For the Daily News
Starkville legitimately boasts one of the smallest communities in the United States to support a symphony orchestra and chorus for the past 42 years.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association Board members say the success of such a claim can be attributed to an enlightened citizenry which values orchestral and vocal music for all of its people regardless of age, social or economic origins, provided free of charge.
Symphony organizers said in these volatile economic times, is apparent that all the valued wonderful experiences require greater degree of financial support.
“It is expensive to secure the services of these highly talented men and women to perform and share music at such a high level of accomplishment,” said Warren Housely, board member for the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association. “The Starkville/ MSU Symphony Association, formed some 42 years ago, was successful providing the people musical concerts at increasingly quality and frequency. To continue the quality and frequency of musical performances simply requires more funds to maintain this objective. The Association is reaching out to competitive foundations, business leaders, professional groups, and local musical audiences.”
In 2008, the Symphony Association held its first fund-raising event called “The Chocolate Affair.”
Due to its success, the second affair was held in 2009 called Starlight Centeen Affair, followed in 2010 by “An Affair to Remember,” which highlighted music and songs of the World War II era.
This year the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is moving its fourth fund-raiser to the Starkville Country Club, adding the options for spirited libations and a professional jazz combo for listening and dancing. The “Spirited Affair” embodies the hope that adequate funds may be raised to support the budget for maintaining the orchestra and chorus at its high professional level and for the citizens of the Golden Triangle.
The “Spirited Affair” will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Starkville Country Club. Tickets are $60 per person and available at the Book Mart, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership office, the Starkville Area Arts Council office, or from any Symphony Association Board member.
For more information about the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra or the “Spirited Affair,” go to the website at http://www.starkvillemsusymphony.org .