Renaissance foundation presents Symphony at Sunset September 20 at Cedars

The Fondren Renaissance Foundation’s Symphony at Sunset will be held Thursday evening, September 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Cedars.

Now in its 18th year, Fondren’s Symphony at Sunset is presented annually by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation and features the entire Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in a concert free and open to the public. Sponsored and underwritten for more than a decade by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, this evening is also made possible by the private and corporate donors whose desire it is to bring the arts into the public domain for all to enjoy.

It is a cultural evening - one where all walks of life come together to experience the talents and music of the state.

This year’s theme for Symphony at Sunset is “Celebrating Mississippi’s Volunteers” and honors Fondren residents Jan and Billy Mounger, longtime supporters of the arts and educational efforts of not only Jackson, Mississippi, but also on the international scene having been instrumental in establishing the International Ballet Competition. A major driving force in the arts arena of music, dance and the visual and vocal arts, the Moungers have made it their passion to celebrate the arts where all can experience the “world stage” from Jackson.

Held for over a decade on the front lawn of The Cedars, this year’s Symphony at Sunset will begin with an invocation and the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a full concert from the symphony orchestra. The evening’s musical lineup will feature a number of themes from television series and headliner movies, as well as the television series Game of Thrones. From Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Symphonic Reflections and a medley tribute to The Beatles and from Leroy Anderson’s Sandpaper Ballet to the themes from Annie, Frozen and The Last Jedi, there will be something for everyone.


Concert goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic supper to enjoy among friends and neighbors. A free will offering towards the foundation’s scholarship programming will be taken up prior to the evening’s concert and during intermission.

Set under 200 year old cedar trees, the setting is on the grounds of Jackson’s oldest residential home, The Cedars. Originally built in 1840, guests are invited before the concert, during intermission and afterwards to tour the restored home. Note that due to the attendance for this event, guests are asked to refrain from bringing pets and due to the age and nature of the facility, no smoking is permitted at or on the grounds. Outside personal tents are not permitted.

Of special interest during this evening will be the gallery installation of The seventh Annual Cedars Juried Art Exhibition featuring artists from all over the state. Also free and open to the public, this year’s exhibition will hang through September 28, 2016. Viewing of the exhibition is Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm.

The Cedars is located at 4145 Old Canton Rd. near the intersection of Old Canton Road and Meadowbrook. Parking is made available across the street and compliments of St. Andrew’s School.

For more information call 601-981-9606.

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