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June 10, 2022 7:30PM - June 11, 2022 7:30PM
Beethoven's Ninth: Ode to Joy

Courtney Lewis, Music Director, Haskell Endowed Chair

With clear artistic vision, subtle musicality and innovative programming, Courtney Lewis has established himself as one of his generation’s most talented conductors. The 2021/22 season marks his seventh as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. In the 2019/20 season Lewis made his debut with Manchester’s Hallé and the WDR Funkhausorchester in...continue reading | Photo by Liz Linder,



Tarik O'Regan, composer

2020/21 sees the release of three albums of O’Regan’s compositions: Pentatone brings out Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Phoenix, in which Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni both interpret the role of Lorenzo Da Ponte; on Naxos, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform A Letter of Rights, a large-scale collaboration with Alice Goodman which...continue reading



Elaine Alvarez, soprano

Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez burst onto the international opera scene in 2007, making a break-out company debut with her soulful portrayal of Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Renata Scotto, critics were unanimous with praise: “Conveying lyric pathos seems to come as naturally to Alvarez as...continue reading



Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company, some of which include the Pilgrim in the new production of Kajia Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin, Smeaton in the...continue reading



Cooper Nolan, tenor

Tenor Cooper Nolan, praised for his “bright, shining, tenor” (Musical America) and his “powerhouse voice” (Opera News), is increasingly making a name for himself as an important interpreter of some of opera’s most demanding tenor roles. In the 2018-2019 season, Cooper will appear as Canio in Pagliacci and will make a concert appearance with the Lexington Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem under the...continue reading



Corey McKern, baritone

Award-winning baritone Corey McKern continuously earns critical acclaim and accolades in every appearance he makes. Of his performance as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, critics hailed: “Corey McKern… has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina, vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in...continue reading



Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

With some of the area’s finest voices, Jacksonville Symphony Chorus members come from all walks of life who share the spirit of singing great choral music. With a three-decade tradition of making great music with the Jacksonville Symphony, the roster includes many professional musicians, skilled amateur performers and students. Since 2012, the Chorus had been led by esteemed choral director and...continue reading










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June 11, 2022 7:30PM


Courtney Lewis Conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Alongside A Jacksonville Symphony Commission World Premiere by Tarik O'Regan


Courtney Lewis, conductor
Haskell Endowed Chair
Tarik O'Regan, composer
Elaine Alvarez, soprano
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Cooper Nolan, tenor
Corey McKern, baritone
Jacksonville Symphony Chorus


“Friends, no more of these sounds. Let us sing more cheerful songs, more full of Joy!” The words of Beethoven’s Ninth could hardly be more timely, comforting and inspiring than they are right now. Courtney Lewis, a world-class quartet of soloists, the Symphony Chorus, and the Symphony point us toward the future in this most uplifting work of art. Also closing the season is the first in a multi-year series of commissions from some of today’s greatest living composers, a world premiere from the brilliant British and American composer, Tarik O’Regan.

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Tarik O'REGAN | Trances (Jacksonville Symphony Commission)
Sponsored by Brenda and Gene Wolchok
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 9

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