The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1949, and currently plays at the 1,800 seat Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts downtown. Over the years, the orchestra has hosted renowned artists such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Luciano Pavarotti. It’s currently led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti, who has been in the position since 1999. He will be stepping down in May, but not until helming productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Requiem in the spring. The Jacksonville Symphony also partners with Duval County and three other public school systems to provide some 84,000 children the opportunity to both listen to and participate in youth-oriented symphony events. The orchestra’s charitable works, world-class facility and enduring star power have helped keep Jacksonville culture on the map for decades.
This historical 1920s movie palace—one of just a handful left in Florida—was the site of a famous Elvis Presley performance. In 1956, local judge Marion Gooding sat through the show to ensure the teen heartthrob’s moves didn’t get too suggestive. Nowadays, the authorities don’t police the gyrations of the musicians, comedians, actors, and dancers who appear among its vaulted ceilings and Moorish decor.
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Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this theater has the restaurant just for you.
Bring the whole clan to this theater — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.