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Pianist Bruce Levingston is set to perform Sept. 22 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the creation of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts. Photo by Michael Poliza

Dawn of New Era in the Arts at the University

New institute shines a light on creative arts on campus and beyond SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT Pianist Bruce Levingston and special guest artists will give the first performance in celebration of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the […]

UM music professor George Worlasi Kwasi Dor (left) receives a citation presented by Adwoa Arhine (center), head of the Department of Music in the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts, and Benjamin Amakye-Boateng, a lecturer in the department. Submitted photo

Music Professor Honored as Musical Icon in Ghana

George W.K. Dor lauded for contributions to Ghanian music and culture SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH This summer, George Worlasi Kwasi Dor visited his home country of Ghana as a renowned music professor at the University of Mississippi. He returned as an icon. The University of Ghana’s School of Performing Arts named Dor […]

Members of the Assembly Quartet.

Assembly Quartet’s September Residency at the University of Mississippi

AUGUST 30, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT A University of Mississippi residency of the Assembly Quartet, a professional chamber music ensemble composed of Jeffrey Heisler on soprano saxophone, Ian Jeffress on alto saxophone, Matthew Younglove on tenor saxophone, and Adam Estes on alto and baritone saxophones, will take place September 12-17, 2022. “I am excited that […]

The university will honor the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat with Concerto Awards in honor of their efforts to build the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM to Dedicate Student Union Name, Present Concerto Award

AUGUST 24, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi will formally dedicate the new name of the Ole Miss Student Union on Friday (Aug. 26), paying tribute to late Gertrude C. Ford and her foundation that continues to have a transformative impact on the Oxford and Medical Center campuses. The public is invited […]

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 […]