HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, which will
accompany world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo in Biloxi in April,
will perform a preview of that concert at First Baptist Church Mandeville
in Mandeville, La., Wednesday, March 30.
Though Domingo will not join the orchestra until
the weekend, fantastic voices from the acclaimed School of Music
at Southern Miss will be featured in the North Shore preview.
The Symphony Orchestra at The University of Southern
Mississippi is the oldest orchestra in Mississippi. Established
in 1920, it has been under the direction of Dr. Jay Dean since 1988.
A well-established musical leader in the state and region, the orchestra
has performed with internationally known artists, from violinist
Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma to trumpeter/conductor Doc Severinsen
and legendary pop icon Ray Charles.
The 84th Symphony Orchestra season, sponsored by
BancorpSouth, has already brought flutist Sir James Galway, and
on April 2 will present Placido Domingo to southern audiences in
“The Concert Event of a Lifetime.” Cosponsored by the
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Domingo’s appearance with the
SMSO at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is the single most significant
arts event in the southeastern United States this year.
Dedicated to creating world-class and life-changing
opportunities for its members and the community, the symphony is
truly an international organization with more than 13 countries
represented by its students. The ensemble provides experiences the
students will long remember and educational opportunities that will
benefit their careers as musicians and teachers of music. With its
regularly sold-out seasons, the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra
is one of the most exciting orchestras in the South.
“We are very excited to bring the orchestra
to North Shore audiences. It is a wonderful community with a great
tradition of patronage to the arts. We hope this is the start of
a regular venture for us,” Dean said. “I am grateful
for the efforts of John and Carolyn Lopinto and the staff of FBC
Mandeville that made this concert possible.”
The concert, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free
and open to the public. Tickets for the Placido Domingo concert
at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum on April 2 are still available.
For ticket information, contact the Southern Miss Ticket Office
at (601) 266-5418 or 1-800-844-8425 or visit http://www.tickets.usm.edu.