Here’s the one thing Maestro Crafton Beck heard over and over in the past year, and even said to himself often enough: “Oh, I can’t wait to hear …”
“The Barber of Seville” overture, for example. Or Beethoven. Or Rachmaninoff.
“Each of us had a piece that came to mind here or there. ‘Oh, I just can’t wait to hear that again.’ And, that led to, ‘I can’t wait to hear live music again.’”
Folks, that wait is over. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is back in action with its 77th season, starting in October, and it’s chock-full of the musical experiences to feed the soul.
When Beck and MSO President/Executive Director Michael Beattie planned out this season to savor, that was top of mind. “The first thing we have to do when we come back is to perform as much of the standard repertoire as we can, because so many of us are hungry to hear those great pieces again,” Beck says. “The Barber of Seville” overture? That’s up first in Bravo I, Oct. 9.
Last season’s scaled-back, distanced concerts kept the appetite primed, but the full buffet ahead of Bravo, Pops and Chamber series music answers that deep craving for the community experience of a live symphony orchestra. We’re still very much committed to the health and safety of our community and will be playing it safe, observing CDC, state and local guidelines at each of our concert venues.
Another strong focus at work is MSO’s commitment to its most diverse season yet, with programs spotlighting long-underrepresented female and Black composers, and the array of celebrated guest artists and MSO’s own talented musicians who’ll bring their music, and beloved favorites, to life.
“I’m really proud of the way we designed the ’21-’22 season,” Beattie says, “because we had some particular goals about embracing our community’s diversity, which is why we’re doing the Saint-Georges concerto (Bravo I). It’s why Crafton has set the poetry of Margaret Walker to music (Bravo IV). It’s why we’re connecting with the Mississippi Museum of Art on their Great Migration exhibit (Bravo V). It’s why we’re presenting this fabulous, already sought-after all over the world young violinist Randall Goosby (Bravo III), who won the Sphinx Competition. …. And, it’s why we’re emphasizing female composers (Bravo I and V) in much of what we’re doing this season as well.”
In addition to all the great European repertoire, MSO shares the music of our time, music from emerging composers, music from female composers and music from composers of color.
As international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, guest artist for Bravo I, put it in an interview with CBS Evening News, “We’re all supposed to play all the good music, because that’s how we learn about each other.”
Some additional highlights on the horizon: the return of dynamic Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein; MSO trumpeter Darcie Bishop in the spotlight; brilliant young guest artists on the rise; Oscar-winning scores and so much more.
Season tickets are the best way to ensure you won’t miss a beat. You’ll get just the right seat at the best price and you’ll be supporting a capital city jewel! Turn up and tune in.