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Bach to the Future at Weatherwax Hall
February 7-9

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - February 9 @ 7:30 pm


Bach to the Future

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.



Program Schedule

Symphony No.35, K.385 in D major “Haffner”
Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1782 and is also called the Haffner Symphony. It was commissioned by the Haffners, a prominent Salzburg family, for the occasion of the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner the Younger [DE]. The Haffner Symphony should not be confused with the eight-movement Haffner Serenade, another piece Mozart wrote on commission from the same family in 1776.

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Brandenburg Concerto No.6, BWV 1051 in B-flat major
Mitsuru Kubo and Clyde McKaney, viola
The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046–1051, original title: Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments)[1] are a collection of six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt,[2] in 1721 (though probably composed earlier). They are widely regarded[by whom?] as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era.

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Mitsuru Kubo and Clyde McKaney, viola
Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist, both as a cellist and a composer. At the age of 24 Crosmer completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in composition, cello and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012. In 2011 Crosmer was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to promote, publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets.

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Le tombeau de Couperin
Le Tombeau de Couperin is a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel, composed between 1914 and 1917, in six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (or in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I. Ravel also produced an orchestral version of the work in 1919, although this omitted two of the original movements.

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Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist, both as a cellist and a composer. Crosmer completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. He is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017 the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital launched a music channel which runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Crosmer and performed by musicians of the GRS.

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Crosmer is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME, a duo which broadens the education of classical music by bringing cross-overs and mash-ups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016.

In April of 2013 Crosmer toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra, performing the Boccherini G Major Concerto, No. 7. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Alicia Eppinga and the GRS in March of 2016. While still in school, Crosmer was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD are available online.

Crosmer has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan. He draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time. He grew up in Conway, Arkansas.



Mitsuru Kubo is a homegrown, dynamic musician. You could say she began studying music in the womb, while her mother studied piano performance in college. A native of Seattle, Mitsuru grew up in a home that revolved around music; she even lived with her first piano teacher – her mother! She rebelled against convention at the age of 7 by choosing the viola as her primary instrument. The highlight of her early musician life was as a devoted member of the Seattle Youth Symphonies, performing with them frequently at Benaroya Hall, Key Arena, Meany Hall, and Safeco Field.

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At age 12, she travelled abroad to study in Seoul, South Korea at the prestigious and competitive Sun Hwa Performing Arts School. Upon returning to Seattle five years later, she studied with Helen Callus at the University of Washington – Mitsuru later followed Professor Callus to the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in California, Mitsuru was Assistant Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s Preparatory String Orchestra and was a frequent freelancer. She went on to continue her education at the Peabody Institute of Music under the tutelage of Victoria Chiang, completing her Graduate Performance Diploma.

Mitsuru has attended festivals all over the country, including Marrowstone Music Festival, the Heifetz Institute, Centrum Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Her performance opportunities include playing for classical music greats Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, Richard Goode, Gil Shaham and James Galway to name a few. Her performance credits include venues such as Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.

Recently, Mitsuru has been sought after as a soloist. She has collaborated with conductor Matthew Aubin and composer Jeremy Crosmer to premiere new works with both the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and The Chelsea Symphony. Mitsuru also continues to expand on a range of musical styles. Mitsuru co-wrote and recorded an album with alternative pop/rock band Sonic Cult, with whom she toured across the US, Korea and Japan. Mitsuru is a founding member of the BeneSori String Quartet, members of which she met on the set of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, playing for Imagine Dragons. She is also a regular member of The Chelsea Symphony, New England Symphonic Ensemble and Westchester Music of India Group.

In addition to her performance career, Mitsuru is a dedicated teacher. Along with her private studio, she is on faculty at Love Viola USA, Friends With Music and the 4Strings Music Festival.

Mitsuru’s future engagements include a residency at Washington State University and a return solo appearance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.



Clyde McKaney, principal violist of the Jackson symphony, is a Jackson resident and native. He began his musical studies in the Jackson Public School’s 6th grade string program, playing the violin. Four years later, in 1981, he joined the Jackson Symphony at age 15.

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A short while after joining the symphony Clyde fell in love with the sound of the viola and decided to major in viola performance at the University of Michigan. While attending U of M, Clyde studied with renowned viola soloist Donald McInnes and principal violist of the Detroit symphony Nathan Gordon. He also attended and majored in viola performance at Michigan State University where he studied with Robert Dan, violist of the New World string quartet. While attending Michigan State, Clyde was invited to study at the Juilliard School of Music with one of history’s great violinists Joseph Fuchs.

Mr. McKaney was appointed principal violist of the Jackson Symphony in 1984 and has held principal viola positions and been viola soloist in many symphony orchestras in and around the mid-Michigan area including Lansing, Battle Creek, Hillsdale, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Mr. McKaney now enjoys living in Jackson, playing in the symphony, teaching at the JSO’s Community Music School, directing the JSO’s Community String Ensemble, cooking, and training dogs and horses!




February 7 @ 7:30 pm
February 9 @ 7:30 pm
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Weatherwax Hall at the JSO
215 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201 United States
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If you’re reading this page, that means you’re hopefully joining us soon for a concert, and we love that. We care a LOT about making sure people who are newer to classical music and/or orchestra concerts have a great experience. If you have a question that isn’t answered below please contact us at info@jacksonsymphony.org we want to ensure you have an amazing experience.

What do I wear?
More than anything, we want you to be comfortable when you join us for a concert, so dress in a way that works for you. Some people love dressing up and going out—if that’s you go for it. If you prefer to be more casual, that’s fine too. You won’t be the only one dressed casually, either. You will see everything from jeans to suits and ties. In short, you do you, and we’re just glad you’re joining us.

When do I applaud?
This is tricky. The tradition is that you wait until the conclusion of the work, last movement in the case of symphonies, concertos, etc. On the other hand, no pun intended, you should feel comfortable expressing your response to the music whenever you feel moved to do so. A safe out is to wait until others start.

Do I need to know anything about classical music to enjoy the concert?
Not at all. Music is the language of the spirit as much as the mind. The universal language speaks directly to the listener, no interpreter necessary, enjoy! For a more in depth look at the music being performed, all concert goers can attend the free pre-concert conversation “Backstage Glimpses” hosted by Dr. Bruce Brown, JSO Composer in Residence. The conversation takes place at 6:30 pm .Dr. Brown leads a lively, enlightening and informative look at the evening’s repertoire. Guest Artists are generally present to give a brief talk on the music they will be performing and to answer audience questions. You can also listen to the concert playlist on Spotify. Compiled by Music Director Matthew Aubin, the playlist is full of his top picks of the best recordings of the pieces we will be playing.

Can I bring my child to an evening concert?
Children are welcome to attend all our events provided that they are supervised by an adult. Every child must have a ticket. Child/student ticket prices are only $5. For a family with small children we encourage you to attend a rehearsal. Phone the JSO office, (517) 782-3221 x117 for details.

How can I support the JSO?
The ways are numerous including annual fund, endowment, planned giving, volunteering and several more. Please click here for more information. The JSO is a 501(c)3, so any donation you make to the JSO is a tax deductible donation to the full extent provided by law.

Can I take photographs during the concert?
Photographing or taping JSO concerts is strictly prohibited. No recording devices or cameras are permitted without special authorization from the JSO.

Can I rent the JSO Downtown Music Center for functions?
Yes, our facility at 215 W. Michigan has proved to be an excellent venue for recitals, business meetings and even memorial services. Please contact us to learn more.

Can I hire orchestra musicians to play at an event?
Some of our musicians do perform at weddings and other special functions. Please contact the Orchestra Personnel Manager at: jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com.

If I arrive to a concert late, will I be seated immediately?
The JSO makes every attempt to begin concerts on time. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the hall, latecomers will not be seated until after the conclusion of the first work on the program, and there will be no seating break during any work. Patrons who leave the hall before or during a work will not be reseated until after the work is completed. Your usher will alert you as soon as it is possible to be seated. House lights are dimmed to indicate that the concert is about to begin.

How can I find out if a concert has been cancelled due to inclement weather?
To find out if a scheduled JSO performance has been cancelled due to inclement weather, hazardous roads, power outages and the like, call the box office at 517-782-3221 x117.

I’ve misplaced my tickets for tomorrow’s concert, what should I do?
If subscription tickets are lost, call (517)782-3221 x117. The JSO will verify the purchase through its records. Subscribers may then pick up an entry pass at the box office prior to the concert. These passes cannot be exchanged. The lost ticket policy does not apply to tickets already exchanged. (If they call the day before the concert, we write passes which the guest picks up at our “will call” table at JC after 6:30 PM the night of the concert.)

Can I donate my unused tickets?
Ticket holders unable to use or exchange their tickets are encouraged to call the JSO Box Office at (517)782-3221, ext. 117, at least 24 hours in advance of the concert. The value of each ticket can be used as a tax-deductible contribution. The JSO will send a donation letter and a CD of the missed performance to the donor.

Can I leave my cellphone on during a concert?
Cellular phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off while in the hall. Patrons should ask for the House Manager to report an emergency during a concert, or to make special arrangements to receive emergency phone calls during a concert. The JSO appreciates the audience’s cooperation in avoiding any extraneous sounds during the concerts. The hall microphones used to record the orchestra are extremely sensitive and will even record the sound of a wristwatch chime.

Does the JSO provide discounted ticket prices for groups?
Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Call (517) 782-3221 for details.

Can I do volunteer work for the JSO?
To volunteer for fund-raising projects and other exciting events, visit our volunteer page by clicking here or contact the JSO office at (517) 782-3221.

Where should I eat before a concert?
Several fine restaurants are located in Jackson;

How do I get my band or myself booked to play at The Wax?
We get lots of requests from artists who would like to play at The Wax and appreciate your interest. We try to book a variety of local, regional, national and international acts for our stage. If you are a touring act with an established audience who would like to headline at The Wax, or if you are a local or regional artist who would be interested in an opening slot or in appearing in one of our showcases, please send an email to stevet@jacksonsymphony.org to inquire about booking opportunities. Please include in your email links to your music, your social media links, a brief biography, a brief tour history (local and/or regional/national), contact information (email address & phone number) and target routing dates. We do our best to review and respond to all requests in a timely basis, but please understand if it takes us a while to reply.

I’m coming in from out of town, is there any place to eat close by?”
A full list of restaurants in the Jackson area can be found at the Experience Jackson website. Options within walking distance of The Wax include Bella Note, Chilango’s Burrito Bar, Chilango’s Chop House, Grand River Brewery, Night Light, and The Chase Sports Bar.

How about a hotel that’s nearby?
There are many hotel options within easy driving distance of The Wax. A full list of Jackson area hotels can be found by clicking here (you will be redirected to the Experience Jackson website).

What time does the concert start?
Unless otherwise noted on our website, all of our concerts start at 8:00. Doors to The Wax will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

I’d like to bring my child(ren) to the concert, do I need to buy a ticket for them?
We think music is a universal experience and should be shared by those of all ages, so children are welcome at The Wax, but they do need a ticket unless they are small enough to sit in a lap during the concert. Also, since our room provides an intimate listening experience, we ask that children be able to sit quietly for the duration of the show (generally 75 to 90 minutes).

Where should I park?
There is plentiful street parking around our building and there are also Jackson City Parking Lots available on West Michigan Avenue, just east of South Jackson and just west of Mechanic Streets or on Pearl Street, just east of Blackstone and just west of South Jackson Streets.

I’ve bought tickets, but now can’t come to the concert; can I get a refund?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds for concert tickets.

The weather is really bad; will the concert still take place?
In the rare event that a concert is cancelled we will immediately post a notification on our website along with any information about possibly rescheduling or refund information.

I (or my business) would like to be involved in the Music on Tap Series; are sponsorship opportunities available?
Sponsorship opportunities are available at many different levels. For more information, please click here to see our Support page.

We have special seating needs, is The Wax accessible?
The Wax is fully accessible. If you know you are coming to the show and you have accessibility needs, please contact us in advance so that we can make sure you are accommodated.

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