Jackson Symphony Uses Thomas Hardy’s Poetry in New Concert Series


On Sunday September 20th, Jackson Symphony in Jackson, Tennessee kicked off its brand new Chamber Music Series, “Bright is the Ring of Words.”

The series revolves around “the development of song cycles” or “sets of poems put to music,” according to The Jackson Sun. While most of Jackson Symphony’s performances are large-scale events, this performance included just two performers. Those two performers were the tenor Stanley Warren and the pianist Quynh Shannon. Even the audience was smaller than usual, as Sunday’s show took place in front of about 100 people.

The performance, held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,  began with “Winter Words,” which uses the verse of Victorian poet Thomas Hardy. In addition to Hardy’s work, the composers utilized the work of “German, English and French poets.”

Learn more about song cycles and the Jackson Symphony’s latest concert series here.