Author: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Steven Sachs

Soloist Sachs, ensembles shine in Woodworth’s ‘Vibrant’ concert

“Vibrant Echoes,” Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s final chamber concert of the season, April 27 at Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel, celebrates the rhythmic thread of Black musical traditions and influences in America, from the late 19th century clear through to contemporary times. Its relevant setting, at the historically Black college that played a key role in America’s civil rights struggle, enhances the resonance.

Mississippi Valley State University Choir

MSVU Choir, ‘Seven Last Words’ mark spring Cade Chapel matinee

Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed is a searing reach into the human heart and a powerful cry for social justice. The Atlanta-based composer’s choral work is the centerpiece for MSO’s “Symphony in the Community” spring concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Cade Chapel M.B. Church in Jackson. Giving it voice is the 55-member-strong Mississippi Valley State University Choir, led by MVSU Director of Choral Activities Brandon Cash.

Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet

Embracing the fun and freedom of the sax, in ‘Ultimate Fusion’ and beyond

Dannel Espinoza was just a tyke when he started the path that would become his forte. His parents offered the option of karate, baseball or piano when he was 3 1/2 or 4. “I decided to take up piano,” he said. The instrument became a staple of his south Florida childhood, until he reached school band age, took after his older brother, and took up the saxophone.

pianist Randy Klein & vocalist Aurelia Williams

Music and poetry speak to the soul in MSO’s ‘American Constellation’

The rhythm, the lyricism and the gamut of emotion that great poetry evokes are the very characteristics that make verse a great partner in music performance, and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming “American Constellation” Bravo Series concert sets a sterling example, on November 4 at Thalia Mara Hall.

Symphony in the Community MSO concert at Cade Chapel MB Church

New directions, key connections in MSO’s Symphony in the Community

MSO’s 79th season sees its Matinee Series occupying a more formal spot on the 2023-24 lineup, with fall and spring “Symphony in the Community” concerts that reach directly into Cade Chapel’s west Jackson neighborhood and forge ties with Jackson artists and the music they create right here in the capital city.