CONCERTS AND EVENTS

BEETHOVEN’S SHADOW

SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2020 • THE WAX

The JSO celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with two of his most iconic works, both written in 1803. The Triple Concerto is a celebration of virtuosity with 3 soloists vying for the spotlight. The 3rd Symphony, which was written as Beethoven began to reconcile the loss of his hearing, marks a turning point for Beethoven and is considered by many to be his best symphony!

THE MAESTRO RETURNS

OCTOBER 17, 2020 • POTTER CENTER

Conductor Laureate Stephen Osmond returns to the podium to conduct Shostakovich’s 5th symphony and La valse by Ravel. In collaboration with world–famous concert pianist William Westney, Osmond presents Prokofiev’s first piano concerto. This program is sure to feature a surprise or two! Don’t miss the Maestro’s return.

BLUGRASS-ISH
WITH FLATLAND HARMONY EXPERIMENT

OCTOBER 24, 2020 • THE WAX

Returning to the Weatherwax Hall stage this year is Flatland Harmony Experiment (FHE), a high-octane, four-piece, vocally-driven, string band from Indianapolis, Indiana. FHE plays traditional bluegrass instruments and that genre is prevalent in their sound.

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

NOVEMBER 14, 2020 • POTTER CENTER

The second concert of the season presents works by composers with a progressive voice. Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz was written only 3 years after Beethoven’s death. Berlioz used a 5 movement form, new instruments and a fixed musical theme to depict the story of an opium-induced dream. Berlioz deals with dark themes such as execution and death which makes this an ideal piece for the Halloween season.

THE VOICE OF SOULFUL FOLK-POP
WITH JOSHUA DAVID

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 • THE WAX

We are thrilled to welcome Joshua Davis and his band to the Wax stage this November. Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, band leader, guitarist, and vocalist among them. Since his appearance as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”, Davis has been churning out an album a year.

JACKSON SYMPHONY GUILD HOLIDAY BALL

DECEMBER 5, 2020 • COUNTRY CLUB OF JACKSON

Save the date for this popular annual event.

COMEDY NIGHT
WITH HEYWOOD BANKS

JANUARY 23, 2021 • THE WAX

Heywood Banks is simply a one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe artist, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet- musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon. His show appeals equally to college students, businessmen, yuppies, punks, kids or your grandmother.

ROMANTIC RACHMANINOFF

FEBRUARY 13, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Join the JSO for a Valentine’s celebration featuring Rachmaninoff’s famous 2nd piano concerto. Internationally renowned pianist Inon Barnatan joins the JSO. We continue to explore the symphony after Beethoven with a performance of Sibelius’ 5th which praises the natural world.

ACROSS THE GENRES
THE WARP TRIO

FEBRUARY 20, 2021 • THE WAX

Described as “A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music (Columbia Free Times)”, Warp Trio is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience.

IRISH FESTIVAL 2021
WITH HERON VALLEY

March 13, 2021 • THE WAX

We are incredibly excited to welcome Heron Valley back to the Wax stage. Heron Valley is an energetic, traditional band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scottish songs, piping tunes and Irish banjo.

BRAHM’S 1ST SYMPHONY

MARCH 26-28, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Brahms was so intimidated by Beethoven’s shadow that he didn’t write his first symphony until he was 43 years old. In our fourth program of the season we juxtapose his most famous and popular symphony with modern talents. Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst is a fresh fanfare for strings while Bright Sheng’s Black Swan is a beautiful orchestration of one of Brahms’ most loved piano Intermezzos.

BRAHM’S 1ST SYMPHONY

APRIL 10, 2021 • FRANKE CENTER

Brahms was so intimidated by Beethoven’s shadow that he didn’t write his first symphony until he was 43 years old. In our fourth program of the season we juxtapose his most famous and popular symphony with modern talents. Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst is a fresh fanfare for strings while Bright Sheng’s Black Swan is a beautiful orchestration of one of Brahms’ most loved piano Intermezzos.

EPIC MAHLER

APRIL 24, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Mahler believed that “A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.” His 3rd symphony is an epic display of this concept. A huge, majestic orchestra accompanied by both children’s and women’s choruses and a mezzo soprano soloist to boot. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear this monumental work live.

SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
WITH JOHN D. LAMB & FRIENDS

MAY 8, 2021 • THE WAX

Our friend, and a man at the center of the Michigan songwriting scene, John D. Lamb returns to the Wax stage with the latest rendition of his ever-popular Songwriter Showcase. John fills the stage with incredibly talented artists, and they share an evening of songs and stories that always leave our audiences wanting more!