In Monday’s (3/22) Jackson Sun (Tennessee), Stanley Dunlap writes, “This season is golden for the Jackson Symphony as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. While the lineup for the upcoming season’s performances is being finalized, the symphony is in high gear with its Future 50 campaign aimed at building for another half-century in the Hub City. The 2010-2011 season will kick off in the late summer with the Starlight Symphony and will feature special guests and events to mark the anniversary. The symphony is entering this season financially in the black and is hoping to make that a trend with the fundraising campaign. … Since its start, the symphony has transitioned from having a volunteer to paid orchestra, from playing minor pieces to major works, and in recent years had Grammy-winning artists appear as guests. … Donors and corporate sponsors are critical for continuing, since ticket sales only account for one-third of costs. ‘It’s important that the community support the symphony with not only their attendance but also their gifts,’ Matthews said. ‘We want everybody to feel like it’s their symphony—it’s the community’s symphony.’ ”

Posted March 23, 2010