October 20, 2017  

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Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale to present “An American Classic”

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Civic Chorale returns this fall with another host of crowd-pleasing performances in its 23rd season, employing the theme “An American Classic.”

With a total of five concerts, Season 23: “An American Classic” will feature rousing favorites by popular Motown artists and arrangements by American composers like Richard Burchard. The Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will also be joined by special guests, including soloists and instrumentalist from the University’s Hattiesburg campus, coastal high schools and community colleges. 

The Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will present their first concert of the season with an annual performance of “Festival of Choirs” on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach.

Artistic director for the chorale Dr. Jonathan Kilgore said “Festival of Choirs” is a must-see event that unites more than 350 singers who all share a common love for music. Kilgore said the concert will feature three mass choir pieces designed to display a rejoicing feel of hope.

“The Festival of Choirs is always one of my favorite events of the year. In a time where competition seems to be everywhere, this event brings together over 350 individuals from South Mississippi to work together and sing for each other,” said Kilgore. “No trophies, no competition and no division. Just music, the universal language.”

The schedule of events for Season 23: “An American Classic” is as follows:

Holiday Concert
• Dec. 8, Southern Miss Gulf Park, FEC Auditorium, Long Beach, 7 p.m.
• Dec. 10, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral, Biloxi, 2 p.m.

American Classic Concert
• March 9, Southern Miss Gulf Park, FEC Auditorium, Long Beach, 7 p.m.
• March 11, St. Michael Catholic Church, Biloxi, 3 p.m.

The Seven Last Words of Christ
• March 27, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, Bay St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Music of Motown Concert
• May 4, Southern Miss Gulf Park, FEC Auditorium, Long Beach, 7 p.m.
• May 6, Southern Miss Gulf Park, FEC Auditorium, Long Beach, 3 p.m.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a community choir organized and orchestrated through the Southern Miss School of Music. All events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/gulf-coast-civic-chorale.