St. Augustine, Fla. (September 15, 2015) – The Jacksonville Symphony, in partnership with the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will open its 2015-2016 Symphony season with Beethoven and More at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, October 1, 2015. This event is free, open to the public and a part of the Jacksonville Symphony’s Community Concert Series.
The Jacksonville Symphony presents Beethoven and More will be led by Music Director Courtney Lewis and feature three pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Gyorgi Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto and Bedrich Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau). The October 1 concert event at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is one of three free community concerts hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony which are designed to give North Florida residents a chance to sample what’s in store for the upcoming Symphony season. Unity Plaza and Jacoby Hall at the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville will host the other two community concert events on October 2 and October 3, respectively. The free community concerts are the prelude to the Symphony’s opening weekend which will be October 9, 10 and 11.
“The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is very excited to partner with the Jacksonville Symphony to present this community concert as it will provide a type of programming that we have been working towards and consistently receive requests for,” said Ryan Murphy, General Manager of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. “And to offer the community this kind of concert experience at no charge makes this partnership even more exceptional.”
“Courtney [Lewis] and I believe that it is important for the Symphony to reach out to all of North Florida,” said Robert Massey, President and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony Association. “This is an opportunity for people to sample symphonic music and enjoy the live experience. It is our way of saying thank you for so many years of support from the community.”
The Jacksonville Symphony is North Florida’s leading music nonprofit offering live performances at Jacoby Hall in the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts and other venues throughout the area. Founded in 1949, the Symphony is ranked among the nation’s top regional orchestras. The Symphony is under the direction of Music Director Courtney Lewis and President and CEO Robert Massey. This year will be the first full season for both Lewis and Massey. This leadership change has spawned a new direction for the Symphony including unique events such as Symphony in 60 and Symphonic Nights at the Movies. Courtney Lewis is introducing a new repertoire to patrons with a focus on reaching out to all of the area’s residents. The Symphony is also the community’s leader in music education for children, serving four county school districts. Besides offering free tickets to children under the age of 18 for selected Masterworks, and other special youth pricing, there are several programs to foster music education including Jump Start Strings and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The Jacksonville Symphony presents Beethoven and More on Thursday, October 1 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is free and open to the public. No tickets are required and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis on the night of the performance.
SHOW: The Jacksonville Symphony presents Beethoven and More
VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
DATE: Thursday, October 1, 2015
TIME: Doors 6:00pm / Show 7:00pm
TICKET PRICES: Free Admission
WEBSITE: www.jaxsymphony.org; www.staugamphitheatre.com
LOCAL CONTACT: Dianya Markovits, Marketing and Community Relations Manager