Two guest artists join orchestra for concerto

Cellist Allison Eldredge. (Courtesy photo)

Cellist Allison Eldredge. (Courtesy photo)

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will welcome not one but two world renowned guest musicians at its concert next week.

Cellist Allison Eldredge and violinist Natasha Korsakova will join forces with the orchestra to present Brahms Double Concerto in A Minor.

“(Kosakova) and Eldredge have worked together for years,” said conductor Steven Byess. “It will be amazing.”

The piece, written by Brahms in an attempt to reconcile a friendship, has contrasting themes that makes it perfect for a springtime concert.

“It’s sunny,” he said. “It goes from dark to light. The last movement is reflective, and it becomes very sunny and uplifting.”

Violinist Natasha Korsakova. (Courtesy photo)

Violinist Natasha Korsakova. (Courtesy photo)

Both guest artists have performed with the orchestra in years past.

“Allison Eldredge is an amazing artist with an extraordinarily broad repertoire, and she plays everything beautifully,” Byess said. “Natasha is very unique. She has a clothing line and is a crime and drama writer. She’s a great talent in many different areas, and is a wonderfully collaborative artist.”

The concert also includes a little-known overture, as well as a suite from “Sleeping Beauty.”

“It’s a wonderfully rich, romantic program,” Byess said.

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DETAILS

What: North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with Allison Eldredge and Natasha Korsakova

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22

Where: Link Centre Concert Hall

Cost: $25/advance, $10/students

Info: (662) 842-8433, nmsymphony.com

Extra: There will be a pre-concert dinner at the Link Centre from 5-7 p.m. March 22. Dinner tickets are $35, with wine available for purchase. Call (662) 690-4011 for reservations.