September 30, 2016  

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The University of Southern Mississippi kicks off its annual Connoisseur Series with a free community concert set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The Gulf Coast Library presents “3 Views,” a photographic exhibit now on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Gulf Coast community are invited to hear an eclectic arrangement of music pieces performed by pianist and Associate Professor Elizabeth Moak during a piano recital to be held on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi is counting down the days until its most anticipated Jazz and Blues Festival, slated for Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on the South Lawn on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, this free event is enjoyed by many family and friends along the Gulf Coast.

More than 100 works will be featured during the 2016 Annual Student Show set for March 23-April 8 at the Gallery of Art and Design on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert with the Symphonic Winds on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Whitney Miller, 2010 Fox TV “MasterChef” winner and University of Southern Mississippi alum, will serve as a celebrity chef for the 12th Annual Passions of the Palate event set for April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will be hosting Saxophone Day 2016 on Saturday, March 5. Student registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Intermezzo@Woods Gallery and events run until 7 p.m.

World renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway will return for their third performance with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as part of a special concert on March 31 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The acclaimed duo appeared free-of-charge for their second performance in 2006, as a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert. Next month’s concert, set for 7:30 p.m., will mark the 10-year anniversary of that evening of recovery.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will open a new production of the sensational music drama Carmen Feb. 18 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Glorious voices, sets, costumes, props and lights are accompanied by the incomparable Symphony Orchestra in this enormous production.

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 University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will present its holiday performances titled “Oh Light, Everlasting” on Friday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 13.

 

The Chorale will perform Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus (730 East Beach Boulevard) in Long Beach. A second performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (870 Howard Avenue) in Biloxi. 

 

The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top choral ensemble, has been selected by blind panels to perform at two major national conventions, which in turn has prompted an invitation to yet another major performance – a fully-funded trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

Before making those national appearances, the Chorale will preview some of their works for local patrons on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring two premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Bernstein's timeless classic “West Side Story” as part of homecoming weekend celebrations.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 96th season Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this special opening entitled, “New Acquaintances and Old Friends.”

 

“Similar to glamorous openings at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet, this is the Pine Belt’s chance to ramp up the glamor and enjoy a first rate musical evening with the incomparable Symphony Orchestra,” said Jay Dean, music director.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present a Faculty Artist Series performance of the Logio Duo on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Connoisseur’s Chamber Music Series is committed to bringing to the Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi communities the very best in national and international artists.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. Celebrating 96 years, the venerable organization is the state’s oldest orchestra and a leader in cultural offerings for the region.
 

Music Director Jay Dean notes: “Every symphonic concert this season features wind or brass soloists. Some of these performers will be students who come from different parts of the world, including Mississippi, while others are globally renowned celebrity artists."

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

With their soulful blues sound, the sibling trio of Homemade Jamz Blues Band will showcase their unique musical talents at the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the campus.

 

The Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is free and open to the public offering a day of fun and music. In addition to local restaurants and food vendors offering a variety of cuisine, the festival will also feature arts and crafts vendors set up throughout the front lawn of the campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its Spring 2015 theatre season with a production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Performance dates are March 26, 27, 28, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra closes its 95th season on Saturday, April 25 with a special performance by world-renowned dramatic soprano and Metropolitan opera star, Deborah Voigt.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the 6th Annual Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.