Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Jackson SymphonyDear Wade:

Everyone in town is still talking about the great the great show that you put on with the Jackson Symphony for our April 12th Pops Concert. The evening was a huge success both musically and otherwise – setting a new attendance record for the Jackson Symphony. As far as anyone here can recall, this was the first sold-out show at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in the history of our orchestra. Single ticket sales were actually about $5,000 more than we had budgeted. More than 50% of the single ticket purchasers were first-time attendees at a symphony concert and quite a few have subsequently bought subscriptions for next season. We couldn’t have hoped for a better way to finish concert season!

Most of the comments that I have heard from subscribers were that they were absolutely amazed at how much it was like watching "the King” himself perform (and since we’re an hour from Graceland, many of them really do know.) To hear Sandy Posey on the show wa a special added bonus. The entire production – band, back-up singers, charts – all were totally professional quality. It was a high energy party from the minute you took the stage.

We greatly appreciate how easy you and your people were to work with. Thanks so much for helping us out with the interviews during the week prior to the concert. That is very likely what made the difference in kicking ticket sales over the top.

We have often speculated about what it would take to get Jackson really excited about a symphony program – you have given us the answer. I would enthusiastically recommend this show to any orchestra as a tremendous way to get new patrons into the hall for a fantastic evening of entertainment.


Fran Goldman

Executive Director
Jackson Symphony Orchestra



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