MANSFIELD - The Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Jacobsen, will perform in concert at 2:30 p.m. today in Steadman Theatre as part of MU's Homecoming celebration.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations of winter clothing for "My Neighbors Closet" to help raise funds for educational projects sponsored by Partners in Progress in Mansfield will be accepted.
The program will open with the world premiere of the "Joyeuse" by Phillip Parker. After a brief intermission, the concert will conclude with "Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93" by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Jacobsen is assistant professor of music education-string specialist at MU. In addition to conducting the MU Symphony Orchestra, he serves as artistic director and conductor of the Binghamton (NY) Community Orchestra.
Jacobsen has conducted numerous All-State and All-Region Honor Orchestras as well as professional orchestras in Europe. He served as the music director of the Orchestra of the Pines and director of Orchestral Activities and Opera at Stephen F. Austin State University.
As a professional musician, Jacobsen has served as principal bassist for numerous orchestral ensembles as well as performing in jazz clubs across the nation. He received a Grammy nomination for his work on the jazz recording "Hot IV."