Meridian Star

April 30, 2013

Pops, Movies, Ellington, Beatles

MSO plays Saturday night

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —       The Meridian Symphony Orchestra brings to the city and to music lovers everywhere, a pops concert for the ages Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center.

    Organizers describe the concert as "the most eclectic (broad variety) pops concert you can imagine!" Familiar tunes from movies and broadway, jazz, pops, light classics, and high energy Irish music are planned.

    Almost three dozen music selections will performed, including songs that originate from Russian, Greek, Italian, French, African-American, British, New-England American, Irish-American, and “Boston Pops” American.

    The movies represented are past Academy Award nominees and winners for direction, acting, best movie, and music scores. Selections include “Chariots of Fire,” “The Quiet Man,” “The Mission,” “Cinema Paradiso,” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy," to name a few. Audience members will likely recall selections from movies that featured superstars like John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ian Charlson, Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons and James Cagney?

    Those who like popular music will be be treated to those 1960s phenomenons, The Beatles; for jazz, the “royal” Duke Ellington, and  for light classics, the “Festive Overture,” by Shostakovich and “Roman Carnival Overture” by Berlioz.

    “Fanfare For The Common Man” by Aaron Copland, a brass and percussion spectacle, is a familiar tune to sports and Olympics fans across America. George M. Cohan music is both Broadway and patriotic! “The Irish Suite” by Leroy Anderson is comprised of six short Irish tunes familiar to everyone, but excitingly and incomparably scored by the Boston Pops’ master arranger, according to a press release.

    Guest  Conductor for this final concert of the MSO 2012-2013 season is Dr. David Ott, composer and most recently music director of the Philharmonic of Northwest Florida. He was awarded the doctorate in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Kentucky, and has been named Outstanding Professor at two institutions. Ott has taught at Houghton College, Pfeiffer College, and DePauw University. He has guest conducted the Indianapolis Symphony, as well as the  Gulf  Coast Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony.

         A preconcert gathering is at 6:00 p.m and includes special surprise videos, trivia  and  lots of fun and smiles.

    The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Adult Tickets are $35 and $25 for “A” and “B” seats, respectively.

    Students of any age, all military, active or retired, and spouses are admitted for $10 per ticket. Tickets are available at the MSU Riley Center Box Office by calling 601-696-2200. For additional information call MSO at 601-693-2224.