The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will begin the New Year with the third concert in its 2004-2005 Bravo Series, "Fire and Ice", which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on January 8 at Thalia Mara Hall. Under the direction of Maestro Crafton Beck, the concert will feature works by Edward Elgar and P.I. Tchaikovsky.
The Bravo Series is the MSO's classical series, which consistently features works by the world's greatest composers. "Fire and Ice" will begin with Elgar's Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85, and conclude with Tchaikovsky's monumental and immensely popular Symphony
No. 5. "Both composers are masters; throughout the evening, these two pieces
will take the audience through the entire range of human emotion," says
"The Tchaikovsky especially is full of recognizable and beautiful
The guest artist for the Cello Concerto will be Ani
who at the age of 26 has already established herself as one of the
cellists of her generation. She has performed in numerous countries
with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago
Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. She holds both Bachelor of Music
Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City.
Aznavoorian recently became the only American to receive the
Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award for her outstanding level of cello playing
Audience members will have the opportunity to meet Ms.
Aznavoorian at a special post-concert reception in the mezzanine of
Mara Hall. Guests will be treated to Russian hors d'oeuvres provided
Catered Affair and an international vodka tasting featuring Stolichnaya
Vodka. Tickets to the reception are $15 per person and may be reserved
calling the MSO office. "We think the reception will be a great way
concertgoers to banish the post-holiday blues-great food and drink,
company in the beautiful setting of the Thalia Mara Hall mezzanine, all
following a fantastic concert by the MSO!" says Barry Plunkett, MSO
Directors Vice-President for Marketing.
Tickets for "Fire and Ice" are $40/25 for adults, $30/20
seniors 65 and older, and $5 for students ages 4-18. College students
a valid student ID may also purchase $5 tickets during "Student Rush",
minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. Please call (601)
960-1565 or visit the MSO office at 201 East Pascagoula Street in
Jackson to purchase tickets. Visit www.msorchestra.com to obtain more
information about this concert and others in the MSO's 2004-2005 60th