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Bravo II – RESONANT Hope

November 19, 2022


7:30 pm

9:30 pm

Bravo Series number two is November 19, 2022.
Bravo Series number two is November 19, 2022.

Powerful words and transcendent music by DEBUSSY, HAYES, HIGDON, and DVORAK.

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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. 

La cathédrale engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral) (1910) (Debussy)
American Sonnet for The New Year (2021) (Hayes)
Blue Cathedral (2000) (Higdon)
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1894) (Dvorak)

Pre-concert lecture with a fascinating look at the evening’s music led by Dr. Timothy Coker, Professor Emeritus of Music at Millsaps College, at 6:30PM on the Mezzanine.

Sterling Elliott CELLO

From his cello-playing start at 3 to his concerto debut at 7, this prodigious young talent was hailed as an accomplished musician before he’d completed undergrad studies at the Juilliard School. Now a Koyner Fellow at Juilliard, he’s logged appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony, among others, with plenty more on the horizon. 

The onsite Box Office opens at Thalia Mara Hall one hour prior to concert: 6:30pm

Ticket-holders’ parking is available for free on concert evenings at City Centre Garage, across Pascagoula Street from Thalia Mara Hall. Accessible parking available on the West Street side of the Hall.)

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November 19, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
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Thalia Mara Hall

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Reena Evers-Everette

Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of civil rights activists Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-Williams, will recite Terrance Hayes’ compelling poem American Sonnet for the New Year, with a musical underscore to bring the gifted poet’s words home to heart.

Hayes’ poem comes from a protest point of view, but its strength lies in its resonance for any painful event in the human experience and the cycle of endurance, release, healing, recovery and progress.

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