Music, poetry and visual images will combine to celebrate
the science of the seven seas at 7 p.m., April 8, at The University
of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium.
program "Seascapes" will feature performers from
the University's School of Music in combinations of string
quartets, oboe and piano, some vocal music and a saxophone
duo. They will present selections by Saint Saenz, Schubert,
Jacobi and other composers.
have about 12 performers who will be playing a variety of
types of music, all related to the ocean or water in some
respect," said Dr. Jay Dean, music director and conductor
of the symphony orchestra at Southern Miss. "Most of
the music is classical with at least one folk selection."
video of the Gulf of Mexico, recorded by the university's
broadcast services, will accompany the performance. The hour-long
program will also feature Dr. Angela Ball, professor of English,
reading sea-related poetry. A reception will follow the performance.
said the event grew from an idea presented by Dr. Jay Grimes,
Southern Miss provost, for immersing an audience in a sound-and-sight
celebration of the oceans. Grimes is the former dean of the
university's College of Marine Sciences, which includes the
J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium has given
Southern Miss the distinction of national leadership in marine
education for many years," Grimes said. "One of
the hallmarks of Scott Aquarium programs is the use of all
disciplines -- including music -- and all the senses to introduce
people young and old to the wonders of the sea. 'Seascapes'
continues this proud tradition and synergy."
added, "We are excited that the college and the aquarium
are co-hosting this event that features musicians from our
internationally acclaimed School of Music and a distinguished
poet from our prestigious Center for Writers."
is the fifth in the 2003 Gulf Coast Ambassador Series, musical
events provided through a colaboration between Southern Miss
on the coast and the Southern Miss School of Music.