Rising star Goosby and a lyrical treat await in Bravo 3

Rising star Goosby and a lyrical treat await in Bravo 3

Randall Goosby was 7 when he began learning the violin, 9 when he debuted with the Jacksonville Symphony and 13 when he became the youngest winner of the Sphinx Concerto Competition’s junior division — the youngest ever.

At 22, he won First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman is his mentor, and a full scholarship, undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School have fed into this fast track to symphonic success.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra scored a date with this dynamic young violinist, now in his mid-20s with a career bounding toward the top. He’s the spotlight draw for Bravo 3 on Jan. 29, performing Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Maestro Crafton Beck and MSO leadership keep a close eye out for emerging talent, grabbing young artists quick for a concert guest slot, before they reach unattainable heights. “YCA does a superb job of identifying the best of the best of the best — performers that regional orchestras would ordinarily not have all the means of identifying or finding,” Beck says. “They have their fingers in all the pies.”

They’ve had an eye on Goosby for a while, but his star was rising just as COVID-19 was clamping things down. “As pandemic pressures eased and planning started for this season, they went to Goosby. “Every orchestra in America is picking up on him. … I think he’s playing a concert every single weekend.”

Serendipity intervened. Goosby would be playing the Bruch concerto with a major orchestra a week before the Bravo 3 date. Could he do it here next? “We had not done it in a dozen years, and it was on our short list,” Beck says. “Absolutely! We’ve got to catch him now. We won’t be able to later, so we jumped on it.

“We’re very lucky to have him. We’ve made it work for him, he’s made it work for us and it’s kind of a special thing,” Beck says. The gorgeously lyrical concerto will bathe viewers in beautiful music. 

Want to hear more? Goosby’s major label debut album “Roots,” released this past summer, explores the music of Black composers — William Grant Still, Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson among them — and music inspired by Black culture. He told The New York Times he wanted to tell a story about the way the artists influenced each other “in a trickle-down effect through time.” It’s a legacy that resonates personally with Goosby, whose parentage is Korean and African-American.

“For me personally, music has been a way to inspire others,” Goosby has said.

For Bravo 3, “Randall is the centerpiece, but the orchestra is, too,” Beck says. This concert represents the first time since the pandemic’s start that the orchestra is back to full force with trombones, trumpets and a string count to match. The program also includes Verdi’s Prelude to Act III from “La Traviata,” Liszt’s big and romantic Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3) and Shostakovich’s delightful Symphony No. 9.

1.29.22 / Thalia Mara Hall / 7:30 pm / Jackson, MS / Tickets $29 & up: buy online here >

Concert program:

  • Giuseppe Verdi: Prelude to Act III from La Traviata
  • Franz Liszt: Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3)
  • Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, in G minor
    Randall Goosby, violin
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, Op. 70, E♭ minor

If you prefer distanced seating, please select available seats in Sections I or IV of the Lower Balcony when purchasing tickets online.

MSO is committed to the health and safety of our community, our patrons, and our musicians. We continue to monitor CDC guidelines, as well as those initiated by state, city, and county authorities. If you are feeling sick, have been exposed to someone with covid, or think you may have covid, we kindly ask that you stay home. Masks are required at Thalia Mara Hall and MUST be worn throughout the performance.