A musical ticket to your happy place

Updated: Sep 10, 2020


It’ll look a little different. It’ll feel a little different. But rest assured: It’s going to sound as spectacular as ever!

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s season starts with the same people-pleaser as always — a Baroque bounty that celebrates the incredible musical richness of that era. Pure joy is in the spotlight, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more upbeat outlook than Joy of Baroque Sept. 19.

“First thing out of the box, this is what we all need,” Maestro Crafton Beck says of a lineup programmed for greatest-hits bliss, including the shimmering loveliness of Handel’s “Water Music.”

In the midst of the restrictions and challenges of these times, creating the repertoire has been the fun part, Beck says, “like pulling your best things out of the hat.”

“Before I even wrote a single repertoire piece down on the paper, I knew that I wanted it to be — finally, for us as well as for the audience — a chance for us to come together and spend three or four nights together and really be able to enjoy music-making.

“It’s just a joy to be together again and to start the season.”

This fall’s concerts center on a core string orchestra and percussion. Wind players (brass and woodwinds) will not be a part of our fall programs, because of aerosol issues indoors and COVID-19 concerns.

After the Chamber series opener, embrace these two Bravo beauties: Tour de Force Oct. 10, with its unbeatable combination of Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Brahms; and Four Seasons Reimagined Nov. 14, with Max Richter’s genius take on Vivaldi’s classic “The Four Seasons.”

Since mid-March, our beloved MSO has been hard at work, recreating the kind of transporting live music experience that we all adore, and putting protocols in place to keep us healthy.

“We know how important it is, both for the audience and the orchestra, to experience the healing and community building that can come from live performance,” says Michael Beattie, MSO president and executive director. “We are doing everything we can to present programs safely, until such time as we can get back to full orchestra.”

As MSO adapts to health guidelines and state mandates amid the COVID-19 pandemic, be aware of several changes. Chamber and Bravo concerts will be at Thalia Mara Hall. Temperature will be taken at the door. Masks are required for audience and orchestra. No concessions, lobby hobnobbing, intermission, pre-concert lecture, will call table or at-door sales.

Seating is socially distanced (three empty seats between groups, and two empty rows between between each seated row). The physical distancing of orchestra members limits the number of people onstage to 18, so the core string orchestra drives the programming for now.

Patrons need to register to attend each concert, so MSO can assign seating on a first come, first served basis. Remaining seats will be available for public purchase. E-tickets will be sent by email (print or bring on your phone).

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