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“Nice but got bored” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
300 W Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
904 354 5479
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Ranked #2 of 74 Activities in Jacksonville
Type: Concerts, Symphonies, Performances
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Callahan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice but got bored”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I remember seeing the Jax Symphony when I was younger and they played a variety of music for an audience of all ages. Now it seems they stick to music for the older generation. I am now the older generation but my heart stays young. Perk it up... play music that make us feel our younger years. Surprise us and keep our attention. I don't want to fall asleep while there. Otherwise love it.

Visited April 2012
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Jacksonville, FL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Not up to the stardard expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We like opera, but are not experts. Nevertheless, we watch opera on DVD's at home and have attended operas in other cities, including the Met in NYC, Alla Scala in Milan, and Sydney. So we do have a basis for comparison. Perhaps Otello is too far from "common" for those of us who don't know opera well, but we found this opera and the performance to be average at best. Certainly the music was excellently performed, but the voices, with few exceptions, failed to project well (We were in the first row of the balcony, AAA), and few of the arias were exciting. The worst thing about this presentation was near last part of the opera, there is a sudden display of the chorus and dancers as though it were the end of the opera, expecting applause. This was crazy! I have never seen such a thing. Since the remainder of the opera included only the main characters, and these others were no longer needed, they would get their applause then, and could be released to go home (so as not to be on the payroll???). In any case, it was a very poor way to present these cast members and not provide them with the opportunity to be presented at the end of the opera like those in the main part of the cast.

Visited February 2013
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Saint Marys, GA
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The performance of Mr Hadelich was brilliant. The Jacksonville Symphonic did an extraordinary job too. Such talent is not seen very often. If you have the chance, you need to attend.

Visited February 2013
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Jacksonville, Fla.
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8 attraction reviews
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“"Dueling Pianos"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The JSO Pops Series as well as the Special Events series, is one of the jewels of Jacksonville. We are very proud of our JSO and audience support has always been very high. Rarely, if ever, are there financial problems.
This concery featured father and son duo on piano and multiple trumpets; simply fantastic! Maestro was on top of everything, and the orchestra performed up to its usual superlative fashion. Jacoby Hall, within the Times-Union Cultural Center, is a perfect venue for concerts of all types, and particularly the Symphony. We are season-ticket holders and try very hard not to miss a single concert. We are also "supporters", as we would hope others would do as well. Top notch performers within the orchestra and guest performers (like Itzach Perlman and Yo Yo Ma) are tough acts to come by, be we in the city of Jacksonville have been very fortunate to be able to enjoy these splendid performances. If you are not a follower of JSO, then you should be. You can choose from the MasterWorks Series (serious symphonic pieces), the Pops series (more light and entertaining Broadway and current musical ideations), Broadway series (the name says it all!) to the Coffee Series (where you can hear various compositions over coffee during the day.
I applaud our Symphony and would urge all folks in and around Jacksonville and NE Florida to take advantage of this great asset.

Visited January 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“World Class Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Good music and great venues. I like the variety of offerings and themes. I attend the New Year's Eve celebration each year and have a blast.

Visited January 2013
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