Meridian Symphony Association Recognizes Patrons

The Meridian Symphony Association recognized its most noteworthy patrons today during a donor recognition luncheon that was sponsored by Citizens National Bank.  These patrons include the following individuals, organizations and businesses:  The Riley Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, The Phil Hardin Foundation, Community Foundation of East Mississippi, Meridian Council for the Arts, Structural Steel Services, Inc., Citizens National Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield Mississippi, Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian Airport Authority, Barbaree and Harold Heaster, Leading Edges Advertising, Dr. John and Sylvia McEachin, Marty and Linda Davidson, Benefits Management Group, Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and Dr. and Mrs. Ken Staggs.

Susie Johnson, Executive Director of the Meridian Symphony Association, said:  “The arts play a crucial role in every community and the MSO is no exception.  This orchestra, now in its 56th year, continues to provide wonderful symphonic and family programs that appeal to the wide and diverse musical tastes within our community.  In addition, the community looks to us for quality music education programs that supplement the arts education programs available in our public and private schools.  For the business community, the MSO serves as a magnet, attracting new businesses and professional talent to the region.”

Johnson said the Symphony is pleased to be recognized as one of Citizens National Bank’s Community Partners through which the bank promotes the Symphony’s season, including a section devoted to the organization on and a link that takes online visitors straight to the MSO website. In addition, the bank’s Senior Relationship Banker, Michael Truelove, has become an important part of the symphony association’s Executive Board as its Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman.

Archie McDonnell, CEO of Citizens National Bank, commented:  “The Bank provides both financial and technical expertise to many key non-profit organizations, but selects certain significant non-profit organizations to formally partner with in order to improve the quality of life for everyone in the East Mississippi and West Alabama area as well as the state of Mississippi. This is a responsibility that we have as a local community bank…something we fondly refer to as a part of ‘The Power of Local.’  We are particularly proud and thankful to be a part of uplifting the culture in Meridian through music because it is the right thing to do.”

Now in his fourth year with the MSO, Maestro Peter Rubardt has earned wide acclaim for powerful and inspiring performances. Rubardt, along with MSO board members Aa’Keela Hudnall, Tim Wise and Zena Limerick, shared details of the 56th Season at the donor recognition luncheon.

Anyone wishing to purchase season tickets or tickets to the individual performances can call the MSU Riley Center box office at 601.696.2200 or visit the box office in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call The Symphony House at 601.693.2224 or visit