The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra welcomes a guest conductor for its performance this Saturday, A Toast To Vienna, at 8pm at the Temple Theatre.
Laura Jackson recently completed her first season as Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic in Reno, Nevada, where she is winning praise for inspiring leadership, innovative programming, passionate community engagement, and for creating the first ever composer-in-residence program in the forty-year history of the RPO. She selected Reno-native Sean Shepherd, who has had premieres with the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras, to serve in this role.
Since completing a three-year appointment in 2007 as the Assistant Conductor/American Conducting Fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, Ms. Jackson has performed frequently with orchestras across the United States and beyond. Guest conducting engagements have included performances with the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Cape Cod, Detroit, the Philippines, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toledo, Toronto, Winnipeg, and the New World Symphony, among others. She recorded Michael Daugherty's Time Cycle with the Bournemouth Symphony in partnership with Marin Alsop (forthcoming on Naxos) and led the Sacramento Symphony in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Masquerade, a double concerto written for Jaime Laredo (Violin) and his wife Sharon Robinson (cello).
During her three-year tenure in Atlanta, Ms. Jackson conducted Young People's Concerts, the Symphony 360º Series (interactive concerts that included discussion and demonstration as well as performance), Summer Pops, and Classical Subscription Series concerts.
Ms. Jackson began her career as a professional violinist in the Boston area and later studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan. She attended the Tanglewood Music Festivals in 2002 & 2003 as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow where she directed numerous concerts, including both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
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