Tonight’s show was an honor to produce. Since arriving in Jacksonville, Courtney Lewis, Music Director and Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony, has encouraged a more daring program of music, exposing Jacksonville to modern composers.

It’s important to know the classics, but it’s equally important to know what modern composers are doing. Avant’s mission of exposing people to new music is in line with what Courtney is doing at the symphony. We were excited to hear the music he brought to us.

His approach to his theme was an ode to BBC’s “Desert Island Discs,” where guests are asked to provide soundtracks to their lives. Courtney chose music that was instrumental in developing his musical abilities, his passions in life, and his character.


First Half

Beethoven – “Eroica”


Igor Stravinsky – “The Rite of Spring”

Wagner –  “Götterdämmerung”


Edward Elgar – “The Dream of Gerontius”


Second Half

Sagi Kariv – “Made of Stars”


Thomas Adès – “Tevot”


Herbert Howells – “Te Deum”