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Classical Concert in Memory of Rob Jackson
Featuring Violist Michelle Pellay-Walker
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
GPAC, Duncan-Williams Performance Hall
Dr. Ronald Vernon, Music Director & Conductor

The concert features Michelle Pellay-Walker, currently Assistant Principal Violist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The first work is J.S. Bach’s Viola Concerto in C Major, arranged by local violist, Marshall Fine, who passed away in 2014. Dr. Fine was a versatile performer, conductor, composer, arranger and friend of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra.  He played violin and viola with equal skill and was one of the most prolific writers for viola in history with over 200 works. He was a longtime member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Iris Orchestra. Second on the program is Herbert Howells’ Elegy for Viola, String Quartet, and String Orchestra. The Elegy was an early success for a young composer. It is a beautiful work, with a haunting melody played by the sonorous viola.

In 2013, the Germantown Symphony Orchestra lost a longtime member of the Orchestra, Robert Jackson who passed away at the young age of 50. He served as Principal Violist and Equipment Manager for many years. The concert is in celebration of the life of this valued friend and fellow musician.

The program opens with Rossini’s thrilling Overture to La Gazza Ladra. The final work to be heard will be the Nocturnes for Orchestra by Claude Debussy. This work was inspired by paintings of the same name by James McNeil Whistler.  Please join us for a reception following the concert.

Order tickets at or call 901.751.7500.  Tickets:  $12 Adults, $8 seniors, 
$3 students (plus handling fee).  Michelle_Pellay-Walker.htmlhttp://GPACweb.com

Dr. Ronald Vernon

Robert Jackson

Michelle Pellay-Walker