The Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music brings music of the past to the present with outstanding performances of the music of earlier times, bringing internationally acclaimed artists from abroad as well as from our many talented local artists. In addition to presenting a concert series during the year, many of our artists provide master classes for college and high school students. Concerts are held at local colleges and churches.
We present music from the medieval period to the early 1800's. The academy has sponsored concerts by such artists as the Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, Musica Antiqua Köln, Paul O'Dette, the Boston Camerata, the English Concert, John Paul, Trio Sonnerie, the Vecice Baroque Orchestra, the Sixteen, and many, many more. We promote what is called "historically informed performance" practice, which presents music of the past with the instruments and in the style originally intended in its first performances. Many instruments like the violin were quite different from their baroque predecessors, even though they may look the same, and they are played differently. The ancestors of the modern piano include not only the plucked string harpsichord, but the fortepiano, quite different from the modern piano in a number of ways. It's what Beethoven and Mozart played.
The Academy grew out of series of musical birthday parties held by Dr. Ernst Borinski of Tougaloo College, in which Dr. John Paul and other singers participated. Eventually the party moved to Edwards to accommodate the growing crowds. The Academy is named after the English ensemble, the 18th century Academy of Ancient Music, in turn named after an ensemble from Handel's time, when "ancient" meant just twenty years old. Of course we chose the name because of the delightfully Southern acronym which results.
We invite you to join our enthusiastic audiences (according to the testimony of nearly all of our guest artists) by attending and supporting these concerts. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or let us have have mailing address. We'll take care of things from there!