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USM Symphony Orchestra to present Classical Companions Oct. 12

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Jacqueline McIlwain

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its second concert of the season, “Classical Companions,” Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

While not all “classical” by period, the three musical works in this concert are absolutely “classic.” The magical music of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream combined with the operatic virtuosity displayed in Weber’s second Clarinet Concerto and Mozart’s eclectic Symphony No. 39, are indeed exciting and elegant companions.

The featured soloist for the program will be School of Music assistant professor of clarinet, Jacqueline McIlwain. A Chicago native, Dr. McIlwain’s diverse performance experience includes numerous recitals in a variety of styles from the standard repertoire to world premieres. She has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Murfreesboro Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Since 2000, she has performed in more than half a dozen countries in Europe and the Far East. Dr. McIlwain is a Vandoren Regional Artist and Backun Musical Services Artist.

The program will be conducted by Ivan del Prodo, a graduate student at Southern Miss.

The Southern Miss School of Music has a longstanding international reputation for musical excellence. Recognized for its eminence in musical artistry, education and community service, the school serves more than 450 majors from the United States and 15 countries. The Symphony Orchestra is a study in international relations as students from around the globe come together for one purpose—music.

With an intense performance schedule covering classical to pop musical styles and drawing both students and guest artists from around the globe, the Symphony truly is bringing the world to Mississippi.

Tickets for this and all events are available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office. Visit 
www.Southernmisstickets.com; or call 800.844.8425 or 601.266.5418. For more information, contact the Symphony Orchestra at 601.266.4001.