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Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Jacksonville, Florida) Collection, 1961-

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu.
Terms of Access:
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Jacksonville, Florida) Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) in Jacksonville, Florida, was founded in September 1949, and its sixty-three year history since reflects its development and current standing as a significant cultural resource. The collection provides historical documentation of the musical concerts and performances, and events and activities of the JSO from 1961 to date. The core of the collection are print ephemera, including event and performance programs, subscribers' cards and invitations, and publicity and news items. Of particular interest are source materials from the Grand Opening of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in 1997, and the Jacksonville Symphony Guild Designer Showhouses from 1977.
Extent:
3.00 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Jacksonville, Florida) Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) in Jacksonville, Florida, was founded in September 1949, and its sixty-three year history since reflects its development and current standing as a significant cultural resource. The collection provides historical documentation of the musical concerts and performances, and events and activities of the JSO from 1961 to date. The core of the collection are print ephemera, including event and performance programs, subscribers' cards and invitations, and publicity and news items. Of particular interest are source materials from the Grand Opening of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in 1997, and the Jacksonville Symphony Guild Designer Showhouses from 1977.

Biographical / Historical:

Founded on September 21, 1949, by charter of the Florida Circuit Court, the first performance of the JSO was held on March 8, 1950, with Music Director Van Lier Lanning conducting. Early performance venues included the Duval Armory, George Washington Hotel Auditorium, and the Prudential Building. Music directors included: Van Lier Lanning, 1950-1952; James Christian Pfohl, 1952-1962; John Canarina, 1962-1969; Daniell Revenaugh, 1969-1970; Willis Page, 1971-1983; Roger Nierenberg, 1984-1998; Fabio Mechetti, 1999- . The following events are significant highlights in the development of the orchestra: **Jacksonville Civic Auditorium named JSO's permanent venue (1962) **Performances by renowned artists include: Isaac Stern (1955, 1987); Andres Segovia (1956); Beverly Sills (1957, 1977); Arthur Fiedler (1968, 1970-71, 1973, 1975, 1977); Jack Benny (1970); Birgit Nilsson (1971); Duke Ellington (1972); Roberta Peters (1973, 1977, 1980, 1989); Van Cliburn (1973, 1976); Benny Goodman (1976); Robert Merrill (1976); Yehudi Menuhin (1978); Marilyn Horne (1980, 1998); Leontyne Price (1986); Kiri Te Kanawa (1989); Frederica von Stade (1989, 2010); Luciano Pavarotti (1989); Itzhak Perlman (1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2009); Rudolph Nureyev (1990); Joshua Bell (1991, 1994, 1998, 2012); Kathleen Battle (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003); Yo-Yo Ma (1995); Pinchas Zukerman (1997); Mstislav Rostropovich (2002); Midori (2006) **Willis Page named new music director (1971) **Symphony performs at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York (1972) **Roger Nierenberg named new music director (1984) **Luciano Pavarotti performs with the Symphony at the Jacksonville Coliseum (1989) **Opening of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, new home of the Symphony (1997) **Fabio Mechetti named new music director (1999) **First grand opera, Puccini's Tosca, performed (2001) **JSO produces first commercial recording, Carmina Burana (2005) **JSO celebrates 60th anniversary (2009-2010 season) **Conductor Fabio Mechetti announces the 2012-2013 season will be his last full season

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Acquisition information:

Items acquired via the donations of Linda L. Smith and Archives staff. It is anticipated that items will continue to be added

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