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Updated: Oct 2, 2018

MSO presents Fiery Flight Saturday, October 6 at Thalia Mara Hall

Jackson, Mississippi, September 27, 2018—On Saturday, October 6th at 7:30pm, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert of its Selby and Richard McRae Foundation Bravo Series, Fiery Flight, sponsored by Regions Bank. John Adams’ barnstormer Lollapalooza and a West Side Story Leonard Bernstein tribute share a blazing spotlight with MSO’s master cellist featured in Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky’s incomparable Firebird suite!

John Adams is one of the most successful composers in America today. His powerfully effective multi-media symphonic/choral work On the Transmigration of Souls (about Sept. 11th attacks), won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Adams states: “The dictionary says ‘Lollapalooza’ means ‘something extraordinarily special’. I didn’t really care what it meant; I was just thrilled by the sound of the word. It seems to generate a musical idea.”

Leonard Bernstein would be 100 years old now, and critics have called him, “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” Largely remembered for his Broadway musicals, the most famous being West Side Story. It ran for 777 performances in its first run, and was nominated for six Tony Awards in 1957. The 1961 film version won ten Academy Awards. The MSO will perform Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances”, arranged by the West Side Story composer.

Tchaikovsky meant for “Rococo Variations” to be an homage to Mozart, and the misnomer “Rococo” does at least describe something delicate, graceful, and charming. One of his sunniest creations, this musical superiority came out of a period of deep depression, and is an enduring favorite of cellists. This piece shines a spotlight on MSO’s principal cellist, Veronica Parrales. Originally from NYC, Veronica has performed with the MS Symphony String Quartet, MS Opera, IBC, and gives regular recitals at Millsaps College. She continues to serve as Assistant Principal for the Baton Rouge Symphony, and substitute for the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird opened in June of 1910 at the Paris Opera, bringing him instant international fame at the age of 27. Mixing of the mythical Firebird story with an unrelated tale, Kashchey the Deathless, one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas. In the ballet, Prince Ivan tries to win the heart of a princess but is blocked by evil magician Kashchey. He attempts to turn Ivan into stone, but the Firebird feather protects him. Ultimately, the spell is broken, and the Prince and Tsarevna unite in love.

The MSO Bravo Series presents five concerts per year, all at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets for Bravo I: Fiery Flight are $26 & up for adults and $5 for children/students, when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets may be purchased at or by calling (601) 960-1565, or visiting the MSO office at 201 E. Pascagoula Street between 10am and 5pm, Monday thru Friday. Tickets will also be available at the Thalia Mara Hall box office at 6:30pm on the evening of the concert. Don’t forget the FREE pre-concert lecture given by Dr. Tim Coker at 6:45 in the upper lobby of Thalia Mara. Cash bar will be available. For more information on this concert and others in the MSO 2018-19 Season of Brilliance, visit our website, MSO Tempo blog, or see us on



WHAT: Selby and Richard McRae Foundation Bravo I: Fiery Flight & Pre-concert Lecture by Dr. Timothy Coker

WHO: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra & Veronica Parrales, Principal Cellist

WHEN: Lecture - Saturday, October 6thth, 6:45-7:15pm Concert – Saturday, October 6th, 7:30pm

WHERE: Thalia Mara Hall (downtown Jackson)

CONTACT: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (601) 960-1565 or

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.