The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The concert features a varied sampling of music written by Mississippi composers, and will include School of Music faculty as well as regional performers. The event is free and open to the public.
Guest artists Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano and Theresa Sanchez, piano will perform a 2010 composition, “Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood” by James Sclater. Soprano Kimberely Davis and pianist Elizabeth Moak will present William Grant Still’s 1949 “Songs of Separation.”
The recital will also feature two contrasting pieces by Milton Babbitt: “Three Theatrical Songs” as performed by Maryann Kyle, soprano; and Joe Brumbeloe, piano, as well as “Sheer Pluck,” Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar. The concert will conclude with Luigi Zaninelli’s 2015 “Nostalgic Dances,” scored for piano (Theresa Sanchez) and percussion ensemble.
“Like a good gumbo, this concert will include a mixture of interesting spices -- everything from Broadway show tunes to challenging, complex pieces; from serious art songs to reminiscences of dance hall tunes,” said Music faculty member, performer and event organizer Joe Brumbeloe. “It will be an interesting show.”