Award-winning cellist Patrice Jackson will be on campus Nov. 17-18 to speak, perform, and host a performance workshop with students. Her residency is made possible by Lafayette’s David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Artist Fund.
Jackson will hold a string master class for students with Jorge Torres, associate professor of music, at noon Nov. 17 in room 123 of the Williams Center for the Arts. She will also present the lecture-performance, “Women & Classical Music,” with Jennifer Kelly, assistant professor of music, at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 18 in Interfaith Chapel of Hogg Hall.
Both events are open to the public. Jackson will present a private solo performance Nov. 17 at the Chateau Chavaniac. Her visit is also sponsored by the Africana studies program.
A brilliant and gifted young cellist, Jackson is carving a name for herself as a talented and charismatic soloist. A native of St. Louis, she began piano lessons with her mother at age 3 and cello lessons with her father at age 8. At 13, she made her debut with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto. In 2002, Jackson was awarded first place in the Senior Laureate Division of the nationally renowned Sphinx Competition and received the Yale University Aldo Parisot Prize, awarded to a gifted cellist who shows promise for a concert career.
She made her international orchestral and recital debuts in South Africa in 2002, and, since then, has performed with the Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Omaha, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Nashville, Hartford, Chautauqua, Colorado, and Mississippi symphonies and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Jackson has won numerous competitions and awards throughout her career, including the Alton Symphony Orhcestra/Marie Stillwell Solo Competition, University City Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Laclede String Quartet Solo Competition, and Laclede String Quartet Chamber Music Competition. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, Jackson has taken master classes with world-renowned Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot and studied chamber music with Claude Frank and the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.
The David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Artist Fund, established in 2000 by Trustee Riley K. Temple ’71 in honor of his parents, is committed to the support and encouragement of the work of artist, curators, and art historians.