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The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its place as the leading performing arts organization in Jacksonville and a vital part of cultural life on the First Coast.
As one of a handful of American orchestras with its own dedicated concert hall, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs the majority of its programs in the internationally recognized Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, the only true orchestra concert hall in Florida.
Theatre Jacksonville is a volunteer-based community theatre whose mission is to create opportunities for community participation in theatre arts.
This mission mandates inclusion and the development of diversity in the Company's artistic, volunteer, audience and donor bases. This goal is achieved through presenting plays and programs of noted artistic excellence, supporting volunteers and students with exceptional training opportunities, and allowing for the development of unique and/or original performance projects and events by Florida artists.
The Florida Theatre originally opened on April 8, 1927, as downtown Jacksonville's fifteenth movie theatre. With lavish interior decor unmatched in Jacksonville, the Florida is the city's last remaining example of 1920's fantasy architecture, and is one of only four remaining high style movie "palaces" built in Florida during this period.
The atmospheric interior of the Florida was designed by R.E. Hall of New York and Jacksonville architect Roy Benjamin. Hall began his career as a builder of theatres with the prestigious firm of McKim, Mead and White and is responsible for numerous others, including the Eastman in Rochester, NY, the Metropolitan in Houston, and the Keith's Georgia in Atlanta. Benjamin, whose local firm was the forerunner of KBJ Architects, built several theatres throughout the South, and many of his structures in Jacksonville are considered historic landmarks.
Fort Caroline National Memorial was created to memorialize the Sixteenth Century French effort to establish a permanent colony in Florida. After initial exploration in 1562, the French established "la Caroline" in June 1564. Spanish forces arrived 15 months later. Marching north from their newly established beachhead (San Augustin) they captured la Caroline in September, 1565. Nothing remains of the original Fort de la Caroline; a near full-scale rendering of the fort, together with exhibits in the visitor center, provide information on the history of the French colony, their interaction with the native Timucua, and the colonists' brief struggle for survival.
Since its opening in 1977, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida, with rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house, an educational outreach program with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year.
The original building, named the Yamato-kan, is modeled to suggest a Japanese villa. It features a ring of exhibition rooms embracing an open-air courtyard with a dry garden of gravel, pebbles and small boulders. The Yamato-kan offers a permanent exhibit chronicling the history of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community in South Florida 100 years ago.