performed by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.
Eudora’s Fable: The Shoe Bird was premiered in March, 2002 in a statewide tour of five performances in Mississippi by the Mississippi Boychoir, Margaret Thomas, conductor (which commissioned the work) and the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, conducted by Jay Dean. Immediately afterward it was given a set of four performances by the Seattle Symphony and the Northwest Boychoir and the Columbia Children’s Choir in Seattle, conducted by Alastair Willis. Written for narrator, children’s choir, and symphony orchestra, this work is based on a delightful children’s tale by the great Mississippi writer, Eudora Welty. Eudora’s Fable not only charms audiences with its irresistible story and winsome music but also introduces children to the auxiliary woodwind instruments of the orchestra. With a duration of 48 minutes, it serves as a complete children’s concert, but it has also appeared with great success on evening programs for adults as well.
Elegy for Strings, one of Mr. Jones’ most enduringly successful and powerful works, was written in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. “Jones’ work is sorrow-shot music with a nobility within it that makes it one of the most telling musical works produced in the wake of the horrible event, if not the most telling.” (Arthur Cohn, Recorded Classical Music, p. 950) This moving work has been performed countless times on four continents and has recently been reissued by Carl Fischer in its Classic String Orchestra Edition series. Among the hundreds of performances it has received was a notable presentation for the 30th anniversary of Kennedy’s death by the Boston Philharmonic, conducted by Benjamin Zander, with Sen. Ted Kennedy in attendance.