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By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will close out its season with an air of mystery and intrigue. The symphony will be joined by German pianist Andreas Klein for “Scandals, Drama and Enigmas,” a show that promises larger-than-life characters and music. “I like to end our seasons with a […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The Disneynature team put life and limb on the line to bring “Bears” to theaters. As I watched, I wondered how the filmmakers got their up-close-and-personal footage, and from past Disneynature efforts I knew there’d be a glimpse during the closing credits. Apparently, standing up with your hands out […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The Link Centre’s Monthly Music Mix has featured rock ‘n’ roll, blues, gospel, country and everything in between – but never African drumming. That changes this Sunday with a performance by Jerry Jenkins & West African Djembe Drum Ensemble Hasan Drums. Jenkins is a djembefola, a master at […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal OXFORD – The stars have aligned for Morgan Pennington. She never set out to be a musician, until her love for words and music collided. Pennington, 28, came to Oxford 10 years ago from her hometown, Pascagoula, to study English, and along the way she picked up a guitar. “Poetry […]

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Beth Aycock, from left, Kathy Olsen and Dena Steele show off items up for auction at Friday night's North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra fundraiser.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Celebrate spring and the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with Spring Variations and Vibrations. The North Mississippi Symphony League will host the fundraiser Friday night at the Tupelo Country Club, and it’ll include an auction, music, dancing and food. “This is our major fundraiser,” said league president, Tish Horton. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The 11th Tupelo Film Festival will celebrate independent filmmakers today and Saturday at the Malco in Tupelo. “This is an art form. When people make films on little budgets, they have to rely on ingenuity and creativity,” said Roy Turner, president of the Tupelo Film Festival Society. […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Elvis’ music was made for dancing. The Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club is celebrating his hip-swinging sounds next weekend with the first-ever Dancing With the King. The festival not only includes a variety of workshops but competitions for youth, amateur and professional dancers to dance to Elvis’ music. “I […]

The THS Jazz Singers are, front row from left, Warner King, Leah Davis, Mallie Imbler, Mary Clair Kelly, Tanner Collum, Christian Henderson and Alex Park; second row from left, Nathan Parker, Rachel Lee, Alisha Rupert, Macy Replogle, Kelly Nabors, Maya Mayfield, Elizabeth Hocevar, Betsy Hilbun, Maggie Davis and Kyle Alford; and third row from left, Reed Johnson, Grey Davis and Josh Martin. Not pictured are Madeline Boyd, Brett-Ashleigh Brooks, Josh Caron, Amaris Franks, Jairus Jones, Isaiah Traylor. (Courtesy photo)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Fresh off a major victory, the Tupelo High School Jazz Singers are coming home for a performance. Last week, the Jazz Singers took home the top prize in the Vocal Jazz category at OrlandoFest, a competition for choirs and bands. The THS Madrigals won, too, said director Suzy […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Without the vocal talents of Kristin Chenoweth, I’d have to lower my grade for “Rio 2.” She plays a poisonous frog named Gabi who’s in love with an obnoxious cockatoo named Nigel (Jermaine Clement). Pound for pound – rather, ounce for ounce – that little frog delivers massive comic […]