Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2018 with ‘Winter Winds’ concert

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring a free “Winter Winds” concert Saturday [Jan. 13] at 7:30 p.m. in historic Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Under the baton of Mississippi State University Department of Music Head Barry E. Kopetz, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 2018 concert series with a Saturday [Jan. 13] performance on the Starkville campus.

Taking place at 7:30 p.m. in historic Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium, the “Winter Winds” concert is sponsored by the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association. The evening program features works by three prolific composers from the 18th through 20th centuries—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Serenade in B flat, K. 361” (Gran Partita); Franz Schubert’s “Little Symphony for Winds”; and Richard Strauss’s “Serenade in E flat, Op. 7.”

“All Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra performances are free and open to the public. We encourage individuals of all ages to come enjoy an evening of beautiful music,” said Ryan Landis, MSU voice instructor and SSO operations manager.

Founded in 1969, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is a nonprofit volunteer organization in which members work to educate, enlighten and share classical music with communities in the Golden Triangle region.

In addition to MSU and the City of Starkville, major association contributors include the J.W. Criss Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Renasant Bank, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus-based Gildea Foundation. For more, visit

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association via the MSU Foundation, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or

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