In keeping with the season, Baroque choral masterworks will be featured
Dec. 4 on the next Symphony Orchestra season concert at The University
of Southern Mississippi. Under the direction of guest conductor
Dr. Gregory Fuller, the university's Southern Chorale and the Hattiesburg
Choral Union will join the orchestra for a glorious evening of song.
Handel's Dixit Dominus will open the 7:30 p.m. concert on the stage
of Bennett Auditorium. Written during Handel's three-and-one-half
year stay in Rome, Italy, and premiered there in 1707, the piece
captures the virtuosic spirit of the city and challenges those who
dare to perform this work by its requirements of agility, precision,
melodramatic exuberance and lyrical expressiveness.
Chorale is a very mature group this year," Fuller said. "Being
mostly music majors, they possess the 'athleticism' necessary to
perform this very strenuous work. They are the first group, since
I arrived at Southern Miss in 2000, to possess the technique to
match the composition."
would not be complete without the resounding strains of Handel's
oratorio, Messiah, featuring some of the lesser-performed and shorter
portions of the work as well as the all time classic sections.
doing portions from all three parts of the Messiah," Fuller
explained. "We are doing 27 of 53 movements, but we are only
doing about 35 percent of the entire work."
sponsored season performance also will showcase the talents of faculty
soloists from the School of Music at Southern Miss, including Dr.
Kimberley Davis, soprano; Dr. Maryann Kyle, soprano; Dr. Clint Nichols,
tenor; Dr. Larry Smith, tenor; and Horace English, bass.
his fourth year as director of choral activities at Southern Miss,
holds a bachelor of music education from Oklahoma Baptist University,
with a double major in cello and voice; a master of music in conducting;
and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a conducting emphasis,
from the University of Missouri.
Miss, Dr. Fuller conducts the Southern Chorale, the Southern Miss
Oratorio Chorus and the Southern Chamber Singers. He also teaches
courses in the conducting curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate
levels and supervises the entire choral program.
He was the
director of choral activities at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City,
Iowa, and maintains an active instrumental conducting career. In
addition to regular orchestral performances, he was the fourth conductor
of the Sioux City Municipal Band, a fully professional wind ensemble
with an 80-year history.
Nichols and Smith make up the vocal teaching area in the Southern
Miss School of Music. Davis, a lyric soprano, has extensively performed
regionally and in Europe, Mexico and Brazil. Some of her operatic
achievements include Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and
"Die Zauberflote," "Suor Angelica" by Puccini,
and the Ossie Davis musical "Purlie Victorious."
Kyle has sung
leading roles with the Chattanooga Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera,
the Southern Arts Festival Opera, the University of Illinois, East
Tennessee Opera, LSU Opera, Gulf Coast Opera, and The Opera at Southern
Miss. She appeared as Micaela in Carmen, opposite internationally
known mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, and as a guest soloist of The
Miami Festival, opposite famed bass-baritone William Warfield.
and professor of music, is in his 15th year as voice teacher and
ensemble director at Southern Miss. He also is director of music
at the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg. Dr. Smith serves
as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator internationally, nationally,
as adjunct voice faculty at Southern Miss. In his vast career, he
has served as chair of three music schools and has performed in
a variety of concerts with symphonies, opera companies, and churches
in numerous cities in the United States.
professor at Hurley School of Music at Centenary College of Louisiana,
is a versatile performer who counts both opera and music theater
roles among his credits, as well as frequent appearances on the
concert stage. Some of his credits include productions of the Marriage
of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Faust, Susanna, Lucretia Borgia,
and Il Trovatore. His music theater appearances include the title
roles in Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd.
$18, $16, and $14 and 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/arts.