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Released April 26, 2004


LONG BEACH, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Ambassador Series will present an evening of high-powered chorale literature May 6.

The May 6 concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Gulfport. It is the first of two performances, as the Southern Chorale, the Concert Choir, the Gulf Coast Civic Chorale and the Hattiesburg Choral Union join forces. The second performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 7 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. The concerts will feature Norman Dello Joio's "To Saint Cecilia" and John Rutter's "Glori," both of which use a brass ensemble.

The Southern Chorale, the Concert Choir and the Hattiesburg Choral Union are conducted by Gregory Fuller, director of choral activities at Southern Miss. A member of the conducting faculty, he teaches and advises undergraduate and graduate students.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is conducted by Joanne Edwards. She currently serves as chair for Community Choirs in the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

The concerts will open with the Gulf Coast Civic Chorale performing "The May Night" by Johannes Brahms, "Give Me Jesus" arranged by Larry Fleming and Joseph Martin's "The Awakening."

The second segment of the program will include Norman Dello Joio's "To Saint Cecilia." This work features the Southern Chorale and Concert Choir, both from the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss, as well as a brass ensemble.

Following the Dello Joio piece, the Southern Chorale will perform two sets of pieces. The first are new settings by Howard Helvey written for the Madison (Wisconsin) Chamber Choir to be released this spring. The group will then feature two pieces from "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein.

Closing the concert will be John Rutter's "Gloria," sung by the Gulf Coast Civic Chorus of Southern Miss's Gulfport campus and the Hattiesburg Choral Union.

For more information, call Joanne Edwards at (228) 863-9879.


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April 27, 2004 9:16 AM