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This holiday season, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top jazz performers will take their popular Jingle Bell Jazz concert on the road. And their first stop will be to deck the halls of the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 

In addition to the Symphony Orchestra, the special evening of music will also feature the combined voices of Southern Miss choirs and local choral groups from Forrest County Agricultural, Sumrall, Stone County, Presbyterian Christian and Pascagoula High Schools.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Catherine Rand, presents its second concert of the Fall 2012 semester on Tuesday, Nov. in Bennett Auditorium. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m., will feature two guest conductors and also a premier work for the wind ensemble.

Dr. Marie Danforth, professor of anthropology, was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Teacher of the Year” by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The University of Southern Mississippi will introduce a monthly book club specifically for youth, ages 12-17, on Nov. 17 at noon at the Hattiesburg Public Library. 

Dr. Thomas Payne, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi, has consulted with the Houston (Texas) Police Department on groundbreaking research into the best methods for conducting eyewitness lineups.

Two great evenings of jazz are in store for the Pine Belt, courtesy of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

Tickets for the highly anticipated University of Southern Mississippi School of Music production of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning, musical chiller Sweeney Todd begin public sale today, appropriately, Halloween Day. With only four performances, Feb. 28 - March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m., the large-scale musical reopens the renovated Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. A sell-out is anticipated.

 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will take the stage with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra to perform an exciting program of classical and classical-style pieces at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Bennett Auditorium.

While Mannoni Performing Arts Center undergoes renovation, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance’s Repertory Dance Company will take it to the streets, presenting dances created and performed at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Holloway Transfer and Storage Building, Click Boutique, 206 Front, and in the alleys and hidden doorways of downtown Hattiesburg. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome film and television actor and author Rick Lenz as part of the Honors Forum series Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Letters and Honors College, will be held in room 103 of the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

For Cleother Clayborne and Zack Pittman, two student-veterans on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, helping other soldiers navigate college —and, specifically, college writing — is a given.  When an opportunity arose to work with soldiers in an English 101 class offered by the University at Camp Shelby, they were ready to serve.

The fall semester of 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the first course in visual arts taught at The University of Southern Mississippi, a drawing course which marked the beginnings of the Department of Art and Design at Southern Miss.

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile string quartets, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene.

When Johann Strauss conceived of his farcical operetta “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), he might have been hard pressed to imagine all the comical improvisations and reinventions that would shape it since its debut in 1874.

 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s program takes it to another place literally and figuratively.

Dr. Marianne Wheeldon, one of the world’s foremost authorities on French composer Claude Debussy, will give a lecture at the Thad Cochran Center Monday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Catherine Rand makes her conducting debut with The University of Southern Mississippi’s top wind band, the Wind Ensemble, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Lights. Camera. Action. That’s just what Southern Miss alumnus Jonathan Brannan heard when he joined the cast of the new Universal Studios motion picture, “Pitch Perfect.”

 

Brannan, a 2012 music education graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, auditioned for and was cast in the film over a year ago. Part of a talent agency based in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Brannan auditioned for a lot of projects, but the jobs were few and far between. 

The Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a book talk featuring Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor and director of International Studies at Southern Miss, as he discusses his latest publication, “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam.”

The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a talk by Randall Norris, an award-winning oral historian, today, Sept. 25 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus, room 101. Admission is free.

The Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi, in partnership with the Hattiesburg Public Library will host its fall War & Society Roundtable: Books Dialogue and Debate Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library. 

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 93rd season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, it will be a much different group than the one he stepped in front of 25 years ago.

When pianist Monica Echols surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac to her Hammond, La., home, the loss was extensive. However, the loss of her piano and life-long music collection was even more devastating.