Laurice Lanier to perform

Laurice Lanier to perform

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:01 pm

Jackson native and 3 Mo’ Divas star Laurice Lanier will open the Jackson Symphony’s 50th anniversary subscription series Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
This “Journey Through the Years” concert features operatic favorites by Strauss, Bizet and other composers and also features spirituals.
Recently nominated for a 2010 NAACP award with likes of Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas and others, Ms. Lanier has become one of the most versatile voices in the world. She was cast in 3 Mo’ Divas in 2007 and the group’s performances have been aired on more than 785 PBS stations worldwide and have been released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray in Barnes and Noble and amazon.com. Other notable performances include Carnegie Hall as a Leontyne Price Showcase Winner, Holiday Pops concert with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Martin Luther King Celebration with the Nashville Symphony and the opening of Tennessee’s General Assembly with a performance of “America the Beautiful” on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill.   
Ms. Lanier will perform arias by Strauss, Verdi, Bizet and Saint-Saens. Other pieces to be performed by the orchestra include Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8, 1st Movement”; “Danse Sacrale” from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Wagner’s “Prelude to Tristan und Isolde”. Many of the orchestra pieces were performed the very first season presented by The Jackson Symphony in 1961.
Concert goers are encouraged to arrive early at 6:45 p.m. to enjoy the Prelude Concert Preview in the church’s sanctuary. This pre-concert talk, hosted by Dr. Lee Weimer of Lambuth University, gives listeners an introduction to the music to be performed later that evening. Another treat of this performance is a free reception for concert attendees after the performance. This dessert reception will honor past board presidents and Ms. Lanier.
General admission tickets are $25 and student/senior discount tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling (731) 427-6440 or going online to www.TheJacksonSymphony.org.

Published in The Messenger 9.21.10

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