March 14, 2009
The Columbus Arts Council proudly presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, March 28, at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m.
The performance will include Beethoven''s Symphony No. 4 and music by Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, sung by vocalist Viola Dacus. In addition, music for strings by Michael Tippett and native Mississippi composer Samuel Jones also will be featured.
Jones, born in Indianola in 1935, is a graduate of Millsaps College and has served as conductor for prominent American orchestras such as the Rochester Philharmonic. In 1975, he founded Rice University''s Shepherd School of Music. Jones currently serves as composer in residence of the Seattle Symphony.
Now in its 64th season, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra exists to enrich the quality of life and enliven the spirit of all Mississippians through live performances grounded in artistic excellence. Under the leadership of Maestro Crafton Beck, the MSO presents classical, pops and chamber music concerts every season in the Jackson metro area, as well as across the state. As the largest professional performing arts organization in the state, the orchestra performs for more than 75,000 Mississippians each year at more than 120 concerts statewide.
This event is made possible, in part, through a generous gift from Trustmark and local sponsors Ceco Building Systems, Mississippi University for Women, WCBI and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
"Dress up, or dress down. Come with friends or that special someone," said Arts Council Executive Director Rachel Smith. "But come, join us, and experience the world of live classical and popular symphonic music."
Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Admission is complimentary for MUW faculty, staff and students. Purchase tickets at the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. in downtown Columbus, or by contacting the RAC at 662-328-2787.
To learn more about programs and classes offered by the CAC, visit http://www.columbus-arts.com