USM Civic Chorale to perform along the coast this week

USM Civic Chorale to perform along the coast this week

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will host two concerts at two separate locations along the coast this week.

The concert, titled "Fly Me to the Moon," celebrates this year's theme, "Rise Up, O Flame." The concert series will honor the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the spirit of those who rose up to great heights after the tragedy through the help of the community and their faith.

"The fourth concert in our series this year, 'Fly Me to the Moon' celebrates the spirit of those that have worked so hard in rebuilding our community during the past ten years with positive and enduring strength," said Lauren Fowler-Calisto, artistic director for the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale.

The first concert, which will be May 13, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Fine Arts Auditorium on the Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport. The second concert will be at 3 p.m. on May 15 at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the USM Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Music performed during the concert will include Broadway and jazz standards from the 1920's through the 1970's, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "Moonglow," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Blue Moon."

Members of the choir will also sing several solos and duets and will feature a live jazz trio comprised of MGCCC's choral director Debra Atkinson on piano and Southern Miss students David Pellow on bass and Vinson McMurtery on drums.

The concern is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the ensemble.

For more information, please contact Lauren Fowler-Calisto at

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