'Pictures at an Exhibition' to feature works of two artists with Jackson ties


The Jackson Symphony Orchestra “Pictures at an Exhibition” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College. In addition to the music, concertgoers will also enjoy visual arts throughout the show, including a piece inspired by the late Philip Campbell Curtis, born in Jackson in 1907, and a live performance by local speed painter Evan Struck.

The second half of the show will begin with an original piece inspired by a piece of art from the late Philip Campbell Curtis, uncle of Jackson attorney Phil Curtis. The artist was an accomplished painter and Jackson native, and graduate of Albion College.

Philip Campbell Curtis’s artwork is on display in the gallery at the Potter Center throughout March and can be seen the night of the JSO’s performance. That performance will feature an original piece composed by Jeremy Crosmer that was inspired by a Curtis painting entitled “Solo,” which is part of the Albion College collection of his works.

The concert will start with another local tie-in. Evan Struck, a Western High School graduate who completes impressive paintings in five to 10 minutes, will perform alongside the JSO as it performs “LudWig” from “Fifteen-Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol,” composed by Michael Daugherty, a University of Michigan faculty member. Struck will create artwork inspired by the Andy Warhol painting “Ludwig van Beethoven.”

The show will close with “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. That portion of the concert will be partnered with a film by the USC film school and an orchestra in Miami called the New World Symphony, created to accompany the musical piece.

Tickets  are $20 to $35 with student tickets  $5. 

There will be a PreConcert Conversation at 6:30 p.m. featuring Aubin and two of the composers being featured at the show. 

Tickets to an after-party at the Country Club of Jackson are an additional cost.  

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