USM Symphony Opening Night: Five by Five in Hattiesburg
Wed, 09/21/2022 – 09:21 | From: Mike Lopinto
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) presents the opening night of the 103rd season of its renowned symphony orchestra, Thursday, September 29 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert features two all-time classics by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
The Piano Concerto No. 5, The Emperor, which is his most performed piano concerto, will be performed by internationally renowned pianist, Anton Nel. Next, Beethoven’s best known and most performed work, the Symphony No. 5 in C minorwill highlight the orchestra with its very familiar melodies.
Individual and season tickets can be purchased online at southmisstickets.com or by phone at 800.844.8425 or 601.266.5418.
Dr. Michael Miles, Director of Orchestral Activities, says this event provides an opportunity to thank customers and remind them of the value of a wonderful symphony orchestra in our community.
“We are once again thrilled to bring the best in artistic excellence to our patrons and our community,” said Miles. “This is the first season we have been able to prepare without some form of Covid-based restrictions since 2019, and to thank our customers and supporters for sticking with us during this difficult time, we are programming music that is more familiar to everyone. in the audience will recognize on some level.
The Symphony Orchestra aims to provide accessible and enjoyable orchestral experiences. While the beginning of Beethoven Fifth Symphony is recognized worldwide, many people have never experienced the symphony live or in its entirety. The piano concerto also has many familiar melodies and themes. Performed by one of the greatest pianists in the world, this is a concert not to be missed.
Anton Nel tours internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. US highlights include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and Detroit Symphonies. Abroad, he has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and major venues in China, Korea and South Africa.
Highly sought after as a chamber musician, he regularly performs with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents. During the summers, he is on the artist faculties of the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and the Orford Music Academy in Quebec.
Miles is now a familiar face to symphonic audiences. His career includes a mix of musical and academic positions, including appointments at Western Carolina University and Florida International University, seven years as president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and six years as principal of the School of USM Music.
In addition to his current duties as Director of Orchestral Activities at Southern Miss, Miles has served as Music Director of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera Company, Music Director of the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies, and Music Director of the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. Miles recently conducted the USM Chamber Orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut and was guest conductor of the festival orchestra at V Clinicas Instrumentalis in Cartagena, Colombia.
Miles has also served as guest conductor of the Xinghia Conservatory Orchestra in Guangzhou, China, Vidin (Bulgaria) Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony, New Mexico University Symphony, and Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.
“In keeping with our motto ‘Bring the World to Mississippi’, in this program we bring early 19th century Vienna to the Bennett Auditorium in the form of two very famous and familiar works by the most famous and influential of all classical composers “, concluded Miles. “This is a rare opportunity to hear these two famous works performed in one program.”
For more information visit https://www.usm.edu/symphony