Concerts and Events

BEETHOVEN & THE AMERICANS

OCTOBER 5, 2019 • POTTER CENTER
The JSO kicks off its 70th season with Beethoven’s popular and joyous 7th symphony. JSO principal flutist Richard Sherman takes the stage to perform Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s Flute Concerto.

BLUEGRASS-ISH

WITH FLATLAND HARMONY EXPERIMENT

OCTOBER 19, 2019 • WEATHERWAX HALL
Flatland Harmony Experiment is a high–octane, three–piece, vocally driven string band from Indianapolis, Indiana. FHE’s music and stage show drips with intensity and passion, and it is easy to tell they love what they do. The trio trades lead vocal and lead instrumental responsibilities through a large and diverse original musical pallet.

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

NOVEMBER 23, 2019 • POTTER CENTER
Two pianos are better than one! Join us as we bring two pianos to the stage for Saint-Saëns’s dynamic Carnival of the Animals and Poulenc’s virtuosic concerto in D minor. Opening with the whimsical Overture to The Pirates of Penzance, the program also includes Jacques Ibert’s Divertissement accompanied by artwork from student artists in Jackson.

CABIN FEVER / UP NORTH MUSIC

WITH TROLL FOR TROUT

JANUARY 18, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
JSO’s Music on Tap series brings a great evening of “Up-North Music” to help ease your case of Cabin- Fever with Michigan’s own, Troll for Trout (T4T). T4T is about a lifestyle. It’s that excited feeling of leaving work early on a beautiful Friday afternoon and pointing your vehicle North. It’s about camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cooking outside, good conversation around a campfire, reflecting, reading, and relaxing.

BACH TO THE FUTURE

FEBRUARY 7, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
The JSO welcomes back Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer to premiere his new work inspired by Bach. New York City violist Mitsuru Kubo and JSO principal violist Clyde McKaney take center stage for this new work as well as for Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. Mozart’s energetic “Haffner” Symphony and Ravel’s lively Le tombeau de Couperin round out the program.

BACH TO THE FUTURE

FEBRUARY 8, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
The JSO welcomes back Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer to premiere his new work inspired by Bach. New York City violist Mitsuru Kubo and JSO principal violist Clyde McKaney take center stage for this new work as well as for Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. Mozart’s energetic “Haffner” Symphony and Ravel’s lively Le tombeau de Couperin round out the program.

BACH TO THE FUTURE

FEBRUARY 9, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
The JSO welcomes back Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer to premiere his new work inspired by Bach. New York City violist Mitsuru Kubo and JSO principal violist Clyde McKaney take center stage for this new work as well as for Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. Mozart’s energetic “Haffner” Symphony and Ravel’s lively Le tombeau de Couperin round out the program.

COOL JAZZ

WITH THE BEN ROSENBLUM TRIO

FEBRUARY 15, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano.

IRISH FESTIVAL

WITH THE FOUNDING

MARCH 14, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
The Founding is a Progressive Folk band with Celtic roots from Kalamazoo, Michigan. With their timeless, energetic, and powerful approach to songwriting, they strive to constantly push the boundaries of the Irish and Scottish music traditions. This young band has performed at venues throughout the United States, making appearances at such notable events as the Michigan Irish Music Festival, the Boston Irish Festival, and The Austin Celtic Festival, and many more.

THE MAESTRO RETURNS

MARCH 21, 2020 • POTTER CENTER
Conductor Laureate Stephen Osmond returns to the podium to conduct Tchaikovsky’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.

VIVA LA FRANCE

APRIL 25, 2020 • POTTER CENTER
Have you noticed that there’s been a little French music on each concert this year?
Well this time we went all out. Come hear Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Clair de lune and La mer, three of Debussy’s most famous works. JSO harpist Chen-Yu Huang gives the American premiere of Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s Harp Concerto. In collaboration with the prestigious international festival, the JSO is thrilled to welcome a Gilmore Keyboard Festival young artist winner to the stage for this concert.

SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE

WITH JOHN D.LAMB

MAY 9, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL
Our old friend John D. Lamb returns with another of his very popular Songwriter Showcases. Those who have attended these concerts in the past know that John uses his deep connections in the Michigan songwriting community to fill the stage with amazing talent. John is the consummate MC and lends his considerable songwriting chops to an evening that is sure to once again impress the Weatherwax Hall audience!