Clintonians take the stage with MS Community Symphonic Band for 16th Season Opener on August 24

The only thing hotter than Mississippi in August is MCSB’s upcoming 16th Season Opener Concert at 7 PM Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, at Belhaven Center for the Arts, 835 Riverside Drive in Jackson.

   Our concert band, which includes Clintonians among our 65 musicians taking the stage, will be part of the show. For those of you who haven’t been to a Mississippi Community Symphonic Band and Mississippi Swing! concert, you’re in for an especially entertaining evening. Our band is so much fun to watch that Gov. Phil Bryant named us “Mississippi’s ambassadors of music and goodwill.” 

   This concert features music of American composers, from marches to variations on hymns, and also includes the classic well-known circus tune, “Sabre Dance” from Ballet Gayne.” This piece has been described as the “Usain Bolt of Classical music,” so grab onto your chairs and go for a wild ride with MCSB. You’ll think you smell popcorn and cotton candy, hear lions roar, and the sound of trumpeting elephants as you sit ringside under the “big top” of Belhaven Center for the Arts.

   In addition to several fiendishly difficult pieces that our band members LOVE to play fast, you’ll ride an emotional roller coaster with us as we take you to the top with the fast songs, and let you settle in for an emotional experience with poignant hymns such as “It is Well with My Soul,” and more.

   This concert is also the premiere performance of a 50-year celebration of the United States’ moon landing, a piece composed by our own Conductor David P. Miller.

   Come to the show at 7PM on Aug. 24, 2019, and we’ll take you to the circus, give you a musical glimpse of heaven, and take you to the moon and back, all in just one show. And don’t forget, the Mississippi Swing! big band will have you chair dancing when they take the stage between sections of the concert band’s performance. 

   Be sure to mark your calendars for 7 PM Aug. 24 and come to our 16th Season Opener FREE concert. Belhaven Center for the Arts is handicap-accessible, with plenty of comfortable seating.      

   Clintonians who play with MCSB and/or Mississippi Swing! Band include: Jay Bennett, Jonathan Dacus, Kathy Dougan, Jason Hathorn, Eric Henson, Catherine Karlovich, Melanie Loslo, Wendy Mehl, Jeneane Mixon, George Murphy, Carol Norcom and Brian Prewitt. Dr. Viola Dacus, a renowned mezzo-soprano and vocal instructor at Mississippi College, performed the National Anthem at MCSB’s May 2019 concert.

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