By Sheena Barnett
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 flourish of some sort,” said conductor Steven Byess, who creates the programs for the symphony. “There’s something remarkably dramatic about every piece.”
The opening piece is Barber’s “Overture to the School for Scandal.” It refers to the comedy “The School for Scandal,” which focuses on aristocrats with a taste for drama.
“It shows the complete palette of colors for the orchestra,” Byess said.
Klein joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor.
“It’s the most dramatic of his five concertos. It has a tumultuous, dramatic style and is in the dark key of C minor,” he said.
The program ends with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, 14 pieces the composer wrote to complement the personality of his wife and friends.
The pieces show off distinct personalities and traits, like a person’s unmistakable giggle.
“This makes this incredibly fun,” Byess said. “We’ll pass out notes about it so the audience can really get the idea of what he’s doing. The imagination is required.”
Klein returns to Tupelo after a long absence. In fact, it was his idea that the symphony should purchase its Steinway piano, Byess said.
And the conductor is already thinking about next season’s program.
“I like to find a good balance for Tupelo,” he said. “They consume things with gusto.”
DIM THE LIGHTS
• What: North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Andreas Klein present “Scandals, Drama and Enigmas”
• When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Link Centre Concert Hall
• Cost: $25/adult advance, $30/adult at the door, $10/students
• Info: (662) 842-8433
• Extra: There will be a pre-concert dinner at the Link Centre for $35 with wine available for purchase. The menu includes garden salad, fresh vegetable medley, baked tomato halves, chicken farfalle Florentine and peach cobbler. To make reservations, call (662) 690-4011.
The North Mississippi Symphony League presents a fundraiser, Spring Vibrations and Variations, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Country Club. There will be an auction, food and dance music provided by Massey Entertainment. Proceeds go to the symphony. Call (662) 842-8433 for more.