CONCERTS, FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FEST
FULL ORCHESTRA INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL CONCERTS
8 full orchestra concerts for lower elementary students
4 full orchestra concerts for upper elementary students
Music Director Crafton Beck weaves the music together with a narrative construct that includes visual aids and teaches about various musical styles, compositional eras, the families in the orchestra, compositional techniques and a certain amount of historical perspective. Examples of concerts include: Bach to the Future (with a time machine on stage), Funny Philharmonic Phil (using suitcases, Phil travels to various places as we explore different countries’ orchestral music), Wind Tooters Brass Blowers and String Scrapers (a Dr. Seuss style narrative outlining sounds in the orchestra), Orchestra Olympics (fastest, slowest, highest, lowest, etc.).
MSO’s Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet and String Quartet visit selected elementary school in the system on an annual basis (80 visits), presenting a 30 minute program during which they perform a variety of literature, show children the fun of playing instruments and teach topics of sound production and instrument capabilities.
POI SUMMER FEST
MSO will offer scholarships to talented JPS string program students to be part of our international summer string camp: Premier Orchestral Institute, June 8-14. The day camp is for lower elementary through college age and will be held on the campus of Millsaps College.
ALL CITY FESTIVAL CONCERT
The All City Festival was held on March 3,2015. Approximately 571 students performed in the hour-long concert at Callaway Senior High School. 800 parents, families and friends attended. Rehearsals for the various ensembles took place over one two days with special clinicians, held at the MS Arts Center.