Through generous donation and support, the Jacksonville Jewish Center is proud to announce the creation of the Jacksonville Jewish Center Music Series. Each year the music series will provide opportunities for our Jacksonville Jewish Community to come together for outstanding musical performances at the Center. This past year, The synagogue co-hosted our local Civic Orchestra, New York City based Pharaoh's Daughter as well as a number of partnership concerts with the Jacksonville Symphony, culminating with a sold out performance of the entire Jacksonvilly Symphony. As Hazzan Jesse Holzer puts it, "Our synagogue is home to amazing music, both Jewish and secular. To have partnerships that bring in both young and old is truly a delight to see. We want to be at the forefront of music here in Jacksonville. When they see our logo on an ad, they know they'll be in for a high level, highly musical experience."
The 2017 - 2018 Jacksonville Jewish Center Music Series kicks off Tuesday, November 14 with a concert featuring Jacksonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. From the Conductor, Deanna Tham, Jacksonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents two exciting pieces centered around war. We explore two Russian composers and their take on how the experience of war affects man. Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale depicts a soldier’s journey home from service as he is waylaid by the devil, who takes his life on a different path. Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 110 is the composer’s biographical reaction to the regime change in his country, containing such specific imagery as his own initials, prison songs, and police in the dead of night. It is an insightful and intriguing examination of the human spirit.
On Sunday December 10, the Jacksonville Civic Orchestra will offer their Fall concert that highlights a number of Jewish music themes. The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville, an all -volunteer 60 musician ensemble, performs a FREE family concert at the Center, on Sunday, December 10. “Jewish Composers and Themes” is a fun and festive concert featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story Overture, Giacomo Meyerbeer’s The Prophet, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris as well as the hauntingly beautiful Kol Nidre by Max Bruch featuring cellist Tim Stephen. Immediately after the concert, the audience is invited to a Kosher cake and punch reception that includes an exhibition of artwork by Civic Orchestra Artist-in -Residence Melinda Gopp and the students of the Martin J. Gotlieb Day School whose work is inspired by Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, composed by Bill Halcombe.
On Monday February 5, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts will partner with the Jacksonville Jewish Center to highlight DA's nationally acclaimed vocal department. The season's final concert is of personal significance to Hazzan Holzer as four cantorial colleagues and friends visit Jacksonville for a "Divas on the Bima" concert. Three of the four performers were students with Hazzan Holzer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the fourth cantor is the current President of the Cantors Assembly, the largest organization of hazzanim in the world. The Concert will take place on Sunday, April 29, the culmination of the synagogue's Sisterhood Shabbat weekend.