Sela Ward sends her regrets

By Staff
MERIDIAN NATIVE Jennie Crumbaugh, a semi-retired professor at Meridian Community College, will replace Sela Ward as the narrator of a Meridian Symphony Orchestra production on April 13. Submitted photo
Special to The Star
March 20, 2002
Jennie Crumbaugh of Meridian will take Emmy-winning actress Sela Ward's place as guest narrator for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra's April 13 production.
Ward had to cancel her appearance because of delays in the filming schedule of her ABC television show "Once and Again."
Mutziger said that Crumbaugh is tailor-made for the part of guest narrator.
The narration is by Eudora Welty. The composition is titled "Through Eudora's Eyes" and was composed by Luigi Zaninelli, Mississippi's internationally famous composer-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Crumbaugh is a semi-retired professor at Meridian Community College with a background in teaching literature and writing. She has a deep appreciation for Welty's gift to Southern literature.
Regarding the narration of Welty's words with symphony music, Crumbaugh reflected on the importance of listening as a theme in Welty's work and style.
Readings for the upcoming symphony concert will include Welty's "The Collected Short Stories, "The Optimist's Daughter," "One Writer's Beginnings," "Losing Battles," "Delta Wedding" and "The Ponder Heart."
The concert will be conducted by Claire Fox Hillard at 8 p.m. April 13 in Ivy Hall at MCC. It will not be at the Temple Theatre as previously planned and announced.
There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in the Casteel Gallery of the L.O. Todd Library, also on the MCC campus.
Special invited guests for the lecture and concert will include Zaninelli and Welty family members. The evening program will feature Tchiakovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture," Zaninelli's "Through Eudora's Eyes" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."

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