Stages of Change Concert Feb. 26 on Hattiesburg Campus

Stages of Change Concert Feb. 26 on Hattiesburg Campus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and one of the classical music world's finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians joins The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to perform Nielson's Clarinet Concerto Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This fun evening of music will include orchestra masterworks by Rossini, Copland and Stravinsky under the baton of Dr. Michael Miles.

An opera, a concerto, a play, and a ballet—an evening of music for the stage, the Stages of Change concert offers a variety of styles and idioms of chamber music for the audience. The evening begins with one of Gioachino Rossini's most well-known opera overtures, from The Barber of Seville. Listeners will recognize many of the themes from this whimsical and powerful overture. They might also recognize it from a Bugs Bunny cartoon of the same title.

McGill is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa.

"Mr. McGill is a wonderfully gifted musician who will share with our audience his technical and musical prowess," Dr. Miles said.

The Nielsen Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 57 was written in 1928 in Bavaria during a time of great turmoil and upheaval in Europe. That turmoil can be heard in the dense and dark orchestration Nielsen used to convey his own sense of mental distress during this time.

Originally composed as incidental music for Irwin Shaw's experimental play Quiet City, Aaron Copeland's orchestral staging offers a pensive ode to New York. A beautiful and haunting solo trumpet captures quintessential Americana through a nostalgic collage of string textures. The work tells the story of a New York Jewish man prepared to denounce his faith, but he continues to be called back by the jazz trumpet playing of his brother. The piece features English horn and trumpet student soloists, Emily Matherne and Andrew Kennedy.

The final work on the program is music from Igor Stravinsky's neoclassical ballet Pulcinella Suite. This brilliantly quaint work depicts a story of love and jovial pranks of the infamous commedia dell'arte puppet. This music was selected from the music for the ballet of the same title, but differs from Stravinsky's more well-known ballets The Firebird, Petroushka, and The Rite of Spring in that it is true chamber music and uses a smaller orchestra. Stravinsky's pallet of harmony and extended techniques result in a unique musical struggle that will keep listeners engaged throughout.

Tickets for this performance are available at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, 601.266.5418 or Students with identification are admitted free.