Ballet Français


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2023 @ 2:00 PM


Section A: $35
Section B: $30
Section C $20
Student Tickets: $5

Join the JSO in downtown Jackson for a program featuring Ravel’s famous ballet Mother Goose. The JSO welcomes Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani for the American premiere of Fernande Decruck’s Les Trianons. Ballet Chelsea dancers join the JSO to dance through this tour of France.

Join us for a free, interactive lecture before the concert at 6:30pm. Saturday only.

Join us after the show for a free Q&A session with our guest artists. Friday & Sunday only.


Jean-Philippe Rameau
Zoroastre: Ouverture <1749>
Zoroastre: Ouverture An opera first performed on 5 December 1749. Audiences gave the original version a lukewarm reception, so Rameau and his librettist thoroughly reworked it for a revival which took place at the Opéra on 19 January 1756. This time the work was a great success and this is the version generally heard today.

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Richard Strauss
Dance Suite from Keyboard Pieces by François Couperin <1923>
Mvt. 3 'Carillon
Dance Suite from Keyboard Pieces by François Couperin The orchestral Dance Suite from Keyboard Pieces by François Couperin was composed by Richard Strauss and consists of eight movements, each one based on a selection of pieces from François Couperin’s Pièces de Clavecin written for the solo harpsichord.

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Fernande Decruck
Les Trianons, Suite pour clavecin ou piano et orchestre <1946>
Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord
Les Trianons, Suite pour clavecin ou piano et orchestre Composed in 1946, this piece is by French Composer, Fernande Decruck, who is also the current featured artist for the JSO’s Equal Billing Project.

Read more about the project here and the composition here.


Camille Pepin
Lyrae <2017>
Lyrae Born in 1990, Camille Pepin is one of the most successful rising young composers of her generation. At the crossroads of French impressionism and American repetitive music, her distinctive sound-world finds its inspiration in nature or painting.

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Maurice Ravel
Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) <1908–1910; rev (orchd) 1911>
Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Ma mère l’Oye (English: Mother Goose, literally “My Mother the Goose”) is a suite by French composer Maurice Ravel. The piece was originally written as a five-movement piano duet in 1910. In 1911, Ravel orchestrated the work.

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The JSO is debuting its new Afterparties this season with tickets available to all who want to continue the celebration after the concert has ended. Tickets coming soon.



Since making his London debut in 2009, Mahan Esfahani has established himself as the first harpsichordist in a generation whose work spans virtually all the areas of classical music-making from critically-acclaimed performances and recordings of the standard repertoire to working with the leading composers of the day to pioneering concerto appearances with major symphony orchestras on four continents. He was the first and only harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010), a Borletti-Buitoni prize winner (2009), a nominee for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2017), and on the shortlist as Instrumentalist of the Year for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards (2013, 2019).

As a concerto soloist his partners at the podium have included leading conductors such as Leif Segerstam, François Xavier-Roth, Ilan Volkov, Riccardo Minasi, Ludovic Morlot, Alexander Liebreich, Martyn Brabbins, Thomas Dausgaard, Antoni Wit, Thierry Fischer, Jiří Bělohlávek, and Ed Gardner with major symphony and chamber orchestras and contemporary music ensembles. He also varies his solo engagements with meaningful chamber music partnerships alongside artists such as Antje Weithaas (violin), Maximilian Hornung (cello), Stefan Jackiw (violin), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Michala Petri (recorder), Adam Walker (flute), Hille Perl (viola da gamba), and Florence Malgoire (baroque violin).

Esfahani’s work with new and modern music is particularly acclaimed, with high-profile solo and concertante commissions from George Lewis, Bent Sørensen, Poul Ruders, Anahita Abbasi, Laurence Osborne, Gary Carpenter, Miroslav Srnka, Elena Kats-Chernin, Daniel Kidane, Michael Berkeley, and other contemporary voices in forming the backbone of his repertoire. His commitment to exploring the contemporary voice for the harpsichord is reflected in his 2020 Hyperion release ‘Musique?’ – a compilation of electronic and acoustic works including the modern revival of Luc Ferrari’s 1974 Programme commun for harpsichord and tape.

His richly-varied discography for Hyperion and Deutsch Grammophon – including an ongoing series of the complete works of Bach for the former – has been acclaimed in the English- and foreign-language press and has garnered one Gramophone award, two BBC Music Magazine Awards, a Diapason d’Or and ‘Choc de Classica’ in France, and an ICMA as well as numerous Editor’s Choices in a variety of publications including a spot in the Telegraph’s compilation of essential classical music and the New York Times List of Top Recordings.

He can be frequently heard as a commentator on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and as a host for such programs as Record Review, Building a Library, and Sunday Feature, as well as in live programmes with the popular mathematician and presenter Marcus du Sautoy; for the BBC’s Sunday Feature he is currently at work on his fourth radio documentary following popular programmes on such subjects as the early history of African-American composers in the classical sphere and the development of orchestral music in Azerbaijan.

Born in Tehran in 1984, Esfahani grew up in the United States and studied musicology and history at Stanford University and worked as a repetiteur and studied in Boston with Peter Watchorn before completing his studies in Prague with the celebrated Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková. Following several years spent in Milan, Oxford, and London, he now makes his home in Prague.