Vicksburg Orchestral Society Group getting ready for first performance

Published 12:13 am Saturday, May 15, 2010

The newly established Vicksburg Orchestral Society will perform its first show next weekend.

“We want to give people a taste of what we want to get done,” said concert mistress Sandy Shugars.

The idea of the society was born six months ago, from a group of about five musicians. Since, it has grown to about 20 members in strings, woodwinds and brass.

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Shugars is hoping the organization will attract more.

“We wanted to offer people a local place for people to be a part of,” said Shugars, who has served as concert mistress for the St. Joseph Community Orchestra in Tensas Parish, La. “Vicksburg has a lot of closeted musicians. We’re hoping to build it up.”