Musician to share lifetime of experience

BAR HARBOR — The former music director of the Royal Ballet in London and the first person of color to conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic will share a lifetime of musical memories during College of the Atlantic’s next Coffee and Conversation event on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m.

Isaiah Jackson, professor of composition at Berklee School of music, will sit down for an hour-long discussion with COA music professor and composer in residence John Cooper to discuss his life and work in the Deering Common Community Center on COA’s Eden Street campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Jackson has had a storied musical career. He made his European debut in 1973 with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has led many distinguished American orchestras over the years, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and the National Symphony. Jackson is conductor emeritus of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, after serving as musical director there till 2007. He is musician-in-residence at Harvard University’s Memorial Church.

Born in 1945 in Richmond, Va., Jackson is a graduate of Harvard, where he majored in Russian history and literature. He holds graduate degrees from Stanford University and The Juilliard School of Music. He has also studied at Fontainebleau, Aspen and Tanglewood. At Harvard, he is a fellow in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

COA’s Coffee and Conversation Series spans the political, cultural and social issues shaping our world. Guest speakers include writers, scientists, business leaders and artists. Visit

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