Madison Couple Establishes Fund for Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra

Gift to support Ford Center programming and outreach efforts

The Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra will perform at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts in October, thanks to a $20,000 gift by Billy and Rebecca Long. Submitted photo

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will bring the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra to the University of Mississippi this fall, thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Billy and Rebecca Long of Madison.

The $20,000 gift established the FCPA Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra Fund. The Longs became interested in assisting the Ford Center through Cheryle Sims, a Ford Foundation board member and former patient of Long’s.

“Several years ago, she invited us to attend a ballet performance and introduced us to this wonderful facility,” he said. “Since then, we have gotten progressively more interested in attending various events. We realize what a wonderful venue the Ford Center offers to the greater Mississippi community.”

Last year, the Longs traveled to Russia and attended several opera, ballet and symphony performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg while also touring academies where young Russians are trained in artistic skills. The UM alumnus and longtime Ole Miss sports fan wanted to provide a way to bring these performers to the United States.

Billy and Rebecca Long visit St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Their $20,000 gift to the Ford Center will allow the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra to perform in Oxford in October. Submitted photo

“We are excited about the future offerings at the Ford Center, and the intention to promote the performing arts to a wider audience,” Long said. “I hope that our interest in the Ford Center may spark an interest in our junior high and high school students to see live performances. 

“The Ford Center is an essential part of the university’s outreach to Oxford and the surrounding area, but also to our college students who wish to develop an appreciation for the performing arts, and even become a performer themselves.”

The performance is set for Oct. 3 and will include an outreach activity earlier that day for area students, said Julia Aubrey, Ford Center director.

“It will be an international cultural event that will appeal to arts enthusiasts of all ages, and I believe our Oxford audience will embrace this group of talented young musicians and welcome them into our community,” she said.

To contribute to programming at the Ford Center, contact Angela Barlow Brown at 662-915-3181 or ambarlow@olemiss.edu.

Ford Center Gift Brings Jazz to Oxford

Marty and John Dunbar establish $25,000 Jazz Series Fund

Marty and John Dunbar established the Jazz Series Fund at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts with a $25,000 gift. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will bring nationally recognized jazz artists to the University of Mississippi, thanks to the establishment of the Jazz Series Fund by Marty and John Dunbar.

The Oxford couple donated $25,000 as an initial gift, in hopes of encouraging others to contribute to the fund in the future. Marty Dunbar is an Ole Miss alumna.

John Dunbar hopes that this gift, with the support of Friends of the Ford Center, will bring some of the nation’s best jazz musicians to perform in Oxford over the next year and offer master class sessions for music faculty and students from the university and local high schools.

“We want to support excellence in jazz in Oxford and Ole Miss,” he said. “We have enjoyed performances by the faculty and students of music at Ole Miss over the years, such as Michael Worthy and The Mississippians, and have met so many talented people there.

“We see this as a special educational opportunity and we hope the series will be enjoyed by our community in Oxford and Ole Miss, so we are pleased to partner with Julia Aubrey and the Ford Center for this series and hope it will gain traction and continue for years to come.”

Plans are already made to present three jazz groups next season, thanks to the Dunbars, said Aubrey, Ford Center director.

“Their support enhances the quality of life in Oxford with professional musical offerings that will provide both valuable education for our music students and fine entertainment for our community,” she said. “We are expanding our offerings next season and this new series brings exciting energy to our programming.”

Next year’s Jazz Series includes Cyrus Chestnut, Julian Bliss and the Birdland All-Stars, all of which are headliners at prestigious jazz venues and festivals around the world.

“This is a dream come true and I am truly grateful for the Dunbars’ vision and generosity,” said Michael Worthy, associate professor of music. “I will work hard to maximize the educational outreach opportunities that will come with the Jazz Series, and I am excited for Ole Miss students to have more opportunities to interact with world-class jazz musicians.”

To contribute to the Jazz Series Fund, contact Angela Barlow Brown at 662-915-3181 or ambarlow@olemiss.edu.

UM Opera Theatre Presents Benjamin Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’

Production being performed in English by Ole Miss vocal music majors

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre presents a lighthearted musical adventure that offers a perfect introduction to the world of opera when it performs Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring” this weekend at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

“Albert Herring” is a comic three-act opera composed by Britten in 1947. Set in East Suffolk at the turn of the 20th century, the production depicts a May Day festival that goes wrong when the quiet young man who has been elected as May King chooses to experience life’s pleasures as he breaks away from the rules and expectations society has placed on him.

“Albert Herring” will be performed by Ole Miss graduate and undergraduate vocal music majors, supported by the UM Orchestra. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 22) and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 23).

“‘Albert Herring’ promises to be a delightful experience,” said Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “It’s also a great opportunity to try opera if you have never seen one.

“It’s sung in English, so it’s easy to follow the story. The show is very funny, and the cast and crew have done a wonderful job bringing the show to life.”

Before Saturday’s concert at 6:45 p.m., assistant professor of music Jos Milton will deliver a lecture offering a brief exploration into the life and works of Benjamin Britten.

“Come support our university student singers and orchestra as they present ‘Albert Herring,'” said Julia Aubrey, Ford Center director. “You will be delighted with the quality voices, acting and support from the orchestra pit from these young musicians. The set, lighting and costume designers have created a wonderful visual component that you do not want to miss.”

Tickets are $21 for Orchestra/Parterre, $18 Mezzanine, $15 Balcony $21 Tier 1 box seats and $18 Tier 2 box seats. A 10 percent discount is available for all UM faculty, staff and retirees. Tickets are available at the UM Box Office at the Ford Center, online at http://olemissboxoffice.com/ or by phone at 662-915-2787.

Marty Stuart to Headline Concert at Mississippi Bicentennial North

June 24 event also features Mac McAnally, Steve Azar and salute to state's musical heritage

UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter (left) and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant join country singer Steve Azar, Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and Craig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi, at Rowan Oak to announce plans for the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration North, set for June 24 in Oxford. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Country and Americana music legend Marty Stuart will headline the Governor’s Concert at the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration North, set for June 24 in Oxford. The free event is part of celebrations around the state during 2017.

“In a state known for master storytellers, Oxford is a literary capital,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “There is no better backdrop for a celebration featuring some of Mississippi’s greatest songwriters than the land of William Faulkner, where our literary tradition thrives.”

Stuart will lead the Governor’s Concert lineup at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. The Philadelphia native began his career as a sideman for country legends Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before striking gold and platinum in his solo career, which spans more than three decades.

The Governor’s Concert also will feature singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, a hitmaker for Kenny Chesney and Alabama and a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s backing band, plus Mississippi’s Music and Culture Ambassador, Steve Azar, and Shannon McNally.

“We Are Mississippi,” a salute to the state’s musical heritage conducted by Jay Dean, executive director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi, will kick off the concert. Additional acts in the showcase include Vasti Jackson, the Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner David Lee, the Mississippi Bicentennial Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Bicentennial Singers and the 200-voice Mississippi Bicentennial Chorus.

“As shown by our more than 200 Blues Trail and Country Music Trail markers, Mississippi is very fortunate to have generations of talented musicians to lead us in celebration during the bicentennial year,” said Glenn McCullough Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

The Bicentennial Celebration North officially begins from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 23 with the “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood” exhibit in the Faulkner Room at university’s J.D. Williams Library. A live taping of Thacker Mountain Radio in the Grove will follow at 7 p.m.

“The state’s bicentennial celebration is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful Lafayette-Oxford-University community and all of the north region,” UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said. “We appreciate all the hard work by the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission and partner organizations to mark the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood.”

All events during the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, the Governor’s Concert is free with ticketed admission. Attendees must reserve tickets online at http://www.visitmississippi.org/200. Visitors are limited to two tickets each.

“By hosting these bicentennial events in three major regions of the state, we are able to celebrate with our towns and communities and showcase what makes Mississippi truly great,” said Craig Ray, Visit Mississippi director.

Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration events are also planned for Dec. 9 in Jackson during the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. For more information on the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration, visit http//www.visitmississippi.org/200.

Mississippi: The Dance Company Presents ‘In Real Time …’ this Weekend

Performance includes piece that garnered invite to regional gala

Students rehearse for their upcoming performance of “In Real Time…” at the Meek Auditorium April 7-9. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s resident modern dance company is set to perform seven works, including one that earned the troupe an invitation to a regional dance gala, this weekend in Meek Hall Auditorium.

Mississippi: The Dance Company presents “In Real Time …” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 7-8) and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 8-9). Tickets are $12.50 for general admission, $10 for Ole Miss students and $9 for children and senior citizens, available at the UM Box Office at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, http://olemissboxoffice.com/ or by telephone at 662-915-7411. Tickets also will be sold at Meek Hall Auditorium 30 minutes before each performance.

The concert includes “attic,” a piece choreographed by guest artist George Staib of Staib Dance Company. Staib’s work, about his experiences as a child in Iran at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution, earned the UM company an invitation to perform in the gala concert at the South Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association last month.

“Mississippi: The Dance Company has been attending ACDA since 1990 and we’ve been chosen for the gala seven times,” said Jennifer Mizenko, professor of movement and dance. “It’s always a high honor. I am very proud of these students.

“They have worked very hard and all of their work shows onstage. What you also see while watching these students dance is their passion for the art form and their deep investment in bringing this dance work ‘attic’ to life every time they perform it.”

Seven Ole Miss students participated in a five-day residency taught by Staib over Wintersession, spending five or six hours daily learning the 12-minute piece.

Forty-four dances were submitted this year to the ACDA, but “attic” was among only 12 chosen to perform at the gala.

Genevieve Walker, a senior from Vicksburg majoring in secondary English education, attended ACDA with the company for the fourth time in her Ole Miss career.

“Being able to participate in dance at Ole Miss has been one of the greatest parts of my college career,” Walker said. “Mississippi: The Dance Company works as its own family unit. George’s piece exemplified that idea.

“The adjudicators all commented on the piece’s ability showcase that connection. We are all individuals onstage, but when we dance together, we feed off of each other’s strengths.”

For more information, visit http://theatre.olemiss.edu/olemisstheatre.html#msdco.

Mary Donnelly Haskell, Daughter to Perform at ‘hUManities affair’

Second annual fundraiser set for March 5 at Lyric Theater

Mary Donnelly Haskell (left) and daughter Mary Lane Haskell are coming to the Lyric March 5 in a benefit concert for the UM Department of Music. (Submitted photo)

OXFORD, Miss. – Mother and daughter singer-actresses Mary Donnelly Haskell and Mary Lane Haskell are the featured performers Sunday (March 5) for a University of Mississippi Department of Music fundraiser.

The department’s second annual “hUManities affair” is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Lyric. Tickets are $50 for singles and $75 for couples. All proceeds benefit innovative and educational programs produced by the Living Music Resource.

“This is the first time for LMR to showcase Mary Donnelly and Mary Lane in concert, my first time to perform with them and our first event at the Lyric,” said Nancy Maria Balach, professor of music and event coordinator. “The repertoire includes American standards (popular and jazz songs from the early 20th century).

“The evening will also include Guy Hovis, whom many will remember from ‘The Lawrence Welk Show.'”

For tickets, visit http://www.umfoundation.com/lmrhumanitiesaffair.

To date, LMR has brought Grammy Award-winning composers, Broadway performers and Metropolitan Opera artists to Oxford. The Haskells also were featured on an LMR LIVE live-stream interview series Tuesday (Feb. 28) at The Powerhouse.

They are set to lead a “Between the Bar Lines” master class at noon Wednesday (March 1) in the music department’s Choir Room.

“Although I’ve sung in Oxford many times, I’ve never had the opportunity to do a whole concert of songs from the Great American Songbook, or as most people refer to as ‘standards,'” Mary Donnelly Haskell said. “I grew up listening to the music of Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, so this is a chance to sing many of my favorite songs.”

Nancy Maria Balach Schuesslin, UM professor of music, will also perform at Sunday’s event at the Lyric. (Submitted photo)

The mother and daughter have performed together in Oxford before, including the successful production of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Sounds of Stage & Screen” concert, both held at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Still, Sunday’s benefit will be a unique experience for them both.

“Mary Lane and I have chosen songs for the concert that will definitely have this audience humming along,” she said. “We have songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and many more. The hardest thing was narrowing the list down, since we love them all!”

As an UM undergraduate, Mary Donnelly Haskell often performed with the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble.

“It is extra-special that The Mississippians will again collaborate with her on this concert,” Balach said.

Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Mary Donnelly Haskell was crowned Miss Mississippi in 1977 and graduated with distinction from UM in 1981. She has starred in episodes of “Touched By An Angel,” “Seventh Heaven,” “Sisters,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Days Of Our Lives” and more than 20 movies for television, including two of the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated Christmas movies: “Once Upon A Christmas” and “Twice Upon A Christmas.”

An accomplished singer, she has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center and the White House. and with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. She is also a popular recording artist, having released four children’s CDs, an adult contemporary album and a collection of sacred hymns and praise songs.

Mary Lane Haskell has performed at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein and Elaine Stritch, serves on the Great American Songbook board and appears regularly on TV series and movies. Most recently, she was featured on NBC as Miss Moody in the Dolly Parton movie “Christmas of Many Colors.”

For more information about the UM Department of Music, go to http://music.olemiss.edu.

Ford Center Hosts ‘Murder on the Nile’ on Valentine’s Day

Production honors Agatha Christie's staging of classic whodunit

Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Nile’ will be performed Feb. 14 at the Ford Center by Aquila Theatre. Photo courtesy Richard Termine

OXFORD, Miss. – An evening of deceit, intrigue and murder is in store for audiences Feb. 14 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts when Aquila Theatre brings its production of mystery writer Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” to the University of Mississippi.

The 7:30 p.m. performance is Christie’s own staging of her 1937 novel “Death on the Nile.” The story is set on a paddle steamer making its way along the Nile River in 1940s Egypt. When a famous heiress boards the ship, passengers begin a frenzy, which quickly involves treachery, theft and death.

The whodunit tale performed by colorful and mysterious characters in Christie’s signature style add to the drama of the classic novel. Aqulia Theatre, in its 25th anniversary, brings critically acclaimed direction, acting, physicality and design to give life to the story.

“We are happy to again welcome Aquila Theatre to the Ford Center with ‘Murder on the Nile,'” said Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “It’s such a great opportunity for University of Mississippi students and the Oxford community to experience theater at its finest.”

Tickets, available at the UM Box Office inside the Ford Center, are $22 for balcony seating, $26 for Tier 2 box and Mezzanine seating and $30 for Orchestra/Parterre and Tier 1 box seating. They also can be purchased online at http://www.fordcenter.org/.

The play, written by Christie in 1942, was first performed in Dundee in 1944.

“In so many ways ‘Murder on the Nile’ was a product of the darkest days of World War II, a time when the very existence of Britain was under constant threat of a Nazi invasion and German bombers pounded major cities,” Aquila Theatre founder Peter Meineck said. “At that time, Christie lived just outside London and worked at University College Hospital, in the heart of the city.

“Like all Londoners, she would have endured the frightening and almost daily bombing raids on the city during the Blitz. Small wonder a play like ‘Murder on the Nile,’ set in the pre-war years with its colonial travelers sailing away into heat, ancient history and intrigue, would have appealed to people in war-torn Britain.”

Meineck wanted to explore the production of the play from this perspective, while also honoring the performance originally created for the stage, he stated in a director’s note.

“In so doing, I discovered that behind her deft mystery writing lay acute observations of British culture and society and many poignant reflections of Europe in the late 1930s and early 1940s,” he said.

“My aim is that we get to enjoy this brilliant classic murder mystery once again while also being thoroughly entertained in the finest style and traditions that Aquila Theatre has become so well-known for.”

In conjunction with the performance, Aquila Theatre will hold a Physical Theatre Masterclass at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Ford Center’s Studio Theatre. The class will focus on movement and vocal exercises for experienced high school and college level performers.

For more information, visit http://www.fordcenter.org/.

‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ Santa’s Workshop Among UM Christmas Events

Annual Gingerbread Village also open through Dec. 16 at Ford Center

The UM Museum and the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host several upcoming holiday events including the Gingerbread Village and Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The UM Museum and the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host several upcoming holiday events including the Gingerbread Village and Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Mississippi Museum have a whole bagful of family-friendly activities slated for December to encourage the Oxford and Ole Miss communities to embrace the holiday spirit.

The Ford Center’s seventh annual Gingerbread Village opens Dec. 1 and is free to the public. More than 30 gingerbread houses designed and assembled by local groups, including Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Willie Price Lab School, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and local Girl Scout troops, will be on display.

The village will be open 1 to 5 p.m. daily and during performances through Dec. 16. A full schedule is available here.

On Saturday (Dec. 3), the Ford Center hosts “Miracle on 34th Street” at 3 p.m. The holiday musical tale by Valentine Davies, based on the 1947 movie, tells the story of Kris Kringle filling in for Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The performance brings the Christmas spirit to life with songs such as “I Believe in Miracles,” “Macy’s Madrigals” and “Just Imagine.”

“The Ford Center is creating a festive mood and offering hot chocolate in concessions for this holiday show,” said Julia Aubrey, Ford Center director.

“Santa’s helpers will be on hand to brighten your afternoon as you enjoy a lovely story and its music. And don’t miss a chance to drop in on the Gingerbread Village before or after the show.”

Tickets are $34 for the balcony level, $40 for the mezzanine and tier 2 boxes, and $46 for the orchestra, parterre and tier 1 boxes. Tickets can be purchased online or at the UM Box Office inside the Ole Miss Student Union. Ole Miss faculty, staff and retirees are eligible for a 10 percent discount. UM student tickets are $20 for orchestra/parterre and $13 for mezzanine/balcony.

Also Saturday, the University Museum is partnering with the Ford Center for its Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day. Families can bring children to the free drop-in session from 9 a.m. to noon to create seasonal art, eat holiday snacks and visit the Gingerbread Village via sleigh, provided by The Flying Tuks.

“Santa’s Workshop is an event we look forward to each year as we find new ways to connect our collections with the holiday season,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s curator of education. “Last year we had over 400 in attendance, so this year we are looking forward to engaging audiences in new ways to maximize all areas of the museum building.”

The free event is sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss Campaign. No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the museum at 662-915-7073.

While the village display and Family Activity Day are free, visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items as a donation to benefit the Oxford Food Pantry and the Ole Miss Food Bank.

UM Chorus to Perform ‘Carmina Burana’ at Ford Center

Concert to feature students, faculty, staff and members of local performance groups

The UM Chorus will perform alongside an orchestra composed of Ole Miss students, faculty, and some members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on November 14th. Photo by Nathan Latil Ole Miss Communications

The UM Chorus will perform alongside an orchestra composed of Ole Miss students and faculty, plus some members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 14. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host the University of Mississippi Chorus and an orchestra composed of students, faculty and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they perform works from Carl Orff’s renowned “Carmina Burana” on Nov. 14.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance range from $19 to $25 and are available at both the UM Box Office in the Student Union and online at http://olemissboxoffice.com/.

The music of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” is well-known to many concertgoers, most notably the first movement, “O Fortuna,” which can be easily recognized as a staple in many of the commercials and movie soundtracks, including “The Omen.”

“In the recent past, the Ole Miss Choir performed standard works based on sacred texts such as the 2013 performance of Verdi’s ‘Requiem,’ so I thought it would be educational and great fun to perform Orff’s secular ‘Carmina Burana,'” said Don Trott, UM director of choral activities. “We try to give our students at Ole Miss an opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire, including large works that utilize full chorus, large orchestra and soloists.”

The UM Chorus includes some 160 singers, all members of the university’s Men’s Glee and Women’s Glee vocal groups.

Soloists for the concert include UM faculty members Nancy Maria Balach, on soprano, and Bradley Robinson, baritone tenor, as well as tenor Brady Bramlett, a graduate student and former Ole Miss Rebels pitcher.

Accompanying the choir is the Oxford Intermediate School Choir, directed by Carol Trott, and the Lafayette Middle School Concert Choir, directed by Hannah Gadd. Together they comprise the youth choir known as Ragazzi.

The performance will be divided into three sections, titled “Springtime,” “In the Tavern” and “The Court of Love.”

“The Ford Center is happy to be able to present such an important work and support the UM Choirs with this production,” says Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “I think that our patrons will enjoy this performance very much.”

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet to Perform Friday at Ford Center

Acclaimed group set to play diverse set ranging from classical to contemporary works

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform Friday (Oct. 7) at the UM Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy Jiro Schneider

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform Friday (Oct. 7) at the UM Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy Jiro Schneider

OXFORD, Miss. – The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, renowned by critics for its precision, rich tonal palette and joyous performances, comes to the University of Mississippi for a Friday (Oct. 7) concert at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $22 for balcony seating, $26 for mezzanine and tier two box seats and $30 for the orchestra, parterre and tier one box levels. They are available through the Ole Miss Box Office, either online or in person in Ole Miss Student Union.

The group’s four accomplished musicians are John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant, each offering a unique stage presence by capturing sounds and style from around the world. The quartet’s works include French Renaissance dances, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Brazilian favorites and American classics, such as pieces from John Philip Sousa and Miles Davis.

“We are looking forward to having such accomplished musicians at the Ford Center,” said Kate Meacham, the theater’s marketing director. “The performance will include classics by Bach and Debussy, as well as more contemporary pieces by Aaron Copeland and even two composed for L.A. Guitar Quartet.

“It promises to be a truly enjoyable performance. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to see such a highly acclaimed guitar quartet.”

Dearman, a native of Minneapolis, is a versatile guitarist whose styles range from samba to bluegrass and from flamenco to classical. He is director of the guitar chamber music program at California State University at Northridge in Los Angeles.

Greif, the newest member of the quartet, has a background in guitar styles of classical, jazz, rock and bluegrass, among others. He teaches classical and jazz guitar at California State University at Dominguez Hills in Carson.

Kanengiser is an acclaimed guitar soloist, recording artist and professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He has won the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition and is best known as the classical guitarist in the 1986 film “Crossroads.”

Tennant is a Detroit native and world-class performer, author and teacher. He has performed concerts since he was 12 years old and is the author of the best-selling book and video “Pumping Nylon,” a technical handbook for classical guitarists. Tennant previously taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is on the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music.