Returning to its roots, Sunday’s concert by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Chorus will be a return to 1972.
At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Symphony Chorus will perform Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G,” accompanied by strings and organ, under the direction of Ted Beverly. The free performance will be held at First United Methodist Church in Starkville.
According to Robert Phillips, president of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association, the Mass was first performed soon after the Symphony Chorus was organized in 1972. Phillips said the orchestra and chorus, joined by students from the local high, junior high, and middle schools, presented the Mass as a festival concert in 1986, this time under the direction of guest conductor Lara Hoggard.
She is formerly the associate conductor of Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians.
“The rich, lyrical beauty of the music and the way that Schubert manages through melody and harmony to explore the meanings of the text of the mass can make the experience of hearing and performing his work magical,” Phillips said.
Soloists will be soprano Rebecca Wascoe, tenor Wayne Davis, and bass Greg Wascoe, all faculty members in the Mississippi State music department. Organist for the program will be Dr. Len Bobo.
Entering its 42nd season, the Starkville-MSU Symphony has the distinction of being the smallest continuous symphony orchestra in the nation. All performances are free and open to the public.
The organization is funded by private, corporate and foundation gifts. For more information, see http://starkvillemsusymphony.org/ .