Students from The University of Southern Mississippi choirs will journey to New York City to perform at the Carnegie Hall Gala Concert Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.
Approximately 40 Southern Miss students will participate in this collaborative performance that involves alumni and current students of the university, as well as members of the Hattiesburg Choral Union. The gala choirs will be conducted by Southern Miss alumni who currently teach in West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Chicago and North Carolina. In all, more than 200 people will represent Southern Miss and Hattiesburg in the Carnegie Hall Gala Concert, which is sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
“I believe that one of the more significant things about this event is that we are including alumni conductors and their choirs,” said Dr. Gregory Fuller, director of Choral Activities and professor of music at Southern Miss.
Southern Miss alumnae Dr. Beth Everett, of Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., feels honored to be a part of this event and have 33 of her own students perform. “Every single day at least one of my students mentions how excited they are about the upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall,” Everett said. “This grants me a great educational opportunity that I am privileged to be a part of.”
The concert will feature the Mozart Coronation Mass conducted by John Flanery, assistant director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Southern Miss, as well as excerpts from “An American Requiem” written by Ed Penhorwood and conducted by Fuller.
“It is always a special thrill to be in a hall where so many world-renowned artists have performed. Being able to present new music like “An American Requiem” is especially exciting,” Fuller said.
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 212.247.7800 or visit http://www.carnegiehall.org. For more information about Southern Miss choirs, visit http://www.usm.edu/music.
Southern Miss choir students practice the Mozart Coronation Mass for a Feb. 22 Carnegie Hall performance in New York City. (Submitted photo)
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