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Southern Miss Symphony Season Continues with Close Connections Nov. 3

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USM assistant professor of oboe Galit Kaunitz will perform in the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra's "Close Connections" Nov. 3.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Entitled Close Connections, the program musically highlights the close relationship between the two, featured composers: Richard Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This wonderful evening of music includes the exceptional talents of the School of Music’s assistant professor of oboe, Galit Kaunitz.

“I cannot think of a more uplifting evening of music than the combination of these two pieces,” said music director, Jay Dean. “Having been to the birthplaces of both Mozart and Strauss, two of my favorite composers, this concert is very special to me. Also, I have only conducted the Mozart Jupiter Symphony one time, but that was 33 years ago, so I now have an opportunity to revisit, and relearn this spectacular piece. The Strauss Oboe Concerto is a piece that I once prepared, but never conducted because of the tornado in 2013; we rehearsed the piece, but never got to actually perform it.”

The first half of the concert includes Kaunitz performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto and the second half of the program will feature Mozart’s well-known Symphony No. 41, (The Jupiter).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, and Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany. While the physical world where they spent most of their lives could be traveled in less than a few hours, these two musical geniuses have been immortalized by the impact that their music has had on the world.  One of Strauss’ last works was his Oboe Concerto, and Mozart’s last symphony was “The Jupiter” Symphony. Because of the musical brilliance of these two pieces, they have secured a permanent position in the symphonic repertoire.

Kaunitz, says "The oboe concerto by Richard Strauss is one of the most beautiful, expansive, and emotional pieces in our repertoire. To me, it represents reflections of both great joy and sadness experienced by the composer throughout his long life. It is a profound honor to perform it with the Symphony Orchestra, and I can't wait to share this work with the audience."

Kaunitz teaches applied oboe and performs with Category 5, the faculty wind quintet. Previously, she taught oboe at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and has taught and performed in Costa Rica as part of Centro Cultural’s Promising Artists of the 21st Century Program. Her orchestral career includes performances with the Charleston Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Dr. Kaunitz earned her D.M. from The Florida State University with a Certificate in College Teaching, M.M. from The University of Texas at Austin, and B.M. from The Hartt School of Music. Her major teachers include Dr. Eric Ohlsson, Rebecca Henderson, and Humbert Lucarelli.

Tickets are available through Southern Miss Ticket Office; 800.844.8425, 601.266.5418 or www.southernmisstickets.com. For questions, contact the Symphony Orchestra at 601.266.4001.