Thursday, February 17, 2005

MSO continues Bravo Series with Italian-themed concert

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will continue its 2004-2005 Bravo Series with an evening of Italian classics on February 26. Bravo IV, La Dolce Vita: Viva Italia! will feature some of the Old Country’s best classical works, including many of the world’s great opera arias. Beginning at 7:30 pm at Thalia Mara Hall, and under the direction of Maestro Crafton Beck, the concert will feature celebrated New York tenor Carlo Scibelli and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet.

The Bravo Series is the MSO’s classical series, which consistently features works by the world’s greatest composers. La Dolce Vita: Viva Italia! will present Italy’s masters with works including Rossini’s Overture from L’Italiana in Algeri ; Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare #2; Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome; and Verdi’s Triumphal Scene from Act II of the opera Aida, in which the horn section will play from among the audience. Opera lovers will also be treated to arias from the operas Rigoletto, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca and Turandot, sung by guest artist Scibelli. Highlights of Mr. Scibelli’s illustrious opera career include performances at many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera. His Jackson appearance is made possible through Mississippi Health Partners.

Local dance company The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet will also join the MSO for excerpts from the Italian-inspired ballet Napoli, by Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville. A rousing version of the Neopolitan tarantella dance will re-create the feel and sound of an Italian street festival. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet is a regional dance company housed at the historic Madison County Cultural Center in Madison.

The February 26 concert will mark the inauguration of a new partnership between the MSO and Bravo! Italian Restaurant and Bar called “Bravo! Bravo!” On the evening of MSO Bravo concerts, patrons are invited to show their Bravo concert tickets at Bravo! Restaurant for 25% off their total bill. Offer applies to pre-concert dining on the day of the concert only. “We are very excited about this joint venture with Bravo! Restaurant. Because our concert series and the restaurant share the same name, the partnership made sense; but we also are glad to be associated with a restaurant of Bravo!’s caliber! We think our patrons will appreciate the discount, but most importantly, a wonderful dining experience before our concerts,” says MSO President and Executive Director Michael Beattie.

Tickets for Bravo IV La Dolce Vita: Viva Italia! are $40/$25 for adults, $30/$20 for seniors 65 and older, and $5 for students ages 4-18. College students with a valid student ID may also purchase $5 tickets during “Student Rush”, 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. Please call (601) 960-1565 or visit the MSO office at 201 East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson to purchase tickets.

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