A message from Maestro William Morse:

Because of the many musicians who are required to rehearse and perform in close quarters and because of the concerns for the safety of our valued audience, it has been necessary to make very difficult decisions. Based on the continuing concerns for our musicians and audience, all performances have been canceled until it becomes safe. We have officially canceled all musical events through the month of January 2021. We will continue to analyze health concerns and make decisions for the spring of 2021.

As a substitute for our performances we will present a virtual performance of our concerts which have been canceled. Currently we are supplying links to the pieces we would have performed on the October 18th concert. Obviously it is not possible for us to record a JSO performance, however these links will provide performances by well known orchestras which will give musicians and audience the option of experiencing the pieces we would have presented if conditions were normal. The program is listed below with an appropriate link to performances I personally prefer.

Also, members of the JSO string section are working on a virtual recording of the 3rd Movement of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Each performer is recording from home. We hope to present this performance within the next couple of weeks. Please check our website for updates.

Dr. William Morse
Music Director and Principal Conductor
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Maestro William Morse offers this uniquely-curated set of music and a guest recording by Masakazu Ito.
(Maurice Ravel)

Before Boléro, Ravel had composed large scores for ballet and other great dance peices. Boléro epitomizes Ravel's preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements.
Serenade for Strings
(Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Though composed in 1880, Tchaikovsky intended the the music to reflect an imitation of Mozart's style. 'It is a heartfelt piece and so, I dare to think, is not lacking in real qualities.' Tchaikovsky confided to his patrons.
*** Masakazu Ito, guitar ***
Variations on Sakura
(Yuquijiro Yocoh)

"The original song is about magnificent view of the sky and fields filled with cherry petals as far as you can see during the spring time," says Masakazu Ito. "Yocoh, at times, effectively mimics 'koto', a Japanese traditional harp, on the guitar, however, what makes this piece an unquestionable success is the way he utilizes traditional guitar techniques such as arpeggios, harmonics and tremolo very efficiently without pretension."
Gran Jota
(Francisco Tárrega)

"Jota" is a popular folk dance, from Spanish region of Aragon, and Tárrega made it into a sizable piece by creating a series of variations in a improvisatory manner. It is said that he would often entertain his close friends and students with this piece, but he would never play it the same way twice by coming up with different variations on the spot!
...and a fantastic finale!
Danzón No. 2
(Arturo Márquez)

"The Danzón No. 2 is…a very personal way of paying my respects and expressing my emotions towards truly popular music," offers Márquez. The danzón is a dance of Cuban origin which has enjoyed great popularity. Márquez’ treatment of the dance has itself proved popular since its premiere in 1994, having already received multiple renowned performances.
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