“Lovers” – Jackson Symphony Orchestra Concert – Jackson

May 4, 2013 @ 7:30 pm – May 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

Fifth Subscription Concert – 63rd Season
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013
at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center

For further information, contact:
Joan Cummings 517-782-3221, 517-782-3268 (Fax), joan.cummings@jacksonsymphony.org

Concert Lovers and Great Party to Follow
The most popular story written in the past millennium, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” has inspired literally hundreds of musical and literary works including dozens of operas, ballets, tone poem from around the world. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra will explore how five composers — Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Gounod and Bernstein — were inspired to tell the same story in often similar but more often very different ways. The concert will be held in the Potter Center at Jackson Community College and is sponsored by Curtis & Curtis P.C.

JSO’s Maestro, Stephen Osmond, is promising a fascinating journey that evening, led by actor/director Craig Richard Nelson, star of stage, screen and television and close friend of the JSO for more than 30 years.

“Mr. Nelson has ‘composed’ an enlightening narration which he will deliver from the stage leading us through the theatrical as well as musical path Romeo and Juliet take us on. This is a most unusual presentation for both the orchestra and audience. In addition to Mr. Nelson, we will have soprano Natalie Doran, tenor Nicholas Nestorak and a raft of actors from the Michigan Shakespeare Festival enacting the famous fight scene,” says Osmond.
The performance includes Bernstein’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet, most familiar to younger audiences with his play, “West Side Story,” which is often produced as a high school musical.

A $30 evening-filled special offer, “Get Social with the Symphony” includes the concert (best seats available) and party afterward with live entertainment by “Big Foot” Bob Schultz, hors d’oeuvres by Moveable Feast, beverages and art displays-paintings by Joseph Macklin and furniture design by James Lougheed. The party, held after the concert until midnight is at Johnstone Supply’s warehouse on the corner of Belden and Morrell, sponsored by Erin Mazur and Marco Pullan.

If preferred, individual tickets are $18 for Section C, $27 for Section B and the Balcony Wings, and $32 for the main floor’s Section A. 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.

Included in the cost of the ticket, JSO concert attendees are invited to the complimentary and highly acclaimed pre-concert lecture series hosted by Dr. Bruce Brown. Called Backstage Glimpses, the lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Federer Room off the main floor lobby in the Potter Center. Eaton Corporation is sponsoring this concert’s Backstage Glimpse.

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 Community College Potter Center and other venues in town including several churches, the County Fairgrounds and Michigan Theatre.

Additional biographical information:
Craig Richard Nelson considers Jackson his favorite “home away from home.” He started his distinguished career on the Broadway stage in the Tony Award Winning-musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. A casting director caught his performance one night and suggested him for an audition. This led to his co-starring role in the Oscar winning film The Paper Chase. Hollywood beckoned and he moved to Los Angeles. Sitcoms, films, dramatic series, and way-off-Broadway roles ensued: The Carol Burnett Show, Murder She Wrote, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Star Trek The Next Generation, Voyager, 3 Women, A Wedding, and Fernwood 2Night…just to name a few.

Nelson’s lifelong dream of staging opera was realized when he was engaged by the JSO to direct Gian-Carlo Mennoti’s masterpiece The Medium. It was a rare opportunity to see The Medium well-done! Following this great success, he returned to the Birthplace of the Republican Party to stage and star in Fledermaus! He then staged La Boheme for the JSO, featuring the stunning and age-defying Melissa Osmond. He retired from show business at the turn of the century, but he’s pleased as punch to return as narrator for this special concert.

Soprano Natalie Doran has premiered the role of Princess Cocachin in The Red Silk Thread at the University of Michigan as well as a new work by composer John Boggs at the University of Michigan First Composers’ Concert. She has also appeared as a soprano soloist in the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, the Hillsdale College Choir, the Hillsdale College Chamber Choir, and the Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra as a two-time winner of the Concerto Competition. Ms. Doran has also performed as a chorister with the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, The Hillsdale College Choir, and the Hillsdale College Chamber Choir.

Pursuing a strong interest in classical opera while remaining receptive to new music, Ms. Doran is a member of the international women’s music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She has received multiple honors from the SAI chapter at Hillsdale College. She received her bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Hillsdale College, where she studied voice with Melissa Osmond. Some of her favorite roles performed at Hillsdale include Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Manon from Massenet’s Manon (performed in part for the Hillsdale Opera Theater program). A native of Brighton, Michigan, Ms. Doran is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan where she studies voice with Stephen West.

Hillsdale native Nicholas Nestorak finished his bachelor degree at Hillsdale College in 2011 where he studied voice with Melissa Osmond. Nestorak will be completing a master of music degree at the University of Michigan in May where he is a student of George Shirley. Last year, Nestorak traveled to Weimar, Germany and performed the role of Tamino in the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Following Weimar, Nestorak performed the role of Don Ottavio in the University of Michigan’s main stage production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and just finished performing the role of Tanzmeister in the University of Michigan’s winter production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. This summer, Nestorak will be attending the Crested Butte Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado as a Young Artist in the 2013 Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program, where he will participate in their production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” opera scenes workshops, gala concerts, and vocal master classes.

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