Jackson comes alive through photos made by West Tennesseans

Jackson comes alive through photos made by West Tennesseans

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8:01 pm

The musical heritage of West Tennessee told through photos submitted by West Tennesseans will be set to music at the final Masterworks concert of the 50th anniversary season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.
Jordan Tang will premiere his new work “Jackson: A Heritage” featuring common musical themes from West Tennessee. This performance also includes a side-by-side performance with the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“Jackson: A Heritage” is a music piece that celebrates the rich, musical heritage of West Tennessee. Featuring nine different melodies from a variety of backgrounds, it creatively tells the story of West Tennessee. Themes include a Native American tune, fiddle music that recounts the migration from the Appalachian Mountains West, part of an overture from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, a blues melody in the style of Sonny Boy Williamson, and many other melodies. Each theme in the piece tells a unique story as seen through the eyes of Jordan Tang, a resident of Jackson for 25 years.
“I had a great time learning about Jackson through my research,” said Tang.
“That’s how I found about the performance of Mikado. The musical history of West Tennessee is truly fascinating.”  
This concert also features Igor Stravinsky’s famous Petrouchka. Selected pictures from the Jackson Symphony League’s award-winning Color of Music contest will be choreographed to the live performance of Petrouchka. The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform side-by-side with the professional orchestra of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture from Boris Godunov.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, located at 400 South Highland Ave. in Jackson. Tickets may be purchased by calling (731) 427-6440 or going online to www.TheJacksonSymphony.org. General admission are $25 and student/senior tickets are $15.  
This concert is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

Published in The Messenger 3.8.11

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