Welcome to VOYAGES — the 104th season of the USM Symphony Orchestra! We are once again pleased to bring you the very best in symphonic music as we continue our mission of education and community outreach. This will be a wonderful season of world class guest artists, conductors and music from all over the globe!
As we travel the globe in search of great music, we invite you along on our journey in a season of great music. Our ticket prices will remain at $20 this season so everyone can afford to enjoy our concerts. Season ticket purchasers will enjoy a discount equal to one free concert, and students are always welcome at our concerts free of admission with ID.
This year, we move to a new ticketing system in hopes of making your experience as simple as possible. However, this system does not allow us to sell reserved seats. We hope you join us in this opportunity to enjoy your regular seats and to explore new views and sounds in the performance spaces.
We enjoy and appreciate the support we receive from our community and hope you will share your experience with friends, inviting them to join us for a concert or the season.
Dr. Michael Miles
Director of Orchestral Activities
Join us at the Symphony!
104th Season 2023-2024
Holiday Choral Spectacular
Tuesday, November, 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Church
Dr. Gregory Fuller and Dr. Michael Miles, conductors
Don’t miss this annual community celebration of the season with choir and orchestra. Featuring several ensembles within Southern Miss Choral Activities, including the Southern Chorale, Southern Miss Concert Choir, and Southern Miss’ pop a cappella ensemble, Spirit of Southern, the program also includes area high school and middle school choirs in an audience favorite kick off to the holidays!
Madrid to Rome
Thursday, February 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Miles, conductor
Andrea Oliva, flute
Setting sail in the new year, the Symphony Orchestra continues with a tribute to the music of Italy and Spain. Italian flautist, Andrea Oliva, considered
one of the finest flute artists in the world, joins the orchestra to perform Joaquin
Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre. Sir James Galway proclaimed him to be “one of the best flutists of his generation
– a shining star in the flute world.” The Orchestra will also perform de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and the exciting and pictorial work, The Pines of Rome, by Ottorino Respighi. This work depicts the Roman pine tree settings of the Villa
Borghese Gardens, the catacombs on the Janiculum Hill and along the Appian Way.
Saturday, April 27 | 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Miles, conductor
Taylor Hightower, baritone
The sensational season finale finds Southern Miss voice professor, Dr. Taylor Hightower, singing Songs of the Wayfarer by Gustav Mahler. This series of art songs forms the basis of thematic material for the season’s monumental conclusion – Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – The Titan. Supplemented by additional brass, woodwinds and percussion, audiences will experience the genius of Mahler and the full gamut of emotions in this epic finale that also marks a fond “bon voyage” to our music director on his retirement. Don’t miss this momentous evening to celebrate your symphony!