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Released August 18, 2004

SYMPHONY'S 84th SEASON TICKETS A HOT COMMODITY

HATTIESBURG - Season tickets for the 84th season of Mississippi's oldest symphony orchestra at The University of Southern Mississippi are becoming limited, according to musical director Jay Dean.

In "Bringing the World to Mississippi," the new lineup of stars to shine on the Bennett Auditorium stage--and beyond-- include world-famous classical flutists Sir James Galway and his wife Jeanne Galway, Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah," and the concert event of a lifetime with tenor Placido Domingo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Dean sings high praises for the special guest artists as he continues to promote season ticket sales.

"Our season is the hottest ticket in town," Dean said. "We will be performing great classical music, chosen for its beauty and artistry, with artists of world renown. Our two main artists, Galway and Domingo, are known to people from all walks of life."

Dean, with the assistance of the Domingo concert sponsor Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and season sponsor BancorpSouth, has been "beating the bushes" promoting the season and the once-in-a-lifetime concert with the famous tenor.

"We want everyone in the Gulf states region to have access to our season headliner concert with Placido," Dean said. "It is such a tremendous honor to perform with an artist of his stature, and an event the public shouldn't miss, as well.

Officially opening the symphony's 84th season at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, Sir Galway is regarded as both a superlative interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.

An accomplished flutist, Jeanne Galway has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States as both a soloist and chamber musician. She performs regularly with her husband, Sir Galway, and engagements undertaken with him have included a fundraising concert with Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder and a successful recital tour of Japan, which included a private performance in the presence of the Empress of Japan.

Between the concerts highlighting these two famed performers, Galway and Domingo, the season includes: a concert Nov. 4 featuring Southern Miss School of Music faculty members Lois Leventhal, piano, and Richard Perry, tuba, in a program called "Twice as Grand"; a Christmas holiday spectacular Dec. 3 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg; the William T. Gower Awards concert Jan. 27, 2005; "A Royal Romance" concert Feb. 14, 2005, featuring The King's Violins; Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah" in a 50th anniversary celebration production Feb. 23, 26, and 27, 2005; and an evening of "Organ and Choral Masterworks" May 5, 2005, featuring Jackson Borges on organ.

"Although we perform with famed international performers each year, our regular season patrons have recognized the local talent that fills the majority of our season," Dean said. "Our area is extremely fortunate to have the faculty and student artists we have at Southern Miss, who are as musically adept as our guests. No one should be disappointed with the quality of this season."

The 2004-05 Southern Miss Symphony season ticket packages range in price per person from $120 to $160 for the seven Hattiesburg concerts only and from $135 to $450 for the seven local concerts and a Domingo ticket based on seating preference. Individual tickets for the Galway concert on Oct. 6 are $59, $49, or $39 and $302, $202, $102, $52, or $27 for the Domingo concert April 2, 2005, based on seating preference.

Tickets are available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.usm.edu/tickets.

For more information, call the Southern Miss Symphony office at (601) 266-4001 or visit www.usm.edu/arts.

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September 8, 2004 2:35 PM