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Released April 19, 2004



LONG BEACH -- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will present "Music for the Fun of It - Ditties, Dessert, and Denim" next month at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The performance, sprinkled with pithy lines and humorous lyrics, begins at 3 p.m. on May 4 in the Hardy Hall Auditorium.

The Civic Chorale will perform funny choir pieces ranging from Haydn's Admonition to PDQ Bach's Oedipus Tex.

"Regardless, the chorale will entertain you with ditties, dessert, (coffee) and denim," said Joanne Edwards, chorale director. "The high point will be the performance of PDQ Bach's Oedipus Tex. You'll find yourself laughing at the antics of Oedipus Tex."

The influence of ancient Greek drama pervades this dramatic oratorio, which was written for solo horn, four soloists and chorus.

It is purported that the manuscript of the prototypically Western work was found by PDQ Bach by chance during a visit to San Antonio's Alamo, according to Edwards. Supposedly, Davy Crockett had the manuscript sewn into his shirt to serve as a bullet-proof vest. Of course, it is left up to the listener to believe or disbelieve this story, Edwards said.

The cost of the show will be $5 per person. To go along with the coffeehouse atmosphere and theme, attire will be blue jeans.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call Edwards at (228) 863-9879, e-mail her at, or call the Southern MissGC Division of Arts and Sciences at (228) 865-4511.


OCEAN SPRINGS -- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on Wednesday, March 10.

He will present a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at 7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.

Admission to the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003 photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer questions and sign his books during the reception following his slide show.

The registration fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL. Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks. Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees of skill.

"The beginners will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."

Ulrich said participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.

Topics include a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition, use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography, techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide etiquette, the photography business and marketing.

Ulrich grew up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with nature photography for the past 29 years.

His library of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana Outdoors and Life.

He has published six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.

"Tom earns his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural behavior."

The GCRL is home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the laboratory at (228) 872-4200.


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