2015-16 SEASON



Our 96th season proves to be one of our best yet—full of premieres and celebrities! Every symphonic concert 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. Therefore, it seems that we should entitle the season something reflective of this unusual circumstance.  With this in mind, please join us for a “WorldWind” of a season!  - Jay Dean




October 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

New Acquaintances and Old Friends

Jacquelyn Adams, Horn

Jay Dean, Conductor

Ivan del Prado, Conductor



Zaninelli – Nostalgic Dances



Naigus  –  Radiant Dances for Horn and Strings


Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68


Our first program, New Acquaintances and Old Friends includes two world premieres. The first, Nostalgic Dances by our own Luigi Zaninelli, is fondly reminiscent of the great dance era of the early 20th century with charming and beautiful tunes from cafés of days gone by.  Our new horn professor, Jacquelyn Adams performs her Mississippi debut with her newly commissioned piece, Radiant Dances for horn and strings by Iowa composer James Naigus. Finally the evening will close with an old musical friend, Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor—a timeless work that audiences love to hear.


October 15, 16, & 18 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

A Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company Production of

West Side Story

Michael Miles, Conductor

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director


From first note to the final breath, Leonard Bernstein’s Tony and Academy Award-winning musical, West Side Story is one of the most memorable, exciting, and iconic shows in the history of the American Broadway Musical. Shakespeare's classic tale of Romeo and Juliet set in modern-day New York City, two young and idealistic lovers find themselves caught in a war of prejudice, race, and status of two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. They struggle to survive in a world of intolerance, violence and discrimination.  The Washington Post called West Side Story  “a uniquely cohesive comment on life . . . . The violence is senseless but Leonard Bernstein’s score makes us feel what we do not understand.” Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mary Poppins, audiences will adore the spectacle, dance, and drama of this great American Musical.

West Side Story


November 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Bennett Auditorium

Sonic Blast

Richard Perry, Jamie Lipton, Joe Skillen, and Demondrae Thurman, Tubas

Jay Dean, Conductor



Stevens – Grand Concerto for 4 Tubas


Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


The first powerful work provides the literal inspiration for the title of the concert, Grand Concerto for 4 Tubas written by American composer, John Stevens, former Director of the School of Music and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. University of Southern Mississippi Tuba and Euphonium professor, Dr. Richard Perry, Dr. Jamie Lipton from Henderson State University, Dr. Joe Skillen from Louisiana State University; and Dr. Demondrae Thurman from the University of Alabama join together to present the Mississippi premiere of this unique work.


Upon its premiere in Leningrad, Russia on November 21, 1937 Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor received a standing ovation lasting over half an hour. Written during the “Great Purge” of the Soviet Union, it was intended to mark his political rehabilitation and confinement to party expectations. In this powerful symphony Shostakovich found a combination of ambiguous satire and heroic classicism—conveying unique conformity to the authorities of the Russian state and simultaneously expressing the suffering imposed by Stalin on the common public.


December 1 & 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Main Street Baptist Church

Holiday Choral Spectacular

Gregory Fuller, Conductor

Webb Parker, Conductor


I heard the bells, on Christmas Day,

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Join the University of Southern Mississippi Choirs, the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, the Hattiesburg Civic Chorus, and Hattiesburg area high school students as they collaborate in their annual Holiday affair! A community favorite, both evenings sell out annually! 

Holiday Choral Spectacular


February 18 & 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

A Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company Production of


Jay Dean, Conductor

Joseph Levitt, Stage Director


A timeless tale of love, danger, and betrayal, Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen has enjoyed hundreds of thousands of performances worldwide. Bizet’s famous music is so ingrained into our popular culture that audiences immediately recognize it’s famous melodies and infamous characters. Carmen, the beautiful, exotic, sensuous, and dangerous gypsy seduces Don José, an army Corporal, into the life of a common criminal by singing her “Habanera.”  Later, Escamillo, Carmen’s new love interest and an ensemble cast of raucous gypsies, and smugglers escalate the dramatic tension of the story to its tragic conclusion.




February 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Bennett Auditorium

Stages of Change   

Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Michael Miles, Conductor


Rossini – Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Nielsen – Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57

Copland – Quiet City

Stravinsky – Suite from Pulcinella


An opera, a concerto, a play, and a ballet—an evening of music for the stage! As infamously heard in Bugs Bunny cartoons, the Beatles’ film Help, and a Seinfeld episode among other comedic romps, Rossini’s Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia is one of the most recognized and well-loved opera overtures. Boisterous rhythms and Neapolitan dance melodies begin our evening of orchestral stage entertainment. Originally composed as incidental music for Irwin Shaw’s experimental play, Quiet City, Aaron Copeland’s orchestral staging offers a pensive ode to New York. A beautiful and haunting solo trumpet captures quintessential Americana through a nostalgic collage of string textures.


Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians joins the symphony to perform Nielson’s Clarinet Concerto. Mr. McGill is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa.


Stravinsky’s orchestral staging, a suite derived from his neoclassical ballet Pulcinella, closes our musical bouquet of great orchestral works for the stage. This brilliantly quaint work depicts a story of love and jovial pranks of the infamous commedia dell’arte puppet. 


March 31, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Bennett Auditorium

The Galways Return

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, Flutes

Jay Dean, Conductor


Mercadante – Flute Concerto in E minor, Op. 57

Overtton – Minuet and Finale from The Magic Flutes

Prokofiev – Suite from Romeo and Juliet


On their third appearance with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway return for another spectacular evening of virtuosity and world-class entertainment.  Appearing regularly as the world’s premiere flute duo they delight audiences worldwide with their unparalleled performances. The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. He has made himself a modern musical master, whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision.  Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.  An accomplished flutist, Lady Jeanne Galway continues to grace international platforms with her unquestioned virtuosity.  One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Jeanne brings her unique style and elegance to audiences around the globe.

The Galways 


April 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Main Street Baptist Church

Future Stars and Choral World Premiere

Winners of the William t. Gower Scholarship Competition

Gregory Fuller, Conductor


This year the annual William T. Gower Concerto Competition features brass, woodwind, and percussion soloists at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Each year we honor the memory of Gower, a renowned woodwind performer, teacher, and conductor of the Southern Miss Symphony, by awarding three superb musicians a performance with the University Symphony on the Future Stars concert. 




This program will also feature the world premiere a newly commissioned work by the Department of Choral Activities at Southern Miss.  The piece, by composer Richard Burchard, an award-winning choral composer from Louisville, Kentucky will be based on the “Seven Last Words” of Christ from the four canonical gospels.  Mr. Burchard teaches composition, theory, electronic music, and world music at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as a guest choral clinician both nationally and internationally.

Future Stars



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