JSU chamber orchestra to perform ‘Appalachian Spring’ in concert

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Jackson State University Chamber Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at F.D. Hall Music Center on the university’s 1400 John R. Lynch Street campus.

The hour-long concert will include “Unfinished Symphony” by Franz Schubert and “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copeland.

“Unfinished Symphony” is “hauntingly beautiful with dramatic transitions from sweeping melodies to powerfully energetic passages,” said Robert Blaine, JSU conductor.

The performance of “Appalachian Spring” will feature the world premier of a new orchestration written by Blaine and the original ballet projected onto a screen inside the hall.

“It is absolutely beautiful,” said Blaine, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The music and the choreography by Martha Graham are beautiful.”

JSU alumnus Gary Mitchell will join in the concert. The Little Rock, Ark., native recently completed additional studies at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in collaborative piano performance.

“I am sublimely elated and honored to be invited to perform with my alma mater’s acclaimed orchestra,” said Mitchell, a 2005 graduate. “Experiences that I had while matriculating through Jackson State University continue to serve as visible evidence of how my university challenges minds and changes lives.”

For more information, call 601-979-2141.

– JSU –

About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.


2 thoughts on “JSU chamber orchestra to perform ‘Appalachian Spring’ in concert

  1. Go JSU Orchestra!!! My best memories in college were made with this orchestra! Thank you Dr. Blaine and Rachel Jordan for your great leadership – Ricketa Harvey former 2nd violinst Dec 2011 graduate B.S. Computer Engineering

  2. I have always loved strings and especially around Christmas. Since my daughter being accepted in MYSO and having the opportunity to be a part of Dr. Blaine’s directing on this past Sunday, I can truly say that he love what he does and because of that, anyone who has the opportunity to be in his presence whether playing the Cello, or Violin is a great and exciting experience.

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