JSO The Power and Joy of Music “Greatest Hits” concert – Jackson
Feb 8 7:30 pm
Have you ever purchased a record album (for those old enough to remember what that is) or a CD for the sole purpose of one song that touches your heart and soul? A lot of money if you are not enamored with the other numbers, but well worth it just for that three or four minutes of special music.
Thankfully, that won’t be an issue with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s next “greatest hits” type of production, “Bits and Pieces” on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Center Music Hall of Jackson College. Sponsored by the Alro Steel Foundation and Louis Glick Trust, the orchestra will present moments of “unusual greatness” in single movements of works like Schumann’s “Concertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra;” the “Adagietto” of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony; and the finale to Mozart’s comic opera, Cosi fan Tutti (All women like that). Along with other works planned will be Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony.”
Conducting duties for the evening will be shared by Maestro Stephen Osmond, Associate Conductor David Schultz and, making his conducting debut, Marco Shehab conducting Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, who won the opportunity to conduct the JSO in concert at the JSO Guild Ball.
“Bits and Pieces” will begin the evening with “The Bishop Rock Overture,” perhaps a Michigan premier composed by Doreen Carwithin, a fine lady composer from England and one of the first female composers on a JSO program in too long a time, Maestro Osmond admits somewhat abashedly. He calls it “a wonderful, refreshing bit” to start the program.
Four very talented French horn players from the ranks of the JSO will present, with the orchestra, another selection that isn’t heard as often as it should be: Schumann’s Concert Piece for Four French Horns. The horn players include Stephen Foster, Emily Hoffner, Valerie Sly, and Bernhard Kirchner. Osmond also promises a good time with Cosi fan Tutti – the finale to Act I, a “regular laugh riot with six amazing Michigan singers to take the audience through one of Mozart’s most rollicking operatic selections.” Those singers include: Fiordiligi (Lani Stait, soprano), Dorabella (Elizabeth Galafa, mezzo-soprano), Despina (Natalie Doran, soprano), Don Alfonso (Jonathan Harris, bass), Guglielmo (John Daugherty, baritone), and Ferrando (Jacob Wright, tenor).
The evening will conclude with Schubert’s Symphony #8 (Unfinished), and the strings of the orchestra will perform the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. The concert is in memory of Mary Spring, a valued member of the JSO staff for more than twenty years, who died in November. The music is a tribute to all she meant to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra family.
JSO concert ticket holders are invited to attend the complimentary and highly acclaimed pre-concert lecture series hosted by Dr. Bruce Brown. Called Backstage Glimpses, this lively lecture takes place in the JC Federer Room at 6:30 p.m.
Individual tickets are $18, Section C; $27, Section B; $32, Section A; $5 for students. Tickets may be ordered online at the JSO’s website at www.JacksonSymphony.org, at the Box Office by phoning 517-782-3221 or in person at 215 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson.
Before February 8 – 3-Concert Mini-Series Subscription: Section A-$115, Section B-$97, Section C-$65
JSO’s 2013-14 season includes: Tchaikovsky Explosion on March 15. This composer engages so many people on so many levels and Symphony orchestras that do not include one of the symphonies or concertos on their yearly schedule or 1812 Overture on one of their pops concerts are asking for trouble. A new format very similar to our recent Lovers program will guide us through a most memorable excursion. Virtuosity on May 3. Fresh from a busy year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of winning the Gold Medal in the first Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Mr. Votapek returns to Jackson performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #3, the same piece which launched his most prestigious international career. Subscription Series Concert Tickets: Section A-$128, Section B-$108, Section C-$72
NOTE: The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is a community resource providing performances of the classics and popular music, a community music school with private and group instruction and numerous educational programs for students of all ages. The organization owns a 30,000-square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Jackson which not only serves as an administrative, rehearsal, and recital performance space for the orchestra but also is home to the Jackson Youth Symphony, the Jackson Chorale and Children’s Choir, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and JSO Community String Ensemble. The orchestra primarily performs at the world-class Music Hall of the Jackson College Potter Center and other venues in town including several churches, the County Fairgrounds and Michigan Theatre.