Conductor Laureate Stephen Osmond returns to the podium to conduct Shostakovich’s 5th symphony and La Valse by Ravel. In collaboration with world famous concert pianist William Westney, Osmond presents Richard Addinsell’s poignant Warsaw Concerto. This program is sure to feature a surprise or two! Don’t miss the Maestro’s return.
Join us for a free, interactive lecture before the concert at 6:30pm.
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Maestro Stephen Osmond’s triumphal 40 years as music director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra set a high standard as one of the longest tenures for any conductor in the history of American orchestras. Over four decades, his leadership was consistently distinguished by musical excellence for the orchestra and forward-thinking vision for its programs and facilities.
Maestro Osmond followed a rich and varied path to Jackson, including hundreds of performances from France to China to cities all over the United States.
Pianist WILLIAM WESTNEY was the top piano prizewinner of the Geneva International Competition, and he appeared thereafter as soloist with such major orchestras as l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Houston, San Antonio and New Haven Symphonies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College in New York and a Masters and Doctorate in performance from Yale University, all with highest honors. During Fulbright study in Italy he was the only American winner in auditions held by Radiotelevisione Italiana. Westney has given recitals on four continents, and his playing has been described by reviewers as “riveting” (N.Y. Post) and “refreshing” (Straits Times, Singapore). Critics have praised his recordings for CRI and Musical Heritage Society, and Newsweek magazine selected his CRI album of Leo Ornstein’s works as one of its “Ten Best American Music Recordings” of the year. His first book, The Perfect Wrong Note, was published by Amadeus Press in 2003 to critical acclaim and has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide.