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Southern Miss Wind Ensemble Opens Season Oct. 29 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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 HATTIESBURG, Miss.   Traditional band fare and contemporary works will be featured at the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble’s opening concert for its 2009-10 season Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

Under the direction of Dr. Tom Fraschillo, director of bands and professor of music at Southern Miss, the Wind Ensemble has earned international acclaim and stands as one of the top performing concert bands in the School of Music. The hour-long concert will feature works of Giacomo Puccini and William Schuman, in addition to contemporary composer Robert Jager’s “Concerto for Tuba” by Southern Miss faculty artist Richard Perry.

Guests will be treated to an exciting array of musical styles,” said Joseph Francis, a doctor of musical arts candidate in wind band conducting from Gainesville, Ga. and a graduate assistant working with the Southern Miss band program.

The ensemble is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world. Quinton Parker, a music education major and euphonium soloist from Stateline, Miss., along with Bruno Lourensetto, a master’s of music performance student and trumpet soloist from Săo Paulo, Brazil will perform the “When Jesus Wept” by Schuman.

The ensemble will also perform a selection by Southern Miss composer-in-residence, Luigi Zaninelli, titled “My Father’s World,” featuring the Hattiesburg Choral Union Women conducted by Dr. Gregory Fuller, director of choral activities at Southern Miss.

Having premiered several of his compositions with the Wind Ensemble, performers and audiences around the world know the music of Zaninelli as exciting work that stimulates the mind and senses. During his career, he has served as composer-in-residence at the University of Calgary, the Banff School of Fine Arts and at Southern Miss since 1973.

“Zaninelli’s piece utilizes chorales and hymns from early American heritage as influence for the three movement work,” said Francis.

Since 1985, the Wind Ensemble has presented numerous concerts that span a diverse range of styles from tradition to avant-garde. The opening concert is free. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, visit http://www.usm.edu/band.


PHOTO: Dr. Tom Fraschillo, director of band programs at the University of Southern Mississippi, conducts a Wind Ensemble concert in Bennett Auditorium. The opening concert of the Wind Ensemble’s 2009-2010 season will take place Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

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