FestivalSouth® continues for a second week with events for all ages – Artie Events for Families, Coffee Concerts, the incredible Alias Brass, Downtown Summer Tunes, the Dog Days 5K, a Broadway jazz cabaret in tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Brahms’ fantastic Requiem with the Meistersingers. The full schedule and full details are at festivalsouth.org.
“We were thrilled to see packed auditoriums for our opening weekend,” said artistic director Dr. Mike Lopinto. “For our upcoming ticketed events, I highly recommend advance tickets as some of our events are fortunately already approaching capacity.”
Described as “the only name for musical innovation”, the Alias Brass Company is a collaboration of five uniquely talented artists from across the country. They join FestivalSouth on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. From baroque and classical to jazz and pop, Alias Brass Company shows are a surefire hit; chamber music of the future with something for everyone.
Friday, featuring music from a recently recorded and released CD, Danilo Mezzadri, Southern Miss’, flute and Elizabeth Moak, piano, perform Romantic Transcriptions, June 10 at 3 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church. The program includes transcriptions by Robert Schumann, César Franck and Reynaldo Hahn. This also marks the American premiere of the first professional recording of Hahn’s Sonata in C major. That evening, enjoy great music outdoors in Town Square Park. Downtown Summer Tunes presents the Big Fun Brass Band. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Food, drinks, arts and crafts available for purchase. Bring chairs and the whole family for a picnic to enjoy an evening under the stars.
Saturday June 11 is a big day for FestivalSouth! At 7:30 a.m., go for a run or walk at the Dog Days 5k and 2-mile walk. This dog-friendly FestivalShares event benefits Hub City Service Dogs, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for people with medical disabilities. At 10:30 a.m., join Artie in the Alley at the Pocket Museum for a performance by the Southern Miss Saxophone Quartet and dance with dancers from the Hattiesburg area. The walkway will be filled with activities such as an instrument-making station and arts and games activities.
At 7:30 that evening, a jazz tribute to legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim features the Hub City Players performing his most memorable songs and stories told through new jazz arrangements and his personal letters. Sincerely, Stephen Sondheim is at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.
New this year is FestivalSouth After Dark, featuring comedian Sean Patton in partnership with Hub City Comedy at 9 p.m. at Thirsty Hippo. Be sure to laugh till you hurt, step out after dark for an amazing evening of fun! Some content may not be suitable for all audiences.
To conclude the second weekend, the Meistersingers perform one of the great classics of the choral repertoire, the German Requiem by Brahms. The choir is joined by an orchestra on Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The popular, free coffeehouse concerts kick off with the Southern Miss Saxophone Quartet on Thursday, June 9 at Depot Kitchen and Bistro and continue June 10 with When You Wish Upon a Star, featuring tenor Brett Barnes, accompanied by Tammy Mansfield, at the Birdhouse Cafe. Both events are free.
Artie events for families continue this week as we hear students from Hattiesburg Public Schools perform a Hansel and Gretel Reader’s Drama. The event will be an artistic adventure exploring theater, art, and dance at the Hattiesburg Public Library on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, June 8, internationally acclaimed Alias Brass will present a special musical performance at 10:30 a.m. in Vernon. Dahmer Park.
Ongoing art exhibitions include watercolor artist Darryl Anderson’s exclusive FestivalSouth exhibition titled “Colored – A Perspective”. at the Eureka school, Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; versatile artist Theresa Ratti exhibits her collection daily at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus; and Myra Meade’s art is on display in the Downey Gallery at the university’s Baptist Church.