May 2022 season well done, Natchez Festival of Music returns this fall – Mississippi’s best community newsletter

After a successful May 2022 season, the Natchez Festival of Music is returning this fall

Published on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 5:00 am

Natchez – 31St The Natchez Festival of Music season brought us the world premiere of Queen’s music, an acrobatic opera, and a harp and saxophone composition by Contra Duo. We said goodbye to the Impromptu Piano Trio whose violinist retired after the event. Concertgoers were mesmerized by classical Chinese songs played by pianist Zhaoli Zhi and music by Stephen Sondheim and songs by Carole King and Judy Garland.

The Natchez Festival of Music organizers began planning their new season of concerts beginning in October.

The 2022-2023 Natchez Festival of Music, 32nd season, will feature 14 concerts of jazz, rock, opera, Broadway songs, chamber music, gospel and more.

Here are some important dates coming up, just around the corner.

October 6, 2022, Red Wine, Rossini and Rampal

The festival, in conjunction with the Fall Pilgrimage, will feature Red Wine, Rossini and Rampal, celebrating the centenary of French flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The renowned composer brought the flute to new prominence as a solo instrument adaptable to a wide range of musical styles. Performers that night will be flutists Fabio Angelo Colazzani and Danilo Mezzadri, singer Susan Ruggiero and pianist Brian Murphy. The Carriage House is the venue for this gala chamber concert.

October 27, 2022, Gianni Schicchi and The Medium

Opera fans won’t want to miss this one.

The festival will present two short operas: Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. Gianni Schicchi involves an untimely death, a forged will, a thief relative and a fraud. The medium, first performed in 1946, deals with magic, crime and madness.

Of course, there’s always romance lurking in the wings. Puccini set his opera, first performed in Renaissance Florence in 1918, but the Music Festival of Natchez sets this production in contemporary Gulfport, Mississippi. Both operas will be in English. Menotti is best known for his Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” For those interested in previewing music from these operas, try a web search for “O mio bambino caro” from Gianni Schicchi and “Monica’s Waltz” from The Medium.

November 6, 2022, Handel’s Messiah

Sponsored jointly with Trinity Episcopal Church to celebrate the congregation’s 200th anniversary, this concert of excerpts from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah will be performed by a 40-member choir and orchestra.

The magnificent oration with its rousing Hallelujah chorus was composed in 1741, and was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, at Easter, 1742, but today the Messiah is often performed during the Christmas season.

December 2, 2022, Elvis Christmas

For this festive Christmas cabaret, Elvis – Victor Trevino – will be in the room.

Trevino is the winner of the 2022 Ultimate Elvis Competition.

Coming in 2023

Concerts in 2023 will include the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Commemoration on Jan. 15 at Voices of Freedom. The festival’s Valentine Gala is scheduled for February 10, with a tribute to Mario Lanza, presented by Peter Lake. Stacey Trentesaux and Tyler Kemp. A March chamber concert by the Harrington Jazz Quintet is planned for the spring pilgrimage.

On April 29, the Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus will open the 32nd season of May Music.

See ticket information for each concert at

The Natchez Festival of Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by donations, grants and ticket sales.

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