Concerts and Events

Blackthorn

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Franke Center

The Franke Center’s popular Pub Night returns in 2019 with one of Michigan’s best Irish bands, Blackthorn. Featuring traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combined with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs, Blackthorn creates a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people.

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West Side Story

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Potter Center

Our exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s influence on American music continues with performances of two of his most famous musicals, West Side Story and On the Town. Virtuosic and versatile pianist Willis Delony joins the JSO in the Michigan premiere of Greg Yasinitsky’s Jazz Piano Concerto.

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Hot Jazz on a Cold Night with The Paxton/Spangler Band

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Weatherwax Hall

JSO’s Music on Tap series brings the great sounds of The Paxton/Spangler Band to the Wax Stage. They’ll have you tapping your toes and singing along! Get rid of those winter blues and come joing us for a night of great live music!

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UnValentines Show with Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini & Dave Boutette

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Weatherwax Hall

JSO’s Music on Tap series brings Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini and Dave Boutette back to the Wax Stage for another fun night of song about the other side of love. Come see what had everybody laughing, singing along and cheering last time they were here!

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The Music of Harry Potter

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Michigan Theatre

More information about this event, hosted by the Michigan Theatre, is coming soon.

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Irish Festival with Heron Valley

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Weatherwax Hall

JSO’s Music on Tap series brings Heron Valley to the Wax Stage for a night of traditional Celtic music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Heron Valley are an energetic, young folk band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. Last year’s Irish Festival was a sellout, so make sure to get your tickets early!

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Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Friday, March 22, 2019
Potter Center

Leonard Bernstein the performer inspires this program. Canadian virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki joins the JSO to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, a work that Bernstein played and conducted from the piano. Haydn’s whimsical 88th Symphony, which Bernstein famously conducted with his eyebrows, opens the program. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, a work inspired by Haydn, demonstrates a contemporary take on these two classical masters.

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Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Potter Center

Leonard Bernstein the performer inspires this program. Canadian virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki joins the JSO to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, a work that Bernstein played and conducted from the piano. Haydn’s whimsical 88th Symphony, which Bernstein famously conducted with his eyebrows, opens the program. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, a work inspired by Haydn, demonstrates a contemporary take on these two classical masters.

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Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Potter Center

Leonard Bernstein the performer inspires this program. Canadian virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki joins the JSO to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, a work that Bernstein played and conducted from the piano. Haydn’s whimsical 88th Symphony, which Bernstein famously conducted with his eyebrows, opens the program. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, a work inspired by Haydn, demonstrates a contemporary take on these two classical masters.

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Ode To Joy

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Potter Center

As we close our tribute to Leonard Bernstein, our season finale features his Chichester Psalms, which has strong connections to his Jewish faith. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work that Bernstein conducted when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, concludes our season. Choirs from Hillsdale College and Spring Arbor University join the JSO for this special performance.

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American Roots with Frances Luke Accord

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Weatherwax Hall

JSO’s Music on Tap series brings The Frances Luke Accord to The Wax for an evening of incredible songs and harmonies with Frances Luke Accord. They are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful, effortless branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies.