Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2009-10 season, the orchestra’s sixtieth, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville. Its masterworks series, under the direction of Resident Conductor Michael  Butterman, begins on September 25 with Copland’s Lincoln Portrait narrated by actor Clifton Davis, as well as Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Barber’s Violin Concerto with soloist Anne Akiko Meyers. During the season the orchestra will perform symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Tchaikovsky; soloists scheduled to perform with the orchestra include cellist Alisa Weilerstein, violinist Chee-Yun, and pianists Kirill Gerstein, Antti Siirala, and Van Cliburn gold medalist Haochen Zhang. In January violinist Itzhak Perlman will join the orchestra for a 60th-anniversary celebration concert. The orchestra will play three performances of Oklahoma! with the Alhambra Theatre and one staged performance of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and soloists to be announced. The orchestra’s annual Fresh Ink composers’ competition—two readings and a concert—will take place in May, with guest composer/mentor William Bolcom. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead concerts focusing on songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole; American patriotic songs, with gospel vocalist Sandi Patty; holiday pops, with vocalist Lynn Roberts and the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and Children’s Chorus; and film music of John Williams.

Posted August 11, 2009