The Jackson Symphony Magazine 2022

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Alice and Carl Kirkland, Ann and Pat Mann, Eliane and Eugene Reese, The City of Jackson, and The Jackson Symphony League



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Table of Contents A Message from Peter & Sherry ............................................................. 8 Welcome from Stan Harris ..................................................................... 11 Conductor’s Award ....................................................................................15 H&M Sponsor Highlight ................................................................... 16-17 Welcome from Leanne Braddock......................................................... 20 The Jackson Symphony League ............................................................21 Endowment Fund ............................................................................... 24-25 Interview with our Concertmaster ...................................................... 29 Legacy Circle .............................................................................................. 31 Season at a Glance .............................................................................. 34-35 Latin Romance Concert Notes............................................................... 36 Carmina Burana Concert Notes............................................................ 37 Passionate Masterworks Concert Notes.............................................. 39 Ballads and Boots ............................................................................... 40-41 Outreach Programs ............................................................................ 46-47 The Jackson Symphony Staff ........................................................... 52-53 Symphony on the Move .................................................................... 56-57 Youth Programs ................................................................................... 60-61 Board of Directors .................................................................................... 72 Executive Committee .............................................................................. 72 Legacy Cirle .......................................................................................... 72-73 Patron Society ............................................................................................ 73 Chair Sponsors .......................................................................................... 73 Sponsors ...................................................................................................... 74

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Peter & Sherry Our season theme, “Power of Passion,” refers to more than the music you will hear - it celebrates the spirit of this amazing organization: our staff and dedicated board, the incredible musicians, and the generous patrons who have sustained The Jackson Symphony for more than 60 years! This concert season will feature music with an energy and spirit worthy of our great community, and I look forward to sharing it with you all!

Peter Shannon

Artistic Director & Conductor

It is with great excitement that The Jackson Symphony introduces its 62nd season, “Power of Passion.” Music has the ability to move us in ways that will bring back treasured memories, soothe and comfort us in times of need, and help us to celebrate moments that make life good. We invite you to be a part of our season designed to bring passion of life through live music.

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to the 62nd season of your

Jackson Symphony

The theme for this year’s season is “The Power of Passion,” and it is a fitting

What Sets Us Apart?

theme. From our Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Shannon, the orchestra’s outstanding musicians, Executive Director Sherry Freeman and her staff, and our Board of Directors who work tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of the symphony, to you our patrons and donors, we are all passionate about the accomplishments and success of our symphony!

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The Jackson Symphony continues to expand in West Tennessee. Since its inception two years ago, Symphony on the Move has brought the symphony to over forty neighborhoods in Jackson and to seven counties outside Madison County. The Youth Orchestra and the Children’s and Youth Choir allow young

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people the opportunity to showcase their musical talents. The Family Matinees in October and December give families the chance to enjoy the symphony together. And playing for patients in the Kirkland Cancer Center and other medical facilities help bring comfort to those undergoing treatments.

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The Jackson Symphony is truly a community treasure. Thank you for ensuring that it remains the crown jewel for live orchestral music in West Tennessee.

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Conductor’s Award Congratulations to the 61st Season Dr. Charles and Betsy Cox Jackson Symphony Conductor’s Award in honor of Dr. Tyler and Kathryn Swindle. This award is presented annually to an outstanding musician who personifies the heart and spirit of the orchestra.

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H&M Company, Inc. The Jackson Symphony aspires not merely to exist

company’s long-standing support of The Jackson

but to thrive as the largest arts organization in

Symphony – spanning over the last twenty years –

West Tennessee. To further its mission and

is a laudable feat in itself.

outreach, the Symphony heavily relies upon the constant support of generous donors, like H&M

H&M adheres to the principle that businesses

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Most Jacksonians likely recognize H&M as the

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firm that maintains roots here in West Tennessee.

H&M’s Chief Financial Officer and a strong

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industry are undoubtedly praiseworthy, the

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community.” Notably, Farris’ message is far from

season to a sold-out Carl Perkins Civic Center

lip service. In addition to its other charitable

audience during its upcoming 62nd Season, has

efforts, H&M sponsors The Jackson Symphony’s

developed and fosters several outreach programs,

Pops Concerts, a musical series that encompasses

like The Youth Orchestra and The Children’s

four themed events annually. The 2022-2023 Pops


Concerts Season is scheduled to kick off with renditions of sports anthems in October, holiday

The Jackson Symphony family is truly grateful for

classics in December, traditional love tunes in

the devoted support provided by H&M. Because of

February, and covers of “big hair” hits from the

its steadfast belief in the arts, the Symphony is

1980s in April. Further, as a result of the selfless

able to provide beloved music programs to the

backing of sponsors, including H&M, The Jackson

citizens of West Tennessee. Thank you, H&M

Symphony, in addition to playing a full concert

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Hello, Friends! I'm honored to serve this year as your President of the Jackson Symphony League. We have an exciting year ahead and would love for you to join us! Whether you come to the Crystal Ball in January (and invite your friends, of course!), help with the Color of Music, supply coffee and snacks for our great musicians, encourage our high school ambassadors, or attend one of our four League socials, we want to get to know you. Check out our website at (and become a member or renew your membership while you're there). We hope to see you soon!

Leanne Braddock Leanne Braddock

Welcome to the 61st year of The Jackson Symphony League!

Established in 1962, The Jackson Symphony League supports The Jackson Symphony through a variety of fundraising, education, and social activities. The League also annually presents The Color of Music, which gives local students and teachers the opportunity to experience orchestral music and create art that they feel best depicts the provided musical selection. In April 2023, the League is excited to host a new Celebrity Chef fundraising event.

In addition to these programs, League members support the Symphony in other ways. For instance, when attendees arrive at Symphony concerts, they are greeted by our Symphony League Ambassadors – local high school students that serve as ushers for all of The Jackson Symphony performances. The League also provides food and beverages for the musicians at Symphony rehearsals, and visiting musicians often stay in the homes of League members. Furthermore, the League hosts four socials each year which create the opportunity for members to socialize and to stay apprised of the latest news from the Symphony and

Each January, the League proudly hosts the Crystal Ball to raise funds for the Symphony. The Crystal Ball has become a staple gala for the Jackson community and serves as the League’s primary fundraiser. Featuring dining and dancing for the largest crowd in the event’s history last year, the League raised over $100,000 and successfully orchestrated

other art forums around West Tennessee.

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Endowment Fund The Jackson Symphony is proud to announce the

Symphony as a staple organization that offers

launching of an Endowment Fund this fall. The

joyful experiences and increases the overall

Endowment Fund represents an opportunity for a

quality of life in this area. The Endowment Fund

stronger future for the Symphony and for the arts

will undoubtedly bolster this long-standing

of West Tennessee. It is future-focused and

support of the arts and the betterment of the


community for generations to come.

The Jackson Symphony is confident that other residents of West Tennessee also view the The Endowment Fund received its first gift from siblings, Dr. J. Peter McLemore, Dr. Molly McLemore Rheney, and Dr. John H. McLemore. When describing the family’s passion for creating the Endowment Fund, Dr. Molly McLemore Rheney shared:

Our parents were long-time supporters of The Jackson Symphony. We could not think of a better way to honor them and to support the Jackson community that they loved than by establishing an endowment with The Jackson Symphony designated for use in its community outreach programs.



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On October 20, 2022, Bill Dedman, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, will join The Jackson Symphony in launching this Endowment Fund. During this event, he will discuss his book and convey his thoughts on future planning for charitable giving.


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Do you have any other gigs and what are they?

Kate Ryan

I also have a position in the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra based in Tupelo, MS, and I play with the Memphis Symphony when my schedule allows. I also have a string quartet that I play with quite frequently. I also sell music arrangements online (primarily for string quartets) and take arrangement commissions. And finally, I do bow rehairing for many of my colleagues and their students.

Degrees/Experience? BM in violin performance from the University of Memphis. I’ve also been playing in orchestras from a young age and began playing professionally at 16.. Where are you from? Memphis, TN When did you start playing the violin and how did you get started? I started playing when I was 8. A lady had come to my younger brother’s daycare and given a demonstration and he asked if he could take lessons. My mom took me along with them to his lessons and it looked cool to me so I asked if I could play too. Why did you choose to be a professional musician as your career? I had been playing so long that it just kind of seemed like a foregone conclusion that I would go into music. I was glad not to be floundering in college like some of my friends. Although I explored other interests, I was always happiest and most comfortable in the music world.

Why do you enjoy playing with The Jackson Symphony? Playing in the Jackson Symphony has made me a better musician. Working with Peter and with my amazing colleagues is such a thrill. Everyone comes there to work, and everyone is pulling together and pushing themselves to achieve. That moment where it all comes together after so much time and work is the magic that every musician hopes to be a part of. Any words of wisdom for aspiring musicians? I think it goes without saying the huge amount of practice time you must put in on your instrument, so instead, I’ll say be kind and reliable. Be the type of musician that people are excited to see when they show up at a gig!



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LegacyCircle The Legacy Circle presents an

drinks, to stay up-to-date on the

unparalleled opportunity to

symphony’s upcoming events

support The Jackson Symphony.

and new developments, and

To become a member, an

mingle with the staff, including

individual (or couple) must

Maestro Peter Shannon.

pledge to give at least $1,000 on an annual basis.

Every member of The Legacy Circle is also awarded a car tag

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enhance The Jackson

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impacting West Tennessee

doors nearest to the tables

through live music programs. In

during each event hosted there.

addition, they are invited to attend the Legacy Circle’s private

The Jackson Symphony is

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Frannie and Larry Smith, both long-standing members of The Legacy Circle, had this to say about their loyalty to this group: The Jackson Symphony is a tremendous asset to us in West Tennessee. It is a beautiful whole, with many parts, each operating to enrich every place and everything where music can bring the joy that enhances life and the encouragement to heal. Whoever thought of our symphony as an agent of healing? We do. And we find tremendous value in being a part of the Legacy Circle. We can be a part of something much bigger than ourselves and trust that our contribution will be used to help continue the Symphony’s goals and objectives of bringing beauty through music to West Tennessee in so many ways. We are proud to be members of the Legacy Circle and are proud of the work of our Jackson Symphony.


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September 10, 2022 | 7:00 PM The NED “Latin Romance”– Experience the fiery passion of Latin-inspired masterworks including Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2” and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” performed by classical guitarist Tariq Harb.

Starlight Symphony

September 24, 2022 | 7:30 PM First Presbyterian Church This evening of exhilarating music, under the stars, features everything from showtunes and movie classics such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Superman” to perennial favorites like the “1812 Overture” with live cannons.

Family Concert Take Me Out to the Ballgame October 15, 2022 | 11:00 AM Carl Perkins Civic Center

Join us for a sports themed concert sure to bring fun to children of all ages. (1 hr. matinee)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame October 15, 2022 | 7:30 PM Carl Perkins Civic Center

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – Calling all sports fans! From the Quidditch fields at Hogwarts to the football fields at Rocky Top, Master of Ceremonies Steve Bowers is sure to rev up the crowd in a concert celebrating the best of sports anthems!

Carmina Burana

November 5, 2022 | 7:00 PM Carl Perkins Civic Center “Carmina Burana” – The tales of luck and fate unfold in this dramatic and powerful oratorio. This spectacular performance will feature soloists, UT Martin Choirs, local school choirs, the JSO Children’s Choir, and the full Symphony.


Family Concert Family Christmas December 3, 2022 | 11:00 AM Carl Perkins Civic Center

Christmas Classics and sing-along melodies will bring the holiday spirit for families to enjoy. (1 hr. matinee)

Holiday Pops

December 3, 2022 | 7:30 PM Carl Perkins Civic Center Join local legend Daniel Joyner and guests for Jackson’s favorite holiday tradition with classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Celebrating Love with Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra February 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM Carl Perkins Civic Center

“Celebrating Love with Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra” – Jeremy Davis and band are sure to bring the house down! Don’t miss this chance to hear their big band sound!

Passionate Masterworks

March 11, 2023 | 7:00 PM | The NED “Passionate Masterworks” – This performance showcases Dvorak’s lesser-known but incredibly powerful Symphony No. 7. Siwoo Kim is our soloist for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.

REWIND - Celebrating the Music of the 80s

April 1, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Carl Perkins Civic Center “REWIND - Celebrating the Music of the 80s” is a musical time warp to a decade when big hair and parachute pants ruled. This is your chance to hear favorite 80s hits from artists such as Starship, George Michael, and many more.



Latin Romance September 10, 2022 | 7:00 PM | The NED

Experience the fiery passion of Latin-inspired masterworks including Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2” and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” performed by classical guitarist Tariq Harb.

Concierto de Aranjuez

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) It’s tempting to think of Rodrigo as a one hit wonder because this piece of music is usually uttered in the same breath as his name. In truth, he is one of the most revered Spanish composers of the 20th century, but what makes him a household name is undoubtedly the Concierto de Aranjuez. From the moment of its premiere in Madrid in 1940, it took on a life of its own, becoming the most-performed concerto for guitar in the world, and, at times, even the most-performed concerto for any instrument composed in the 20th century. Rodrigo was born into a wealthy family on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in 1901. At the tender age of 3, diphtheria claimed almost all his vision, forcing his family to seek specialized schools that could ensure he was not left behind. His musical talents were almost immediately identified, and intensive piano and string lessons ensued. In the late 1920s, Rodrigo went to Paris to study composition with Paul Dukas. Paris allowed him and Victoria, his concert pianist wife, to experience all that was evolving in French classical music. Beyond Dukas, Rodrigo relished the intensity of color and expression that Ravel was casting, and this expression found its way into his own compositions. This time of study and composing lasted until the late 1930s, allowing the composer to bypass the entirety of the Spanish Civil War. By the time he had completed the concerto in 1939, he and his wife had relocated to Madrid (thus bypassing another European war looming just around the corner). It was there the following year that the Concierto de Aranjuez was premiered, and his name was carved into the stone of history. “Aranjuez” refers to the gardens of the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the location of the Spanish royal courts. When speaking about this work, Rodrigo often said


Tariq Harb


the music is meant to reflect his memories of the fragrance of magnolias as well as the spray from the fountains in the gardens. But the composer occasionally implied that the second movement – often thought of as the most moving and spiritual of the work – had a more personal inspiration. The loss of his and his wife’s first child through miscarriage dealt a heavy blow to the composer, and he sometimes mentioned that the counterpoint between the horn and guitar in this movement was a musical conversation between himself and God. We will never fully know his thoughts as he composed this miraculous movement, filled with angst, yearning, and deep expression. But maybe not knowing is a gift to us, allowing us all the ability to hear this work through our own lives and experiences. Whether it is your first hearing or your 30th, this work never disappoints and always softens the heart. The tender expression and earnest passion simply will not allow a concertgoer to leave unmoved. It is for this simple reason that the Concierto de Aranjuez is played so often and with such reverence. Written by Dr. Mark Simmons


Carmina Burana

November 5, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Carl Perkins Civic Center


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The tales of luck and fate unfold in this dramatic and powerful oratorio. This spectacular performance will feature soloists, UT Martin Choirs, local school choirs, the JSO Children’s Choir, and the full Symphony.

Esther Gray

Carmina Burana Carl Orff (1895-1982)

The opening bars of Carmina Burana are among the most recognizable in musical history. The thunder of O Fortuna finds its way into TV shows, films, video game soundtracks, and, of course, commercials. The films tend to be about war or competition, and the commercials are probably selling you a truck, making use of a composition that is incredibly confident, articulate, and filled with bravado. And while it is all those things, it is also tender and aware that life is loaded with fateful circumstances. In Orff’s melodramatic cantata of the soul, we are all players and pawns, sometimes controlling and sometimes controlled. Like a game of celestial musical chairs, Orff’s powerful piece tells the tale of who sits when the music stops and who is left standing. It all comes down to the libretto, which Orff found in a bookshop in Munich on Maundy Thursday, 1934. The book was a collection of hundreds of poems, verses, and miniature plays that were collected from an ancient 13th century monastery manuscript. What’s uniquely interesting about these texts is who wrote and recited them. Thirteenth century Germany was filled with all sorts of carnival barkers and vagabonds, some considered socially respectable while others less so. The “less so” vagabonds tended to be defrocked monks or other such unscrupulous characters who traveled the countryside reciting naughty poems that poked fun at religious hypocrisy, scandalous love, and the sad state of the human condition. The crowds of the 1200s loved these bawdy ballads, and so did Carl Orff. He picked 24 poems that he thought told the best story and began his



work that same day. By Easter, he had completed half of the first section. During this time, Orff was well-known in Europe, but not necessarily because of his music for the concert hall. What made him noteworthy in the early 1930s (and to this day) was his influence on music education and pedagogy. All through the previous decade, he had worked, along with Gunild Keetman, to develop a systematic and organic method to teach children musical concepts. Orff’s background as a percussionist played a large role in this system, which allowed children to utilize their natural inclination to move, dance, and strike instruments rhythmically to play and create music. Orff wrote a great deal of original music for this system, which, by the 1930s, was essentially the standard practice for music education across much of the Germanic world. In this way, Orff’s scholastic music was very familiar to the public, but his art music was virtually unknown. That changed when Carmina Burana premiered in Frankfurt in 1938. It was an instant success. However, it is impossible to overstate or ignore the awkwardness of its timing. The Nazi regime embraced the popularity of Carmina and propagandized it in such a way that it could have spelled political doom for the work once the war was over. Fortunately, at the conclusion of the war, the Allies stamped Orff sufficiently anti-Nazi to allow him to continue to receive royalties for performances of Carmina. From that point forward, audiences have heard the piece simply as a (somewhat) pagan celebration of life, a revelry of embracing the ups and downs of living in this complicated and glorious world. Orff’s masterpiece helps us acknowledge the massive wheel of fate that turns, leaving us to sigh and shrug at life’s uncontrollable folly. Written by Dr. Mark Simmons


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Passionate Masterworks March 11, 2023 | 7:00 PM | The NED

39 “Passionate Masterworks” – This performance showcases Dvorak’s lesser-known but incredibly powerful Symphony No. 7. Siwoo Kim is our soloist for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Sibelius wrote only one concerto in his life, and it should come as no surprise that it was for the violin. Undisciplined in his childhood, he hated practicing the piano and never excelled at it, much to the consternation of his aunt who taught him. But at 14 years old, Jean discovered the violin, and it was kismet. He loved the instrument and desperately wanted to become a concert violinist. This time, he buckled down and focused on his dreams of soloistic success. His studies eventually took him to Berlin and then to Vienna in his mid-20s, where he played in the conservatory orchestra. But his audition for a seat in the famed Vienna Philharmonic was a life event that clarified his misguided ambition. He had severe performance anxiety and, having only started the instrument at 14 – an age when true virtuosos were already performing in front of professional orchestras – reality hit him hard. Broken-hearted, he quit playing in 1891. Sibelius returned to Helsinki and focused on composition, where he found significant success, especially with his symphonies and symphonic poems, like Finlandia. At the beginning of the 20th century, the violin virtuoso and Helsinki concertmaster, Willy Burmester, suggested to Sibelius that he write a violin concerto; Burmester looked forward to premiering it and hoped a new project would refocus the composer and get him out of the Helsinki bars. Everyone saw Sibelius’ penchant for heavy drinking was getting in the way of his composing. The strategy worked, and Sibelius quickly started writing, but it was the only part of the plan that worked for Burmester. Financial concerns shortened the time Sibelius had to compose, forcing a premier date in Helsinki that simply wouldn’t fit into Burmester’s schedule. Out of desperation, Sibelius hired a local violin teacher at the conservatory to premier the work, a decision that had tragic consequences. Whether the work was too hard (or too hard for that violin teacher specifically) or time was too short to polish the piece is anyone’s guess. But the premiere was a flop, and Sibelius was desperate to revise the concerto before it traveled to Berlin for another performance. Sibelius made significant revisions to the concerto between the Helsinki premiere in 1904 and the Berlin premiere in 1905. He slightly shortened the work while


Siwoo Kim


also attempting to make it a little easier to play. Modern violin players likely smirk at the suggestion of a simplified violin part because it is known in the repertoire as being an absolute beast to play. But nonetheless, the revised concerto is the one we hear today and is the one that Richard Strauss conducted for the Berlin audience in 1905. Shockingly, Willy Burmester was once again otherwise engaged on the Berlin premiere date, causing Sibelius to precure a child prodigy, Karl Halir, to play it. The second snub was a bridge too far for Burmester, who vowed to never play the concerto, a promise he stubbornly kept for his remaining years. The work is incredibly passionate, filled with longing, and sonorously rich. One can hear the Sibelius’ angst in every measure. Unique and surprising turns – like the unusual cadenza in the middle of the first movement, rather than at the end of it – changed how audiences heard concerti. This work is almost like Sibelius is pounding at the earth, looking for answers. Whether Sibelius could quiet any demons with this piece, we’ll never know, but as one his most successful compositions, audiences have loved the answers they find in it.

Written by Dr. Mark Simmons


Ballads & Boots On the evening of March 24th, The Jackson Symphony hosted its inaugural Ballads & Boots Songwriter’s Night on the grounds of Madison Downs in Jackson. The sold-out event featured Reid Isbell, Dan Isbell, Wynn Varble, and Casey Beathard, four award-winning country singer-songwriters based in Tennessee. For those unlucky readers not in attendance, think less rhinestones, auto-tune, and pop and more scuffed-up boots, sincerity, and The Highwaymen.

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The event commenced with a pre-party at Kingland, where sponsors mingled while enjoying top-shelf bourbon and cigars and later transitioned to the Main Room for barbecue plates and drinks tended by the Bar-Bees. The artists, who were intimately staged in a circle in the center of the venue, traded personal stories about

family, friendship, and faith, accompanied by well-known tunes, like “Straight Up Sideways,” “Waitin’ on A Woman,” “Better Together,” and “Homeboy.” The entertainment culminated with Casey Beathard’s “There Was Jesus,” a near-gospel hymn that duly earned a standing ovation. At first glance – or listen – one may assume that country music and The Jackson Symphony are as alike as weathered cowboy boots and black-tie affairs. However, through sharing their experiences and talents, Reid, Dan, Wynn, and Casey personified The Jackson Symphony’s mission of promoting the arts in West Tennessee through live music.


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Outreach Programs

The concept that “music has the power to heal”

Born to a family of doctors and surrounded by siblings dedicated to the medical profession,

is not a recent development. However, now more than

Jackson Symphony Conductor Peter Shannon has

ever, The Jackson Symphony is

exercised a lifelong desire to develop solutions to

exploring what this idea truly means

these inquiries by offering the benefits of music during numerous stages of medical treatment.

for residents of West Tennessee.

Recognizing the holistic connection between music and healing, Shannon has developed and shepherded programs at hospitals, cancer institutes, and hospice settings for over ten years. Specifically, during his tenure as Conductor of the Jackson Symphony, he has brought his expertise to the Kirkland Cancer Center and to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where the Symphony musicians now perform on a bi-weekly basis for patients. Additionally, Shannon’s production of Mozart’s The Magic

Flute, which is tailored to youth patients, is performed regularly in the Jackson area. Shannon recognizes that these types of performances are truly acts of compassion and that as such, they routinely produce powerful responses. Through his experiences, Shannon’s passion to utilize music as a healing force has constantly evolved. He recently partnered with Dr. Jacqueline Huntly to found the American Institute for Music and Healing, a non-profit organization that focuses on a unique series of workshops and training programs designed to harness the healing effects of music in a compassionate way for patients, musicians, and healthcare professionals. Dr. Huntly, who is board-certified in preventive medicine and is a fellow in integrative medicine,

How can musicians play a meaningful role in healing?


What does healing actually look like? was inspired to collaborate with Shannon based on Shannon’s aspiration for finding a way to fuse the power of music, mind/body medicine, and the art of healing, which resonated deeply with her own background and practice. Their program, “Nurturing the Inner Healer,” hosted by Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, has been received with great enthusiasm.

Expand Outreach The Symphony continues to draw on

Notably, Shannon has also presented

academic papers at Drew University (NJ)

and at Mercer Medical University (GA) in the area of the Medical and Health Humanities, writing:

Shannon’s insight, and, in doing so, has now expanded its reach into assisted living and memory care facilities, as well as veteran’s homes. The overwhelmingly positive response to the performances of the Symphony’s musicians from the

In this arena, where patients are at their

attending residents, staff, and caregivers

most vulnerable, it is hugely important

has confirmed that music is not only a

that the work we do as musicians doesn’t disturb the healthcare environment, but compliments the excellent care provided by the hospital and Kirkland Cancer Center. The musicians and I are passionate about this work and we are all grateful for the wonderful support we receive from the board of the Jackson Symphony, the staff of the symphony, and our partners in these healthcare settings.

powerful healer but vital in the well-being of our community. The expansion and growth of the Music and Healing Program have been made possible by the generous donation of the Dr. Eugene and Eliane Reese family.




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The Jackson Symphony Staff Sherry Freeman

Executive Director

Cara Hickerson

Patron Services Manager

Grace Jones

Youth Orchestra & Outreach Director

Elise Dougan

Camerata Strings Director


Peter Shannon

Artistic Director & Conductor

Esther Gray

Youth Choir Director

Elizabeth Stokes

Director of Marketing & Development

Stan Harris

Board of Directors President

Katie Smith

Director of Artistic Operations

Leanne Braddock

Jackson Symphony League President

Union University and the Department of Music are glad to partner with the Jackson Symphony to celebrate and promote music and the arts in the West Tennessee community.



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Symphony on the Move Symphony on the Move allows

Achana Jarrett, Executive Director

The Jackson Symphony to go on

of The Brownsville Arts Council,

the road! Founded by Executive

shared, “Our community was

Director Sherry Freeman and

fortunate to have been afforded the

Maestro Peter Shannon, this

opportunity this season to

concert series was originally

experience the sounds of The

created to provide employment to

Jackson Symphony. Community

local musicians and to take music

orchestra concerts such as

to communities and

Symphony on the Move allow a

neighborhoods when the

great place to hear wonderful

COVID-19 pandemic first began.

music that you may or may not be

The overwhelming success of this

familiar with and tend to have a

program has demonstrated that

more relaxed atmosphere. A

residents of West Tennessee love

summer sunset at the Brownsville

bringing a concert to their

Amp was the perfect setting for a

community, and in some circumstances, literally their backyard, as ensemble groups comprised of the Symphony’s musicians have now completed more than forty-five shows. Symphony on the Move is a true testament to the power of being creative and trying something new, as these performances have resulted in a marked increase of ticket holders, supporters of the arts, and followers of the organization. When asked about Brownsville’s most recent Symphony on the Move event,


spectacular performance.” The Jackson Symphony has thoroughly enjoyed taking our music on the road and introducing many Tennesseans to a sample of the entertainment and excitement that a full orchestra can bring. Would your community, neighborhood, or group enjoy the experience of hosting The Jackson Symphony? If so, simply call The Jackson Symphony office to book a Symphony on the Move concert today.


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Youth Programs Offering ample educational opportunities

While individual lessons and

to and creating meaningful experiences

performances are valuable, it is

for the upcoming generation of aspiring

impossible to overemphasize the

performers remain top priorities of The

importance of ensemble experience, as

Jackson Symphony. Children and young

students of all ages benefit from learning

adults alike are invited to participate in

how to play with peers. When asked

the organization’s Sinfonia and Camerata

about her hope for the future of the

Strings Programs, Children’s Choir,

Sinfonia and Camerata Strings Programs,

and/or Youth Orchestra, where they will

Elise provided,

learn from some of the most talented and dedicated musicians in the area. The Jackson Symphony’s Sinfonia and Camerata Strings Programs are conducted by Elise Dougan. Elise started studying violin when she was a mere eight years old, first performed with the Symphony in 2010, and began conducting Sinfonia and Camerata in 2012. She has offered private violin lessons for over

My own story demonstrates the value of The Jackson Symphony’s youth programs. My experience in the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra helped prepare me for my role in the orchestra. My hope for the Sinfonia and Camerata students is the same: to instill the basic building blocks of ensemble

fifteen years.

musicianship so that they can continue to

Camerata Strings is the string ensemble

those players who choose not to continue

for beginning instrumentalists. Students in Camerata learn basic principles of performing in a group setting. Sinfonia Strings is the string group for intermediate players. Through Sinfonia, participants deepen their ability to play polyphonic group works and incorporate more complex rhythmical structures.

develop their musical skills. But even for their musical journey into adulthood, the symphony’s programs for young players build valuable life skills like teamwork and cooperation toward a common goal. It’s my hope that Sinfonia and Camerata continue to give young string players the skills they need to become better musicians and members of society.

61 The Children’s Choir is entering into its

percussion. Due to its unwavering

2nd season with the opening of The

mission of providing quality music

Jackson Symphony’s 62nd Season. Esther

education and opportunities to students

Gray, conductor of the Children’s Choir, is

in West Tennessee, the expertise and

an Associate Professor of Music at

leadership of the professional symphony

Jackson State Community College. Esther

are tightly woven into the Youth

is also a soprano, voice teacher, and

Orchestra. For instance, The Jackson

pianist, and she has more than

Symphony, with the assistance of its

twenty-four years of experience as a

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Shannon, holds summer clinics and The Children’s Choir offers professional

sectionals for its participants.

musical training and experiences to youth throughout West Tennessee. Members

The Youth Orchestra is excited to host a

perform in the classical tradition as well

concerto competition during its

as participate in programs ranging from

upcoming season. The winning member

the early Renaissance to modern pop.

will be invited to perform a concerto with

Notably, participants are even afforded

the entire Youth Orchestra. Furthermore,

the opportunity to perform with The

the Youth Orchestra is also presenting

Jackson Symphony Orchestra all while

scholarships to two youth members: the

forging friendships through the medium

Kellogg’s Company Scholarship

of music.

($1,500.00) and The Jackson Symphony League Scholarship ($1,000.00).

The Youth Orchestra is conducted by Grace Jones, former Youth Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony invites youth of

student and current member of the

all ages to pursue an interest in music

Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The Youth

through the three programs offered. It is

Orchestra has operated for more than

our joy to watch the art of music inspire

forty years and remains the only local

young audiences. It is these young artists

program of its type that encompasses

that grow to be the professional

woodwinds, brass, strings, and

musicians of the future.

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