CREATING A NEW TRADITION OF GREAT MUSIC
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, $20, $5 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.
The Mississippi Chambre Music Guild’s fourth season opens with “All Things French” in partnership with Alliance Francaise de Jackson, an evening to experience both French culture and music. You will be welcomed and seated in the recital hall by French speaking students preparing to hear a program of musical works for instruments and for voice by Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure’. The Millsaps String Trio, composed of adjunct faculty, Marta Szlubowska, Alejandro Encinas and Taylis Ferandez will be assisted by Prof. Rachael Heard, pianist. Jackson resident and international known baritone, James Martin will perform chansons of Faure’ composed for voice and string quartet. Also, selected Millsaps Conservatory students will perform, briefly complementing segments of the program. A special guest has been invited, the Honorarty French Consolate, Mdm. Keltown Rowland and is expected to provide welcome.The entract (intermission) held in the upstairs art gallery, will be extended to enjoy a variety of French hors d’oeuvres and wines, a French chef preparing crepes, and a photo booth with provided French embellishments for your “selfie” photos.Tickets will also be available at the recital hall door of the Millsaps College Academic Center before the program begin s at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 15. Free parking is provided under the Academic Center, located on Park Ave., off N. State Street.
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