The concerto was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Gerard Schwarz for Tubist Christopher Olka through the generosity of Sandra Crowder. The world premiere of the concerto by the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Maestro Schwarz took place on January 5 & 7, 2006 to critical acclaim. The Seattle Times praised, “Jones” flair for orchestration creates splendid colors and effects that never overwhelm the solo instrument’s velvety, soft-focus sound.” The concerto was selected for an additional performance as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Made in America Festival on May 18, 2006.
Samuel Jones focuses most of his artistic energies on composing, and still spends a significant amount of time teaching conducting, for which he has also developed a wide reputation. As past president of the Conductors’ Guild and as a master teacher at the Conductors Institute, the American Symphony Orchestra League and other conductor study classes, Jones is making a strong contribution to the advancement of the American conductor.
Jones has received a myriad of awards and prizes for his compositions, including a Ford Foundation Recording/Publication Award, a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant, NEA Grants, numerous ASCAP Awards, an International Angel Award, and the 1986, 1991 and 2003 Music Awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The Seattle Symphony presented him with its 2002 Artistic Recognition Award for outstanding service to the orchestra. He received an honorary doctorate from Millsaps College in May, 2000. In April, 2000, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. He was recently named the Music Alive Composer in Residence for the Meridian Symphony by Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League.
About Carl Fischer:
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