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Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra to Present Zaninelli’s “The Beauty of the Earth” May 4 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 03, 2010
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The virtuosity of Alexandre Brussilovsky’s violin, added with the sheer magnificence of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Choirs brings an end to another unforgettable symphony season. These two forces will present the world premiere of “The Beauty of the Earth” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Commissioned by the Southern Miss Centennial committee, “The Beauty of the Earth” was written by retired, composer-in-residence Luigi Zaninelli. “It means a great deal to have a composer of such distinction on our faculty,” said Jay Dean, the orchestra’s music director.

With more than 300 published works and countless awards under his belt, Zaninelli is known around the world for work that excites the senses and stimulates the mind. He has received commissions to compose for virtually all mediums including opera, ballet, chamber music, orchestra, band, chorus and solo voice. He has served as a professor of music and composer-in-residence at Southern Miss since 1973.

“I obviously was destined to be here, and it’s been a remarkable journey for me,” Zaninelli said. “I am sure that the composer I am now is a direct reflection of this place and the things that it has asked me or the opportunity it has given me to do things.”

The orchestra will joined by violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky for his fifth performance at Southern Miss. Born in the Ukraine, Brussilovsky completed his musical education at the Moscow Conservatories under Yuri Yankelevitch, Maya Glezarova, Felix Andrievsky and Leonid Kogan. He has also won top prizes at several international competitions, including the Grand Prix at the International Prague Competition in 1969, and the Grand Prix and Albert Roussel Special Prize at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1975.

Dean describes Brussilovsky as an “extraordinary performer” who is sure to “leave the audience spellbound with his playing.”

After the intermission, the orchestra will perform one of the most well-known and exciting pieces in the orchestral repertoire, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherzade,” making this timeless tale of 1001 Arabian Nights the final performance of the night.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $26/$22/$18 and free for students. Tickets may be ordered online at

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