Jackson Symphony to release first recording as part of new Equal Billing Project

Posted on: June 3, 2022

Michigan’s Jackson Symphony Orchestra will release a recording of music by French composer Fernande Decruck (1896-1954) on the Claves record label on June 10, 2022. The album—featuring music by Decruck for saxophone, trumpet, horn, and harp—will be the inaugural recording in the orchestra’s recently launched Equal Billing Project under Music Director Matthew Aubin that aims to record and support the research, recording, and publication of music of a deceased composer not recognized during their lifetime. The album will include Decruck’s Sonata in C-sharp for alto saxophone (or viola), performed by saxophonist Carrie Koffman; Heroic Poem for solo trumpet in C, solo horn in F, and orchestra, with trumpet soloist Amy McCabe and New York Philharmonic Acting Associate Principal horn player Leelanee Sterett; and the concerto for harp and orchestra featuring Chen-Yu Huang as soloist. Aubin, who first discovered Decruck while studying for his doctorate at the Hartt School in Connecticut, says the orchestra is planning another recording from Decruck’s catalogue, after which the orchestra will open the Equal Billing Project to an application process, allowing scholars to introduce other undiscovered or underrepresented composers. “This is music that deserves to be heard,” says Aubin.