May 25, 2019  

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USM Symphony Season Concerts Feature Choral Masterworks

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The Southern Miss Choral Activities will be in concert on March 27 and March 29 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present two evenings of concerts featuring Southern Miss Choral Activities on Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. Each program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is ticketed.

The program features Richard Burchard’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” a new oratorio. Performed by The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, and the Symphony Orchestra, conductor Dr. Gregory Fuller, describes the piece as seasonally appropriate. 

“Burchard has become known for rich harmonies for voices,” said Fuller. “The accompaniment of strings adds an even more luxurious layers woven with lyric melody. This music captures the tone of Holy week.”

The concert will also feature Samuel Barbers' famous, Adagio for Strings that outside of being a classic masterwork for orchestra, has been featured in countless movie and television soundtracks.

Burchard is an award-winning composer, scholar and educator, his choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe having had world premieres in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. His music includes more than 30 commissioned works for choir.

An associate professor of music at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., he was named the Kentucky Music Teachers Association 2008 Commissioned Composer and has served as composer-in-residence for a number of organizations, including the University of Kentucky Choral Department, Voces Novae Louisville, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, and The Cathedral of the Assumption.

Southern Miss Choral Activities has become a regional leader in choral music excellence. From the placement of outstanding teachers, to exceptional performances locally, nationally and beyond, the program is making a difference and adding to the quality of life in many communities.

General admission tickets are $20 at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, 800.844.8425, 601.266.5418, or

The performance will also preview on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, in Bay St. Louis.  Admission is Free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please email Dr. Jonathan Kilgore at