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Released February 5, 2003


LONG BEACH-- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, in concert with the university's School of Music, will unveil the 2003 edition of its Gulf Coast Ambassador Series this spring.

"It is our goal to continue to provide musical events and eventually other arts events to every Gulf Coast community," said Dr. Jay Dean, music director and conductor of the symphony orchestra at Southern Miss, of the series that starts Feb. 27.

"The arts are an essential part of education because they allow us to connect to the wider universe of knowledge and they stimulate innovation," said Southern MissGC provost Dr. Tim Hudson. "At Southern Miss, we have a long and treasured arts tradition, with the Gulf Coast Ambassador Series being as a continuation of that."

Promoting friendships and building relationships with the Gulf Coast communities through the arts is what the Ambassador Series is striving to achieve, Dean said.

"Providing the Ambassador Series," he said, "is an effort to complement the other efforts of the fine existing arts organizations on the Gulf Coast."

The first spring performance will be "A Tribute to Leontyne Price," featuring soprano Maryann Kyle and pianist Theresa Sanchez, starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Advanced Education Center Auditorium at the Gulf Park campus.

"The Velvet Duo Violin and Piano Recital" will start at 7 p.m. on March 28 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 140 East Beach Blvd., Pass Christian.

"Brazilian Percussion Carnival," featuring the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble with guest performer-composer Ney Rosaura, will start at 7 p.m. on March 31 at the Advanced Education Center Auditorium at the Gulf Park campus.

"Salut 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 at the Gulf Park campus.

"Seascapes," a multimedia musical tribute to the Seven Seas, will start at 7 p.m. on

April 8 at the Southern Miss College of Marine Sciences' Scott Auditorium in Biloxi.

"The Stretto String Quartet" concludes the Ambassador Series for the spring with a 7 p.m. performance May 6 at the First Baptist Church, 902 Live Oak Ave., Pascagoula.

All of the performances are free and open to the public.

As part of the Ambassador Series, Southern Miss music students have worked with the Gulfport School District by providing musical instruction throughout the district. Dean said eventually he would like to involve more school districts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Ambassador Series started last October with three musical events and features six more this spring.

For more information on the Ambassador Series, contact Dean at (601) 266-4035.


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