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Fabulous Attractions for Mississippi College Arts Patrons

October 25, 2013

Performances by the Mississippi College Singers at the Festival of Lights, a concert by violinist Marta Szlubowska, and the production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are part of a packed lineup for arts patrons on the Clinton campus this fall.
The December 5-7 Festival of Lights has remained a splendid Christmas tradition at the Baptist-affiliated university since 1986. The MC event helps kick off the holiday season in metro Jackson.
Tickets are on sale for the shows at Provine Chapel with the award-winning MC Singers directed by professor Jamie Meaders presenting a memorable evening of music and scripture. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for MC faculty and staff and $5 for any students with a school ID.
The best advice for Festival of Lights audiences is to purchase tickets as soon as possible at the Department of Music.
One major event that’s booked this week is the November 7 concert at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall featuring violinist Marta Szlubowska. She’s the concert mistress for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson the past seven years. Marta will bring her talented ensemble to the stage in Aven Hall.
The concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening is free. A native of Warsaw, Poland, Marta made her musical debut in that European city as a 7-year-old. She’s a soloist, teacher and chamber music professional who’s won many awards during her career.
The Mississippi College of Christian Studies and the Arts is bringing back the university’s annual production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Communication professor Sandra Grayson directs this hilarious production of Barbara Robinson’s adaptation of her beloved children’s book. The program always attracts big audiences, including hundreds of school children from communities all over Central Mississippi.
Those wild and crazy Herdman kids somehow manage to capture the true spirit of Christmas in this laugh-a-minute show.
The “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” runs from November 19-22 at Swor Auditorium. The program’s first few showings will be at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 20 and 21. There’s also a 7 p.m. performance on Nov. 21. The final program is set for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 22. Tickets are $5 for students, and $10 for adults.
Music lovers have plenty of dates to mark on their calendars on the Clinton campus. There’s a Jazz Band concert at 7:30 p.m. on November 5 at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall. Admission is free.
In addition, there’s a marvelous evening in store at the Mixed Company Holiday Dinner Show on November 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall. It promises to be a night of holiday favorites presented by MC’s vocal jazz ensemble that blends voices of children from metro Jackson. Tickets are $25 for the dinner and show. The cost is $5 for the show.
Also on the fall schedule is the Symphonic Winds concert at 8 p.m. on November 25 in Swor Auditorium. Admission is free. Music patrons also are invited to attend the Winter Choral concert on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Provine Chapel. Admission is free.
Art lovers are invited to the MC Department of Art’s holiday art sale. It features selected works by MC art faculty members, students and alumni. The art sale runs from December 2-20.
Leaders with MC’s School of Christian Studies and the Arts prepare students to use their God-given talents in the pursuit of meaningful careers in the visual and performing arts. The public is invited to see these musical and theatrical productions on the Clinton campus this fall and year-round.
For additional details, contact Dottie Serio of the Music Department at 601.925.3440 or Vicki Williams of the Department of Communication at 601.925.3229.

Photo: The Mississippi College Singers will perform at The Festival of Lights, kick-starting this holiday season, on December 5-7.

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