Jacksonville Symphony to stream program planned for cancelled SHIFT festival in D.C.

Posted on: March 17, 2020

“The Jacksonville Symphony has canceled all concerts through the end of March, but that doesn’t mean they won’t play,” writes Tom Szaroleta in Friday’s (3/13) Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville). The orchestra live-streamed an abbreviated version of its March 14 “Give My Regards to Broadway” concert for free at Jacksonville’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, “with no audience in attendance … at http://jaxsymphony.org/live … the symphony’s YouTube channel or … its Facebook page…. The symphony will also perform ‘SHIFT: Kennedy Center Bound’ at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, on the same streaming sites. That’s a program that the symphony had planned on performing in Washington, D.C., at [the SHIFT] music festival, which has since been canceled. The program includes two original pieces about Jacksonville written specifically for the symphony … ‘Providing greater accessibility to symphonic music has always been one of our priorities,’ said Courtney Lewis, music director of the symphony. ‘We are happy to have the opportunity to continue sharing music with Jacksonville even under these circumstances.’ Other symphonies around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, are … broadcasting their music to patrons who cannot see live performances.” SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, scheduled for March 23-29 in Washington D.C., had been slated to bring the Jacksonville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to the Kennedy Center and venues in the D.C. area for concerts and community events.