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Jackson Symphony League History

Founded in 1955, the Jackson Symphony League has contributed greatly to the success and vitality of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra through its exhaustive efforts in education, information & fundraising.

The League has an annual membership coffee in September to recruit new members and officially kick off the Symphony Season. In the spring, the League holds a luncheon, which has come to be known for its exceptional speakers. The Jackson Symphony League has sponsored the annual Symphony Ball since its inception in 1960. The Ball is the largest single fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. This glittering evening is highlighted by live and silent auctions, an elegant dinner and dancing to top off the “event of the season.” A portion of the proceeds from the Symphony Ball fund the Premier Orchestral Institute, a weeklong summer day camp during which students receive musical instruction and perform a recital in an orchestra setting.

Education is an important component of the Jackson Symphony League. Every year the League assists with children’s concerts, Kinder Concerts, Family Fun Concerts and the Premier Orchestral Institute. Additionally, the League sponsors a Clef Notes Luncheon before each Bravo concert to help concertgoers gain insight into the concert from the conductor and guest artist. In 1990, the League initiated an instrument loan fund to help students who would otherwise not have access to instruments. Three years ago the League also started a project called “Side by Side…Kids on Stage with the Symphony,” which gives children the opportunity to see an orchestra rehearse on stage with the conductor.

Continuing its mission to reach out to the community’s youth, the Jackson Symphony League launched Sub Debs. Sub Debs are metro area girls in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades who assist the Symphony as volunteers at concerts and other events, as well as by helping raise funds for MSO. They also assist with the plans for Sub Deb social events, such as the Sub Deb Fall Membership Social; Sub Deb Winter Membership Social and the Sub Deb Ball.

In 1969, the Jackson Symphony League began what is now known as Pepsi Pops. Held in May at the Reservoir, this annual outdoor concert is staffed by volunteers from the League and its Sub Debs. The evening is always highlighted by a magnificent fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert. This year, the League has many events planned to benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. We hope you will join in and contribute your support.


Recent Events:

2017 Spring Luncheon: The Style of Ippolita

Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry graciously sponsored the 2017 Jackson Symphony League Spring Luncheon, held Wednesday, May 8, 2017.  The event was a tented affair held at the Renaissance Colony Park, with catering by Biaggi's and flowers by Petal Pushers.  The raffle of the gold Ippolita Sensa earrings was won by Ms. Jackie Petrus.

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From Bollywood to Hollywood 56th Annual Ball

"Bollywood and old Hollywood glamour shined as the Jackson Symphony League hosted their 56th annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Country Club of Jackson. The black tie evening featured live entertainment, a formal seated dinner and live and silent auctions. The Symphony Ball is the Jackson Symphony League’s largest fundraiser of the year and benefits the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra." - Social South Magazine Article

From Bollywood to Hollywood

35th Annual Pepsi Pops in Old Trace Park - Ridgeland, MS

"The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops took place on Monday, May 13, 2015. Ross Barnett Reservoir’s Old Trace Park served as the venue for the 32nd annual event that was sponsored by Brown Bottling Group. Guests enjoyed listening to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra al fresco as they rested on picnic blankets in the park or floated on their boats nearby. The event culminated with a grand firework finale over the reservoir." - Social South Magazine Article

MSO Emerald Ball - Jackson MS

"The Jackson Symphony League presented The Emerald Ball on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The black tie event was hosted at The Country Club of Jackson. They celebrated their 55th year with an evening of live and silent auctions, cocktails, a seated dinner and dancing. The Symphony Ball is the Jackson Symphony League’s largest fundraiser. A host party for the ball was held at the home of Holly and Alan Lange in Jackson." - Social South Magazine Article