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USM Symphony Orchestra Begins 103rd Season Next Month

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 03:45pm | By: Mike Lopinto

The symphony in concertThe University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra is set to begin its 103rd season, opening Sept. 29, 2022, offering a concert each month throughout the academic year. Season tickets are on sale now at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, 601.266.5418, 800.844.8425, or online at Individual tickets begin sales Sept. 1.

“We are thrilled to be completely back and offering a full season of wonderful, diverse programming,” said Dr. Michael Miles, Director of the Symphony Orchestra. “From Beethoven to Broadway and holiday classics to the Verdi Requiem, this truly is a wonderful season for the symphony.”

This year’s season is entitled, Classics!  The Symphony takes the liberty of defining “classics” as “works that are familiar or of lasting worth with a timeless quality.”  With programming including familiar “classics” like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, audiences will also hear Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony the massive Requiem Mass by Verdi.  Programs will feature a multitude of talented School of Music faculty and students in concertos that will have a familiar ring to many of their themes. 

Possibly the most classic of all musicals, Guys and Dolls, takes to the Mannoni Performing Arts Center stage November 10-12. Considered by many as the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls will delight audiences with its familiar and “classic” collection of songs with a unique staging vision by director, Mike Lopinto.

While the Symphony Orchestra has a strong educational mission for its talented students, they also value the strong community engagement they have enjoyed for many years.  They recognize extraordinary economic impact that faces all their community and patrons and have made the bold decision to reduce the cost of tickets for the 2022-23 season. 

Individual tickets will be reduced to $20 for Platinum members and $15 for Gold members. And as always, all students attend Symphony concerts free of charge. 

“We hope this price reduction will allow anyone who wants to attend our Symphony Orchestra concerts to do so without economic hardship,” said Miles. “We very much appreciate everyone who spends their time and money supporting our Symphony Orchestra, and we are pleased to continue to bring to our community the very best in orchestral enlightenment and entertainment.”

Tickets are Southern Miss Ticket Office, 601.266.5418, 800.844.8425, or online at Individual tickets begin sales September 1.