Johnson City Symphony Orchestra final concert features pianist Cliff Jackson


JOHNSON CITY, TN – Johnson City Symphony Orchestra continues their 47th season March 4, 2017 with the final Master Classic concert “American Legends in Blue”. The evening will feature Cliff Jackson, pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. The orchestra will also premiere “Caprice and Fugue”, a work by local composer, Dr. Lewis Songer, along with many other familiar works and selections.

A native of Gary, Indiana, pianist Cliff Jackson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and pursued graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Cited for his sensitive accompaniments and insightful musicianship, he has been the pianist for many internationally renowned artists including Kathleen Battle, Renee Fleming, Renato Scotto and others. His skill as a collaborative artist has justly earned him a place on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Vienna Musicverein, Teatro Colon and the Royal Opera House. In 1992, he joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s School of Music, where he served as Associate Professor and Vocal Coach for the Opera Theatre and Voice curriculum until his retirement in 2011.

Maestro Seebacher commented on the upcoming concert, “ The season finale of our Master Classics concerts includes some of the most recognizable American symphonic music. An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue are iconic pieces known for their excitement, jazz influence, and dazzling technique. Cliff Jackson, often described as a nation treasure, is known for skill and artistry at the piano. This combination of great
pieces, a magnificent soloist, and our incredible orchestra is sure to be a fun and thrilling conclusion to our 16-17 season! .” Maestro Seebacher will offer a pre concert lecture in Lower Seeger at 6:45, March 4, 2017. The lecture is free to ticket holders.

The March 4 concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Mary B. Martin auditorium of Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. The concert is partially sponsored by Greg and Pam Blair. Funds are also provided through the Tennessee Arts Commission. Thanks go to the season media sponsors, Johnson City Press and Jet Broadcasting.

Tickets are $40 with special rates for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 423-926-8742 or online at Cornerstone Village and NHC residents should check their activity bus schedules for transportation.

Save the Date! April 21, 2017 is the 2nd annual “Encore” event held at the Blackthorn Country Club. Relaxed atmosphere, light music provided by the Symphony musicians along with wonderful appetizers will provide a greatevening for you and your friends. Make reservations and click Events and “Encore” to purchase tickets.

Save the Date! May 6, 2017-”Banding Together”, a family friendly event from 2-6 pm will feature several local Appalachian artists for a half day fundraising concert. Come see Lightning Charlie, Ed Snodderly and Bill and the Belles. Buy your tix and click Events and “Banding Together” to purchase tickets.

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