JSO offers special ticket prices to area Veterans for The Sounds of War on May 2nd

Jackson Symphony Orchestra will mark the 100th Anniversary of the “War to end all Wars” with the world premiere of JSO composer-in-residence Dr. Bruce Brown’s fascinating Love, Death and War in the White House: A Portrait of Woodrow Wilson in Music and Drama on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.

In honor of the patriotic and historically significant theme of the concert, the JSO is offering all Veterans of the Armed Services and their families a special ticket price 

Jackson Symphony Orchestra will mark the 100th Anniversary of the “War to end all Wars” with the world premiere of JSO composer-in-residence Dr. Bruce Brown’s fascinating Love, Death and War in the White House: A Portrait of Woodrow Wilson in Music and Drama on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.

In honor of the patriotic and historically significant theme of the concert, the JSO is offering all Veterans of the Armed Services and their families a special ticket price of $20 per pair of tickets in the best remaining seats in the house. Tickets can be reserved by calling the JSO Box Office at 517-782-3221 ext. 118 and mentioning the Veteran status or visit the JSO office at 215 West Michigan Avenue.

Dr. Brown is a professor of music and chair of the music department at Spring Arbor University. He also hosts the JSO’s pre-concert lecture series known as Backstage Glimpses. His modern yet lyrical compositional style has made him a frequent recipient of commissions for new works. In recent years, he has completed commissions for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, District VIII of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Jackson Chorale.

He was also commissioned to write festive works for the 15th anniversary celebration of the South Carolina School for the Arts, the opening of the new music building at Central Michigan University, and the dedication of a new library at Spring Arbor University. Performances of his works have taken him across the country.

The concert will also feature guest artist William Westney making his fourth visit to Jackson to perform Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand – an emotionally charged masterpiece composed for famous Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand in WWI. The piece was composed between 1929 and 1930 and Wittgenstein performed the premiere with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1932.

Westney holds the B.A. from Queens College (N.Y.) and a performance doctorate from the Yale School of Music, all with highest academic distinctions.  He studied in Italy under a Fulbright grant.  Performing credentials include top piano prize in the Geneva International Competition, top prize (and only American winner) in Radiotelevisione Italiana auditions, recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center as well as at international venues such as the U.K (London), Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea, throughout Italy on a U.S. State Department tour, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Maestro Stephen Osmond will also conduct George Butterworth’s (1885-1916) The Banks of Green Willow, considered one of Butterworth’s best works which was influenced by folk-songs and  perfectly captures the nature of the English countryside. Butterworth was born in London to a well-to-do family and attended Eton School and Trinity College, Oxford where he met Vaughan Williams and Cecil Sharp. He taught for a while at Radley, studied for a short time at the Royal College of Music, then concentrated more or less full time on collecting folk songs, sometimes with Williams.

When World War I started in 1914, Butterworth joined the Durham Light Infantry as a Lieutenant. In the trenches, he was mentioned in dispatches for outstanding courage and won the Military Cross. He led a successful raid on August 15, 1916, in the Battle of the Somme, but during the raid Butterworth was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

The JSO looks forward to honoring those who have served or are currently serving our country and hopes that there will be strong representation by our Veteran communities in the audience on Saturday, May 2. Veterans can also visit the Box Office in person at 215 W. Michigan Avenue, downtown Jackson to purchase their specially priced tickets. The concert is sponsored by Spring Arbor University. Individual tickets are available to the general public for $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.

JSO concert ticket holders are invited to attend the complimentary and highly acclaimed pre-concert lecture series hosted by JSO composer-in-residence Dr. Bruce Brown. Called Backstage Glimpse, the lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Baughman Theatre Rooms off the main floor lobby in the Potter Center.

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 JSO Community Music School, Jackson Youth Symphony, the Jackson Chorale and Children's Choir, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and JSO Community String Ensemble.

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