tickets for the 85th season of Mississippi's oldest symphony orchestra
at The University of Southern Mississippi are available to the public,
according to musical director Jay Dean.
In "Bringing the World to Mississippi,"
the new line-up of stars to shine on the Bennett Auditorium stage--and
beyond--include Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, productions
of La Traviata and West Side Story, Holidays on Broadway, The Nutcracker,
and a world premiere production called Sphere.
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-renowned stature.
Bringing an added dimension to the season was our teaming with Southern
Opera and Musical Theatre for the 2005-06 season."
Dean and the Symphony, with the assistance of
season sponsor BancorpSouth, have given its audiences once-in-a-lifetime
concert events, including its most recent concert success with Placido
Officially opening the Symphony's 85th season
Oct. 4, Bell joins the orchestra, performing Mendelssohn's Concerto
in E Minor for Violin and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.
Bell has emerged as one of the most renowned
violinists in the world today. Having performed for more than 20
years with virtually every leading orchestra and conductor worldwide
and recording 27 albums, he has earned the rare title of classical
The BancorpSouth-sponsored Southern Miss Symphony
season includes: a production of La Traviata Nov. 3 and 5; a Christmas
Holidays on Broadway Dec. 2 at the Saenger Theater, downtown Hattiesburg;
a new version of The Nutcracker Dec. 9-10 with La Studio Academy
of Dance; the William T. Gower Awards concert Jan. 31, 2006; West
Side Story Feb. 23 and 25, 2006; a premiere event, Sphere, March
30, 2006, at the Reed Green Coliseum; and an evening of Choral Masterworks
April 27, 2006, at Main Street Baptist Church.
The 2005-06 Symphony season ticket packages
range in price per person from $130 to $170, based on seating preference.
Tickets are available through the Southern Miss
Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425.
Tickets may be ordered online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information, call the Symphony office
at (601) 266-4001 or visit online at www.usm.edu/symphony.