Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rankin Ledger: “Mississippi Sings! 2009 opens with 'Out of Africa' program”; Still Ellington & Joplin

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)

Special to Rankin Ledger • September 26, 2009
Mississippi Sings! is a program designed for Mississippi's school children (grades 1-8). Held at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, it features the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, guest musicians, and the musical heritage of Mississippi.

Group registrations are required by October 15, or until seating is filled. Reserved tickets are $5, day of performance $7. For information or registration contact Dorothy Brasfield at, or call (601) 852-4510 for more information. Visit - click on Elementary, then Mississippi Sings! Reserved tickets are $5, day of performance $7.

"Out of Africa" will be held October 27 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The program will feature African American music which has influenced the culture and heritage of Mississippi. This year's guest artists include African drummer Adib Owens-Sabir, the nationally acclaimed Mahogany dancers from Utica, Miss Mississippi 2007 Kimberly Morgan, Alcorn University Men's chorus and the compositions of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, and Mississippian William Grant Still. Sing along selections are also included. [William Grant Still, Duke Ellington and Scott Joplin are profiled at]

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