2021/22...our 69th Season

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Jefferson Symphony programs five classical concerts each season in addition to showcase recitals, artist competitions, and free summer events. 

Year after year, we enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County and beyond as a cultural resource for our audience members and performing musicians. Below you will find virtual concerts, artists recordings, and special at-home content from our ensemble. 

JSO Plays On...!

Virtual Performances and Concert Playlists

May 2021

In a letter to audience members, Dr. William Morse writes: "The "Enchanted Garden" movement from the Mother Goose Suite, by Maurice Ravel, was one of the many pieces considered for a virtual performance. There are many things to consider when attempting a project of this nature. First and foremost: is it a musically rewarding piece worthy of a large time commitment? Also very important, are musicians enjoying the practice and preparation of their video recording that they will submit? The most important result is the enjoyment of participating in the project. It is meant to bring pleasure, to be fun, and also to be musically rewarding, and something for which we will all to be proud. Please enjoy!

Carmina Burana: Rattle or Ozawa?!

"I have hand-picked some very notable performances of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana.. two excellent performances of this season's repertoire." -- Dr. William Morse

April 2021

Click each        below to listen to Maestro's concert selections. 

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"Hello Maestro!" starts Daniel Gostein, who won our 61st Young Artist Competition in January 2020. Daniel messaged that he is actively performing and recording from home, and shares with our audience his newest music: "Heavy Circles" for marimba. 

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"I have hand-picked some very notable performances of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. My intent is to provide you with a pleasant and entertaining substitute and I have chosen excellent performances of this season's repertoire." 
-- Dr. William Morse

February 2021

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Winter Concert Playlist

Click each        below to listen to Maestro's concert selections. 

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"We invite you to enjoy these great masterpieces! I have hand picked some notable performances of our scheduled program. My intent is to provide you with a pleasant and entertaining substitute and I have chosen very excellent performances of this season's repertoire. These are, in my opinion, very exceptional performances, which can be a evening's entertainment -- perhaps even a bit of a Valentine's Day celebration! These are all YouTube presentations, and I strongly recommend playing them on your TV, or home theater."

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Symphony No. 9 in E Minor -- DVORAK

Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor) -- BORODIN

Flight of the Bumblebee -- RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Toccata in D Minor -- J.S. BACH

*Stas Venglevski, bayan accordion*

"Bravo! Encore!"
Stas Venglevski at the Kennedy Center
...a special selection of music pairing bayan accordion and hammer dulcimer. (with Tatyana Krasnobaeva)
Polovtsian Dances with the Imperial Russian Ballet
...a brilliant, choreographed setting of the dances from Prince Igor.  
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December 2020

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The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and friends continued through Christmas 2020 collaborating through digital apps and video recordings -- you will enjoy over 40 minutes of music and many, many Holiday and Christmas tunes in this virtual program. Special guest artists include Christie Conover, soprano, James Baumgardner, tenor, and Peggy Lyon, piano. 

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November 2020

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In November, over thirty JSO musicians turned their houses and living spaces into at-home recording studios. Each member recorded their individual part to the stirring third section of Tchaikovsky's famous Serenade for Strings. "It's our way of wishing you the gift of a happy holiday season. I'm quite impressed with the teamwork involved," says Maestro William Morse. 

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October 2020

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To commemorate our 68th Season, Maestro William Morse prepared this uniquely-curated set of music paired with guest recordings by Masakazu Ito. The newsletter below contains the entire playlist and features two recordings performed by Masakazu Ito: Sakura and Gran Jota "The original song [Sakura] is about magnificent view of the sky and fields filled with cherry petals as far as you can see during the spring time. What makes this piece an unquestionable success is the way he utilizes traditional guitar techniques such as arpeggios, harmonics and tremolo very efficiently," says Ito. 

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