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Jacksonville Symphony Honors Two Long-Serving Players

Violinist Carol Whitman retired following 42 years of service to the orchestra, while violist Cynthia Kemp commemorated 25 years of service


The Jacksonville Symphony has honored two of its longest-serving players. Violinist Carol Whitman announced her retirement following 42 years of service to the orchestra, while violist Cynthia Kemp was presented with an award in celebration of 25 years of service.

Both players were honored by Music Director and Conductor Courtney Lewis at the opening of the orchestra's season finale performance of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Whitman was given a custom framed orchestra photo and concert program page, commemorating her final performance. Lewis praised Whitman's dedication to the ensemble and presented her with a bouquet of roses.

All musicians who reach 25 years of service with the Jacksonville Symphony are recognized by name in each program book. In addition, Kemp was given a special silver anniversary bowl with her name and years of service engraved on the front.

The Jacksonville Symphony is North Florida’s leading nonprofit performing arts organization. Each year, the orchestra reaches more than 113,000 individuals over the course of 125 performances. The organization also runs the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras.

"It is our honor to recognize our incredible 25 years of service musicians," said Blake Schlabach, Vice President and General Manager of the Jacksonville Symphony. "Their dedication to the Jacksonville Symphony is an inspiration to all, and we are excited they will continue to be a part of our organization for many years to come."

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