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2018-19 SEASON

2018-19 Symphony Season Art

The USM Symphony Orchestra
99th Season | 2018-19

Opening night!
Michael Miles, conductor
Michael Bunchman, piano
October 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
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In the opening night gala, the Symphony pays tribute to the greatest American-born musician, Leonard Bernstein, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Tonight we pay homage to Bernstein's contributions as a composer, performer, and teacher.  Featuring his own compositions, works that he loved to perform, and the final symphony he conducted at his beloved Tanglewood, we celebrate his legacy and that of the USM Symphony Orchestra's 99th season.

  • Bernstein - Overture to Candide
  • Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 7


Jorge Perez-Gomez, conductor
Marcos Machado, bass
November 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
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Exotic tunes and ancient culture musically intertwine in this exciting evening of music.  Guest conductor Jorge Perez-Gomez takes to the podium with Southern Miss faculty artist Marcos Machado on bass to ignite beautiful folk melodies and driving rhythmic sensations that will whisk the audience away on a musical journey.

  • Tan Dun  - Wolf Totem
  • Moncayo - Huapango  
  • Revueltas - Sensemaya
  • Marquez - Danzon No. 2 

Michael Miles, conductor
February 28, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
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Honoring the memory of William T. Gower, this annual concert celebrates the winners of the annual competition in performance with the Symphony.  The program will also feature more popular fare from the orchestral repertoire as the orchestra performs two works that are sure to please everyone's palate.

  • Berlioz - Hungarian March from Damnation of the Faust
  • Copland - Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo’


Season finale!
Michael Miles and Gregory Fuller, conductors
April 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., Main Street Baptist Church
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The Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Chorale join forces to present two haunting works based on themes associated with the night.  Beautiful, haunting and entrancing sounds emerge from the orchestra in works by Impressionist and contemporary composers.  When light fades the night truly comes alive in this evocative close to the season.

  • Debussy - Nocturnes
  • Kōrvits  - Moorland Elegies


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