SOUTHERN MISS CONCERT BAND GIVES SPRING CONCERT
- The nationally recognized Wind Ensemble, the top concert band
at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present its spring
concert April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. Special guest
performers will include pianist Theresa Sanchez, soprano faculty
artist Maryann Kyle, and the Southern Chorale, under the direction
of Dr. Gregory Fuller.
Led by Thomas
Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern Miss, the ensemble is
widely known in music circles for its exceptionally gifted student
performers and for its diverse and challenging repertoire.
extremely proud of the continued accomplishments of this band,"
Fraschillo said. "The students continue to be a source of pride
for us in the School of music for their dedication to the music
and for striving to perform at their best."
also said this concert, a part of the 2002-2003 Symphony Season
sponsored by BancorpSouth, was planned as a "celebration"
of America. The ensemble plans to perform Dudley Buck's "Festival
Overture on the Star Spangled Banner" and Southern Miss composer-in-residence
Luigi Zaninelli's "Spacious Skies."
directorial debut will be doctoral candidate Brad Snow, who leads
the ensemble on Igor Stravinsky's "Piano Concerto." Sanchez
joins him on stage as the featured soloist.
students over the years have been of high quality and have maintained
the educational integrity that has been developed here over the
years," Fraschillo said. "We have invited one of those
deserving doctoral candidates to guest conduct during the concert."
faculty member at Jones County Junior College and past president
of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, enjoys a varied performing
career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has recently
performed with the Mississippi Symphony, the Southern Miss Symphony
and the Meridian Symphony.
opens with Leos Janácek's "Sokol Fanfare," followed
by Buck's "Festival Overture" and Stravinsky's concerto.
After intermission, the ensemble will perform James Syler's "Symphony
No. 1 'Blue,'" which will feature the Southern Chorale, the
premier touring choir at Southern Miss. Kyle, assistant professor
of music and director of the Southern Opera and Music Theatre program
at Southern Miss, also joins Fuller and the Chorale.
Kyle, a native
Mississippian and a longtime featured performer with the Southern
Miss Wind Ensemble and the Symphony, has sung leading roles with
the Chattanooga Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Southern Arts
Festival Opera, the University of Illinois, the East Tennessee Opera
and The Opera at Southern Miss. She has appeared as Micaela in "Carmen,"
opposite internationally known mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, and
as a guest soloist of the Miami Festival, opposite the late but
legendary William Warfield.
is a large five movement work for soprano soloist, wind ensemble
and chorus that was commissioned by a consortium of 42 universities
in the United States. Created in an oratorio-like form, it has the
grandeur and long line needed to sustain itself. Zaninelli's "Spacious
Skies" will close the program.
$6 for general admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff
and students, senior citizens and children under 12. Call the Southern
Miss ticket office at 266-5418 for tickets or order online at www.tickets.usm.edu.
For more information on the Southern Miss band program, call 266-4990.
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.