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Sclater Chamber Concert Series Sets April 6 Performance

MC Director of Bands Craig Young

Mississippians are invited to the season’s final performance of the Sclater Chamber Music Series. Mississippi Symphony Orchestra members will entertain audiences on April 6 with a concert at Mississippi College.

The program is set for 7:30 p.m. that Friday evening at the Jean Williams Recital Hall. It’s located in the Aven Fine Arts Building on the Clinton campus.

Director of MC bands, Craig Young will conduct the talented group. Concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and children.

The concert’s first half will be the “String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, subtitled “Death and the Maiden” by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Born in Vienna in 1797, Schubert was a prolific composer until his death in 1828.

Performers include Mississippi Symphony Orchestra violinists Vince Massimino and Milena Rusanova, Ausra Jasineviciute on viola and Veronica Parrales on cello.

The show’s second half includes two pieces. The first, titled “Suite en Concert” was written by French composer Andre Jolivet. It features Amulet Strange on flute and alto flute, accompanied by the percussion quartet of Craig Goreth, Paul Heindl, Jason Mathena and Owen Rockwell.

Wrapping up the program will be the whimsical “Facade: An Entertainment” by English composer William Walton. The selected movements will be either sung by mezzo soprano Viola Dacus or spoken by David Miller or Phyllis Seawright. All three are Mississippi College professors.

On stage, they will be accompanied by musicians Amulet Strange (flute), Kenneth Graves (clarinet and bass clarinet), Wayne Linehan (trumpet), Randy Mapes (saxophone), Veronica Parrales (cello) and Paul Heindl (percussion).

The Sclater Series is named for James S. Sclater, a retired Mississippi College music professor and award-winning composer. The Clinton resident has served for more than four decades as a teacher and mentor to many music professionals across the nation.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at and for more information, contact the Music Department’s Dottie Serio at or 601-925-3440.