THE JOHN ALEXANDER VOCAL COMPETITION
September 23, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | The Belhaven University Center for the Arts
This year we changed the name of our annual Voices of Mississippi Competition to the John Alexander Vocal Competition. John Alexander (1923-1990) was an internationally known operatic tenor from Meridian, Mississippi.
The purpose of this competition is to identify and recognize outstanding vocal opera and musical theatre talent, from and in the state of Mississippi. Competition winners will perform in the Alexander Awards Concert.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | 7:30 p.m | Duling Hall
Our famous Duling Hall Cabaret Series is presented at this well known entertainment venue in Fondren on selected Monday nights throughout each season.
The music for this series is chosen from the vast world of American Musical Theatre and popular music. These fun and relaxed concerts have become more and more popular with our patrons who can hear wonderful musical theatre performers up close. From Cabaret Soirée to The Eclectic Guitar: An Evening with Barry Leach each performance will leave you wanting more!
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
November 17- 18, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. | Duling Hall
Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous musical comedy has been keeping audiences laughing for thousands of performances all around the world.
Young Frederic, who has just reached his twenty-first birthday, is supposed to be released from his apprenticeship with a band of pirates. On this very day he meets Mabel, a daughter of Major-General Stanley, and it is love at first sight. However, because Frederic was born on February 29 (Leap Day), technically, he must serve the pirates for another 63 years before that birthday arrives. Bound by his sense of duty, Mabel agrees to wait for him. Come join the fun with the pirates, the police, and the “Modern Major-General.”
April 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Thalia Mara Hall
Our season’s final production is Puccini’s “Turandot,” the ancient story of a cold and bloodthirsty Chinese princess.
Any man who desired to wed her must first have answered her riddles. If he failed, he was beheaded! Prince Calaf, mesmerized by her beauty, vows to meet the challenge. Containing some of the most spectacular music ever written, including the famous aria “Nessun dorma,” Turandot is one of the largest productions that Mississippi Opera has ever done. Join us for a spectacular season finale!
*Artists and repertory are subject to change