A faculty soprano at The University of Southern Mississippi
will present "A Tribute to Leontyne Price" Feb.
27 at Southern Miss's Gulf Park campus.
by Dr. Mary Ann Kyle in the first spring event of the
Southern Miss Gulf Coast Ambassador Series begins at 7 p.m. in
the Advanced Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park
campus in Long Beach. It is free and open to the public.
has been an inspiration to Kyle, assistant professor of voice
in the Southern Miss School of Music, since Kyle, at the age
of 17, first heard the famous opera star from Mississippi
sing with William Warfield in "Porgy and Bess."
have chosen to honor Ms. Price as an American treasure and
one of Mississippi's most honored citizens," Kyle said.
"I also have chosen music that reflects different elements
of her performance career."
Kyle visited with the Laurel native during Price's last visit
to her home state. The two sopranos talked about Price's childhood
memories, including Price's ballet debut in white tennis shoes
and a tutu. Kyle said the evening was an unforgettable journey
into her hero's life.
Tucker, longtime administrative secretary to the president
at Southern Miss, will join Kyle in the program as narrator.
will be stories and anecdotes from Ms. Price's life and career
will narrate," Kyle said. "I am honored that she
is going to take part in my recital."
Theresa Sanchez, a faculty member at Jones County Junior College
and past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association,
will collaborate with Kyle. Also joining the program are bass
baritone Andrew Mark Webb and the Southern Opera and Music
Theatre chorus, a Southern Miss ensemble that Kyle directs.
have included selections on my program that (Price) performed
during her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1969," Kyle
said. "There also are selections from the American Negro
Spiritual repertoire, a favorite of hers. She often referred
to spirituals as the American art song.'"
program selections include two pieces from Samuel Barber's
"Hermit Songs" ones that Price herself premiered
with Barber as her accompanist and several arias from
some of Price's most celebrated opera roles. They include
"Tacea la notte" from Il Trovatore, "Porgy
and Bess," "La Forza del Destino," "Carmen"
will be five more performances in the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Ambassador
Series this spring.
Duo Violin and Piano Recital will perform at 7 p.m. on March
28 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 140 East Beach Blvd., Pass
Percussion Carnival, featuring the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble
with guest performer/composer Ney Rosaura, will begin at 7
p.m. on March 31 at the Advanced Education Center Auditorium
on the Gulf Park campus.
d' Amour, featuring violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky and Sanchez
on piano, will start at 7 p.m. on April 1 in the Advanced
Education Center Auditorium on the
a multimedia musical tribute to the Seven Seas, will begin
7 p.m. on April 8 at the Southern Miss College of Marine Science's Scott
Auditorium in Biloxi.
String Quartet will round out the Ambassador Series for the
spring, with a performance beginning at 7 p.m. on May 6 at
the First Baptist Church, 902 Live Oak Ave., in Pascagoula.
the performances are free and open to the public.
Series began last October with three musical events and features
six this spring. For more information on "A Tribute to
Leontyne Price" and the Ambassador Series, contact Jay
Dean at (601) 266-4035.