The historic courthouse in downtown Canton is the backdrop for the annual Symphony on the Square concert.
The historic courthouse in downtown Canton is the backdrop for the annual Symphony on the Square concert.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a night of both patriotic selections and pops music on the beautiful Canton Square as part of the 11th Annual Symphony on the Square event. There were over 2,000 in attendance in 2013, and that record is expected to be broken for 2014.

The MSO will open with the National Anthem and present the Armed Forces Salute in honor of Armed Forces Day. The MSO will then move into a medley of pops including Twentiana, an arrangement of songs from the 1920's including Bye Bye Blackbird, Carolina In The Morning, Charleston, Hallelujah!, I Want To Be Happy, I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, and Tea For Two. A series of pops including The Waltzing Cat, Memory from Cats, and The Third Spring will round the first half of the program.

The program will continue with a Broadway favorite that was recently released in movie form Highlights from Les Miserables, an Italian classic Faniculi Funicula, and two Burt Bacharach selections, and a John Williams classic Adventures on Earth from E.T. The symphony will close with a moving rendition of God Bless America.

Full Circle Party Band led by Bill MacNeill with Canton's own Frazier Riddell will start the party immediately following the MSO performance. Full Circle Party Band knows how to put on a show and really entertain a crowd.

This event is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, and blankets welcome. Come out early for the best seats and stay to enjoy Full Circle Party Band.

"Listening to Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in the shadow of the old Courthouse at sunset evokes the overwhelming sense of place associated with the Historic Canton Square. We get to live in the memory of all those who have celebrated as a community and make our own new memories! The square, the music, and the atmosphere combine to create a truly special experience for adults and kids a like." Jordan Hillman, Symphony Planning Committee Member and Main Street Director

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