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Led by Music Director Garrett Allman, this season will showcase the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven with performances of four of his best-known masterworks. The season also features some of the symphony’s best-loved traditions along with new surprises, including the annual Christmas program, special guest ensembles, virtuoso soloists, and much more!
The season opens September 28th when the orchestra is joined by saxophone soloist soloist Christian Secrist, Director of Bands at Illinois College and a new Jacksonville resident. The tribute to Beethoven also begins with the masterful Symphony No. 8.
On November 9th, in honor of Veterans Day, the Symphony will present “A Legacy of Honor” with the performance of Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory battle symphony and a special dramatic rendition of the Gettysburg address.
The annual Christmas concert, a traditional family favorite, will be held on Saturday December 14th, delighting audiences of all ages. Joining in the festive cheer will be the Symphony Chorale, Jacksonville High School Concert Choir, the Jacksonville Children’s Choir, and a special guest, the St. Louis Archdiocesan Handbell Choir.
On March 22nd, the symphony will continue its legacy of showcasing new talent with a performance by the Grand Prize winner of the Talent Among Us competition. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will be the featured piece, an iconic masterpiece and his most famous work.
The fifty-first season will come to a close on May 3rd with a special collaboration when the Orchestra and Chorale are joined by the Illinois College Choirs in a collection of opera choruses from the rowdy to the romantic. The season’s tribute to Beethoven will conclude with his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano, featuring former JSO concertmaster Aaron Jacobs with cellist Ka-Wai Yu and pianist Tatiana Shustova.
Season tickets are $60 and can be purchased by mail; see www.jaxsym.com for more information. Performances begin at 7:30 pm (3:00 pm for the Christmas concert) and are held at Rammelkamp Chapel on the Illinois College campus.