The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is pleased to continue its FREE, virtual "after hours" events with fascinating members of our extended music community, beginning on Sept. 29th.
You’re invited to sign-up, sit back and enjoy these upcoming casual conversations between Conductor Crafton Beck and guest musicians. Cheers!
SEPTEMBER 29 Happy Hour with cellist Jesse Christeson 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > We will be joined by cellist Jesse Christeson for a conversation about his various musical projects and especially his work with the Boston-based Hub New Music Ensemble. Jesse was Principal cellist with the MSO from 2013 to 2016, and in 2015 performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the orchestra. While he continues to perform with orchestras all around the country, Jesse’s first love is chamber music, and he will share some of his more recent musical performances with us.
OCTOBER 13 Happy Hour with bass-baritone Laurence Albert 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > We will be joined by bass-baritone Laurence Albert for a conversation about his extraordinary musical career, which spans over four decades and includes countless performances in opera, oratorio, concert, and recital. Laurence was an essential part of the MSO 2017 production of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. We will talk about his passion for opera, his experiences here and abroad, and he will share recorded performances with us. Laurence is truly one of Mississippi’s musical treasures and is currently on the faculty at Tougaloo College.
OCTOBER 27 Happy Hour with founding members of ensemble NEW JXN 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > We will be joined by composer Ben Williams, pianist Tyler Kemp, and their fellow founding members of the highly collaborative ensemble New Jxn. The group was founded in 2017 to commission, explore, and perform new chamber ensemble works here in the Jackson area. We look forward to an hour of lively discussion and both live and recorded performances.
NOVEMBER 17 Happy Hour with violinist Stephen Redfield 5:30 - 6:30pm SIGN UP HERE > We will be joined by violinist Stephen Redfield, just days after his November 14th performance of Max Richter’s Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed, with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, a regular concertmaster and soloist with the Victoria Bach Festival, a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, and concertmaster of the Arizona Bach Festival. He serves on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi and has appeared numerous times as soloist with the MSO. We are delighted to have him join us in sharing musical performances and talk about his wide-ranging international activities as a soloist and performer.