nationally recognized Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at The
University of Southern Mississippi, will present its concerto concert
at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in Bennett Auditorium.
Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director
of bands at Southern Miss, the ensemble is widely known in music
circles for its exceptionally gifted student performers and for
its diverse and challenging repertoire. The annual concerto concert
is an opportunity to showcase outstanding graduate student conductors,
who are all studying with Fraschillo, as well as student performers.
"We are extremely proud of the continued accomplishments
of this band," Fraschillo said. "The students continue
to be a source of pride for us in the School of Music, for their
dedication to the music and for striving to perform at their best."
Doctoral conducting assistant Carson Vermillion of
Lenoir, N.C., will open the concert, conducting Aaron Copland's
"An Outdoor Overture." Vermillion came to Southern Miss,
having had a successful public school teaching career, to study
conducting with Fraschillo.
"We are fortunate at Southern Miss to attract
quality students like Carson Vermillion," Fraschillo said.
"We are committed to these students' future, as they place
a great trust in the hands of the faculty and university system
as a whole. We don't take this commitment lightly. We know the sacrifices
made by these students and their families in returning to school."
The next work on the program will feature tuba soloist
Thomas Peacock, a senior music performance major of Athens, Ga.
He has studied primarily with Jesse Walker and Southern Miss faculty
member Richard Perry.
The tubist will perform Elizabeth Raum's "Concerto
Del Garda," conducted by Jamie Strickland of Marietta, Fla.,
a doctoral candidate in conducting.
Vermillion will return to the podium to conduct Warren
Benson's "Concertino for Eb Alto Saxophone," featuring
Christopher Condon, a senior performance major from Moreland, Ga.
Condon studies with professor of music Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.
The last of the student soloists will be Wes Parker,
a doctoral candidate in trombone and former student of Kevin Chiarizzio
and Marta Hofacre. Under the baton of doctoral conductor Jody Besse
of Lafayette, La., Parker will perform Richard Peaslee's "Arrows
"These are the very best students in the School
of Music at Southern Miss," Fraschillo praised. "They
auditioned and competed with 36 other outstanding soloists. Few
schools of our nature can boast of this kind of talent."
Tickets for the concert are $6 for general admission
and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff and students, senior citizens
and children under 12. Call the Southern Miss ticket office at (601)
266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information on Southern Miss bands, call (601) 266-4990.