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Released October 8, 2003


GULFPORT, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Chorale will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport. The concert is free and open to the public.

"We at St. Peter's are delighted to host a vocal ensemble of the caliber of the Southern Chorale," said Maria Watson, coordinator of St. Peter's Artist Series, which is sponsoring the concert. "This program offers great variety -- from the Baroque period to the Beatles. I think there is something in it for everyone."

As part of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast's Ambassador Series and St. Peter's Artist Series, the 50-voice chorale will perform two pieces by Jean Berger, a significant contributor to 20th century choral music, who died last year. The Berger pieces are "The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee" and "Ye Shall Go out with Joy."

These will be performed along with a number of other sacred works such as a movement from Handel's "Dixit Dominus." Additional contemporary works are "Alleluia," by Ralph Manuel and "John the Revelator," a new gospel setting by Ivory and Caldwell. Both organ and piano accompany the chorale for different selections.

Under the direction of Dr. Gregory Fuller, the chorale includes a large number of junior, senior and graduate student music majors at Southern Miss, as well as several vocalists from other disciplines.

The group sings a varied program of significant chorale literature for a cappela choir and accompanied chorus. In addition, it includes five chamber ensembles. Their fall tour will offer three formal concerts, including the upcoming St. Peter's performance and a number of classroom presentations at high schools and community colleges in south Mississippi.

Three of the five chamber groups are traveling on the fall tour. Some of their repertoire, ranging from spirituals to contemporary settings of Beatles' hits will be included in the Oct. 19 concert at St. Peter's, located at 1912 E. Beach Blvd. in Gulfport.

For more information call (228) 863-2611.



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October 14, 2003 11:29 AM