beginning to end, the 2004-05 Symphony Orchestra season at The University
of Southern Mississippi boasts a lineup of stars to shine on campus
and beyond, including world-famous flutist Sir James Galway and
tenor Placido Domingo.
Jay Dean, conductor
of the Symphony, sings high praises for the special guest artists
as he continues to program classical, audience-friendly concerts.
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. Our two main artists are
known to people from all walks of life."
Of note, the
Symphony at Southern Miss has hosted or will host this season the
top four classical artists performing today--violinist Itzhak Perlman,
cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Domingo, and Galway. All of these artists have
made or will make their Mississippi debuts with the Southern Miss
orchestra, under Dean's direction.
opening the Symphony's 84th season Oct. 6 is guest artist Galway,
whom Dean proclaims as "the world's greatest flutist."
He is internationally regarded as both a matchless interpreter of
the classical repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose charismatic
appeal crosses all musical boundaries.
Galway has appeared with every major symphony orchestra in the world,"
Dean said. "We have been trying to book him here for the last
five or six years, but he spends most of his time playing in Europe.
This year, we were fortunate to have him accept our invitation,
and it will be Sir Galway's first time to perform in Mississippi."
sound, superb musicianship, and dazzling virtuosity have made him
one of the most respected and sought-after performing artists of
our time. Through extensive worldwide tours, numerous best-selling
BMG Classics, RCA Victor and RCA Red Seal recordings, and his frequent
television and video appearances, he has endeared himself to millions
of music lovers.
probably has done more to make the general public aware of the lovely
sound of the flute than anyone else of his generation," said
Sharon Lebsack, professor of flute in the School of Music at Southern
Miss. "In addition to his classical repertoire, he has recorded
such songs as John Denver's "Annie's Song," and plays
with The Chieftains, a popular Irish folk group."
has met Galway at master classes and conventions on several occasions,
characterizes him as someone who "displays a wonderful sense
of humor, but never at the expense of his music and demands the
best from himself and those around him."
the 2004-05 season, Dean and the Symphony will perform with famed
tenor Placido Domingo on April 2, 2005, at the Mississippi Gulf
Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Featuring another sought-after artist
in the making for the last five years, the evening has been billed
as "the concert event of a lifetime."
orchestra in producing such an extraordinary event is the Beau Rivage
Resort and Casino in Biloxi. "We approached the Beau Rivage
because we felt they would be an able partner in producing such
a world-class event. Also, we wanted to present this concert in
a large venue, so more people would have a chance to see this wonderful
For 45 years,
since he was 16 years old, Domingo has never stopped working, and
the more he studies, travels and performs, the more he feels fulfilled.
He was born with an unusually flexible voice and learned to use
He has sung
in every major opera house in the world and has made more than 100
recordings--of which 97 are full-length operas--often recording
the same role more than once and has earned 11 Grammys, including
two Grammys in the newly established Latin Division.
made more than 50 videos and three theatrically released films,
Zeffirelli's "La Traviata" and "Otello" and
Rosi's "Carmen." One billion people in 117 different countries
watched his telecast of "Tosca" from the authentic settings
The tenor reached
the pinnacle of fame when he teamed with two fellow world-renowned
tenors July 7, 1990, in Rome, and a phenomenon was born. That night,
framed by stark and beautiful ruins, three remarkable tenor voices
joined together for the first time in one performance. Six thousand
lucky souls were there to witness history.
Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and Domingo had come together to celebrate
Carreras' return to music and the stage following his bout with
leukemia. Since, they have presented many memorable concerts around
the world as The Three Tenors.
adds another level of prestige to our orchestra program and to the
credibility we are constantly building with each passing season,"
Dean said. "It gets no better and no bigger than this."
performances by Galway and Domingo, the Southern Miss Symphony season
includes a concert Nov. 4 featuring Southern Miss School of Music
faculty members Lois Leventhal, piano, and Richard Perry, tuba,
in a program called "Twice as Grand"; a Christmas holiday
spectacular Dec. 3 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg;
the William T. Gower Awards concert Jan. 27, 2005; "A Royal
Romance" concert Feb. 14, 2005, featuring The King's Violins;
Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah" in a 50th -anniversary
celebration production Feb. 23, 26, and 27, 2005; and an evening
of "Organ and Choral Masterworks" May 5, 2005, featuring
Jackson Borges on organ.
have been very positive about our concentrated effort to bring great
classical music to our concert hall during the 2003-04 season,"
Dean said. "There is so much great literature that we can share
with our patrons and so many wonderfully talented performers for
us to draw upon in presenting these programs."
Back for another
year as the Symphony's sponsor is BancorpSouth.
proud to continue our relationship with BancorpSouth, as they have
been so supportive of the symphony family," Dean said. "We
appreciate the support they have given to the university over the
years and now, more specifically, to the university's Symphony."
Symphony season ticket packages go on sale May 19, ranging in price
per person from $120 to $160 without a Domingo ticket and from $135
to $450 with a Domingo ticket. Tickets are available through the
Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Tickets
may be also ordered online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information,
call the Symphony office at (601) 266-4001 or visit www.usm.edu/arts.