Countdown #56 to Unity Plaza Opening – Partner JSO Launches UPTempo

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Unity Plaza Partner

Jacksonville Symphony

Announces “UpTempo”

A Young Professionals Group Representing the Cultural Class of the Next Generation

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 10.07.44 AMThis week the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra announced  UpTempo, a new initiative for young professionals. Recognizing the emerging presence of those in their 20s and 30s, UpTempo connects the Jacksonville Symphony with the next generation, starting with the people who believe that arts and culture have the power to change our community.

The UpTempo launch party took place at the Candy Apple Café and Sweet Pete’s, located near Hemming Park. Nearly 80 in attendance had an opportunity to chat with Jacksonville Symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis and shared their enthusiasm for becoming involved. Several the Jacksonville Symphony musicians also mingled among those gathered.

“As a young professional myself, I am excited to engage next-generation audiences in the community about the Symphony and our brand of live entertainment,“ said Lewis.  “We welcome everyone to enjoy what our Symphony has to offer the community and I know that our goals going forward will include even more community engagement.”

UpTempo offers ways to experience symphonic music that fits the lifestyle of young professionals. Central to that experience is helping new audiences discover music, enjoy it together and then connect with each other, as well as with the Jacksonville Symphony musicians themselves.

The $99 membership includes five concert experiences, members-only get-togethers, and specially-priced tickets to invite friends. UpTempo concert dates will be announced at the end of February. Benefits last through the end of the upcoming 2015-16 season, which also marks Courtney Lewis’ first full season of concerts as music director.

For UpTempo details, like them at or follow them on Twitter @UpTempoJax. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ranks among the nation’s top regional orchestras and from September through May performs at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and in community venues throughout the First Coast.  For further information, log on to, like them at, follow them on Twitter @JaxSymphony or call 904-354-5547.

Photo attached – Young cultural enthusiasts gathered with Courtney Lewis (center), music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, for the launch of UpTempo.

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