Honor first responders and celebrate a centenary in music


Fri 09/17/2021 – 16:51 pm | By: Mike Lopinto

The Symphonic Winds will perform a concert honoring the first responders and a late celebration of the band’s centennial program on Sunday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. (USM) Hattiesburg.

The concert features a commission from USM and many area schools in honor of first responders, welcomes members of these programs on stage to perform, and hosts guest conductors Dr Gary Adam and Dr Mohamad Schuman. The concert is free and open to the public and first responders are encouraged to attend.

“The piece is commissioned in honor of the brave healthcare workers and first responders for their heroism during the COVID-19 pandemic and is dedicated to those who have suffered tragedy and loss as a result of the pandemic,” said Dr Colin McKenzie, director of the School of Music and Symphonic Winds.

Symphonic winds led the commissioning effort for The morning is broken. Written by retired Southern Miss Composer-in-Residence Luigi Zaninelli, Sponsoring Members are: Biloxi High School, Germantown High School, Gulfport High School, Jones College, Mississippi Gulf Cost Community College, Oak Grove High School, Ocean Springs High School, Pearl River Community College, South Jones High School, USM Symphonic Winds, West Harrison High School, and William Carey University.

Also featured on our centennial performance are two former conductors of Symphonic Winds – Dr. Gary Adam and Dr. Mohamad Schuman.

“A celebration of the centennial of orchestras at USM would not be complete without paying tribute to these two gentlemen who have given so much to the program and, in particular, to the Symphonic Winds,” continued McKenzie.

The program also includes jubilant marches and catchy overtures that are classics of the orchestra’s repertoire, including that of Verdi., La Forza del Destino, Wheat Bravery, Mascagni Symphonic intermezzo of Cavaliera Rusticana, Alexander From Tropic to Tropic, Biebl’s Ave Maria, that of Zaninelli Republic Battle Anthem, and Fillmore His Honor.

The public is asked to wear masks indoors, as is university policy at this time.

For more information, visit usm.edu/bands.

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