• UWA to host Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

    Posted: April 04, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama and Sumter County Fine Arts Council presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in concert Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of West Alabama’s Bibb Graves Auditorium.

    Sumter County Fine Arts Council members and UWA students are admitted free. General admission is $10 and students are admitted for $2.

    The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra has delighted West Alabama audiences for many years with its combination of classical and contemporary music and energetic performances.

    The program will begin with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Overture to Coriolan,” written in 1807.  Gaius Marcius Coriolanus was a semi-legendary figure who became the subject of one of William Shakespeare’s plays.  The overture traces Coriolanus’ resolve and war-like tendencies as he prepares to invade Rome, and his mother’s pleadings to abandon the adventure.  Three Hungarian dances by Johannes Brahms will follow.  These pieces are among Brahms’ most popular works and were likely the most profitable for him.  The final performance of this opening set will be four dances from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo, which tells the tale of a ranch wedding.

    The second half of the program will feature a variety of contemporary show tunes and movie scores, including the themes from Downton Abbey, Driving Miss Daisy, Jurassic Park and Bottle Shock.  The program will conclude with the orchestra’s traditional rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever.

    As the largest professional performing arts organization in the state, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs to more than 75,000 Mississippians each year at more than 120 concerts statewide.  The MSO tours statewide as a full orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and as one of three resident ensembles:  the Woodwind Quintet, the Brass Quintet, and the String Quartet.  Additionally the MSO supports three youth orchestras and an education program, through which more than 500 school children receive daily instruction in violin, viola, and cello.

    Sumter County Fine Arts Council members and UWA students are admitted free. General admission is $10 and students are admitted for $2.

    The SCFAC receives support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The University of West Alabama and from other agencies, businesses and individuals. For more information on the Council, visit www.scfac.uwa.edu.
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