The Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s 71st season celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday, while featuring new concerts for families and exciting collaborations. We will showcase top-tier soloists and an eclectic mix of Music on Tap bands and singers. This year’s Signature Series, titled Beethoven’s Shadow, illustrates the impact that Beethoven had on generations of symphonic composers that followed. We will begin the season with concerts in Weatherwax Hall featuring two of Beethoven’s most iconic works, including the Third Symphony. In November, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique will be performed alongside two works by female composers, Audrey Kelley and Fernande Breilh-Decruck. Acclaimed pianist, Inon Barnatan joins us in February to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto—a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. In March, we’ll return to Weatherwax Hall to present Brahms’ First Symphony, and we’ll also take this program to the Franke Center in Marshall in April. Our season concludes with Mahler’s Third and most epic symphony.

Along with the Michigan Theatre, County National Bank, Jackson’s Anchor Initiative and Experience Jackson, we are proud to once again offer a series of free summer events in downtown Jackson including our Summer Solstice and Summer Pops concerts. Patriotic music will fill the August air as we perform at CP Federal City Square across from the JSO building. In fall, we’ll partner with Bright Walls to produce a Halloween concert in conjunction with Fright Walls. Winter renews our collaboration with Ballet Chelsea to bring you the seasonal family favorite, The Nutcracker. In March, we’ll present Star Wars and More – an evening of music that’s out of this world. Finally, be sure to check out the popular Music on Tap series, which takes place at the JSO’s Weatherwax Hall in the heart of Jackson. Come downtown and enjoy all that downtown Jackson has to offer, capped off with world- class live music and beverages in our intimate and exciting concert space.


CONCERT SCHEDULE


ROMANTIC RACHMANINOFF

FEBRUARY 13, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Join the JSO for a Valentine’s celebration featuring Rachmaninoff’s famous 2nd piano concerto. Internationally renowned pianist Inon Barnatan joins the JSO. We continue to explore the symphony after Beethoven with a performance of Sibelius’ 5th which praises the natural world.

BRAHM’S 1ST SYMPHONY

MARCH 26-28, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Brahms was so intimidated by Beethoven’s shadow that he didn’t write his first symphony until he was 43 years old. In our fourth program of the season we juxtapose his most famous and popular symphony with modern talents. Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst is a fresh fanfare for strings while Bright Sheng’s Black Swan is a beautiful orchestration of one of Brahms’ most loved piano Intermezzos.

BRAHM’S 1ST SYMPHONY

APRIL 10, 2021 • FRANKE CENTER

Brahms was so intimidated by Beethoven’s shadow that he didn’t write his first symphony until he was 43 years old. In our fourth program of the season we juxtapose his most famous and popular symphony with modern talents. Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst is a fresh fanfare for strings while Bright Sheng’s Black Swan is a beautiful orchestration of one of Brahms’ most loved piano Intermezzos.

EPIC MAHLER

APRIL 24, 2021 • POTTER CENTER

Mahler believed that “A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.” His 3rd symphony is an epic display of this concept. A huge, majestic orchestra accompanied by both children’s and women’s choruses and a mezzo soprano soloist to boot. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear this monumental work live.


PAST CONCERTS


SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE (CANCELLED)

NOVEMBER 14, 2020 • POTTER CENTER

The second concert of the season presents works by composers with a progressive voice. Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz was written only 3 years after Beethoven’s death. Berlioz used a 5 movement form, new instruments and a fixed musical theme to depict the story of an opium-induced dream. Berlioz deals with dark themes such as execution and death which makes this an ideal piece for the Halloween season.

BEETHOVEN’S SHADOW

SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2020 • THE WAX

The JSO celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with two of his most iconic works, both written in 1803. The Triple Concerto is a celebration of virtuosity with 3 soloists vying for the spotlight. The 3rd Symphony, which was written as Beethoven began to reconcile the loss of his hearing, marks a turning point for Beethoven and is considered by many to be his best symphony!

VIVE LA FRANCE (CANCELLED)

APRIL 25, 2020 • POTTER CENTER

Have you noticed that there’s been a little French music on each concert this year? Well this time we went all out. Come hear Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Clair de lune and La mer, three of Debussy’s most famous works. In collaboration with the prestigious international festival, the JSO is thrilled to welcome Elliot Wuu, a Gilmore Keyboard Festival young artist winner, to the stage for this concert.

BACH TO THE FUTURE

FEBRUARY 7-9, 2020 • WEATHERWAX HALL

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.

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

NOVEMBER 23, 2019 • POTTER CENTER

Two pianos are better than one! Join us as we bring two pianos to the stage for Saint-Saëns’s dynamic Carnival of the Animals and Poulenc’s virtuosic concerto in D minor. Opening with the whimsical Overture to The Pirates of Penzance, the program also includes Jacques Ibert’s Divertissement accompanied by artwork from Jackson student artists.

BEETHOVEN & THE AMERICANS

OCTOBER 5, 2019 • POTTER CENTER

The JSO kicks off its 70th season with Beethoven’s popular and joyous 7th symphony. JSO principal flutist Richard Sherman takes the stage to perform Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s Flute Concerto.