Guild presents “Fanfare for the Mississippi Bi-Centennial”

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The Mississippi Chambre Music Guild (MCMG) will premiere the “Fanfare for the Mississippi Bi-Centennial” at noon on Saturday at the Rotunda of the Old Capitol Museum.

The MC Brass Quintet will play the MCMG-commissioned work “Fanfare” by Mississippi composer James Sclater as the highlight of the Guild’s second annual Fanfare Festival in celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial.

The performance will be followed in the historic House Chambers with a variety of events introduced by Master of Ceremonies John Maxwell: an honor choir, drama vignette, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra horn quartet, and a “State of the Arts in Mississippi” address by Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

There is no charge for the event. The fanfare will be made available to all schools in Mississippi for band use.

The three-day, four-event festival, funded in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council through the Mississippi Development Authority, begins Thursday at 4 p.m. at Belhaven’s Center for the Arts with a free guitar workshop for all levels by the Mobius Guitar Trio from San Francisco.

The trio will be in concert at St. Andrew’s Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 adult and $5 student.

On Saturday, the Graduate Chamber Ensembles from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Students are admitted free; tickets for others are $10.