109 Cotton Acres Drive
Clinton, MS 39056
Mezzo-soprano Viola Dacus and pianist Carol Joy Sparkman offer art song recitals and master classes. One of the duo’s most enthusiastically received programs is the song cycle, Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood, which was composed for Dacus by award winning Mississippi composer James Sclater. The cycle, for which Sclater wrote both text and music, is based on Dacus’s recollections of growing up in rural Yazoo County, MS. The songs range from tender reflections on a cemetery visit to a romping trip to a country store. They leave audiences laughing, crying, and eager to talk about their own reflections of growing up in the south. In addition to recitals, Viola performs opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire. She is on the faculty of Mississippi College in Clinton. Carol Joy is also an active performer and on the faculty of Mississippi College.
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