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Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Jackson Symphony Orchestra
2013 – 2014 Concerts/Events

The Power and Joy of Music
Subscription Series Concerts
(2013-2014 Program Sponsor: Dawn Foods)

Collage X
 October 12
Our 10th version of this presentation style with several ensembles back-to-back using different areas of the theatre – percussion rising from the pit, brass from the balcony.  Completing the program will be the 20th Century Blockbuster,
Respighi’s Roman Festivals – a JSO premiere performance.
Other evening highlights:
Dvorak: Serenade
Stravinsky: Devil's Dance
(sponsored by Consumers Energy)


“The Monster that Never Breathes”
November 16 & 17  

       The First United Methodist Church of Jackson has one of the finest pipe organs in the state, and this concert will feature the instrument in a variety of repertoire including Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ (Jackie Livesay) and
St. Saens’ Symphony #3 for Organ and Orchestra (Andy Mead). 
Two performances will be held, one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon.
(sponsored by Kelly Fuels)


Bits and Pieces
February 8  

Many compositions have moments of unusual greatness that vividly live in history.  This concert will feature single movements of those works like Schumann’s Concertstuck for four horns and orchestra, the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and the finale to Mozart’s last symphony, Jupiter
Also on the program, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony,
Doreen Carwithen Bishop Rock Overture
(sponsored by Alro Steel Foundation / Louis Glick Trust)  


Tchaikovsky Explosion
March 15

 What is it about this composer whose music engages so many people on so many levels? Where would ballet companies be without the Nutcracker not to mention Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake?  Symphony pops concerts would not be complete without the 1812 Overture.  A new format involving narration will guide us through a most memorable excursion. Featured soloist, soprano Katherine Tombaugh, winner of the 2012 Harold Haugh competition will perform None But the Lonely Heart.
(Sponsored by Spring Arbor University)


May 3                                                                                                                         
Fresh from a busy year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of winning the Gold Medal in the first Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Mr. Votapek returns to Jackson performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #3, the same piece which launched his most prestigious international career. The evening will also feature our own Artist Specialist In Residence, Rick Sherman in the world premiere of Marjan Hemls' Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. Mr. Sherman recognizes her work as "spiritual and teeming with a wide kaleidoscope of tonal colors."
(Sponsored by Curtis & Curtis, P.C.)


Other Events

This year we would like to give you a preview of several of our other activities that are always available to our Season Ticket holders previous to general announcement and often at a discount. 

Christmas Concert Again at the beautiful First United Methodist Church December 15.
(sponsored by Baker College and County National Bank)

Up Close! – Our Downtown Series prompted by the popularity of our recent Classical Cabaret performances.  Groups to include:
Ron Brooks Trio
Julian Pollack Trio
University Night
Jackson Legends

On the Road – We hope to take ensembles out into the community for various functions.  If you have an interest in featuring a group, please contact us.

In the Schools – The JSO offers two very engaging and effective programs to all the schools in Jackson County, Pied Piper and String Teams.  If you would be interested in seeing these programs in your local school district, please contact us.

Subscription Series Concert Tickets:  
Section A-$128, Section B-$108, Section C-$72

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are 7:30 p.m.
at Jackson Community College's Potter Center.

NOTE: The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is a community resource providing performances of the classics and popular music, a community music school with private and group instruction and numerous educational programs for students of all ages. The organization owns a 30,000-square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Jackson which not only serves as an administrative, rehearsal, and recital performance space for the orchestra but also is home to the Jackson Youth Symphony, the Jackson Chorale and Children's Choir, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and JSO Community String Ensemble. The orchestra primarily performs at the world-class Music Hall of the Jackson Community College Potter Center and other venues in town including several churches, the County Fairgrounds, Riverwalk Amphitheatre and Michigan Theatre.