CREATING A NEW TRADITION OF GREAT MUSIC
“All Things French” is the exciting opening event for the 2016-2017 Season of the Mississippi Chambre Music Guild. It will be held in the Recital Hall and Art Gallery of Millsaps College, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 15. Tickets are available through this website, and will be available at the door. General Admission is $25; students $5.The event, co-sponsored by the Alliance de Francaise of Jackson. is more than just a fine concert of French music performed by professionals living in the Jackson area. The extended intermission will feature such delicacies as crepes from a French chef’s booth, French wine, cheeses and pastries, and to round it all out a French-style selfie photo booth and a strolling musician. MCMG Board Chairman, Dr. Royce Boyer, said, “we are attempting to provide an evening not just of French music, but social and cultural experiences.” A raffle of French cookery, cookbooks, etc. is also a part of the “All Things French” evening.The musical program will include a performance by Concertmistress of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Marta Szlubowska playing Claude Debussy’s famed sonata for violin. Millsaps professor, Lynn Raley will collaborate at the piano. Internationally, and locally, know baritone, James Martin will sing “La bonne chanson,” nine songs of Gabriel Faure’ accompanied by piano and string quintet. Faure’ will again be heard after the extended intermission with a performance of his piano quartet, performed by Szlubowska, Tammy Luke, viola, and new principal cellist with the MSO, Veronica Parrales. Professor Rachel Heard is the pianist.
The second annual MCMG sponsored “Fanfare Festival” is unique in that it celebrates 2017, the Mississippi Bi-Centennial. The commemoration begins at noon with the premier performance by a winning student brass quintet playing the official fanfare of the Mississippi Bi-Centennial. Internationally recognized Mississippi composer, James Sclater, has been commissioned by the MCMG to create the brief work for brass quintet and also an arrangement for concert band. The MCMG will make the fanfare music available, free, to all schools in the state as part of its educational goals.Held in the historic Old Capitol Museum, the Saturday afternoon program includes a high school honor choir, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble, works of Eudora Welty presented by the Readers Theater and the Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, Malcolm White, will deliver, “The State of the Arts in Mississippi.” There will be no charge for this special event.That evening, February 11, in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the finest graduate student musicians from Southern Mississippi University will perform an attractive program for mixed small ensembles. Tickets, $10, free for students are available on the MCMG web page and will be available at the door of the Cathedral in downtown Jackson.There is more of the Fanfare Festival which will actually begin Friday evening at the Cathedral, the Mobius Guitar Trio from San Francisco will appear as special MCMG guests. The young musicians’ mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world – the guitar – to create a new lexicon of music; one that freely combines the varied influences of musicians who grew up with unfettered access to the world’s entire musical library. At no charge, Mobius will be offering a masterclass workshop at Belhaven University Thursday afternoon, February 9th.
Providing the finale of the fourth MCMG season The Allegro Chamber Trio with Texas artist, Megan Meisenbach, flutest, Bruce Williams, violist and Elaine Barber, harpist, The Allegro Chamber Trio have toured the United States for twelve years, have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program, and have CD recordings available on the Centaur label. The Trio, an alliance of instruments especially suitable for French Impressionist music, will perform Saturday, March 11 in Fowler Hall of St. James Episcopal church in Northeast Jackson.
CREATING A NEW TRADITION OF GREAT MUSIC