JSO Season Leonard Bernsteins 100th

Leonard Bernstein’s 100th

JSO’s 69th Season

The JSO’s 69th season starts off with a Birthday Bash! In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, we pay tribute to the American conductor, composer, performer, educator and humanitarian who would have turned 100 in August. The opening program of this season pays homage to Bernstein the conductor with a performance of Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Sound in Body, Mind and Spirit, a work composed in honor of Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s 100th birthday, will be premiered. Harold Haugh prize winner Kisma Jordan joins the JSO.


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BERNSTEIN’S 100TH BIRTHDAY – SEPT.29.18

The JSO’s 69th season starts off with a Birthday Bash! In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, we pay tribute to the American conductor, composer, performer, educator and humanitarian who would have turned 100 in August. The opening program of this season pays homage to Bernstein the conductor with a performance of Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Sound in Body, Mind and Spirit, a work composed in honor of Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s 100th birthday, will be premiered. Harold Haugh prize winner Kisma Jordan joins the JSO.


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CELEBRATING THE FUTURE – NOV.10.18

For the third year in a row, the JSO continues its popular celebration of our future stars and the arts. There’s something for everyone in this concert that features New York City-based violist Mitsuru Kubo premiering a newly commissioned work by the up-and-coming Michigan composer, Jeremy Crosmer. Additionally the concert will feature student artists from Jackson County and some surprise sounds from the orchestra.


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WEST SIDE STORY – FEB.9.19

Our exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s influence on American music continues with performances of two of his most famous musicals, West Side Story and On the Town. Virtuosic and versatile pianist Willis Delony joins the JSO in the Michigan premiere of Greg Yasinitsky’s Jazz Piano Concerto.


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BEETHOVEN’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO – MAR.22-24.19

Leonard Bernstein the performer inspires this program. Canadian virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki joins the JSO to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, a work that Bernstein played and conducted from the piano. Haydn’s whimsical 88th Symphony, which Bernstein famously conducted with his eyebrows, opens the program. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, a work inspired by Haydn, demonstrates a contemporary take on these two classical masters.


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ODE TO JOY – APR.27.19

As we close our tribute to Leonard Bernstein, our season finale features his Chichester Psalms, which has strong connections to his Jewish faith. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work that Bernstein conducted when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, concludes our season. Choirs from Hillsdale College and Spring Arbor University join the JSO for this special performance.