- Two years to the date after the attack on the World Trade Center
in New York City by terrorists, the School of Music at The University
of Southern Mississippi will present its first Camerata Concert
of the 2003-04 season as a commemoration to the victims.
of the music for our Sept. 11 concert was chosen because it was
composed as memorial music," said Michael Kimber, professor
of viola at Southern Miss. "Other featured music on the program
was chosen for its ability to uplift the human spirit. We felt that
a concert on this occasion needed both."
the concert's opening work, and it was first performed one year
ago in Pontlevoy, France, by the university's own faculty ensemble,
work is a lament in memory of the many thousands of innocent people
who perished on September 11, 2001," Kimber said. "The
terrorist attack resulted in tragedy without parallel in our history,
and we cannot reflect on that day of atrocity and destruction without
feelings of horror, shock, and bewilderment."
voice professor Kimberley Davis will sing the profound "Pie
Jesu" from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. Davis hailed the
work "as some of Fauré's most sublime music." She
also will sing the jubilant "Laudate Dominum" from W.
A. Mozart's Vespere solennis.
intentionally wrote his Requiem without drama or a sense of mourning,"
Davis explained. "He believed that death was about a 'happy
deliverance, a yearning for the joys of the afterlife,' rather than
a painful passing away. The sublime, melodious nature of this music
truly mirrors his heart."
music professor Dana Ragsdale will perform two solo works for harpsichord,
her instrument of specialty. The first piece, by the 17th-century
German-born Johann Jakob Froberger, is a lament "for the sad
loss of his royal majesty Ferdinand IV," according to Ragsdale.
The second is a tombeau, or monument, to memorialize the dead lutenist
Blancrocher by 17th-century French composer Louis Couperin.
like all the leading 17th-century composers, contributed to the
repertoire of tombeaux, or musical monuments," Ragsdale said.
will conclude with a brilliant Concerto in C major by Tomaso Albinoni.
Soloists for this work include faculty-artists Joel Treybig on trumpet,
Patricia Malone on oboe and John Bivins on bassoon.
will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium. Tickets are $8 general
admission and $5 for students, Southern Miss faculty and staff and
senior citizens. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office
at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
Proceeds from Camerata ticket sales benefit the School of Music