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Holy Trinity’s Lenten Fine Arts Series begins Feb. 28

Art and music will be the featured attractions as the Church of the Holy Trinity begins its annual Lenten Fine Arts Series at the McGinnis Parish Hall Feb. 28.

The six-week series is an annual tradition and runs from Feb. 28 through April 3.

The 2020 series kicks off Feb. 28  at 5 p.m.with an art show featuring a collection of work by Vicksburg artist Jean Blue and a reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres. The art show and reception, like all of the programs in the series, are free.

The other programs will be presented each Friday at noon with a Lenten lunch following at 12:30 p.m. The cost for the lunch is $10.

“Jean Blue is well known in Vicksburg,” said series director Dorothy Brasfield.

A former art teacher in Vicksburg, Blue works in various media. In the past, she has painted Vicksburg scenes including the Old Court House and street sights, abstracts and mixed media work.

Percussion artist Jason Mathena leads off the noon concert series March 6.

“He is a percussion instructor at Jackson State, and one of the main percussionists for the Mississippi Symphony,” Brasfield said, adding Mathena’s concert will feature a performance on the vibraphone.

Jazz will be the music March 13, with the Richard Brown Trio performing at the parish hall.

“Richard Brown can play all the instruments,” Brasfield said. “Piano, string bass, saxophone and guitar, but he will probably play the piano for his performance here. He also plays with the symphony.

Local talent will be on display March 27, when the Conservatory of the Fine Arts Fiddlers from Vicksburg performs.

“We have the No. 2 young fiddle player in the state of Mississippi, Hope George,” Brasfield said. “She studies at the conservatory here.”

Also, she said, Glenda Arredondo of Vicksburg will perform songs made popular by country music legend Patsy Cline.

Another local group closes the fine arts series with a performance by the Academy of Innovation Concert Choir.

“The choir has been invited to perform in Nashville (Tenn.) at the Leader In Me Symposium,” Brasfield said. “Their director is Katherine Hoitt.”

The schedule for the fine arts series is as follows:

• Friday, March 6, noon – 12:30 p.m., Jason Mathena, percussion artist. Lunch is seafood gumbo by William Furlong.

• Friday, March 13, noon – 12:30 p.m., Richard Brown Trio, jazz concert. Lunch is tomato basil soup with grilled pimento cheese sandwiches by William Furlong.

• Friday, March 20, noon – 12:30 p.m., Jess Dickerson, hammered dulcimer concert. Lunch is Big City Shrimp soup by William Furlong.

• Friday, March 27, noon – 12:30 p.m., Conservatory Fiddlers, The Conservatory of the Fine Arts. Lunch is baked catfish by William Furlong.

• Friday, April 3, noon – 12:30 p.m., Academy of Innovation Concert Choir. Lunch is seafood gumbo by William Furlong.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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