Live the Music Symphony Season Announcement

Story & Photography by Kristina Only

Greg Hines, Laura Butler & Tommy Rhoads

Greg Hines, Laura Butler & Tommy Rhoads

The Jackson Symphony Association is proud to announce the outstanding performance lineup of its 56th season. In true style, the 2016-17 season will offer all the excitement and beauty of the past 55 years. Whether Bizet’s “Carmen Suites,” Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” or Rachmaninoff’s thrilling “Paganinni Variations,” this season features giants of the orchestral repertoire. A full concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the brilliant Gypsy Jazz band “Velvet Caravan” will have you singing along while dancing in your seats.

Peter Shannon, who will begin his third season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Jackson Symphony, says, “I think you'll agree with me when I say that I'm looking forward to hearing just how fantastic our orchestra is going to sound. We have had wonderful feedback from you about their energy on stage, and I'm proud to be a part of the sound they make. Thank you for being a great audience and I look forward to seeing you at the symphony.”

An annual favorite, the 37th Annual Starlight Symphony will be performed, in tradition, on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church on the evening of August 27.  This year’s concert will feature an array of patriotic, classical and Broadway pop hits and will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” accompanied by live cannons. This is a free event held in gratitude of support by the City of Jackson; West Tennessee Healthcare; The Bank of Jackson; Horne, LLP; the Jackson Arts Council; and patrons of the symphony.