Natchez Festival of Music Celebrates Silver Anniversary 2
Artistic Director Jay Dean leads the helm for the Natchez Festival of Music's 25th Anniversary Season. For 25 years, the Festival has been the primary sponsor of live, world-class music and theater, as well as internationally and nationally recognized performers, in southwest Mississippi and the eastern region of central Louisiana (the Miss-Lou) year round leading up to the Silver Anniversary Season.
This year's festival events include The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on September 25 playing the Dvorak New World Symphony and Dvorak Cello Concerto, The Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company's production of The Merry Widow on October 25, the Annual Christmas Cabaret on December 5, the February Pre-Valentine Fundraiser on February 7, the Children's Opera presentation of Pinocchio on April 13-24, and the complete Silver Anniversary Festival in May.
The May festival this year will be from May 2 through May 23, 2015. Our featured events are our Opening Night Red Carpet Reception and Night at the Oscars II on Saturday, May 2, World Voices featuring Jonathan Levin Piano and Rossini, Puccini and Martinis on Sunday, May 3, A Rodgers and Hammerstein Cabaret on May 8 and this year's Signature Event, The Best of the Mississippi Blues: An Evening of Robert Johnson starring world-class Blues artist, Vasti Jackson on Saturday, May 9.
The second half of the festival begins on Sunday, May 10 with a Baroque music event called D’Amore that features Natchez's own Catherine Bull and The Harmonie Universelle Ensemble performing music of Couperin, Marais, and Graupner. This is followed on Friday, May 15 by A Tribute to John Alexander, Mississippi's most famous operatic tenor. On Saturday, May 16, the festival presents Gilbert and Sullivan's outrageous comedy The Pirates of Penzance and on Sunday, May 17 a beer tasting and blues event at Magnolia Bluffs Casino called Blues and Brews.
The last weekend of the festival begins on Friday, May 22, with The Larry Panella Jazz Quartet featured in Dancing Through the Ages in the historic Eola Hotel Ballroom followed by the festival finale on Saturday, May 23, Puccini's magnificent Madama Butterfly.
Photographs complements of Jonathan Levin (c) 2015