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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2024 @ 7:30 PM


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

Come celebrate Anton Bruckner’s 200th birthday as we perform one of the most important romantic composers of all time. Bruckner’s heroic 4th symphony premiered 150 years ago and has since become his most famous. Also joining us is the 2024 Gilmore Young Artist winner, Kasey Shao, presented in collaboration with the Gilmore Piano Festival, to perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto. The program will open with an overture by composer Grażyna Bacewicz.

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


Grażyna Bacewicz
Overture <1943>
Grażyna Bacewicz’s Overture is a dynamic and energetic work for orchestra that showcases the composer’s inventive use of melody, rhythm, and harmony. The overture features bold and exciting orchestration, with moments of explosive intensity and playful humor that reflect Bacewicz’s unique musical style.

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Clara Schumann
Concerto, Piano, op.7, A minor <1833–1836>
This masterful work for piano and orchestra features a virtuosic solo part, with a lyrical and expressive musical language that reflects Schumann’s remarkable talent as a composer and performer.

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Anton Bruckner
SYMPHONY NO.4, WAB 104 Symphony No.4 (1874 version, Cahis 6) E-flat major (Romantic) <1874>
This monumental work for orchestra features a grand and expansive musical language, with sweeping melodies, lush harmonies, and complex counterpoint that showcase Bruckner’s unique approach to orchestration and form.

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Sponsored by Rehmann

Location: TBA

Keep the celebration going after the baton is down and the instruments are put away. Taking place in various locations around Jackson following Saturday evening concerts, these events are a great opportunity to mingle with musicians, guest artists, composers, other symphony fans, and of course, the Maestro. All are welcome at this event and the $20 ticket buys you entry, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.


Kasey Shao

Born in 2004 in Louisville, KY, 2024 Gilmore Young Artist Kasey Shao started playing piano at age six, and made her concerto debut at age 12 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézét Séguin as the first place winner of the 2015 Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition.

A Young Steinway Artist and 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Ms. Shao studies with Dr. Ran Dank and Magaret Kampmeier at Princeton University (class of 2025) concentrating in music with a focus on composition while also on a pre-medical track. She is the founder and president of the Princeton University chapter of Doctors Without Borders, an Academic Learning Consultant, and the Music Director of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble. She hopes to become a hand surgeon, helping other musicians continue to do what they love.

Ms. Shao’s numerous competition accomplishments include the Gold Medal in the Classical Music Division of the 2020 National YoungArts Week, and first place finishes at the 2020 Overture Awards, 2020 Dubois International Piano Competition, 2019 Louisville Orchestra Young Artists Competition, 2019 Jack and Lucile Wonnell Young Arts Concerto Competition, and the 2018 Steinway and Sons Piano Competition. She was a finalist at the 2022 New York International Piano Competition, 2021 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, 2020 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Ms. Shao has performed with the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and Louisville Orchestra, and has been featured in the Philadelphia InquirerCincinnati Business InquirerOberlin Tribune, and Cleveland Classical. Positive reviews include the BG Independent News, “…Compelling… she had her vision, and it was apparent that was most important,” and “…a budding talent from whom more will be heard,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Dr. Cynthia Rider and Mr. Scott Densmore