in May, he’s busy at work creating exciting programs for his first full season as music director, which begins in the fall of 2015.
A season of majestic masterpieces highlights the 2014-15 Florida Blue Masterworks Series. The music begins with Lewis on the podium leading Berlioz’ orchestral showpiece, Symphonie Fantastique. Highlights also include an all-Mozart program featuring A Little Night Music and the Symphony No. 40. More Mozart continues with his final testament, the moving Requiem.
Beethoven’s mastery abounds with the regal Emperor Concerto, the poetic Pastoral Symphony and epic Missa Solemnis. Also featured are George Gershwin’s jazz-age masterpiece, the Concerto in F and Bartok’s stunning Concerto for Orchestra with Courtney Lewis on the podium. Rising star classical artists will take the spotlight, including pianists Gabriela Martinez and Andrew von Oeyen, violinists James Ehnes and Fumiaki Miura and cellist Johannes Moser.
Jacksonville Symphony special events are sure to draw thousands of new and returning concert-goers, including an evening with six-time Tony-winning sensation Audra McDonald, contemporary pianist Jim Brickman bringing the sounds of the holiday season, an opera-in-concert production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and a fully-staged production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty.
Star-studded event presentations, without the Jacksonville Symphony performing, include five-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall, Christmas with The King’s Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman, and America’s favorite radio host and storyteller, the enchanting Garrison Keillor.
The 2014-15 Fidelity National Financial Pops Series, assembled by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, is a season of music that everyone loves. The lineup is headlined by legendary songwriter and entertainer Paul Williams, creator of hits for The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand and even Kermit the Frog. The series also features the music of Simon & Garfunkel, A “Salute to America" featuring the United States Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, music of the “Mad Men” era, romantic hits on Valentine’s Weekend, a tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, and “Classic Soul” featuring chart-topping hits from Motown.
A variety of community engagement activities are also planned, including free “Cover the Town with Sound” performances by small ensembles of Jacksonville Symphony musicians, “Musical Storybooks” early-learning concerts for pre-K children, and “Symphony 101” luncheons followed by an open rehearsal.
For those who prefer daytime events, programs also include the Family Series for young children, parents and grandparents, the Mayo Clinic Coffee Series and the Sunday afternoon CertusBank Matinee Series.
Tickets are available by calling the Jacksonville Symphony Box Office at 904.354.5547. For complete information, log on to jaxsymphony.org, like Jacksonville Symphony on Facebook or follow on Twitter @jaxsymphony.