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The 44th Annual

Delius Festival in Jacksonville, Florida

Feb. 29, March 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2004

The composer Frederick Delius lived at Solano Grove on the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida from 1884 to 1885, and made a return visit in 1897.   Many of his beautiful musical works were inspired by his Florida experience.

THE DELIUS FESTIVAL is the annual celebration of the composer and his music.

Florida Times-Union article about the 2004 Delius Festival (March 3, 2004)


Review of the Festival by Alan Becker (Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 18, 2004)


Festival Announcement Letter from The Delius Association of Florida

Festival Schedule and Registration Form

2004 Delius Festival Schedule


Sunday, February 29th, 2004:

5:00 to 6:00 pm  EVENSONG at St John's Cathedral for the First Sunday in Lent

    St. John's Cathedral Choir (John Barry, Organist / Master of Choristers)

    Evening Service in D (Sir George Dyson)
    Evening Hymn (H. Balfour Gardiner)
    Music by Basil Harwood


Thursday,  March 4th, 2004:

Noon to 4:00 pm     Check in at Adam's Mark Hotel

4:00 to 8:00 pm     Sunset cruise on the St Johns River aboard the Jacksonville Princess.  Cocktails and heavy hors d'ouvres. Music and Lecture on board by David Lloyd-Jones.

Jacksonville Princess brochure


Friday, March 5th, 2004:

11:00 am to noon     Friday Musicale Concert

    Solano Singers,  Directed by Brenda McNeiland

    DELIUS: Choruses from Koanga
    DELIUS: Chorus from Irmelin
    DELIUS: Appalachia, Variation 15
    ("Oh, Honey I am goin' down the River in the Mornin'," Chorus with baritone solo)
    DELIUS: Part Songs from Hassan
    HOLST:  Rig Veda, Third Group for harp and female voices

Noon to 1:00 pm     Reception

1:00 to 2:00 pm     Composition Contest Concert at Friday Musicale

4:00 to 5:30 pm     Cocktail reception at the Delius House at Jacksonville University

5:30 to 7:00 pm     Dinner at Kinne Center at Jacksonville University

7:00 pm     Bus leaves for Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra concert

8:00 pm      Film, "DISCOVERING DELIUS," at Jacksonville University
                     This 1993 film follows Delius' life, but concentrates primarily on the music, exploring
                     its origins and probing its meanings.  Featured in the film are many of the UK's most
                     distinguished musicians.

               OR Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Times Union Performing Arts Center
                "LATIN RHYTHM"


Saturday, March 6th, 2004:

11:30 am to 1:00 pm     Buffet Luncheon at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum

1:00 to 1:30 pm     Jeff Driggers on Delius' introduction to the German translation of James Weldon Johnson's "Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man."

1:30 to 2:00 pm     Concert by The Honeysucker Choir of music Delius would have heard when he was in Jacksonville

2:00 to 3:00 pm     The Fenby Lecture by Derek Healey on the influence of African-American music on Delius

    The Derek Healey Website


Sunday, March 7th, 2004:

8:30 am to noon     Trip to Solano Grove with brief  lecture

3:00 to 4:30 pm     Concert at the Times Union Performing Arts Center:
Delius Concert Conducted by David Lloyd-Jones Performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

    CHABRIER: Marche Joyeuse
    DELIUS: Two Negro Songs for baritone and chorus (with Edward Waters College Choir) (WORLD PREMIERE)
    DELIUS: Florida -Tropical Scenes for Orchestra
    DELIUS: American Rhapsody (AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    GRIEG: Piano Concerto (Scott Watkins, piano)

4:30 to 6:00 pm     Closing Reception at the Times Union Performing Arts Center.

JSO Concert Program:
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Recaps of all the Delius Festivals in Jacksonville, Florida since 1961

The City of Jacksonville Visitors Page

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

The Jacksonville Public Library's Delius Collection

The Delius Society and The Delius Trust (England)