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Pops I: Aretha - A Tribute Saturday October 26 2019 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× ARETHA: A TRIBUTE - a toast to the Queen of Soul. 10/26/19 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall

Hop on the freeway of love with symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy nominee, vocalist Ryan Shaw as they honor the great diva, Aretha Franklin with iconic hits like "Respect", "Think", "A Natural Woman", "Chain of Fools", and many more!

Bravo II: Natural Showcase Saturday November 23 2019 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× NATURAL SHOWCASE - landscapes & soundscapes to delight. 11/23/19 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall

Benjamin Britten - "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes 16:00 Canyonlands - Images by Westwater Arts Johann Sebastian Bach - "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3 5:00 Gabriel Fauré - "Pavanne" 5:00 David Diamond - Adagio from "Rounds for String Orchestra" 5:00 Edward Elgar - "Sospiri", Op. 70 5:00 INTERMISSION Missy Mazzoli - "River Rouge Transfiguration" 10:00 "Rodeo" - Images by Westwater Arts Aaron Copland - Four Dance Episodes from "Rodeo" 18:00 "Buckaroo Holiday" "Corral Nocturne" "Saturday Night Waltz" "Hoedown"

Treat the eyes, as well as the ears to an engaging adventure, as Westwater Arts' evocative panoramas of the American West are choreographed to the symphonic splendor of Bach, Elgar, Copland and more. Benjamin Britten's "Sea Interludes" from "Peter Grimes" and Missy Mazzoli's "River Rouge Transformation", further enhance the nature theme.

Bravo III: A Night in Vienna Saturday January 11 2020 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× A NIGHT IN VIENNA - a heavenly voice & soul-stirring music. 1/11/20 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall

Richard Strauss - "Four Last Songs" 21:00 Erin Wall, soprano INTERMISSION Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4 in G Major 63:00 Erin Wall, soprano

Leading soprano Erin Wall, acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, gives voice to this blockbuster evening of Vienna's best, from the beautiful and introspective appeal of Strauss' "Four Last Songs", to the deeply moving lure of Mahler's 4th Symphony.

Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Saturday January 25 2020 at 7:30 PM

Belhaven University Center for the Arts
× MOZART BY CANDLELIGHT - beautiful music in candles' warm glow. 1/25/20 @ 7:30pm, Belhaven University Center for the Arts

Overture to "Idomeneo" 5:00 Symphony No. 20 in D, K. 133 16:00 Concerto for Horn No. 3 in Eb, K. 447 14:00 Mimi Linehan, horn INTERMISSION Five Contredances, K. 609 "Non più andrai" 7:00 "Symphony No. 39" in Eb, K. 543 29:00

MSO's popular annual program warms a winter evening with candles by the hundreds and artistry by the orchestra, including Principal Horn, Mimi Linehan performing Mozart's 3rd horn concerto.

Pops II: Star Wars Saturday February 1 2020 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× STAR WARS - an epic evening of movie magic. 2/1/20 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall

Return to a galaxy far, far away on a glorious wave of John Williams' genius. Selections from nine films power the night's tribute to moviedom's most successful sci-fi saga.

Bravo IV: Best and Brightest Saturday February 22 2020 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× BEST AND BRIGHTEST - a dynamic night of piano brilliance. 2/22/20 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 73 "The Emperor" 38:00 Anton Nel, piano INTERMISSION Antonin Dvořák - Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 36:00

Beethoven's 5th piano concerto, revolutionary in its day and popularly known as "The Emperor", is a virtuosic showcase for international pianist and acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel. Dvořák's inviting 8th Symphony ends the evening on a sparkling high note.

Chamber III: Spring Delight Saturday March 7 2020 at 7:30 PM

Millsaps College Ford Academic Complex
× SPRING DELIGHT - the return of a favorite son. 3/7/20 @ 7:30pm, Millsaps College Ford Academic Complex

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Overture to "Orfeo ed Euridice" 4:00 Christoph Willibald Gluck - Dance of the Furies from "Orfeo ed Euridice" 5:00 Kermit Poling - "Concierto De Chiaro" 26:00 INTERMISSION Sam Watson - Elegy 10:00 *In recognition of the 21st Anniversary of the Pearl High School Shootings Premiere Performance.

Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"* 25:00

(*performed at the first concert by the MSO Thursday, October 19, 1944 in the Victory Room of the Heidleberg Hotel, Theodore Russell, Conductor).

This concert is a warm welcome home for young conductor William Garfield Walker, whose Jackson and MSO roots branched into an international career. He'll guest conduct the evening's closing piece: Schubert's famous Unfinished Symphony. There's so much more on the lineup, including classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro performing a concerto written for him.

Bravo V: Ode to Joy Saturday March 28 2020 at 7:30 PM

Thalia Mara Hall
× ODE TO JOY - 3/28/20 @ 7:30pm, Thalia Mara Hall. featuring solosists and choirs of Jackson State University, Mississippi College, The Mississippi Chorus & Tougaloo College Othalie Graham, soprano Christin-Marie Hill, mezzo soprano John Pickle, tenor Luis Ledesma, baritone

Arvo Pärt - "Fratres" 16:00 INTERMISSION Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" 64:00

Four national soloists and four local choirs - two hundred voices onstage - wrap up the diamond anniversary Bravo Series with a unifying bow. The artistic excellence and community connection of Arvo Pärt's minimalist masterpiece "Fratres", and the driving force of Beethoven's earth-shattering 9th symphony are unsurpassed.

Chamber IV: Concert in the Chapel Saturday April 4 2020 at 7:30 PM

Woodworth Chapel At Tougaloo College
× CONCERT IN THE CHAPEL - elegant music in a setting to suit. 4/4/20 @ 7:30pm, Tougaloo College Woodworth Chapel

Igor Stravinsky - "Pastorale" 4:00 Lynda Naef, English horn Ken Graves, clarinet Jon Wenberg, bassoon Maurice Ravel - "Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé" 12:00 Viola Dacus, mezzo soprano Igor Stravinsky - "Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet" 4:00 Ken Graves, clarinet Maurice Ravel - Introduction and Allegro 11:00 INTERMISSION Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 7 in F, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky" 40:00 Marta Szlubowska, violin Vince Massimino, violin Ausra Jasineviciute, viola Veronica Parrales, cello

The chapel's ambiance and acoustics are only part of the allure for this must-hear concert of Stravinsky, Ravel and Beethoven, in a program that showcases MSO String Quartet, MSO clarinetist Ken Graves, and guest soprano Viola Dacus.

Pepsi Pops: A Blast in the Park Friday May 8 2020 at 7:30 PM

Old Trace Park
× PEPSI POPS: A Blast in the Park 5/8/20 @ 7:30pm - Old Trace Park, The Rez

This annual all-ages treat, from date night to a fun family outing, combines the beautiful view of bobbing boats and a spring sunset with the charming sounds of pops, patriotic, screen and stage favorites. Don't forget the fireworks, food vendors, kids' playground & more!

(No alcohol or glass in the park; Gates open at 4:30pm.)