Category: Symphony News

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MSO’s 80th season touts ‘Spectacular’ lineup

MSO’s 80th season touts ‘Spectacular’ lineup Renowned guest artists, homegrown greats among the many highlights Jackson, Mississippi — The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra rolls out its 80th season with a glittering roster worthy of the milestone celebration, packed with world-class soloists, showy classics and an expanding showcase for Mississippi-rooted talent. 2024-2025 with MSO unfolds as “A Season...

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The youthful spirit of Pepsi Pops is a tradition and a mainstay

Pepsi Pops, on May 10 at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir, delivers its usual infectious mix of marvelous melodies by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a charming outdoor setting to enjoy them. This year, as the captivating tradition reaches its 43rd year, the concert also brings a prime chance to recognize the 75th season of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra – MSO’s educational arm and a vital stake in our community’s music for the future.

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Pepsi Pops strikes up the music, lights up the sky

Pepsi Pops strikes up the music, lights up the sky Tunes from the screen, stage and top of the charts, plus fireworks! Jackson, Mississippi — The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s annual Pepsi Pops concert promises a prime setting, beloved pop tunes, and splashy pyrotechnics for an irresistible evening, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Old Trace Park...

Pianist Steven Sachs
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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.

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MSO’s ‘Vibrant Echoes’ resonates at Tougaloo

MSO’s ‘Vibrant Echoes’ resonates at Tougaloo Heritage of Black music is foundation of Woodworth Chapel concert Jackson, Mississippi — Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Vibrant Echoes” presents a concert ode to the legacy and enduring spirit of African American music, in an acoustically rich, historical setting where it feels right at home – Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel, 7:30...

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MVSU 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.

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Powerful work at heart of MSO’s Cade Chapel concert

Powerful work at heart of MSO’s Cade Chapel concert Mississippi Valley State’s University Choir, pianist Tyler Kemp featured Jackson, Mississippi — Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony in the Community” spring concert continues its collaboration with Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in an April 21 matinee that resonates with impact and meaning. The centerpiece of the 3 p.m....

Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet
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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.

Emilio Villacis of Ecuador is the winner of the 2024 MSO International Composition Competition.
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MSO’s second annual International Composition Competition participation blooms

MSO’s second annual International Composition Competition participation blooms Mar. 27, 2024 – JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Symphony Orchestra announces the winner of its second annual International Composition Competition and celebrates the participation bloom. The winning music piece is composed by Emilio Villacis of Ecuador and will debut in June’s culmination of MSO’s 2024 Premier Orchestral...

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Sax to the max at MSO’s ‘Ultimate Fusion’

Sax to the max at MSO’s ‘Ultimate Fusion’ Award-winning Project Fusion, monumental Shostakovich in the limelight Jackson, Mississippi — Mississippi Symphony Orchestra thrills with a sweep of 20th century masterworks in the season finale of its flagship Bravo series, “Ultimate Fusion.” A stellar saxophone spotlight and Shostakovich’s profound and triumphant Symphony No. 5 are concert hallmarks,...