College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi
announced cancellations and rescheduling of several arts events
in September and October.
“Because Hurricane Katrina forced a delay in
classes at Southern Miss, several arts events have been cancelled
and/or rescheduled,” said Angela Kilcrease, public relations
officer for the college. “Some of these events will be rescheduled
at a later time.”
Kilcrease urged arts patrons to go online to view
the most up-to-date calendar of events.
“We are updating the university’s master
calendar as information is received from faculty and ensemble directors,”
The college’s “Arts Attractions”
calendar publication was to be mailed Aug. 29, the day of the storm.
Since returning to the normal academic schedule, Kilcrease said
much of the unreleased publication is incorrect.
“We won’t be distributing our calendar
this semester, as much of it is incorrect, but we encourage our
patrons to use our online calendar if they have access to the Internet,”
Several major events have changed since Aug. 29. The
Department of Theatre and Dance has cancelled its revival production
of “The Last Night at Ballyhoo,” scheduled to run in
Theater’s first main stage production, “Scapin,”
will now open on Oct. 13, one week later than advertised, and play
through Oct. 23. Other fall theater and dance productions will perform
as originally scheduled.
The Symphony Orchestra also has made several adjustments
to its season, including the postponement of its season opener Oct.
4 with violinist Joshua Bell.
Although Bell will be rescheduled for later in the
season, the Symphony has quickly filled the void with a free concert
called “The Spirit of Mississippi: A Concert of Hope.”
Inviting several guest performers with Hattiesburg ties and the
university’s Southern Chorale, organizers of the Oct. 4 concert
at Main Street Baptist Church have planned an hour-long program,
featuring an eclectic mix of uplifting, soul-inspiring music.
“The concert has been planned to give our community
an evening of diversion from the hectic lives we have been living
since Hurricane Katrina,” explained Jay Dean, musical director
for the orchestra. “The concert will feature patriotic music,
uplifting music and music to inspire hope in desperate times.”
The Museum of Art was forced to cancel its Sept. 13-Oct.
9 exhibition of Mitchell Gaudet’s “Studio Inferno Glass.”
Its next exhibition, featuring Southern Miss art faculty works,
will open Oct. 18 as planned.
Several faculty and ensemble recitals and concerts
have been cancelled, including the Sept. 23 guest concert featuring
VoxOne and the Oct. 13 Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Winds concert.
The arts calendar may be accessed at www.usm.edu/arts. For more
information, call the college at (601) 266-4513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ticket information, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at
(601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425.