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USM Connoisseur Series Features Jovino Santos Neto and his Quinteto February 20

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Jovino Santos Neto and his Quinteto

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents its Connoisseur Series featuring Jovino Santos Neto and his Quinteto on Wednesday, Feb. 20. This free concert is set for 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jovino Santos Neto with his group Quinteto brings an exciting blend of deep harmonies and fantastic improvisation that is inspired by the vibrant culture of Brazilian music.

“He is a brilliant and intuitive keyboard player (and flutist) who explores jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music with equal zeal,” stated Paul de Barros of Seattle Times in 2000.

Jovino Santos Neto began his career as a collaborator with one of Brazil’s most famous composers Hermeto Pascoal and brings the same ebullient energy to the stage with his own group Quinteto. Neto serves on the faculty at the Cornish Institute in Seattle, Washington and tours the world performing and teaching.

“(Neto is) an uninhibited young keyboard soloist who writes boppishly self-propelling numbers,” stated Jack Massarick of The London Evening Standard in a review.

For more information, contact Larry Panella at: or call 601.266.4047.