When rising star, Tai Murray guested with the orchestra in February (Bravo IV: String Sensation), she delighted audiences with her performance of Brahms’ dreamy violin concerto. Ms. Murray also carved out time for local violin students by giving a masterclass. She provided a new approach for these young musicians playing that was impactful and encouraging. MSO offers masterclasses free and are open to the public giving audience members a glimpse into the process of cultivating a musician. See what our masterclass participants are saying about their experiences playing for Tai Murray:
Samuel Garcia VIOLIN STUDENT, AGE 13
“There aren’t many opportunities in our area for master classes and it’s always good to get a fresh perspective. I was struggling with a shoulder correction and Tai Murray showed me a way to hold my thumb on the bow. It was such a minor correction but it had a very positive impact on my quality of playing."
Elizabeth Sinclair FACULTY, JPS STRINGS PROGRAM & MYSO COACH
“I was amazed at the expressiveness of Tai Murray’s playing. I played a Bach jig for her and she helped me get behind the idea of the piece—helped me express my joy to the audience. Her help with phrasing really made the piece dance."
Kamilah Brown MISSISSIPPI YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MYSO) SENIOR
“Ms. Murray's approach was warm but honest and helpful as well. With her feedback, I was able to improve parts of the piece I was working on right away. And then her performance was out of this world! Her stage persona is very different than her easy-going, relaxed style and I loved that. She really motivated me to want to pursue my passion for music."
Tai Murray’s appearance with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra was generously sponsored by Tom and Connie Kossen. We are very grateful for the sustaining gifts that patrons make to the orchestra, allowing us to continue our work: bringing live, professional orchestral music and high quality music education to our state.
Won’t you help MSO end the season “in the black” and continue these major educational initiatives? Donations can be easily and conveniently made online, https://msotickets.com/TheatreManager/1/login?donation=0. If you prefer an over-the-phone donation, please call Brooke Wyatt, Director of Development 601-960-1565.
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