Jacksonville Symphony announces final season under Mechetti

Posted on: February 6, 2012

In Saturday’s (2/3) Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), Charlie Patton writes, “Although maestro Fabio Mechetti will remain with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for part of the 2013-14 season, next season will be the last season for which he is fully engaged in planning and conducting. So in planning the 2012-13 season, which was announced Friday, Mechetti. the symphony’s music director and principal conductor, said he scheduled works that are personal favorites but have rarely, if ever, been performed in Jacksonville. Those works include the season’s final concert, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, which takes place May 12-13, 2013. … The season’s opening weekend will feature the same program with which Mechetti opened his first full season in 2000. It includes Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, which Mechetti called one of his all-time favorites and one of the most revolutionary works in music history. The season will also include several pieces never played in Jacksonville before. Among these will be Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, the ‘Leningrad’ symphony, which will be performed Jan. 25-26. … The Masterworks concert of April 4-6 will feature another first-time piece for Jacksonville, Henri Dutilleux’s Metaboles.”

Posted February 6, 2012