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FREE Virtual Events!

We are pleased to continue our popular FREE Virtual Events with fascinating members of our extended music community! You're invited to sign up, sit back and enjoy these upcoming casual conversations with Crafton Beck and a guest musician. Cheers to sixty minutes of enjoyment!
 

JANUARY 28, 5:30-6:30pm - HAPPY HOUR with clarinetist J.C. Barker

             

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Mississippi-born clarinetist J.C. Barker will join us for a lively discussion about his dual life as a clarinetist and orchestral administrator. J.C. was soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in 2006, when he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Meanwhile, he managed the Mobile Symphony Orchestra for a number of years while also serving as its Principal Clarinetist. He began the current season as the Executive Director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. As both a performer and executive, J.C. will share with us his unique and passionate perspectives on the art scene today.

 

FEBRUARY 11, 5:30-6:30pm - HAPPY HOUR with pianist Alon Goldstein
 

             

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Pianist Alon Goldstein has a major international career and has performed with many of the great orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic. He has twice appeared with the MSO, once performing chamber music and once on the main stage performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. He is also presently involved in several recording projects with the Naxos label, including recording the complete cycle of keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. We are looking forward to our time with Alon and discussing his amazing life in music.

 

FEBRUARY 25, 5:30-6:30pm - HAPPY HOUR with pianist & conductor Brian Eads
 

             

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Mississippi-born pianist and conductor Brian Eads will join us to discuss his fascinating career. Many of our audience have recently seen Brian at work, as he is the conductor of the current national tour Les Miserables, which had multiple performances in Jackson last season. He is a superb pianist and highly sought after for his accompanying and coaching skills. Born in Greenwood and a graduate of Delta State University, Brian ultimately received two advanced degrees in conducting, including studies at Indiana University. He now makes his home in Nashville. We are thrilled to have a far-ranging discussion with Brian about his dynamic life as a conductor, pianist, arranger, accompanist, and coach.

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