Macon native returns to lead MSO in Hollywood show

May 2, 2014 

Roderick Cox was born in Macon and attended the Big O music camps, which are presented by the Otis Redding Foundation, during the summer while growing up in the city.

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Guest Conductor Roderick Cox will be leading the Macon Symphony Orchestra through a movie lover’s dream music scape. The evening adventures will comprise “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” “Night on Bald Mountain” (from Disney’s “Fantasia”), “Hollywood Salute,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Harry Potter Suite,” “North by Northwest Prelude,” “The Cowboys Overture,” “Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite,” “Adagio for Strings” (from “Platoon”), “Dry Your Tears,” “Afrika” (from “Amistad”) and “Moon River.”

“Roderick Cox is currently the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra,” Sheryl Towers, the orchestra’s CEO, said in a phone interview. “We are very pleased to invite him to return to Macon. Roderick was born in Macon, and we are always excited to showcase Macon’s talent. Roderick is nationally recognized and is considered to be uncommonly talented. I had heard of Roderick’s successes and contacted him about the possibility of guest conducting. After learning of his connection with the Otis Redding Foundation, I spoke with Karla Redding Andrews and learned that he had attended the Big O Singer/Songwriter Camps during the summer while growing up in Macon and that he continues to be involved by teaching at the camps. The MSO is very interested in educational outreach, and we thought that featuring such an accomplished Macon native as a conductor would be inspiring to young people, as well as to our patrons.”

Cox’s biography credits the Big O Youth Educational Dream Foundation as an instrumental force in his musical education. “In May 2009, Cox graduated summa cum laude from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education and studied conducting with Robert Rumbelow. He earned his master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill,” the biography says.

Featuring the Georgia College and State University Chorus Select Ensemble and the Mandala Rainbow Tribe, the event promises to be the perfect night out for music and movie lovers. “The entire evening promises to be a lot of fun,” Towers said. “I think that it is a great night for people to come and see the orchestra, especially if you’re new to orchestral music. It will be familiar and exciting to hear music you know coming from the instruments on stage.”

This is the final performance of MSO’s season, but the organization is already looking forward to next season. The first show of the 2014-2015 season will be Oct. 25 and will feature “Fantasy Fare.” “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” will take place in November and feature annual holiday favorites. The annual Pops concert will take place in January and highlight the music of The Rolling Stones. “Pipes, Drums and Dances” will be in March 2015. April 2015 will conclude the season with “Cinematic Celebration.”

“We are excited about our upcoming season,” Towers said. “The musical scene in Macon is strong and continues to grow stronger. We hope to see everyone coming out to support it.”

For more information, visit www.maconsymphony.com/event/mso-goes-hollywood.

Macon Symphony Orchestra “Goes Hollywood”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St., Macon

Cost: Adults $38.50/Students $18.50 and Children 12 and younger, $13.50

Phone: 478-301-5300

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