The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and the Columbus Arts Council presents a String Symposium Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The fall concert takes place in Whitfield Hall’s Rent Auditorium on the MUW campus in Columbus.
The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Michael Brown of Mississippi State University, will perform works by Mozart, Saint-Saens and Schubert. Dr. Julia Mortyakova and Dr. Valentin Bogdan, both of the MUW Department of Music faculty, are guest pianists. They will perform with the orchestra on Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This beloved work musically describes a variety of animals with musical vignettes that have entertained audiences for the past century. American poet Ogden Nash wrote a seires of short, humorous poems to complement each of the movements of the suite. MUW President Dr. Jim Borsig will read the poems prior to each movement of the work.
The concert begins with the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program concludes with the “Symphony No. 3” by Franz Schubert.
In addition to the 65-member professional orchestra, the string sections will be extended by guest high school students from Mississippi and Tennessee and college string musicians from MSU and MUW.
The concert is free and open to the public, For more information, contact the Columbus Arts Council at 662-328-2787.