- Season tickets for the 83rd season of Mississippi's oldest symphony
orchestra are selling quickly at The University of Southern Mississippi
but are still available, according to musical director Jay Dean.
the World to Mississippi," the new lineup of stars to shine
on the Bennett Auditorium stage includes world-famous classical
guitarist Christopher Parkening, renowned trombonist Joe Alessi
and many more talented vocalist and performers.
of the symphony, sings high praises for the special guest artists
as he continues to program classical, audience friendly concerts.
calling our season 'Bringing the World to Mississippi' to reflect
our desire to bring world-class artists to campus to share their
talents with our patrons and students," Dean said. "We
will be performing great classical music, chosen for its beauty
and artistry, that should appeal to audiences from all walks of
life and giving everyone the opportunity to hear some of the greatest
masterpieces ever written."
opening the symphony's 83rd season at 7:30 p.m. Oct 2, Parkening
is one of the world's most renowned virtuosos of classical guitar
and is the recognized heir to the Segovia tradition. For those unfamiliar
with that tradition, Andrés Segovia is the preeminent classical
guitarist of the 20th century.
wasn't for Segovia, there would be no classical guitar in this country,"
said John DeChiaro, professor of classical guitar at Southern Miss.
"His innovations in guitar rose above great resistance from
other classical musicians of his time. Segovia made the guitar a
classical instrument and brought it to the concert stage."
describes Parkening as "a great artist, one of the most brilliant
guitarists in the world."
concerts and recordings span a period of two decades and have received
the highest acclaim. His rare combination of dramatic virtuosity
and eloquent musicianship has captivated audiences from New York
to Washington, D.C., from London to Tokyo.
Parkening is a name I have known for a number of years," Dean
said. "We haven't had an internationally renowned guitar figure
on our season, and we are very fortunate to have him accept our
invitation. I feel he is the world's greatest classical guitarist."
of the BancorpSouth-sponsored season include a concert Nov. 6 featuring
Joe Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic; a
presentation of Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 4; the William
T. Gower Awards concert Feb. 5, 2004; a concert March 4, 2004, devoted
to Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9," given in conjunction
with the exhibition of "The Glory of Baroque Dresden"
in Jackson; and a Richard Wagner spectacular with "Scenes from
'The Ring'" April 22, 2004.
have been very positive about our concentrated effort to bring great
classical music to our concert hall during the 2002-03 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."
Some of these
performers are Dean's fellow faculty members in the School of Music
at Southern Miss. Faculty artists Kimberley Davis, Maryann Kyle,
Clint Nichols and Larry Smith are featured on the holiday concert
of Handel's "Messiah." Conducting will be Gregory Fuller,
director of university's choral activities. Fuller's premier choir,
the Southern Chorale, also joins the program.
orchestra for Beethoven's Ninth will be Kyle and guest artists Lester
Senter Wilson, Robert Grayson, Benno Schollum and the Hattiesburg
Choral Union. "The Ring" concert will feature guest artists
Sheila Smith, Douglas Biggs and Herbert Eckhoff. Dean will conduct
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."
for the 2003-04 symphony season is 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.