Special to Seniors Today
The Daytona Beach Symphony Society continues its 72nd season, Perfectly Orchestrated with a performance by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on No-vember 5 at 3 p.m. at Peabody Auditorium performing the music of John Williams. Con- ducted by Kevin Fitzgerald, the program will feature music from Star Wars, E.T., and Jaws.
In its 74 seasons, the Jacksonville Symphony has brought exceptional, enthralling music to listeners in the community, across Florida, and far beyond. Courtney Lewis, Music Director, takes his step on the conductor’s podium for his ninth season to lead some of the world’s finest musicians in performances that continue to reach new levels of artistic excellence. The Symphony is committed to bringing the legacy of classical, pops, and other genres of music to life.
Kevin Fitzgerald has been the Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony since the 2022/23 Season, during which he conducted over 35 performances with the orchestra. In July 2023, he won the Special Prize For The Best Performance Of The Contemporary Piece at the Mahler Competition, a prize sponsored by the Mahler Foundation. In 2021, he was a Tanglewood Music Center Conducting
Fellow and, be-ginning in 2019, has been awarded Career Assistance Grants by the Solti Foundation U.S. for four consecutive years.
In the 2023/24 Season, Fitzgerald is ex-cited to lead a recording of Sean Shepherd’s Concerto for Ensemble with the University of Chicago’s Grossman Ensemble. Mr. Fitzgerald has guest conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Orchestra Of Pittsburgh and The Manhattan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra. Fitzgerald received his bachelor’s degrees in Trumpet and Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Under the tutelage of Kenneth Kiesler, he received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Tickets are available at DBSS.org and at the Peabody Auditorium box office. To purchase, or renew, your subscription, call the Symphony Society office at 386.253.2901.