ECSU presents Douglas Jackson and Alan Woo in recital, November 4 – Elizabeth City State University


Music is alive at Elizabeth City State University. A recital given by music teachers Dr Alan Woo trained by Julliard and jazz recording artist Douglas Jackson will feature compositions by Rameau, Pepusch, Fabre, Offenbach and Mussorgsky on November 4, free and open to the public .

Dr. Woo is a pianist who has been hailed by the New York Times as a musician with “poise and vitality.” He is a seasoned performance artist who has gained a lot of experience since starting his studies at the age of four.

Dr. Woo made his Lincoln Center debut at age 19, performing with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Since then he has collaborated with a number of renowned artists and performed with the Houston and Fort Worth Symphonies, as well as the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra.

A chamber musician, Dr. Woo has appeared at the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Juilliard’s ChamberFest and more. He received his BA and MA in Music at the Juilliard School as a student under the supervision of Robert McDonald, and his PhD at the Peabody Institute under the supervision of Yong Hi Moon.

He is currently a piano teacher at ECSU.

Mr. Jackson is no stranger to music lovers in northeastern North Carolina. He is a jazz musician and composer, playing the trumpet with Area and guest musicians.

As a trumpeter, Mr. Jackson played in the Latin jazz group of the legendary Cuban conguero Francisco Aquabella. He recently received an Artist Support Grant administered by Arts of the Albemarle, supporting the release of his CD, “In Style”. In September 2021, the CD reached number 184 on the Jazz Week charts.

Mr. Jackson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from California State University in Los Angeles. Before joining ECSU as a professor, he worked in the music and film industry for MGM Studios and BMG Production Music Group.

Mr. Jackson was recently elected to a three-year term on the North Carolina Humanities Board of Trustees. He is assistant professor of music at ECSU.

The recital will take place Thursday, November 4 in the Floyd L. Robinson Auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Center for the Fine Arts on the ECSU campus at 7:30 pm. Entrance is free and the mask is compulsory inside the buildings.


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