- The premiere touring choral ensemble at The University of
Southern Mississippi will present a post-tour concert March
20 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.
Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Gregory Fuller, will have
completed a performance tour of France during spring break
program features an eclectic mix of American and European
music -- including works by American composers Samuel Barber
and Moses Hogan, Danish composer Niels La Cour, Hungarian
composer Franz Liszt, English composer Henry Leslie, and French
composers Debussy and Messiaen.
"We are doing a number of pieces that will feature student
soloists," Fuller said. "This repertoire has already
been performed to a packed audience at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church in Mobile (Ala.) and a command performance for the
IHL Board in Jackson, and we have recorded a compact disc
of the program."
American composers, Jester Hairston and up-and-coming composer
Eric Whitacre, will be featured as well. One highlight of
the evening will be Barber's "Agnus Dei," which
is a transcription of the well-known and hauntingly beautiful
"Adagio for Strings." Barber himself transcribed
this piece for choir.
and his students are eagerly anticipating their tour to France,
with a stop in London. Formal performances include an evening
concert at the Pontelvoy Abbey, the university's latest educational
collaborator; a joint evening concert at the University of
Orleans; and a concert at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste de Sceaux,
located about 20 minutes from the center of Paris.
led more than 20 international tours with students, either
ensembles or study groups, Fuller understands the value of
such student experiences.
students need to see the world outside in order to better
prepare themselves for their future," Fuller said. "They
need access to major metropolitan cities to establish contacts
for further study or performance opportunities. Also, we have
a new facility at the Pontelvoy Abbey, and we would like to
have a presence there as university ambassadors."
and his students have been fund-raising for this trip for
more than a year. Through private donations and concert gigs,
as well as a poinsettia sale at Christmas, the students were
encouraged to become their own entrepreneurs. Fuller said
he established a "matching funds" method for the
students -- whereas he matched an amount from funds allocated
from university administrators and private donors -- to whatever
the individual student was able to raise.
concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Heights United Methodist
Church. For more information, call the choral activities office
at (601) 266-4001.