Symphony Bonds: Reception Introduces Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s New Director to Vicksburg and Celebrates Town Bonds – The Vicksburg Post
Vicksburg is a community with many avenues to celebrate the arts.
There are live theatrical and choral performances, artists and art galleries, dancers, artisans and musicians. The River City also has a relationship with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, through three local women who serve on the MSO’s board of directors.
On April 20, these women, Dorothy Brasfield, Carol McMillin and Debbie Felt, hosted an afternoon tea at Holy Trinity Church in an effort to continue Vicksburg’s relationship with the symphony orchestra and to present the inhabitants the new president and executive director of the OSM. , Jenny Mann.
Mann, who most recently served as executive director of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, where she had been principal bassoonist since 2006, took on the role following the retirement of former OSM executive director Michael beatie.
“We wanted to promote the symphony in every way we could and introduce (Mann) it to the citizens of Vicksburg,” McMillin said.
The OSM performs in Vicksburg “at least twice a year,” McMillin said, including a candlelight concert, as part of the Four Seasons of the Arts lineup, held at Holy Trinity in January, and a outdoor concert at Vicksburg National Military Park to celebrate Memorial Day.
“The concert in the military park is very popular,” McMillin said.
Also in the past, McMillin said, Vicksburg has hosted “A Night at the Symphony,” which involves a reception with locals loading onto a bus and traveling to Thalia Mara Hall to catch a performance in Jackson.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. is helping with this event, McMillin said.
An additional link between Vicksburg and the OSM is its main trumpeter, Darcy Bishop.
Bishop is the conductor of the Vicksburg Orchestral Society.
“There are all kinds of connections between this community and the Mississippi Symphony,” McMillin said, and hopes are to continue and expand the relationship.