MASS CHOIR, MUSICIANS JOIN SOUTHERN MISS SYMPHONY
TO HONOR STATE'S MUSICAL HERITAGE
- There's going to be a whole lot of shaking going on May 1 in Reed
Green Coliseum when the "Mississippi, The Birthplace of America's
Music" concert appears on The University of Southern Mississippi's
BancorpSouth, the event will feature gospel, blues, jazz and patriotic
music. "This concert is designed to make Mississippians very
proud of their state," said Dr. Jay Dean, Southern Miss professor
and music director of orchestra.
Miss Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 82nd season this year,
produces a concert that will feature a spectacular cast, plus a
1,000-voice chorus and full symphony orchestra. The event will spotlight
musicians honoring Mississippi's artistic contribution, from blues
to grand opera to acting greats.
of us in Mississippi sometimes don't realize what a great state
of composers, writers, musicians and actors we possess," Dean
said. "Mississippi has done a great deal in providing artists,
and this concert is a celebration of our musical heritage. It's
going to be the biggest single celebration of Mississippi music
in the history of the state."
include Mississippi guitarist Vasti Jackson, the McComb native known
for his vocals, songwriting, producing and arranging who has recorded
with the blues legend B. B. King on King's Grammy Award-winning
"Blues Summit" release.
will be the 1,000-voice Mississippi Mass Choir, world-famous for
its gospel music that includes high school and college students
from around the state. Participating high schools from the Hattiesburg
area include Hattiesburg, West Jones, Lumberton, Poplarville, North
Forrest, Forrest County AHS, Gulfport, Biloxi, Stone County, Pascagoula,
Purvis and Moss Point, and Belhaven and William Carey College.
high schools from across the state include the following: Jim Hill,
Callaway, Vicksburg, Forest, Jackson Academy, Natchez, Piney Woods,
Lanier, Yazoo County, Yazoo City, Brookhaven, Northwest Rankin,
Brandon, Pass Christian, Simpson Academy, APAC and Canton.Also appearing
will be Mickey Davis, the national fiddling champion from Natchez;
50 miniature "Elvis" impersonators from La Studio Dance
Academy; the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra; the Southern Miss,
William Carey and Belhaven choirs; and the Hattiesburg Choral Union.
native Gary Grubbs will emcee the event. Grubbs is a longtime writer
and actor whose most recent accomplishment has been starring in
his own play, the well-received "As the Crow Flies," at
the New Stage Theatre in Jackson to sold-out crowds. Grubbs has
also appeared in the films "JFK," "Silkwood,"
"Honkytonk Man," "X-Files: The Movie," and "The
Astronaut's Wife." On television, he portrayed lawyers in "The
Burning Bed" and "Fatal Vision," and lately he guest
starred on "Will and Grace," "The X-Files,"
"Jag," "Touched by an Angel," and "ER."
The 7:30 p.m.
concert includes a patriotic finale comprising all soloists and
choruses. "This show will have Mississippians standing on their
feet," Dean promised.
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PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- 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.
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
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
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."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.