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George Jackson
Conducts DvoŘák

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 // 7:30 pm

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 // 3:00 pm

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“One of Mozart’s greatest masterpieces in the concerto genre,” the noble Piano Concerto No. 25 is exquisite in the hands of Clara Yang, a pianist of “breathtaking technical prowess” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Written in the peace of the countryside, Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony is pastoral and sunny — in fact, Dvořák revised his first draft to tone down its endless cheer. Ligeti’s Concert Românesc opens the program, a folk-infused work featuring a unique alpenhorn effect.

Five brilliant conductors vie for the role of Music Director in the Symphony’s thrilling 2018-2019 season — and you can help choose the winner!


Concert Românesc
(Romanian Concerto)


Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 503

Clara Yang


Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Get to know Music Director candidate George Jackson

If you were stuck on a desert island, which 5 musical recordings would you want with you?

The Beatles, Penny Lane (it paints such a fantastic portrait of England); Rolling Stones, Miss You (for all the people I’d miss); Michael Jackson, Billie Jean (perhaps I’d do some aerobics to keep myself fit on the island); Wagner: the entire Ring Cycle (16 hours of music, which would help pass the time on the island); Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute (because it’s Mozart!).

What is your guilty pleasure?

A spoon of salted caramel ice-cream in a mug, which I then place under my coffee machine and pour over a ridiculously strong double espresso. Then eat the melted coffee and ice cream mess with a combination of spoon and sipping. Try it – it’s devilishly good!

What would you do if you weren’t a conductor?

Honestly, I would say a director. Either for film, TV, or theatre. I think my real passion is witnessing a project run from its humble beginnings and guiding it to its completion, whilst also realising that as a director (like a conductor), you are merely the person who encourages everybody to do their best work. Anything that involves collaborating with other humans is where I feel at home.

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Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 // 7:30 pm

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 // 3:00 pm



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George Jackson, conductor

George Jackson came to international attention conducting the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In Spring 2018, Jackson made debuts with the London Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris, with whom he conducted Charles Ives' massive Fourth Symphony. In 2017 he made his Hamburg State Opera debut and earlier conducted the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, and the Aspen Summer Music Festival.

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Clara Yang, piano

Praised by Fanfare as “a first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges,” Chinese-American Pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Remonstrantse Kerk (The Netherlands), the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia),…

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Program Notes

Although audiences may not recognize the name György Ligeti, those who are fans of Stanley Kubrick’s films, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999) have heard his music. His opera, Le Grand Macabre (1974-77, rev. 1996), has been performed in recent years with greater frequency. A composer whose music covers many different genres, Ligeti’s earlier works reflect, not unlike Bartók and Kodály, the folk-like elements indigenous to Eastern Europe.…

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Music Lovers' Luncheon

Fri, Mar 1, 2019 // 12:00 pm
Forsyth Country Club // 3101 Country Club Rd.

Enjoy a wonderful gourmet lunch served with a side of useful concert information! Join us as luncheon guests George Jackson and pianist Clara Yang discuss the week's program.

$25 per person, reservation required. Please call (336) 464-0145 or reserve via the link below:

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