Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.
One of the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony offers a variety of live symphonic music in the acoustically superb Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, and engages the community in many ways throughout the First Coast and statewide.
Since 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony’s commitment to excellence has elevated our civic pride and quality of life. Serving the community both on and off the stage, the Jacksonville Symphony musicians are resident artists who enrich our lives in many ways, from performing in community venues, to teaching and mentoring our youth.
Nearly 80,000 individuals annually experience the musicians’ artistry through the Symphony’s comprehensive education and community engagement programs. Ensemble visits from Jacksonville Symphony musicians reach over 13,000 school children and 800 senior citizens. Many Symphony musicians also share their skills as coaches for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras and its Jump Start Strings program.
The Jacksonville Symphony’s 2016 – 2017 season is truly exciting, packed full of inspiring music. Courtney Lewis returns for his second full season as Music Director and has programmed an exceptionally diverse Masterworks program, increasing the number of concerts from 10 to 12. We have also increased our Pops programming to 12 concerts, and Symphony in 60 to four concerts.
The Jacksonville Symphony’s superior quality “offered a timely reminder of how much interesting music-making goes on outside what are traditionally regarded as major music centers,” as reported by the Toronto Star. The Jacksonville Symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and been broadcast nationally on Performance Today.
The Symphony’s performance history has featured collaborations with such renowned artists as Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman.
Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.
Mission & Vision
Mission – Our mission is to foster understanding of the interaction of people, wildlife, and their environment by:
Creating experiences that engage our guests
Providing fun and innovative educational opportunities
Funding operations, expansion and programs through an entrepreneurial spirit with public and private partnerships
Instilling passion in the next generation as responsible stewards of the future
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Vision is, “Inspiring discovery and appreciation”.
Theatre Jacksonville is a volunteer based community theatre whose mission is to enrich lives and broaden cultural understanding through community participation in theatre arts. This mission supports inclusion and the development of diversity in the Company’s artistic, volunteer, audience and donor bases. This goal is achieved through presenting plays and programs of noted artistic excellence, supporting volunteers and students with exceptional training and educational opportunities, and allowing for the development of unique and/or original performance projects and events by Florida artists.