The Corinth Symphony Orchestra released information regarding its 2017-2018 concert season with the theme “What a Wonderful World.”
In keeping with the theme, the CSO will open all concerts of its three-concert season with varied versions of the song made popular by the late Louis Armstrong. The starting place for the musical journey, will be Mississippi as the orchestra celebrates the state’s 200th birthday with Mississippi’s great musical contributions to the world.
The opening concert will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Coliseum Civic Center in downtown Corinth, beginning at 7 p.m.
The opening concert will celebrate the state’s bicenntennial with important music, musicians and vocalists representing those who have made outstanding musical contributions to Mississippi, the United States and internationally.
The program will include works by opera greats Leontyne Price from Laurel, who is now retired and living in New York City; the late Ruby Elzey born in Pontotoc and lived in Corinth; and Jane Redding Merrero from Biggersville and Corinth, now retired from the opera stage and living in Georgia. The concert program will also include music made popular by rock star, Elvis Presley, as well as Delta Blues, Country Music, Spiritual and Gospel music.
“I think this will make a nice opening concert that has music that will appeal to a lot of people. There should be a little something for everyone,” said Rosemary Williams, CSO Management Board.
The next stop on the trip around the world will be the annual Christmas Concert, which is planned for Sunday, Dec. 3, when the next stop will be an English Dickens Christmas and Favorites. The program will offer costumed carolers and typical British Christmas Carols. The favorites through the years and religious music will be on the program, too.
The grand finale Spring Concert will be held on Saturday, March 3, and will take concert-goes to the famous city of music — Vienna, Austria. This classical concert will be filled with fun, dancing and wonderful music, said Williams.
In addition to the beautiful classics, the orchestra will feature pieces from “The Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein, the movie portraying an Austrian family was filmed in nearby Alps.
Brochures with more details and season ticket prices may be found at the Corinth Library and the Corinth Tourism Office both on Fillmore Street. Please pick up a brochure and support this wonderful new season. Tickets will be on sale at the Corinth Tourism Office at a later date prior to the concert and at the door the evening of the concert. Please call the Corinth Area Tourism office for more information at 662-287-8300.
All concerts will be held at the historic Coliseum Civic Center in downtown Corinth. Evening programs will begin at 7 p.m. and the Christmas Matinee will begin at 2 p.m.
Maurice Weatherall will serve as the Symphony Conductor.
The Corinth Area Arts Council, Inc. serves as the umbrella organization on the Symphony Board is organized under this non-profit umbrella. Those serving as volunteers for the Orchestra Management Board include: James Baker, Joshua Bryant, Bobbi Campbell, Amy Craven, Bruce Dobbs, Sara Ellington, Rosemary Fisher, Lisa Gilmore, Linda Jackson, Allana McElwain, Tracy Smith ,Barbara Trapp, Kim Williams and Rosemary Williams.