The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi presents hundreds of concerts nearly every musical genre annually, and this spring will be no exception.
On Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium, the Southern Miss Connoisseur Series presents the Quink Vocal Ensemble. This remarkable, five-member Dutch vocal ensemble possesses a virtuosic and unique sound from Renaissance to contemporary. The event also celebrates the grand re-opening of the Frank Earl Marsh Auditorium after extensive renovation.
The symphony and opera programs dominate February with outstanding performances of vocal artistry. On Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church, the Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Southern Miss Meistersinger and local choirs under the baton of famed conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg. The concert includes his compositions and arrangements. Later in the month, a doubleheader of Il Tabarro and CavalleriaRusticana will be featured at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Feb. 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
CavalleriaRusticanais one of Pietro Mascagni’s greatest masterpieces. This passionate story of love, jealousy and revenge helped usher in the Italian Verismo Period, during which literature and opera depicted realistic scenarios and true human emotion. Giacomo Puccini’s Il Tabarro is the first of his trio of operas known as Il trittico (along with Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.) Set in Paris, this opera is a tale of deception and murder on the Seine River.
On April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the MPAC, the popular men’s acapella group Spirit of Southern will perform a tribute concert in memory of one of its members, who passed away during their founding year.
During the following week April 27- 28 a series of events honoring retiring director of bands Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo will have current and former students enjoying, reminiscing and performing in the final concert under his baton. Fraschillo is considered among the top music educators and band conductors in the world, and during his long tenure at his alma mater recruited thousands of students to the university.
A landmark performance of the undisputed king of Baroque music’s Mass in B Minor will wrap up the symphony season May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Other highlights of the season include:
*Feb. 9-12: All-South Concerts. Admission is free.
*Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Symphony Season Concert, Virtuosic Winds, Bennett Auditorium. For tickets, call 601.266.5418.
*Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Southern Miss Connoisseur Series presents Solaris Woodwind Ensemble; Marsh Auditorium. Admission is free.
*Feb. 27, 6 p.m.: Category 5 Woodwind Quintet, Marsh Auditorium. Admission is free.
*April 2, 7:30 p.m.: Southern Miss Choirs Concert, Hardy Street Baptist Church. Admission is free.
Many of the scheduled events are free. For ticketed events, visit www.southernmisstickets.com, call 601.266.5418 or purchase at the door, depending on availability for some events. Contact the Southern Miss School of Music for more information by visiting www.usm.edu/music or call 601.266.5543