FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MSO Casts a Spell of Wonder and Transformation in"Magical Moments"!

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, November 8, 2018—On Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the second concert of its Selby and Richard McRae Foundation Bravo Series, Magical Moments, generously sponsored by the Myer & Genevieve Falk Endowment Fund for Culture and Arts of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, and the Clarion Ledger. A magical evening combines Mozart’s Magic Flute overture, Strauss’ moving tone poem Death and Transfiguration, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 with its triumphant ending.

The performance opens with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620. Mozart was a member of the fraternal organization known as the Freemasons. For this reason, The Magic Flute opera has been called “a Masonic allegory”, with secret codes and themes ofgood vs. evil, enlightenment vs. ignorance, and the virtues of knowledge, judgment, wisdom, and truth.” Although it’s “just” an overture, Mozart’s brilliance is on full display, crafted essentially from one theme.

Next in the program is Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration. Forty years after Franz Liszt composed twelve “symphonic poems”, Strauss was writing symphonic poems on Liszt’s model, preferring to call them “tone poems”. Death and Transfiguration is the musical portrayal of a dying man who is recalling the loves of his life. Due to a serious illness, it is speculated that Strauss is the “dying man” he wrote about.

Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius’ monumental Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. Through its four movements, Sibelius transforms his themes, leading to a brilliant and rousing finale.

The MSO Bravo Series presents five concerts per year, all at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets for Bravo II: Magical Moments 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