FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jackson City Council Recognizes the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

October 16, 2019

Nora Frances McRae (Chairman, MSO board), Michael Beattie (MSO President and Executive Director)

At its regularly scheduled meeting on October 15, 2019, the City Council of Jackson offered a resolution, submitted by Council President Virgi Lindsay, honoring MSO on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. President Lindsay presented the resolution to Michael Beattie (MSO President and Executive Director) and Nora Frances McRae (Chairman, MSO board) and remarked on the vitality of the orchestra and the ways the orchestra is “more than just concerts,” with professional musicians living in our community, teaching our children and playing for our life events. She also pointed to the orchestra’s extensive education programs.

The Resolution cites MSO’s first concert (then known as the Jackson Symphony Orchestra) on October 19, 1944 at the Heidelberg Hotel in downtown Jackson, the economic stability of the orchestra and the reach of performances and education initiatives throughout the metro area and state.

President Beattie thanked President Lindsay, the Council and the Mayor for the ongoing partnership between the orchestra and the city, noting that MSO now has an approximate $2,000,000 annual economic impact for our community, helps form the lives of thousands of students annually through our education engagements (string instruction to over 1,000 students, school ensemble visits and full orchestra education concerts) and offers diverse concerts connecting people with each other and to something greater. He particularly noted the upcoming Aretha Franklin tribute concert and the education engagements the orchestra’s recent young nationally recognized guest artist violinist offered, including a Masterclass for string students at Jackson State University and a school visit with students at Jackson Public Schools’ Power APAC, as examples of a few ways the orchestra connects with its community. Chairman McRae also thanked the City Council on behalf of the MSO board and noted how much of a priority our community has placed on supporting the orchestra from the difficult times of its beginning to its current robust health.

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

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201 E. Pascagoula, Jackson MS, 39201