Arts Under the Dome 2012-2013 Season
Saturday, November 17 7:00 PM
The Bohemian Quartet
Nominated for three Grammy categories in 2010, the Bohemian Quartet specializes in music of the Romany (or gypsy) tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. French virtuoso violinist and composer Stan Renard assembled the group with the idea of preserving classic gypsy music. Like every good curator, the Bohemian Quartet at once embraces the ancient traditions, yet still wanders off in newer, lovely,unpredictable directions. They shoulder a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play this historic repertoire with extraordinary joi de vivre. Their music is a journey through musical vernacular of gypsy life, with fast tempos, virtuosic playing, crying and dancing strings,, and above all the flair of performance that makes them so utterly riveting. www.bohemianquartet.com
Friday, November 30 7:00 PM
Praised by musicians and critics worldwide, David Burgess is recognized as one of today’s outstanding guitarists. His appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to prestigious concert halls throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Far East. A former student of the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia, he is praised for his polished technique and crisp, flamboyant style. Burgess has traveled and studied extensively in Spain and Latin America, exploring traditional guitar styles along with popular and folkloric music. Over the past decade, he has been particularly interested in the guitar music of Brazil, from early works to Brazilian ragtime, bossa nova, samba and contemporary compositions. Burgess has won international competitions in New York City, Mexico City, Toronto and Munich. www.latinguitar.com.
Friday , January 18 7:00 PM
Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, bluegrass, country, gospel, spirituals, and folk music – a formidable concoction they have dubbed “sweetgrass”. This all-female acoustic band captivates with their sweet and rich three-part harmonies, hard driving instrumentals, and unexpected song choices. Their fine musicianship, along with their wit, warmth, and down-home humor, has made them a hit on the concert scene. With classics from Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, the Judds, Curtis Mayfield and other musical legends – along with their own chart-topping original hits – the girls offer a palette of delights for everyone and create a sensational evening of entertainment. www.sweet-potato-pie.com
Friday, February 8 7:00 PM
The Southern Chorale, renowned as the premiere touring vocal ensemble of the University of Southern Mississippi, has a long history of excellence, performing the complete spectrum of significant choral literature for a cappella and accompanied chorus. Membership consists primarily of upper division voice majors as well as graduate students in vocal performance, conducting and music education. The 58-member Chorale has an active schedule and tours both nationally and internationally. Their repertoire for the 2012-2013 season is titled All-American A Cappella. Composers Randall Thompson, Leonard Bernstein, and Samuel Barber will be featured along with American folk, spiritual, and pop arrangements. Dr. Gregory Fuller is in his thirteenth year as Southern Chorale’s director and conductor.
Friday, March 8 7:00 PM
Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur are critically acclaimed for their exciting fusion of classical, folk, rock and world music. Classically trained (Royal College of Music and Moscow Conservatory) and street-savvy, the two for the past eight years have shared their love of all genres of music while leaving the audience amazed at their individual virtuosity. Each is a soloist of the highest caliber, capable of holding his own on a symphony orchestra stage or matching licks with a roadhouse band. From Led Zeppelin to Bartok, from the Beatles to Rimsky-Korsakov, from Gershwin to their own unique tunes, their music sashays all over the planet and back again. Both musicians have won international awards and competitions. Since 2008 they have been featured regularly on NPR’s Performance Today. www.richteruzurduo.com