Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

March 2006

Mississippi School of the Arts Chorale Performance

SCHF is pleased to welcome the Mississippi School of the Arts Chorale for their first Vicksburg performance, directed by Patton Rice, on Saturday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

The Mississippi School of the Arts is an audition based public high school open to students in the eleventh and twelfth grades who have showed exceptional interest and talent in the visual and performing arts. The mission of the Mississippi School of Arts is to provide a challenging arts education for artistically gifted Mississippi students in a residential learning environment that promotes honor, integrity, service, and life-long learning.

The award winning chorale has accepted an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall in April 2006. There will be no admission to attend the SCHF performance, but donations accepted at the door will benefit the MSA chorale and be used to offset expenses of the students for their trip to New York.

The twenty-six students performing with the choir are from across the state, including one Vicksburg student.

The chorale performance is open to the public and will be in the SCHF Auditorium. Please use the Crawford Street entrance.

Ballroom Dance

The SCHF offers monthly ballroom dance classes. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland, teaches classes in ballroom, Latin, swing and many other styles of dance.

Class will meet Sundays, March 5 and 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Academy Building.

Both individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $20 per person for each two hour session. For more information or for reservations, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Marie Nelson and the Saint Joseph Community Orchestra

Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. the SCHF will host the Saint Joseph Community Orchestra performing the J.S. Bach Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor with famed pianist, Marie Nelson. The orchestra will also be performing Handel’s Water Music Suite.

The guest artist, Marie Nelson, now residing in Colombia, LA, holds multiple degrees from the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She has studied with artist teachers Mme. Rosina Lhevinne, Mieczyslaw Munz, David Saperton, Louis Pershinger and Adolph Baller.

Marie Nelson has placed first in numerous competitions including the New Orleans Philharmonic auditions and the New Orleans Summer Pops competition. She has appeared as guest soloist for several orchestras across the country and throughout the South.

The concert is open to the public and will be in the SCHF Auditorium. Please use the Crawford Street entrance.

Southern Book Club

The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. The group focuses on Southern authors and subjects, but is open to any good read. Book and author suggestions are welcomed.

For March, the Southern Book Club will discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.

Please call the SCHF office for meeting location or for more information.

Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette

The SCHF is pleased to bring the Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette back to Vicksburg this spring. Jay Pearson, Director of the Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette, will lead a six week course for students age 7 to 12.

During this program, children will learn etiquette and leadership skills while in a historic setting with topics including introductions, posture, table etiquette, table manners, voice levels, telephone manners, and conversation skills.

The teen course will be held in the SCHF academy building every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 3 and continuing until May 8. The youth course will be every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning April 4 and ending May 9.

The program will culminate with an elegant dinner in Jackson, Mississippi where participants from across the state will show their families and guests their new skills. The banquet will also include an awards ceremony for the participants.

The professional teaching staff makes learning fun with interactive programs, slides, CD-ROMS and illustrated workbooks. Children leave classes with skills they can use immediately and for the rest of their lives.

For more information, please visit the website at To register, please contact the Mississippi School of Protocol & Etiquette at 601-502-0973 or 800-939-8963. The program is sponsored by River Region Health System.

A Toast to Broadway

SCHF will host the Sixth Annual Benefit Gala on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. for the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival.

A Toast To Broadway features great show-stopping numbers from Porgy and Bess, Cabaret, Naughty Marietta, Ziegfield Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma, Cats and more. Singers Maryanne Kyle, Heather Allen, James Martin, and pianist Joseph Britain perform great tunes from Broadway by Victor Herbert, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Stephen Sondheim.

Don’t miss this tribute to the "Great White Way" while seated in a virtual cabaret. Served against a backdrop of sophisticated décor, palate pleasing “little plates” with superb cuisine representing classic Broadway shows will provide a feast for the senses. Hors d’oeuvres and great Broadway hits highlight this spectacular evening.

Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Become a patron of the arts and support chamber music in Vicksburg through this once-in-a-lifetime event by enjoying a spectacular evening and attending the all-new Gala 2006.

All proceeds form the Gala will benefit the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival and Four Seasons of the Arts. For more information or tickets , please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or the Vicksburg Convention Center at 601-630-2929 or 1-866-VCC-MEET.

Spring Pilgrimage 2006

Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage will kick off the 2006 Season with a cocktail reception at the Shlenker House on Friday, March 24. Each historic property participating in Pilgrimage will be on site with a “specialty of the house” and be available to explain more about their site while sharing some of its fascinating history.

Everyone is invited to attend and see what Vicksburg Pilgrimage offers not only to tourists, but also to our own community. Cost for the Gala is $25 and all proceeds benefit Vicksburg Heritage, Inc.

The SCHF will feature our newly restored Cobb House during Vicksburg’s Spring Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage will begin March 25 and run through April 15.

The Cobb House will be open for tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout Pilgrimage. SCHF needs volunteer tour guides for pilgrimage. If you are interested in leading tours or participating in Pilgrimage, please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by 1302 Adams Street.

Spiritual Dreams of Flight Performance

The sixth annual Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival in coordination with the University of Southern Mississippi are pleased to present the first concert of the Spring 2006 concert series in the SCHF Auditorium on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Southern Chorale, conducted by Dr. Gregory Fuller, will present Spiritual Dreams of Flight.

The Southern Chorale, the premier vocal ensemble at The University of Southern Mississippi, will perform profound new works from their recent Carnegie Hall concert and traditional choral works. This program contains everything from Baroque music to contemporary works along with an assortment of spirituals and popular music. Their Vocal Jazz group will add even more variety to the program.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance at the Vicksburg Convention Center or at the door. Please use the Crawford Street entrance. For more information, contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or the Vicksburg Convention Center at 601-630-2929.

The Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival

2006 Concert Series


"Spiritual Dreams of Flight"…………..……....Saturday, March 25

Southern Cultural Heritage Center                                                       7:30 p.m.

Corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets


The Southern Chorale                                              

Dr. Gregory Fuller, conductor


"Crossing Centuries" ……………………..……….….Sunday, March 26

First Presbyterian Church                                                                    2:30 p.m.

1501 Cherry Street


Trio Brussilovsky

Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin                     Alexander Russakovsky, cello

Theresa Sanchez, piano


"Music 'Round the World"…………………….….Tuesday, March 28

The Church of the Holy Trinity                                                               7:30 p.m.

900 South Street


The Capital Brass

Robert Cheesman, trumpet                   Wayne Linehan, trumpet

Mimi Draut Linehan, horn                        Ken Lyon, trombone

Tex Chapman, tuba                                  Sherwood Berthold, percussion


"Emily Dickinson in Song"…………………..…..Thursday, March 30

Crawford Street United Methodist Church                                         7:30 p.m.

1408 Cherry Street


Virginia Dupuy, mezzo-soprano                                Dale Dietert, piano

William Jordan, composer, narrator and Emily Dickinson scholar


"Harmonica America"……………………………..………Saturday, April 1

All Saints Episcopal School Chapel                                                        2:30 p.m.

2717 Confederate Avenue


Bach Porch

Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica                              Joe Deninzon, violin

Chris Milletari, guitar


"Jazz Brunch at the Mansion"…………………..…….Sunday, April 2

Duff Green Mansion                                                       11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1114 First East Street


For more information about activities, membership, or rentals, please call or stop by the SCHF office, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS  39180, 601-631-2997.

1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-631-2997
Fax: 601-631-3734

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