JSO to Team Up with Young Musicians and Artists from Jackson Area for Next Concert

JSO to Team Up with Young Musicians and Artists from Jackson Area for Next Concert

The Potter Center will have both an international and local flair during a concert this month as the Jackson Symphony Orchestra collaborates with a talented French violinist and more than 50 young musicians and artists from the Jackson area.

Greetings from Switzerland will feature French violin virtuoso Eva Zavaro, 50-plus members of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra and artwork created by Jackson School of the Arts students to complement the music of the JSO. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.

The show will open with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” which will feature a combined orchestra of more than 100 members of the JSO and JYSO.

“It’s a work that has a lot of pomp and circumstance to it, a lot of majesty,” JSO Music Director Matthew Aubin said. “It’s got really good wind and brass parts, so everybody will have an important part to play. It’s a great way to start the concert. Doing it side by side with young musicians is a great way for us to inspire the next generation. I know as a student myself, it was so impactful to do these things while I was in high school.”

“Les eaux célestes” is a modern orchestral work by French composer Camille Pepin that will follow the opening piece.

“She makes the orchestra sparkle,” Aubin said of Pepin. “There are all these different sounds she creates in the strings, in the woodwinds, in the percussion. This will be an American premiere of a work by a composer who’s in her 30s and is a rising star in Europe and beyond.”

The piece by Pepin will be paired with artwork from local students.

“Since my first full year as Music Director, we’ve been doing this collaboration with Jackson School of the Arts,” Aubin said. “We ask the various art classes to come up with some type of art inspired by the music and we put them into a slideshow that is shown as we’re playing the music.

“The students have listened to this music several times as they’ve worked on their art projects. For me, it’s just another way to make a connection with the next generation and get Classical music in their lives in a purposeful way.”

Zavaro will be featured in Pierre Wissmer’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane, rapsodie de concert.” An interesting note: Zavaro performed the violin concerto with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine during the early days of the war between Ukraine and Russia.

The concert will close with “Symphony No. 2, B minor” composed by Alexander Borodin.

Tickets to Greetings from Switzerland range from $20 to $35 with student tickets available for $5 and can be purchased online at jacksonsymphony.org; by phone at (517) 782-3221; or at the JSO box office in downtown Jackson.

Concertgoers are invited to attend a free, interactive lecture at 6:30 p.m. An Afterparty, which requires a separate ticket, will be held at the Country Club of Jackson. Tickets are $20 for that event, which will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks and an opportunity to mingle with musicians, guest artists, composers and other fans of the symphony.