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Ambassador Series

The Ambassador Series, a cultural outreach project of USM's Gulf Park campus, will present musical performances along the Mississippi Gulf Coast throughout 2022-23. The eclectic series, with concerts ranging from jazz and steel pans to classical soloists and choral ensembles, includes something for everyone. Spanning the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the schedule includes performances in Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Waveland, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Moss Point, and Gautier.

I am excited for us to be able to offer these opportunities to our students, visitors, and residents all along the Gulf Coast.

Shannon Campbell, Senior Associate Vice-President for Coastal Operations

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Whether you are a seasoned supporter of the arts or looking to explore something new, the Ambassador Series is sure to provide unique experiences that will enrich the lives of community members and the coast’s arts and culture.  The series will continue through April 2023. 

Upcoming Events

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Festival of Choirs | Oct. 3 | 7 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
720 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 
Free and open to the public

Experience a showcase of some of the region’s exceptional high school and community college choirs in a celebration of multi-generational music making. Dr. Jonathan Kilgore of USM's School of Music will conduct the festival’s mass chorus, as well as USM’s Concert Choir. The Festival, which generally features between 300 and 400 singers, culminates in a mass choir performance of inspirational and exciting music.


Dr. Jonathan Kilgore

Dr. Jonathan Kilgore


Participating choirs this year are from:

  • Biloxi High School
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • East Central High School
  • Gautier High School
  • Hancock High School
  • Long Beach High School
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Harrison County Campus)
  • USM Oratorio Chorus
  • Pascagoula High School
  • Pass Christian High School
  • St. Martin High School
  • The USM Southern Chorale
  • The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale

Flutissimo 4  X 4 X 4 | Oct. 4 |  7 p.m.

FlutissimoFleming Education Center
203 Bear Point Drive, Long Beach, MS 
Free and open to the public

The recital features 4 professional musicians playing music from 4 countries, written over 4 centuries, or 4 X 4 X 4. This special event celebrates the centennial of the great 20th century flute virtuoso Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Featuring enchanting works by Gioachino Rossini, Albert Roussel, and Francis Poulenc, this multimedia recital illuminates Rampal’s legacy and the music performed. Mississippi-based artists Danilo Mezzadri (flute), Susan Ruggiero (voice), and Brian Murphy (piano), share the stage with the internationally acclaimed Italian flutist Fabio Angelo Colajanni.

This collaboration brings to Long Beach, Mississippi the U.S. leg of a recital tour that began in Rome, Italy. Jean-Pierre Rampal was an internationally renowned flutist, with a superb sense of musicality, delightful tone, dazzling technique, and a charming personality. Rampal performed concerts around the globe for over fifty years and recorded over four hundred albums. He became the first flutist to achieve household name recognition.

Danilo Mezzadri

Danilo Mezzadri Flute

Susan Ruggiero

Susan Ruggiero

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

Fabio Angelo Colajanni

Fabio Angelo Colajanni


Taste of Long Beach | Oct. 27 | 5:30 p.m.

Long Beach Senior Center
20257 Daughtery Road, Long Beach, MS  39560
Price: Early Bird Special: $30 | Day of Event at door: $40 

Join the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 13th Annual Taste of Long Beach event. This event will feature great food and beverages, live music, a silent auction and more! 

**Must be 21 of age or older to attend. 


More events coming soon!