Jacksonville Symphony looks ahead—and back, at its “season of firsts”

Posted on: July 7, 2022

“The Jacksonville Symphony has just concluded our glorious 2021-22 season, and we could not be happier,” writes Steven Libman, president and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony in last Sunday’s (6/26) Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville). “This was our first full season in two years that did not have physical distancing, and we did not have to cancel a single concert…. We entered the 2020-21 season under strict safety and physical distancing guidelines. This allowed us to offer 72 concerts to 37,802 patrons. However, for our 2021-22 season, we were able to offer 75 concerts…. We continue to believe that the Jacksonville Symphony offers our beloved community the joy of symphonic music…. The season that just concluded was, in so many ways, ‘a season of firsts.’ We launched the David M. Hicks Mozart Piano Concerto Series … [and] our first Concert Organ Series … and we held our first-ever Pride Night…. We also received our first-ever grant from the League of American Orchestras’ Catalyst Fund, in partnership with the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation … to help us advance our innovative work with new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives…. Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.”