ORCHESTRA IN TUPELO, READYING FOR SHOW

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ORCHESTRA IN TUPELO, READYING FOR SHOW

By Terri Tabor

Daily Journal

The Russians have arrived and are tuning up for a stellar symphony performance at the Tupelo Coliseum tonight.

The 85-member St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, “Klassika,” will perform a repertoire of Russian classics as it continues on an exclusive eight-city tour throughout the state. The tour is being held in conjunction with the “Palaces of St. Petersburg: Russian Imperial Style” exhibition at the Mississippi Arts Pavilion in Jackson March 1 through Aug. 31. Tupelo is the fourth concert site for the symphony tour.

The St. Petersburg Orchestra began its tour Feb. 21 at Delta State University and since has performed at Northwest Community College in Senatobia and the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Other concert sites include Mississippi College, Clinton (March 1); Jackson State University (March 1); Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson (March 2); Saenger Theatre, Biloxi (March 4); Grand Casino Theatre (March 4); The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (March 5 and 6).

In addition to the general public concerts, the orchestra will perform 14 concerts for Mississippi schoolchildren. School performances for grades three through six at the Tupelo Coliseum will be at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $1 per student and arrangements must be made through Tupelo Symphony education chairwoman Lynn Mize at 841-5605 or 841-8613.

Tickets still remain for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Tupelo Coliseum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-18 (plus service charge). Tickets can be purchased at the coliseum box office and all regular Ticket King outlets or charged by phone using VISA, MasterCard or Discover at 841-6528.

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