Lyceum Series continues Tuesday with Derik Nelson & Family concert

Dalten (left), Derik and Riana Nelson will be performing at MSU’s Lee Hall this week.

A talented musical family from the Pacific Northwest brings a repertoire of velvet harmonies to Mississippi State next week for the university’s next Lyceum Series event.

Derik Nelson & Family will be featured in an Oct. 3 concert to begin at 7 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of historic Lee Hall.

General admission tickets are $25 each; $20 for MSU employees and senior citizens; $10 for children and free for MSU students. Purchases may be made online at

Performing together since childhood, the trio also includes its namesake’s siblings, Riana and Dalten.

According to one reviewer, “pleasant thoughts will linger with concert-goers for a long, long time.”

When not on the road, Derik is a songwriter, producer and audio engineer who also played the lead band guitarist on “Glee,” the award-winning Fox Network comedy-drama. As an undergraduate, the Olympia, Washington, native helped shape what would become the University of Southern California’s popular music degree program. In addition to winning a Brian Wilson Music Scholarship, he took first-place in the Indie International Songwriting Competition for “The Way It’s Gonna Go.”

Riana is a musical theater graduate of the University of Michigan and a former headliner on Princess Cruises. Dalten, who attended Arizona State University, has an extensive musical theater background. For more family information, see

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Sammy McDavid | Public Affairs

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