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MSO concert says Vive la France'

By Staff
Special to The Star
November 7, 2004
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Claire Fox Hillard, presents "Vive la France" its second concert of the 2004-2005 season.
The concert will be Saturday at 8 p.m. in the McCain Theater at Meridian Community College. The pre-concert lecture is at 7 p.m. in the choral room adjacent to the theater.
Guest artist for the evening is harpist Grace Halsey, who will be featured in Debussy's "Sacred and Profane Dances" and Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess."
In addition, for this concert highlighting the music of French composers, the orchestra will perform Rameau's "Overture from Nais," Ibert's humorous "Divertissement" and Bizet's youthful "Symphony in C."
Halsey, originally from Louisville, Ky., began harp studies at the age of 15. She received a bachelor's degree in harp performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1998 and her master's from Indiana University in 2000.
Currently the principal harpist for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, she has previously served as principal harpist in the Northern Kentucky Symphony, the Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mobile Symphony and the Columbus, Ind., Philharmonic. She has performed as soloist on numerous occasions and served a season in Tokyo, Japan.
Halsey enjoys teaching private harp lessons and is an adjunct professor at Belhaven College in Jackson. Completing her immediate family are husband Andrew, and their 11-month-old daughter, Clara.
The MSO 2004-2005 season, "Your Passport to Live Symphonic Music," consists of four concerts showcasing the music of American, French, German and Italian composers.
What: Meridian Symphony Orchestra
When: Saturday at 8 p.m. (pre-concert lecture 7 p.m.)
Where: McCain Theater at Meridian Community College
Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens or the military and $8 for students; tickets are available at the door or by calling the MSO office at 693-2224.
FYI: Packages for three remaining concert will also be available.

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