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MC Band Director Leads Mississippi Wind Symphony

June 22, 2009

Craig Young, the director of bands at Mississippi College, wears another hat this summer.

The MC professor serves as music director for the Mississippi Wind Symphony that's entered its 9th season. Young established the group in 2000 and stuck with it.

On Tuesday June 23, the symphony will perform its "Celebrate Mississippi!'' concert. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgeland High School Auditorium. The program will feature wonderful music by Mississippi residents Julie Giroux, James Sclater and Luigi Zaninelli. Sclater is an award-winning MC professor and nationally known composer.

The concert "will feature music by, about and for Mississippians,'' Young said.

The performance includes two works by Sclater that are titled"Visions'' and "Columbia Eagle March.'' Also on the program is Zaninelli's arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner'' plus his composition "Three Dances of Enchantment.''

Giroux is an Emmy Award-winning composer. His compositions "Cordoba'' and "Italian Rhapsody'' will be performed that evening.

The 42-member Mississippi Wind Symphony features many of the state's finest wood musicians and percussionists. A number of MC adjunct faculty members are among the musicians, Young noted.

On the evening of May 19, the group performed at MC's Swor Auditorium on the Clinton campus.

The June 23 concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 601-925-3439 or go to www.mswindsymphony.com

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