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Annual PRISM Concert to Feature Several Ensembles from School of Music

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Many performing ensembles from the School of Music will be on hand for the third annual Prism Concert Feb. 10.

The School of Music and University Bands at The University of Southern Mississippi will present the third annual PRISM concert on Feb. 10 at the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom.

“A PRISM concert is a large-scale production that features numerous ensembles, large and small, who alternate in performance,” said Dr. James Standland, assistant director of bands at Southern Miss. “We will have large ensembles rotate on stage and several small ensembles stationed around the ballroom. One will perform in one area, then, like a flash of a prism, another ensemble begins to play in another area.”

The concert will feature many of the performing ensembles in the School of Music including The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Studio Ensembles, Steel Pan Ensemble and the Southern Miss Jazz Sextet. The event is being sponsored by Parris Jewelers of Hattiesburg.

This year marks the first time the PRISM concert will be held in conjunction with University Band’s All-South weekend, Feb. 10-12. Over 300 high school students from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will travel to Southern Miss to enjoy an inspiring music-filled weekend.

For many talented students, simply taking part in their own school’s band program is not enough. All-South provides the perfect environment for high school students who crave knowledge and opportunities to play.

“Since many of our very best recruits will be here in one place, this was the perfect opportunity to show them the level of our ensembles,” said Dr. James Standland. “This concert is fast-paced; one doesn’t have to wait long before their musical taste is satisfied because none of the tunes are long and there is a wide variety of types and styles of music.” Works such as Sherwin and Maschwitz’s “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” will be performed.

Tickets to the PRISM concert are $10. To order, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

For more information on All-South weekend, call the University Band office at 601.266.4990.