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Bravo Series

The Selby & Richard McRae Foundation presents MSO’s Bravo Series – the best of beloved classics and major contemporary works, studded with a sterling lineup of acclaimed guest artists. Experience the brilliance of the five Bravo Series concerts in a grand setting.


Bravo one is October 8, 2022BRAVO I – 10.8.22

BRIGHT HORIZONS
featuring Syrian-born clarinetist/ composer Kinan Azmeh

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 pm

 

Photo of Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh.Get swept along on the magical currents of storied journeys and captivating improv. The Persianflavored, jazz-tinged music of Syrian-born clarinetist/ composer Kinan Azmeh gets things off to a rousing start, followed by the similarly infectious exoticism of Debussy’s Ibéria. Rimsky-Korsakov’s marvelous masterwork Scheherazade caps off the evening with adventure and wonder.

 


Bravo Series number two is November 19, 2022.

BRAVO II – 11.19.22

RESONANT HOPE
Powerful words and transcendent music featuring Sterling Elliott – Cello.

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30pm

Photograph of Sterling Elliott.The haunting beauty of Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral sets the stage for a transformative journey inspired by the pairing of poet Terrance Hayes’ powerful words and the shimmering transcendence of Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral. In the spotlight, Sphinx Competition winner Sterling Elliott’s magnificent Dvorak Cello Concerto celebrates humanity’s capacity to hope, heal, connect and triumph.

 


Bravo Series number three is January 28, 2023BRAVO III1.28.23

UNBEATABLE BEETHOVEN
Awesome humanity from first to last featuring pianist Christopher Atzinger.

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30pm

Photo of pianist Christopher Atzinger.Take a deep dive into pure genius with life-spanning selections from one of music’s greatest — Beethoven. Ride the emotional sweep and triumph in his masterwork Leonore Overture No. 3. Delight in the youthful exuberance of Piano Concerto No. 2, showcased by award-winning, guest pianist Christopher Atzinger. Feast on the inspired maturity of the master’s lighthearted 8th symphony.

 


Bravo series number 4 is February 25, 2023BRAVO IV – 2.25.23

JAZZ REDEFINED
Celebrating Black American Music. Featuring Nicholas Payton and his jazz quartet.

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30pm

Photo of Nicholas Payton.The incredible impact of Black culture on the nation’s and the world’s music is presented in Grammy Awardwinning New Orleans jazz trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton’s Black American Symphony, which traces the story of Black American music from its roots to modern day. MSO pairs this with one of the earliest efforts to fold Black melody into the classical realm — Dvorak’s visionary and popular New World Symphony.

 


Bravo series number five is April 1, 2023.BRAVO V4.1.23

IRRESISTIBLE COLOR
Featuring Scott Cuellar, pianist. Latin rhythms and French flair.

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30pm

Photo of guest pianist Scott Cuellar.Enchantment is guaranteed with the bright colors of Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos and fascinating Spanish-tinged flair of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, brilliantly performed by guest pianist Scott Cuellar. Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, known as the “Organ Symphony”, makes a winning, passionate partner and show-stopping finale.


 

Pops Series

Our Pops concerts roll out the music hits you know and love with a full-orchestra flourish and a casual ambiance. Pops stands for popular. This series is three ideal opportunities for family time or a fun date. Two concerts at Thalia Mara Hall and one General Admission outdoor concert.


Pops series number 1 is October 22, 2022.POPS I  – 10.22.22

BROADWAY BEYOND WORDS
Song-sparking magic of Tony musicals by Loewe, Bernstein, Gershwin and Rodgers

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 pm

Join us for the captivating music of West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Porgy & Bess and The Sound of Music, as we hit that sweet note at the intersection of nostalgia and delight! This truly symphonic picture of Broadway’s most beloved musicals showcases the genius of the skilled composers who wrote them — Loewe, Bernstein, Gershwin and Rodgers. 


Pops series number 2 is February 18, 2023.

POPS II – 2.18.23

NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES
featuring guest vocalist, singer, songwriter and knockout performer Shayna Steele

Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 pm

Photo of guest vocalist, singer, songwriter and knockout performer Shayna Steele.Her credits swing from Broadway to backup for Bette Midler, Rhianna and Kelly Clarkson all the way to successful albums of her own. Singer, songwriter and knockout performer Shayna Steele, whose voice the London Jazz Times says “unleashes enough voltage to light up the West End,” once called Biloxi home. And now, she delivers a full-throated treatment of the blues in this tribute to such venerable blues legends as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey and more. 


Pepsi Pops is set for May 12, 2023. Have a blast in the park.PEPSI POPS – 5.12.23*
*Date subject to change.

BLAST IN THE PARK
Featuring a fireworks finale after a picnic-perfect setting to soak up the beloved pops standards.

Old Trace Park on the Reservoir, 7:30 pm

The twinkling waters of the Rez offer a picnic-perfect setting for families, couples, youngsters and oldsters to soak up the beloved pops standards that make this concert an annual draw. Add in bobbing boats, a pretty sunset and starry skies topped off with fireworks, and you’ve got an unforgettable outdoor experience! 

Chamber Series

The intimacy of these four concerts* in smaller more congenial venues with excellent acoustics around metro Jackson is the key to their charm. The shared experience of beautiful music in a unique setting guarantees a memorable date night or evening with friends.
*Chamber Series concerts are General Admission with no assigned seating.


Chamber series number one is September 10, 2022.

CHAMBER I  – 9.10.22

BELOVED BAROQUE
A vibrant suite of intimate classics featuring the MSO Brass Quintet

St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 7:30 pm

Take a European tour of the late-Renaissance through the Age of Enlightenment, without leaving your seat. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet opens resolutely with Gabrieli and wraps up the evening on a bright note with Torelli. Between, the MSO strings deftly fill the air with music of the High Baroque, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Handel’s Grand Concerto No.9 ! 


Chamber series number two is January 14, 2023.

CHAMBER II  – 1.14.23

MOZART BY CANDLELIGHT
Heavenly perfection and pure joy

Belhaven University Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm

Cozy atmosphere plus candles’ warm glow equals a can’t-miss chance to enjoy Mozart’s greatest hits. Concert treats include the overture to his fantastic comic opera The Marriage of Figaro, his heavenly Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, and his soaring gem, the Haffner Symphony. 


Chamber series number three is March 11, 2023.CHAMBER III – 3.11.23

SPRING DELIGHTS
Mesmerizing melodies and saxophone limelight featuring Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet

St. James’ Episcopal Church, 7:30 pm

Collage photo of Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet.Philip Glass brings soulful colors, breezy lyricism and distinctive style to his surprising and delightful Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra. The piece puts award-winning Project Fusion center stage, including founding member Dannel Espinoza of USM. Enveloping the melodic evening are Grainger’s charming Molly on the Shore, Puccini’s sublime The Chrysanthemums and Schubert’s exquisitely touching Symphony No. 4. 

 


Chamber series number 4 is April 15, 2023.CHAMBER IV – 4.15.23

WOODWORTH ARRAY
Spellbinding classics and rich acoustics featuring mezzo soprano Viola Dacus and MSO String Quartet

Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel, 7:30 pm

Photo of mezzo soprano Viola Dacus. MSO musicians shine in this enchanting chapel setting. The MSO String Quartet beams with Beethoven’s glorious first quartet for strings, while Ken Graves, Ausra Jasineviciute and Stephen Sachs glow in Mozart’s engaging Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. Ravel’s lovely Trois Poèms de Stéphanie Mallarmé shimmers with guest mezzo soprano Viola Dacus in the solo spotlight.