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Abendmusik und Nachtmusik


Jackson has played a vital role in the renewal of interest in chamber music across Central Louisiana. In May 2014, Jackson was one of the co-founders of the chamber music series Abendmusik Alexandria alongside cellist Paul Christopher, guitarist John De Chiaro, and arts patron Tom Harmeyer. For the next two years until April 2016, Jackson remained Series Director of Abendmusik, bringing to Alexandria fifteen magnificent concerts featuring an array of Louisiana's most talented classical musicians. In its two year run, Abendmusik Alexandria's casual jazz club setting enchanted musicians and audiences alike, giving Central Louisiana a new appreciation for chamber music and reenergizing all aspects of classical music presented locally.

In addition to his responsibilities as Series Director of Abendmusik Alexandria, Jackson also provided informative program notes for every concert; these notes are now archived at the Program Notes page. As Jackson heads to graduate school in fall 2016, chamber music will remain in good hands in Central Louisiana: the same team that established Abendmusik Alexandria has now created the annual Sugarmill Music Festival as well as a new series, Nachtmusik von BrainSurge. Jackson will continue to lend his invaluable program notes to these endeavors and also act as creative consultant.

From the beginning, Jackson and his colleagues have sought to present chamber music, old and new. Many masterpieces of the past were featured on Abendmusik programs, but so were contemporary works, including the music of five Louisiana composers; two of these were world premieres. It remains the mission of the Sugarmill Music Festival and Nachtmusik von BrainSurge to actively support local composers and musicians.

A Musical Journey
The American Spirit
Panel Discussion - Composing Today
Gold Medal Piano Recital
Enchanted Landscapes
Infinite Possibilities
An Evening of Romantic Song
Meeting of the Minds
New Frontiers
Popular Inspirations
Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitar
Jacques Offenbach, the Cellist
Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitar


Second Annual Festival: May 2017


May 19 John De Chiaro; Euphonium Unleashed

May 20 Ajero Family Piano Recital; Flowers and Sunshine; Voices of Appalachia; Thunder at Dusk

May 21 Outdoor Escapes; Rosalie Piano Trio

Inaugural Festival: May 2016

May 13 Evening Harmonies; A Musical Journey

May 14 Panel Discussion-What is Classical Music?; Gold Medal Piano Recital; An Afternoon with the Young Artists Chamber Orchestra; Masterclass-Proficiency with Strings; Panel Discussion-Composing Today; The American Spirit

May 15 Quatuor de Trombones de Louisiane; Meeting of the Minds


Season One: 2016 - 2017

Aug. 2 The Genius of Scott Joplin

Sep. 6 Reflections on Life

Oct. 4 Joyous Sounds

Nov. 1 Milestones

Dec. 6 Lin He and Paul Christopher In Sync

Jan. 3 Euphonium Unleashed

Feb. 7 Enchanted Landscapes

Mar. 7 Solo Violin, Solo Cello

Apr. 4 Music for Brass Trio

May 2 Oliver Molina, Percussion


Season Two: 2015 - 2016

Sep. 3 Meeting of the Minds

Oct. 15 New Frontiers

Nov. 5 Classics and a Contemporary

Dec. 3 The Hero's Life

Jan. 7 An Evening of Romantic Song

Feb. 4 Infinite Possibilities

Mar. 3 A Musical Journey

Apr. 7 Noble Visions

Season One: 2014 - 2015

Sep. 4 An Evening with Scott Joplin

Oct. 2 Folk-Tale and Fauré

Nov. 13 Young People’s Concert

Dec. 4 Popular Inspirations

Jan. 8 Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitar

Feb. 5 Trio de Llano in Concert

Apr. 2 Jacques Offenbach, the Cellist

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