Ford Center Friendship Ornament Goes on Sale

New 2020 edition celebrates role arts play in bringing people together

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi is offering its 2020 Friendship Ball just in time for the holidays. “This is the Ford Center’s third limited-edition cloisonne ornament that we call our Friendship Ball,” said Julia Aubrey, Ford Center director. “I chose the theme ‘TheRead the story …

Opera Theatre Offers a Duet of Duet Programs

Actors use safety protocols for dramatic effect in two live performances

OXFORD, Miss. – How do you safely present singers in a live performance during a pandemic? “The old joke would be, ‘very carefully,’” said Julia Aubrey, director of the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre and associate professor of music. The UM Opera Theatre presents a live performance of “It Takes Two: Duets from Opera, OperettaRead the story …

Ole Miss Women’s Council Set to Welcome Dolly Parton

Entertainment legend to receive Legacy Award on new date in April

OXFORD, Miss. – Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated visit to the University of Mississippi to accept the prestigious Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy will take place early next year after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, the C Spire Foundation will be the presenting sponsor of the OMWC LegacyRead the story …

Walk of Fame to Honor Ford Center Supporters

Generous gift made to UM performing arts center's campaign

OXFORD, Miss. – A new Walk of Fame for supporters of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts provides a path to the successful conclusion of the Celebrating the Arts campaign, funding a $3 million endowment for the University of Mississippi facility. “The magnificent Ford Center reflects our commitment to the cultural artsRead the story …

UM Holiday Concert Slated for Dec. 5

Crowd favorite returns to the Ford Center

OXFORD, Miss. – For anyone with a busy schedule wondering how to get in the holiday spirit, the University of Mississippi Department of Music offers its 2019 Holiday Concert. This popular Oxford holiday event is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s Holiday ConcertRead the story …

Ole Miss Theatre Brings ‘Little Women’ to Big Stage

Classic novel, reimagined in winsome musical, comes to Ford Center

OXFORD, Miss. – “Christmas will be gory!” is hardly a sentence most people would associate with the Christmas of their finest dreams. Nor do most people expect to hear those words belted by a petite young woman careening around in a corset and hoop skirt. But Jo March is hardly an ordinary young woman. She’sRead the story …

Choral Concert Celebrates World Peace Day

Performance features UM Chorus and guest choirs

OXFORD, Miss. – A World Peace Day Concert set for Friday (Sept. 20) at the University of Mississippi will bring together more than 350 performers for a choral celebration for peace. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome.Read the story …

Family Comes Full Circle with Ford Center Gift

McKnight makes planned contribution to support performing arts center

OXFORD, Miss. – Family historian Kay Castellow McKnight is finding out more similarities between herself and cousin Gertrude Castellow Ford following a recent search through the family archives. After reconnecting with her father’s side of her family, McKnight is also expanding a legacy begun by her cousin at the University of Mississippi. “Gertrude was theRead the story …

Broadway Musicals, Grammy Winners Highlight 2019-20 Ford Center Season

Theater, ballet, jazz and classical performances also slated

OXFORD, Miss. – Broadway musicals and Grammy Award-winning pop acts highlight the 2019-20 season of performances scheduled at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The fall 2019 schedule includes performances by Grammy winner Michael Bolton (Sept. 17), jazz group the Huntertones (Oct. 10), alternative pop act Drew Holcomb andRead the story …

Celebrating the Arts Makes Progress

Campaign building endowment for performing arts at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – The Celebrating the Arts campaign at the University of Mississippi is making progress toward its goal of building a $3 million operations endowment for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Boosting both fundraising efforts and alumni and friend engagement this year was the “Boots and Bling” event, which honoredRead the story …