Greetings from Switzerland


SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2024 @ 7:30 PM


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

French violin virtuoso Eva Zavaro joins the Jackson Symphony Orchestra to perform Swiss composer Pierre Wissmer’s Second Violin Concerto – a piece she poignantly played in Ukraine at the beginning of the war. Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Camille Pepin, and Ravel will also be featured and the program will end with Borodin’s richly textured Symphony No. 2.

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


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<b>Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov<br /> Mlada: Procession of the Nobles (Cortège) <1889–1890></b>
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” is a lively and grand orchestral piece that is taken from his opera, Mlada, which was composed between 1889 and 1890. The piece features a regal theme played by the brass and a fast-paced, dance-like rhythm that has made it a popular selection.

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<b>Camille Pepin<br /> Les eaux celestials</b>
“Les eaux celestials” is a modern orchestral work by French composer Camille Pepin, which explores the themes of spirituality and the cosmos through a rich and expressive musical language. The piece features intricate harmonies, unconventional instrumentation, and powerful emotional dynamics that reflect Pepin’s unique approach to composition.

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<b>Pierre Wissmer<br /> Violin Concerto No. 2</b>
Pierre Wissmer’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a vibrant and virtuosic work for solo violin and orchestra that showcases the composer’s inventive use of melody, rhythm, and harmony. The concerto features a dynamic interplay between the soloist and the orchestra, with moments of fiery intensity and introspective lyricism.

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<b>Maurice Ravel<br /> Tzigane, rapsodie de concert <1924></b>
The piece features an intense and dramatic solo part, with wild virtuosic passages and hauntingly beautiful melodies that showcase Ravel’s unique musical voice.

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<b>Alexander Borodin<br /> Symphony No.2, B minor (B ... atirskaya simfoniya; Heroic Symphony) <1869–1875></b>
Also known as the “Heroic Symphony,” this composition is a grand and powerful work for orchestra. The symphony features lush orchestration and memorable melodies, drawing on European classical traditions to create a work that is both deeply expressive and technically demanding.

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Location: Country Club of Jackson

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.


Eva Zavaro

“To tell a story. To move an audience.”

This sums up Eva Zavaro’s mission, which she aims to fulfil whenever she gets onto the most prominent concert podia in the world, from France through the USA all the way to China and Japan. Eva Zavaro was born in Paris in 1995 in a musical family and started playing the violin age five. When she was twelve she won the Vatelot-Rampal Competition in Paris and two years later she had a debut with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. These days she ranks among the most prominent French violinists of her generation.

Eva Zavaro studied with Roland Daugareil at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and Julia Fischer at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

In 2016 Eva Zavaro received the Georges Enescu Prize from the French Composers Association (SACEM) and in 2018 she was the first prize winner of the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, where she also gained the Vadim Repin Prize for the best Mozart interpretation. In 2021 she was nominated for the french award “Les Victoires de la Musique classique” in the “Revelation” category which broadcasted her performances on a large televion scale.

She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the globe including Orchestre de Paris in 2021 for her Paris Philharmonie debut performing Saint-Saëns, Potsdamer Kammerorchester for her Berliner Philharmonie debut performing Bach and Mozart, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Brandenburger Symfoniker to name a few.

Alongside her career as a soloist, she devotes herself intensively to chamber music and among her partners are excellent players, such as Julia Fischer, Lucas Debargue, Alexandre Kantorow, Marie-Ange Nguci, Jérôme Ducros, Jérôme Pernoo and many others. She is a member of the Trio Hélios since 2023.

She performed at festivals such as Sommets Musicaux in Swiss Gstaad, Mecklenbourg-Vorpommern Festpiele in Germany, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, « Rencontres Musicales d’Évian » Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival and at Valery Gergiev’s « White Nights » Festival at the Mariinsky Theater Saint-Petersburg.

Eva Zavaro plays an italian violin named “Le Bel Inconnu” made by Nicolo Amati and Antonio Stradivari which is generously loaned to her.