September 29, 2016  

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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 widow of a civil rights movement icon who continues her husband’s work advocating for racial equality and social justice will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Armstrong-Branch Lecture. 

Myrlie Evers-Williams, chairwoman of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute and scholar-in-residence at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

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 University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Arbor Day celebration Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. on the south side of the Payne Recreation Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s ceremony will feature planting of an edible orchard with assistance from students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

 

“We’re always excited about Arbor Day, and especially this year with the establishment of an edible orchard,” said Haley McMinn, assistant director of sustainability for the Physical Plant. “What could be more fresh and sustainable than having an orchard right here on our campus?”

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.

 

The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together the top industry leaders in the field of sports safety and security for the annual Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Incorporating the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of African American Excellence at Southern Miss,” The University of Southern Mississippi will mark Black History Month in February with several events on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, while also paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the school’s desegregation.

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’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the first Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Hattiesburg’s 5th annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. featuring the theme “For the Love of Animals.”

The parade will begin at Fourth Street coming from the University’s Hillcrest Residence Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of campus, traveling down the U.S. 49 service road adjacent to the east side of campus. It will then move west down Hardy Street to 38th Avenue, turning right onto 38th Avenue and end at Morningside Drive.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” returns Feb. 19-20 for the 31st annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center, located at 962 Sullivan Road off of U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

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 University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Chi Omega sorority will host its 64th annual Songfest Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission is free and donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the event’s charity beneficiary, are welcomed.

The University of Southern Mississippi will ring in the holiday season Wednesday, Dec. 2 with its annual Lighting the Way event on the Hattiesburg campus. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, and members of the University and local communities are invited.

It was at the center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus nearly four decades ago that a chance encounter between two musicians led to one of America’s great musical collaborations.

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’s School of Kinesiology will host the 82nd annual Mississippi Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Convention Nov. 5-6 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Whether you come back each year or are making a special trip to visit your alma mater in 2015, homecoming is a time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate all things Black and Gold at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Golden Eagles: All In” is the theme for this year’s homecoming week Oct. 12-18.

 

“I think homecoming is a time that our alumni can rekindle the spirit of their college years,” said Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association Executive Director Jerry DeFatta.

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’s College of Health will host the forum “Postpartum Retention in HIV Care: A Hidden Leak in the Treatment Cascade” Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 214. Admission is free and open to the public.

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.