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Southern Miss Symphony Opens Season with Manuel Barrueco PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will open its 88th concert season for 2008-09 with an Oct. 9 performance featuring renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Under the baton of music director Jay Dean, the orchestra has yet another much-anticipated concert with one of the world’s most sought-after classical artists. Barrueco has appeared on a wide array of American television programs, including “CBS Sunday Morning,” A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS.

The evening’s program will include Debussy’s “La Mer,” Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar in D Major, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 and Sierra’s “Folias.”

Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of today’s top guitarists. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Boston Symphony, under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, in the American premiere of Toru Takemitsu’s “To the Edge of Dream.”

He began playing the guitar at the age of eight and attended the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Cuba. He immigrated with his family to the United States as political refugees in 1967. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the world.

The Symphony’s 2008-09 season is sponsored by BancorpSouth. Limited tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert at Bennett Auditorium are $39/$29/$19 or $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Southern Miss Ticket Office by calling 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or ordered online at

For more information, visit or contact the Symphony office at 601.266.4001. For more information about the arts at Southern Miss, visit or contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988. 

Manuel Barrueco

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