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The Jackson Symphony Association has announced the 56th season of performances of The Jackson Symphony.

The 2016-2017 season offers all the excitement and beauty of last season. Whether it’s Bizet’s “Carmen Suites,” Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” or Rachmaninoff’s thrilling “Paganinni Variations,” this season has some real giants of the orchestral repertoire. 

A full concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the brilliant Gypsy Jazz band “Velvet Caravan” may have you singing and dancing in your seats. 

Peter Shannon begins his third season as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Jackson Symphony.

“I think you’ll agree with me when I say that I’m looking forward to hearing just how fantastic our orchestra sounds. We have had wonderful feedback from our audience members about their energy on stage, and I’m proud to be a part of the sound they make.” Shannon said, “Thank you for being a great audience, and I look forward to seeing you at the symphony.”

As has become a tradition, the 37th annual Starlight Symphony will be performed on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. The concert will feature an array of patriotic, classical and Broadway pop hits and will — as always — be concluded by the annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” accompanied by live cannons. No admission is charged.

The subsequent opening night of The Jackson Symphony’s 56th season begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at First Baptist Church in Jackson.

The concert will feature world-renowned violin soloist, Elmar Oliveira, performing a newly composed concerto co-commissioned by The Jackson Symphony and the Savannah Philharmonic. Rossini’s dazzling overture to his opera “The Thieving Magpie” and Dvořák’s exuberant “Symphony No. 8” will round out the program. 

The next program, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, will bring together the eclectic sounds of The Jackson Symphony and Velvet Caravan, a most unusual musical ensemble which combines Gypsy, honky-tonk, swing and jazz.

Velvet Caravan plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. Bringing them together with The Jackson Symphony are a motley crew of super-talented musicians that draw their roots from Venezuela, Serbia, Texas, Iowa, Massachusetts and southern Georgia.

The first of four chamber concerts is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall and Sanctuary, at 309 E. Baltimore St. in downtown Jackson.

“Just A Matter Of Time” will be presented by the Symphony’s Percussion Ensemble. Coffee and pastries will be served at 2:30 p.m., prior to the concert.

The first Saturday of November will feature “Themes Of Passion.” Set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Carl Perkins Civic Center, the night full of orchestral color will feature Irish pianist and University of Memphis faculty member, Cathal Breslin, who is praised for his “superb intensity and passion.” Breslin will perform Rachmaninoff’s brilliant setting of a theme by Paganini for orchestra and piano, and the symphonic strings will present Vaughan Williams’ lush setting of a theme by Thomas Tallis. Passionate melodies from Bizet’s celebrated opera Carmen will conclude this evening’s colorful program.

To usher in the holiday season, take the whole family to a concert sure to inspire the spirit of the holiday season. At the annual Holiday Pops Concert, you may even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center , the concert will also feature The Jackson Choral Society, directed by Ricky Clark.

The new year begins with the second chamber concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall and Sanctuary, Jackson. The symphony’s woodwind ensemble will present “Music Musique,” with coffee and pastries again served at 2:30 p.m.

Your valentine will be “Easy to Love” this Valentine’s Day when you come to experience a performance of enchanting love songs favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Andrew Lloyd Weber to include: “Hello Young Lovers,” “People will Say We’re in Love,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Blue Moon.”  This concert will also feature the University of Tennessee at Martin Choir, conducted by Mark Simmons, who is also the associate conductor of The Jackson Symphony. “Easy To Love” starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

“The City Of Dreams” is the title of the March 11 concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Jackson. Experience the height of the Classical Era, when Vienna stood at the center of the musical world. Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto,” considered to be one of the greatest concertos for wind instruments, will be performed by Jackson Symphony principal clarinetist David Warren. Also on the program are two “heroic” masterpieces from Beethoven, his “Egmont Overture” and “Eroica Symphony.”

The symphony’s string quartet salutes “The Great Women Composers” at 3 p.m. March 12 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall and Sanctuary.

The program preceded at 2:30 p.m. by coffee and pastries.

Take a musical journey through Europe with The Jackson Symphony as it presents orchestral compositions from across the continent at 7:30 p.m. April 8. Experience the sounds of Italy in Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture” and Mascagni’s “Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana,” a French setting of a Spanish dance in Ravel’s “Boléro,” a passionate scene from 18th-century Vienna in Strauss’ “Suite from Der Rosenkavalier” and a trip down Bohemia’s greatest river in Smetana’s “The Moldau.”

The Jackson Symphony’s Chamber music concert series was such a success this past year — its first season of performances — that a fourth concert has been added for its second season. 

“Making A Joyful Noise” will feature The Brass Quintet at 3 p.m. May 7 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall and Sanctuary, with coffee and pastries being served at 2:30 p.m.

The Jackson Symphony enriches and inspires audiences through the power of live orchestral music. Season ticket packages can be purchased at the symphony’s office or by calling 731-427-6440. 

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