Jacksonville’s Thriving Arts Scene: A Musical Mecca

So often we focus on what we’d like to change here in Jacksonville.  Certainly there is room for improvement.  While many are frustrated with some of Jacksonville’s policies, let’s not forget to celebrate our gems, including our arts scene.

Jacksonville is truly blessed with talent, past and present- visual artists, musicians, culinary greats, thespians.  We have plenty of venues to enjoy the arts, and our arts education is the envy of much larger cities.

But if you are a music lover, Jacksonville just may be your dream city.  Among our musical treasures is the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and its Jacoby Symphony Hall (Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2012-08-15/story/floridas-best-symphony-jacksonville#ixzz23iBzDrEB).   Between the JSO, the yearly Jazzfest, Friday Musicale, Ritz Chamber Players, Riverside Fine Arts Series, the library’s Music@Main series, and musical theater productions, you’ll always have options to get your musical fix.

If country, Christian, rock/pop, or other contemporary music is more your style, Jacksonville offers major concerts at the Veterans Memorial Arena.  For less mainstream artists, the beautiful Florida Theater or local clubs are sure to host some of your faves.

To feed this artistic energy, Jacksonville has a rich history of fostering budding artists and musicians.  With the national recognition achieved by La Villa School of the Arts Middle School, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (two time winner of the National Grammy Signature school award, indicating it is the best high school music program in the country)  and the UNF Music Flagship Program,  our arts education would rival that of any major arts destination in the country.

Music lovers rejoice!  It’s a great time to be in Jacksonville.

Photo and caption via The Times-Union-A community treasure. Members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performed at John Stockton Elementary School in 2008. Each season more than 80,000 young people benefit from symphony performances. Only two other cities in Florida have a full-time symphony, and none have a venue like Jacoby Hall.
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