Fire & Ice


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2022 @ 7:30 PM


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

The JSO teams up with the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra to present Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s red-hot Congo del Fuego Nuevo. Decruck’s Heroic Poem is a work that the JSO recorded last season and features Michigan-native Leelanee Sterrett on French horn and Amy McCabe on trumpet from “The President’s Own” Marine Band. After our fiery first half, we close the concert with warm music from a cold place–Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s famous 2nd Symphony!

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


Arturo Márquez
Conga del Fuego Nuevo (New Fire Conga) <2005>

Conga del Fuego Nuevo ClassicFM describes this piece as “Permanently frantic, tense and joyful all at once – a unique and miraculous expression of outright joy. When it finally calms down around the 3-minute mark, though, it’s tempting to think that all the hard work’s been done until Marquez unleashes one more furious conga.”

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Fernande Decruck
Poème Héroïque (Heroic Poem) <1946>
Amy McCabe, Trumpet
Leelanee Sterrett, French horn
Poème Héroïque (Heroic Poem) Written in 1946, Poême Héroïque is a double concerto for solo trumpet, solo horn and orchestra. The work often features the two solo instruments in imitation and is a fantastic example of Decruck’s mature style.

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Jean Sibelius
Symphony No.2, D major, op.43 <1901–1902>
Symphony No.2, D major, op.43  The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, by Jean Sibelius was started in winter 1901 in Rapallo, Italy, shortly after the successful premiere of the popular Finlandia, and finished in 1902 in Finland. Sibelius said, “My second symphony is a confession of the soul.”

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The JSO is debuting its new Afterparties this season with tickets available to all who want to continue the celebration after the concert has ended.



Leelanee Sterrett is Third Horn of the New York Philharmonic, having joined the orchestra in 2013. She was previously a fellow of Ensemble Connect, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. In recent seasons, Ms. Sterrett has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, at the 2015 and 2018 International Horn Symposia, and has presented recitals and masterclasses around the country. She proudly serves on the horn faculties of New York University and Rutgers University.

A northern-Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic and supportive family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.

Ms. Sterrett divides her time between Manhattan and Princeton, New Jersey, where she balances her love for city life with being outdoors and in nature. Among her proudest non-musical accomplishments is completing the New York City Marathon twice.


Amy McCabe, a resident of Washington D.C., has shared music on her trumpet in a variety of genres across the globe. She was recently a soloist at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Women’s Brass conference, and was a featured soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in London’s Regent Hall.

Amy is currently a trumpet/cornetist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and has completed two national concert tours as a soloist in addition to her duties at Arlington National Cemetery and the White House. Amy is also an active chamber musician, recently performing a trumpet duo in the newly renovated Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, and also performed and recorded a brass quintet album with Summit records at the Lieksa Brass Week in Lieksa, Finland. In addition, Amy has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, The St. Louis Symphony, The Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Barclay Brass.

She was also a featured soloist in the first National and Japan touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, “Blast!” in addition to touring with pop artist Michael Bolton on a national tour. Amy was also a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Artosphere Festival and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band, and recipient of the Roger Voisin Tanglewood Trumpet Award. She holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University studying with Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxton, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer.


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