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January 13, 2023 11:00AM
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Coffee

Grant O'Brien JSYO Music Director & Assistant Conductor, Winston Family Endowed Chair

Grant O’Brien is a conductor, composer, and producer of music and musical productions. During his studies at the Eastman School of Music, he worked extensively with conductors Dr. Oliver Hagen, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Professor Brad Lubman in addition to the Emmy Award-winning Mark Watters...continue reading



Bernard Holcomb Vocalist

Tenor Bernard Holcomb has “already made a name for himself in the world of opera” with his “delicate and flexible” voice (Opera Wire) and the “appealing sweetness and clarity [of] his tone” (New York Times). Katy Walsh of Chicago Theater Beat said it best: “Although everyone [at Lyric Opera of Chicago] can sing, Holcomb reminds us why we come to the Lyric...continue reading




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January 13, 2023 11:00AM


Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Coffee


Grant O'Brien, JSYO Music Director & Assistant Conductor
Winston Family Endowed Chair
Bernard Holcomb Vocalist


Mix and mingle with your favorite warm beverage and even more stirring music in our Coffee Series. Feel energized with excitement by hearing a wide variety of performances as they illuminate the stage in the daytime.

The big band compositions of icons Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn are brought to life by the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony for an evening of classic jazz. These two all-time greats, who worked together for 40 years, were equally famous for their 100 collaborations including Take The A Train, Satin Doll, Lush Life and even their renditions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. This concert combines the energy of Ellington and the sophistication of Strayhorn. Hear the orchestra transform as the velvety sounds of jazz are expressed through singing strings and the smooth vocals of captivating tenor Bernard Holcomb.

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