FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
Called by jazz guitar master George Benson “one of the greatest guitarist I’ve ever seen in my life,” thirty-six year old Brazilian Diego Figueiredo is considered one of the most exciting guitar players today. He is winner of several important competitions including the Montreal Jazz Competition (twice) and the VISA Prize. Diego’s touring is intense and international in scope; he has already played in more than fifty countries. His music is a fusion of jazz, classical, bossa nova and other Brazilian musical styles. He has released twenty albums to date. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, have created an explosion of fans and concertgoers around the world.
OPEN THE DOOR FOR THREE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Open the Door for Three is a road-tested, high-octane trio of Irish musicians who mine song books, collections, and recordings for tunes and songs both old and new. Adding to their discoveries are fiddler Liz Knowles’ harmonies, arrangements and compositions, piper Kieran O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of Irish tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing of Dublin-born Pat Broaders. Band members are veterans and mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world and have played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, the New York Pops, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, and at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
APRIL VERCH BAND
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017
While Canadian April Verch is known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, her performing extends into old-time American and Appalachian music and beyond for a tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Accompanied by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist and mandolinist Alex Rubin, Verch is an astounding performer with her delicate vocals, energetic step dancing, and stunning mastery of the fiddle, a trifecta of talents she can bring together simultaneously. Her breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with her reflective songwriting and interpretations of traditional songs.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
Based in Savannah, Georgia, Velvet Caravan is an unorthodox acoustic quintet of guitar, violin, bass, percussion, and keyboards (including accordion). Bringing together musicians from as close as Austin, Texas and as far away as Venezuela and Slovenia, the quintet’s varied lineage contributes to their eclectic sound as they weave thick threads of gypsy jazz and Latin music into their own non-traditional brand of acoustic swing. Velvet Caravan’s high-energy sound showcases their ferocious technique, thunderous passion for all musical genres, and relentless sense of humor.
USM SOUTHERN CHORALE
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
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 of a cappella and accompanied chorus. Membership consists primarily of upper-division voice majors and graduate students in vocal performance, conducting, and music education. The 58-member Chorale has an active schedule, touring nationally and internationally. Their concert for Arts Under the Dome will be the first public performance of the repertoire for their upcoming Nordic Countries concert tour in May. Dr. Gregory Fuller is in his 17th year of serving as the Southern Chorale’s director and conductor.