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Symphony's 86th Season Tickets a Hot Commodity: Season packages available

Date 7-26-06

Contact Angela Kilcrease 601.266.4988

HATTIESBURG—Season tickets for the 86th season of Mississippi’s oldest symphony orchestra at the University of Southern Mississippi are available to the public, according to musical director Jay Dean.

In the orchestra’s recurring theme of “Bringing the World to Mississippi,” the new lineup of stars to shine on the Bennett Auditorium stage--and beyond--include a return performance by famed flutist Sir James Galway, country legend Charley Pride, and a concert extravaganza in the spring of 2007 with Pattie LaBelle and Dionne Warwick. The season opens with a Southern Opera and Musical Theatre company performance of the Broadway hit Godspell.

Dean sings high praises for the special guest artists as he continues to promote season ticket sales.

“Our season 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. Also, we are branching out our musical offerings to include other types of music with performers of the highest caliber.”

Bringing an added dimension to the season, the orchestra teamed with the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company (SOMTC) for the 85th season and found it a quite successful partnership. In addition to the opening season performance of Godspell, the SOMTC will present Carmen in April 2007.

Dean and the symphony, with the assistance of season sponsor BancorpSouth, have given its audiences once-in-a-lifetime concert events, including classical music greats Plãcido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer and Joshua Bell.

The complete season includes the following:

  • Godspell, Sept. 28, 30 and Oct. 1 at the Thad Cochran Center
  • Sir James Galway, with Lady Jeanne Galway, Symphony Gala, Oct. 10 at Bennett Auditorium
  • Out of This World Nov. 14, with pianist Kevin Kenner, who wowed symphony fans several seasons ago, returns to perform the beautiful “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Johannes Brahms at Bennett Auditorium
  • Holiday Choral Spectacular Dec. 5, with the combined voices of the Southern Miss Choirs and the symphony orchestra in a holiday celebration
  • Future Stars Feb. 1, 2007, featuring student winners of the annual William T. Gower Competition in one of the most popular events of the season
  • Tango Valentino Feb. 14, 2007, offering a romantic, pulse-pounding evening to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day
  • Divine Indulgences March 8, 2007, an evening of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and The Rite of Spring, featuring School of Music faculty artists
  • Charley Pride March 31, 2007, an unforgettable concert with the Sledge native who is country music's first African-American star and has been one of the top 15 best-selling country artists of all time
  • Carmen April 12 and 14, 2007, a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, popular with audiences all over the world
  • United in Song May 5, 2007, a tribute to Tena Clark and her music featuring special guest stars Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, and more

The 2006-07 Symphony season ticket packages range in price per person from $200 to $250, based on seating preference.

Tickets are available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425. Tickets may be ordered online at For more information, call the Symphony office at 601.266.4001 or visit online at

July 26, 2006 10:58 AM

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