HAPPY HOUR Continues in 2021 with Crafton Beck!

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is pleased to continue its FREE, virtual "after hours" events with fascinating members of our extended music community, beginning on Jan. 28th.

You’re invited to sign-up, sit back and enjoy these upcoming casual conversations between Conductor Crafton Beck and guest musicians. Cheers!

JANUARY 28 Happy Hour with clarinetist J.C. Barker 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > Mississippi-born clarinetist J.C. Barker will join us for a lively discussion about his dual life as a clarinetist and orchestral administrator. J.C. was soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in 2006, when he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Meanwhile, he managed the Mobile Symphony Orchestra for a number of years while also serving as its Principal Clarinetist. J.C. began the current season as the Executive Director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. As both a performer and executive, J.C. will share with us his unique and passionate perspectives on the art scene today.

FEBRUARY 11 Happy Hour with pianist Alon Goldstein 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > Pianist Alon Goldstein has a major international career and has performed with many of the great orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra. Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic. He has twice appeared with the MSO, once performing chamber music and once on the main stage performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. He is also presently involved in several recording projects with the Naxos label, including recording the complete cycle of keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. We're looking forward to our time with Alon and discussing his amazing life in music.

FEBRUARY 25 Happy Hour with pianist and conductor Brian Eads 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > Mississippi-born pianist and conductor Brian Eads will be with us to discuss his fascinating career. Many of our audience will have recently seen Brian at work, as he is the conductor for the current national tour Les Miserables, which had multiple performances in Jackson last season. He is a superb pianist and highly sought after for his accompanying and coaching skills. Born in Greenwood and a graduate of Delta State, Brian ultimately received two advanced degrees in conducting, including studies at Indiana University. He now makes his home in Nashville. We look forward to a far-ranging discussion with Brian about his dynamic life as a conductor, pianist, arranger, accompanist, and coach.