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World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, Festival Returns

Annual event’s 46th season May 26-29 at UM, Oxford venues May 20, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith After going virtual the past two years, the 46th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival returns to an in-person format next weekend in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Events are set for May 26-29 at the […]

UCIMG-2217-1 APRIL 28, 2022 BY MDIGGS The Pride of the South marching band performs at halftime of the 2021 Ole Miss-Arkansas football game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

UM Band Getting Bigger, Better Practice Field

Chancellor Glenn Boyce announces $3.5 million commitment from the university, donors APRIL 28, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seeking to expand and improve outdoor rehearsal conditions, the University of Mississippi is committing $3.5 million to build a bigger, better practice field for its award-winning Pride of the South marching band. Chancellor Glenn Boyce made the announcement late Wednesday (April 27) […]

Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Team with UM Choirs for Concert

Ford Center production features Beethoven’s Ninth, ‘Ode to Joy’ March 22, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith An elegant evening of classical music awaits Friday (March 25) at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The UM Choirs, under the direction of Donald Trott and Elizabeth Hearn, will join with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Memphis […]

Jim Weatherly to Posthumously Receive Inaugural UM Medal for the Arts

Alumnus to be recognized for his songwriting contributions April 21 at Ford Center March 14, 2022 By  Edwin B. Smith OXFORD, Miss. – The late renowned songwriter and University of Mississippi alumnus Jim Weatherly will be honored with the university’s inaugural Medal for the Arts in an April 21 presentation on campus. In partnership with the Department […]

Overstreet Champions Band, Accountancy with Major Gift

Donation to help renovate Pride of the South practice facilities, build new home for Patterson School January 19, 2022 By Tina H. Hahn On a breezy Friday afternoon, the University of Mississippi‘s Pride of the South marching band members finished the day’s rehearsal and then gathered close to shout in unison: “Thank you, Helen!” Watching the […]

Larry Hoffman works on a composition at his home in Baltimore.

Composer Donates Scores to Blues Archive

Larry Hoffman’s music meets at the intersection of blues and classical December 6, 2021 By Lauren Rogers  Baltimore composer Larry Hoffman has donated a dozen of his musical scores to the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi. While Hoffman has written many more works, the award-winning composer chose his blues- and American folk-infused classical compositions for […]

Blake McIver Ewing, Emma Johnson, and Mary Donnelly Haskell discuss wardrobe options

Alumni Return Home to Perform in ‘The Light in the Piazza’

Cast members give students an up-close look at the lives of professional performers November 11, 2021 By Lynn Adams Wilkins Several University of Mississippi alumni have returned to campus to lend their expertise, talent and guidance to students by working with the Department of Music on the upcoming UM Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza.” […]

Andreas Klein

Classical Pianist, Swiss Photographer Team Up for Ford Center Show

Andreas Klein and Andreas Rentsch also to conduct master class, talk with UM music, art students October 31, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith   Part of the Artists Series, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. During the first half, Klein will play a Bach partita, a Chopin ballade and a sonata by Beethoven, all enhanced […]

Mary Donnelly Haskell, Emma Johnson, and Isaiah Traylor star in the upcoming production of ‘The Light in the Piazza,’ set in 1950s Florence.

‘The Light in the Piazza’ Subject of Nov. 3 SouthTalk

Several events celebrate Elizabeth Spencer’s 100th birthday October 27, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The beloved characters created by Mississippi author Elizabeth Spencer are returning to the South with a University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza,” which is the focus of a SouthTalk sponsored by the UM Center for […]

The UM Chorus performs in front of a large American flag.

A Veterans Day Concert Salute

UM Chorus and Orchestra and Oxford Civic Chorus join forces to celebrate October 21, 2021 by Staff Report The musical forces of the University of Mississippi Chorus and the LOU Symphony Orchestra will join with the Oxford Civic Chorus for a musical salute to all veterans of the United States military Nov. 9 in the Gertrude C. Ford […]