Mississippi Boychoir will honor the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s founding at its annual Spring concert, “Celebrating Mississippi with Music,” sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council. As our state acknowledges the bicentennial anniversary of its founding, our boys will highlight the musical styles that have helped to shape our culture and celebrate how Mississippi musicians have touched the world.
The free concert is on Saturday, May 20th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson. It will include a presentation on the history of music in Mississippi by Dr. Harlan Zackery of Jackson State University.
The program will include musical performances, as well as audience interaction and participation. Well-behaved children are always welcome at Mississippi Boychoir concerts, says artistic director Nancy Robertson. “It’s so important to get kids involved in the arts at as young an age as possible,” says Robertson. “We have boys as young as 6 and 7 in our training choir and we love to see all their little brothers and sisters and cousins in our audience.” Robertson says she will hold in-person auditions immediately following the concert for any boys interested in joining the group next school year.
This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Board President Ezra Wall says foundation and government support are important. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity given to us by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Development Authority during this bicentennial year,” says Wall. “Small arts organizations like ours are only able to thrive through that kind of support, along with that of the Mississippi Arts Commission and others.”