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TWELFTH SEASON GUIDE

5 - 26 JUNE 2021 festivalsouth.org

IN PERSON AND ONLINE


IN PERSON AND ONLINE We are thrilled to emerge from creative hibernation to bring as much of the excitement and opportunities back to the Pine Belt for 2021. Building on the incredible strengths of our community, FestivalSouth has become synonymous with excellence in the arts, offering programming and representing the wealth of talent we enjoy as a community. We have missed you! Now, with both in-person and live streamed events, there are more ways than ever before to enjoy FestivalSouth! None of this year’s return would be possible without the countless hours of our coordinators and “friends of the festival.” Long before the festival recruited them, they have been tireless champions of the arts in our community and continue to work to engage, educate, and enrich our neighbors who hail from around the corner and around the globe. This year, we return focused on your safety and that of our performers.   Because of the generous support of our community, we are finally able to continue our second decade. From sponsors and donors to individuals who now return in person or virtually, they bring with them excitement and engagement that goes beyond hearing a concert or seeing a show, but also a genuine commitment to better our community through the arts.    It is our genuine desire that you reemerge by taking a stand pledging your visible and vocal support not only to FestivalSouth, but also to the idea that the arts can change and heal a community. We can take all of the good that has been done and spin it into even greater opportunities for generations to come.    So, join us - in word and in deed - online or safely, in person. Mark your calendars and invite your friends to FestivalSouth this June. Make an investment in enriching your life, your family and friends’ experience, and your community’s well being by investing your time with us.    Celebrate FestivalSouth 12. Create memories that will last a lifetime!

CO- ARTISTIC DIRECTORS Dr. Jay Dean Dr. Mike Lopinto FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HCA Dr. Jay Dean   HCA DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Rachel Ciraldo   FESTIVALCOORDINATORS FestivalHeadliners Dr. Jay Dean Dr. Mike Lopinto FestivalMusic Dr. Theresa Sanchez Jorge Gonzalez, FestivalSouth Orchestral Academy FestivalSouth Youth Programs Jennifer Clark, Artie Coordinator Ellen Hunter Ruffin, Artie Reads Sarah Dixon, Artie Event Assistant Dr. Jennifer Bruton, FestivalSouth Youth Ambassadors FestivalDance Cydney McGee FestivalFavorites Angela Davis-Morris, Festival5K Sid Gonsoulin, FestivalGolf Classic Randy Swan, FestivalSpeaks Signature Magazine, Best of the Pine Belt FESTIVAL DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION Tegi Jenkins-Rimmer Michaela Andrews, Intern FESTIVAL OUTREACH Kristina Finch FESTIVAL LOGISTICS Harlan Mapp and David Walker FESTIVAL CONCIERGE Mandie McKenzie FESTIVAL PR/MARKETING Dr. Mike Lopinto, Brett Barnes, Hanif Lawrence, O’Neil Jones, Brittany Hawkins FESTIVAL WEBMASTER Kyle Nicholas FESTIVAL VIDEOGRAPHER Ana Ruth Cortez

Dr. Jay Dean

Dr. Mike Lopinto

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

FESTIVAL STREAMING CONTENT Marc Rivet FESTIVAL TICKETING Ivonne Kawas HCA FINANCIAL Carolyn McLarnan   EVENT SUPPORT STAFF Youth Ambassadors


CONTENTS FESTIVALHEADLINERS

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FESTIVALMUSIC

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SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

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FESTIVALCOFFEE

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MOVEMENTMONDAYS

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YOUTHPROGRAMMING

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FESTIVALFAVORITES and ART

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FESTIVALFAMILY

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ON THE COVER

“Reemergence”

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The painting is 30 x 40 inches Bids accepted through acrylic on canvas and is up for June 26, 2021 - 7:15 p.m. auction with proceeds supporting FestivalSouth.

TICKETS

FESTIVALSOUTH.ORG IMPORTANT INFO 1 Always check online for the latest information on each event before you drive. 2 Please purchase tickets in advance to be sure we have enough room with capacity limits. Check each event’s description page and look for this symbol to see what is being live-streamed.

#festivalsouth @festivalsouth

Artist Andrea Kostyal joins the FestivalFamiy this year with her work created exclusively for FestivalSouth 2021. A native of Hungary, Kostyal has called Hattiesburg her home since 2008. Her paintings focus on complex cityscapes composed in dreamlike settings inspired by BID NOW TO OWN urban landscapes and commonly THE FESTIVALSOUTH overlooked places. One of her 12th ANNIVERSARY murals is part of the Hattiesburg COMMEMORATIVE Public Art Trail. PAINTING BY ANDREA KOSTYAL

FestivalSouth® is a division of The Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA). The mission of the HCA is to present high caliber and diverse artistic and cultural events that enrich, engage and educate our community and state; contribute to the state’s creative economy by serving as a cultural leader for our state, region and nation; and provide cutting edge cultural and educational opportunities for artists of all levels and ages.

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FESTIVALHEADLINERS OPENING NIGHT!

Join us back in the theater! Don’t miss opening night with the Hub City Players casts of Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Rock of Ages and James and the Giant Peach in the first live concert of FestivalSouth 2021. This one-night-only show features the best of Broadway in an all-star evening of great music for the whole family.

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Saturday, June 5 7:30 p.m. WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM

Broadway in the ‘Burg featuring The Hub City Players Mannoni Performing Arts Center 107 Southern Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Adults $25

Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase. Prior to this event, join us for a reception for the Converging Voices exhibition featuring Andrea Kostyal’s paintings and Allen Chen’s ceramic work, across the street at 6 p.m. in the Southern Miss Gallery of Art and Design.

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Charles Griffith, David Hollis and Beverly Dale Due to restrictions with the ongoing pandemic, the rescheduled performances of Kinky Boots were postponed and all ticket holders refunded.


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From the creators of “Woodstock 50,” hosted by Michael Marks, and starring Vasti Jackson, G.C. Cameron (former member of The Spinners and the Temptations), and a cast of fabulous singers and the Festival Motown Orchestra, Motown Downtown Revival, is a spectacular concert that will feature some of the label’s greatest songs. Including hits by The Four Tops, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Diana Ross and The Supremes, it will also pay tribute to some of the great Motown Mississippians like David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, Mary Wilson, and G.C. Cameron who helped make the Motown sound a worldwide phenomenon. Don’t miss this sensational FestivalFinale! CK

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ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday, June 26 7:30 p.m. WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM CLYDE BRYANT

Motown Downtown Revival The Saenger Theater 201 Forrest St., Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Adults $25

Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase

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FESTIVALMUSIC

FestivalSpeaks Tuesday, June 8 3 p.m.

“Firsts” Featuring the Lagniappe Trio Heritage United Methodist Church 3 Baracuda Dr, Hattiesburg, MS

Adults $10; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase.

Tuesday, June 8 7:30 p.m.

Monkey Business: The True Story of the Creators of Curious George Featuring director, Ema Ryan Yamazaki and author Louise Borden with family members of H. A. and Margret Rey, authors of Curious George Virtual event Free at Youtube.com/festivalsouth Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Join the family of Curious George authors H. A. and Margret Rey and the author of The Journey That Saved Curious George for this once-in-a-lifetime event! The evening will include a screening of the documentary chronicling the family’s escape from Nazi Germany, original images from the de Grummond Collection, and an opportunity to interact with the family on Zoom. Presented in partnership with

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The Lagniappe Trio returns to the stage for its first live concert since the pandemic began, performing a program of “firsts.” With support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, audiences will have the opportunity to experience world premiere performances of two works, including one by their very own member, Christopher Lowry. They will also perform the first work ever written for the flute, viola, and harp ensemble. This exciting and innovative program is perfect to get live audiences back in the performance halls.

Thursday, June 10 7:30 p.m.

The Ultimate Guitar An Evening with Barry Leach The Paper Warehouse Theatre at the Hattiesburg Community Arts Center

825 North Main St., Hattiesburg, MS

Adults $20 Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase Barry Leach is a guitarist’s guitarist known for his amazing technique in rock, pop, jazz, and classical music. Born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi, he began playing guitar at age 12, and was inspired by both rock and blues. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. His spectacular performances are an eclectic blend of many styles and genres. This entertaining show consists of a variety of original solo guitar pieces, well known songs, and vocals. Voted multiple times as “Best Musician” by the Jackson Free Press, he has performed and/or recorded with numerous artists including the Dee Barton Orchestra, HBO, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Carmine Appice, Dorothy Moore, The Vamps, and The Barry Leach Group. If you love guitar, do not miss this show!


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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM Saturday, June 12 7:30 p.m.

PRESENT

A Night at the Opera

Presented in partnership with Opera Mississippi Hattiesburg Train Depot 308 Newman Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 

Adults $20; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase FestivalSouth and Opera Mississippi join together to present A Night at the Opera. This will be an evening of some of the world’s

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favorite operatic highlights. You will hear passionate and exciting arias and ensembles from La Boheme, Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Tosca, and many others. Our stellar cast of seven professional opera singers come from around the nation and beyond. They will be joined by the Opera Mississippi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jay Dean. This performance is being presented as part of Opera Mississippi’s 75th anniversary season. ALL FESTIVALMUSIC EVENTS ARE PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM ARTS INSTITUTE OF MISSISSIPPI The University of Southern Mississippi

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Sunday, June 13 3 p.m.

Light Beyond Shadow Featuring the Meistersingers and composer, Dan Forrest Westminster Presbyterian Church

115 N 25th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Adults $20; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase

Light Beyond Shadow, acclaimed composer Dan Forrest’s newest, yet to be published work written during the pandemic, will be premiered by the Meistersingers. Sharing a message of hope in response to the global pandemic, it is paired with his the breath of life, a reflection on the beauty and joy of new life juxtaposed with the pain of loss. Forrest creates a rich and poignant soundscape intertwining with profound and compelling texts from Scripture as well as classic and modern poetry to speak to post-pandemic audiences. Presented by William Carey University Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. on their campus in the Thomas Fine Arts Auditorium, don’t miss “Then Sings My Soul: an afternoon with composer Dan Forrest. Visit festivalsouth.org for complete details, and registration.

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SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE SUNDAY

IMPORTANT INFO 2 Please purchase 1 Always check tickets in advance online for the latest to be sure we have information on each enough room with event before you capacity limits. drive. Check each event’s description page and look for this symbol to see what is being live-streamed JUNE 6

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7 MOVEMENT MONDAY

7:30 CURIOUS GEORGE

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10:30 BILLY GOATS GRUFF

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7:30 GOD MAKE ME AN ARTIST

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JUNE 5 10:30 ART TRAIL EXPERIENCE

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7:30 BROADWAY IN THE ‘BURG SEE P. 2

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FICENT VOICE SEE P. 10

10:30 ARTIE READS

10:30 BARRE CLASS

7:30 DOG DAYS 5k

4 TEEN MUSIC SHOWCASE

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7:30 ON POINTE USA IBC

7:30 NIGHT AT THE OPERA

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7:30 ULTIMATE GUITAR BARRY LEACH SEE P. 4 JUNE 16

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JUNE 19 10 VISIT THE INSTRUMENTS

10:30 ARTIE READS

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5 BREWS AND BITES SEE P. 12

7:30 CHAMBER CLASSICS

7:30 FESTIVALJAZZ SEE P. 9

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10:30 ARTIE READS

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FESTIVALMUSIC Tuesday, June 15 3 p.m.

Love at First Sound Featuring the Kontra Duo

Parkway Heights United Methodist Church 2420 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Adults $10; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase This concert is a sound exploration of the many different types and states of love and its expression through music. The contrasting voices of harp and saxophone magnify these often contradictory states while at the same time weaving a sonic tapestry that mirrors the unifying and all-encompassing feeling of love.

Thursday, June 17 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Classics Featuring the Impromptu Piano Trio First Presbyterian Church

4901 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, MS

Adults $20; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase Presented with support of the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Impromptu Piano Trio performs Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major. Finished in 1828, the last year of his life, and published eight years after his death, it is an unusually large work in four movements, that shines with Schubert’s masterful lyricism. Also on the program is Turina’s mature Trio No. 2 which combines romantic tradition with sparkling Spanish flair.

FESTIVALHEADLINER Friday, June 11 7:30 p.m.

On Pointe USA International Ballet Competition Showcase

Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium 107 Southern Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Adults $25 Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase

ON POIN E IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

FestivalSouth and the USA International Ballet Competition join forces to bring you an evening filled with beautiful music and worldclass dance. See former USA IBC medalists, who are now principal dancers in major dance companies, perform classical and contemporary variations. Dancers include Princess Reid (Joffrey Ballet), Chisako Oga (Boston Ballet), Derek Dunn (Boston Ballet), Misa Kuranaga (San Francisco Ballet), and Brooklyn Mack. They will be joined by a FestivalFavorite, the Lagniappe Trio, performing selections for a perfect pairing of music and dance.

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WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM ARTS INSTITUTE OF MISSISSIPPI The University of Southern Mississippi

Friday, June 11 Noon - 1:30 p.m. USA International Ballet Competition presents

Barre Class

South Mississippi Ballet Theatre

5296 Old Hwy 11 #5 Hattiesburg, MS 39402

$25 per participant

Internationally renowned artists from the USA IBC teach a special limited capacity class for aspiring dancers. Recommended or intermediate and advanced level dancers age 12 and up. Participants should wear leotards, tights, ballet shoes, have hair secured neatly (a bun for ladies), and a mask. Visit festivalsouth.org to pre-register and for complete details.


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Saturday, June 19 7:30 p.m.

FestivalJazz A Tribute to Bobby Bryant Town Square Park

100 Main St., Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Free

This year’s FestivalJazz concert features the Festival South Jazz All-Stars featuring Andrew Baham in a tribute to Hattiesburg native and jazz trumpet player Bobby Bryant. A graduate of Royal Street High School (Rowan High School), Bobby Bryant had his own jazz band by the time he reached high school. He would later become one of the most sought-after trumpet players in Los Angeles, playing with greats such as Vic Damone, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Della Reese, Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, the Tonight Show Band, Earth Wind & Fire, and B. B. King. He will forever be celebrated as an outstanding musician, arranger, composer, and soloist. Sponsored by Paul Andersen

Tuesday, June 22 3 p.m.

A Celebration of 50 years of Organ Music Featuring Jeff McLelland, organ Marsh Auditorium at Southern Miss

107 Southern Drive, Hattiesburg, MS

Adults $10; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase Hattiesburg native Jeff McLelland performs a program of music he played and heard on the Holtkamp organ in Marsh Auditorium during his studies at USM. He continued his studies at The Eastman School of Music and The University of Alabama. He served as organist at Broad Street United Methodist Church (now Heritage UMC), Temple Baptist Church (now Hardy Street Baptist) and First Presbyterian Church He also spent 17 years teaching at William Carey College and Mississippi College. Since 2000, he has been the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama where he serves as organist, director of choral activities, and administrator of the nationally prestigious November Organ Recital Series and annual Religious Arts Festival.  

Join Southern Miss Professor Emeritus, Dr. Paul Andersen, for a special FestivalSpeaks event at 2:15 prior to the concert. See more at FestivalSouth.org

With generous support from

FestivalSpeaks

Thursday, June 24 7:30 p.m.

Take Five Celebrating the Dave Brubeck Centennial USM College of Arts and Sciences

The Paper Warehouse Theatre at the Hattiesburg Community Arts Center

825 North Main St., Hattiesburg, MS

Adults $20; Children (12 and under) $5 with adult ticket purchase Also available for virtual purchase

Dave Brubeck, an American icon for the world of jazz piano and composition, is considered to be one of the foremost performers of “cool jazz,” and achieved global recognition in his field. His style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his classical training and his extraordinary improvisational skills. His compositions are known for employing unusual and complex rhythms and harmonies.  He was also a composer of orchestral, sacred, and television music. Everyone knows the most famous musical work ever recorded by his quartet, Paul Desmond’s “Take Five.”  Come hear an evening of extraordinary jazz performed by one of the most spectacular jazz quartets in the country, The Sam Bruton Quartet. Members of the quartet are Sam Bruton (piano), Larry Panella (saxophone), David Pellow (bass), and Pete Wehner (drums).

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FESTIVALCOFFEE CONCERTS Monday, June 7 9 a.m. Morning Sax Featuring the Neu Quartett Java Werks Coffee and Tea

2902 Hardy St, #10, Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price The Neu Quartett is an undergraduate saxophone quartet at USM of classical and jazz saxophone majors, including, Morgan Webster, Chase Romans, Dylan Tucker, and Jeremiah Parker, this ensemble is dedicated to premiering and performing new music for saxophone quartet.

Monday, June 14 9 a.m. Shooting Star Featuring Melissa Berdion, soprano with Andrew Ellison, piano Depot Kitchen and Marketplace

209 Buschman St., Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price

Breakout star from the Hub City Players’ Sister Act, Mely Berdion returns to FestivalSouth with her own concert! Featuring music from contemporary shows such as Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, In the Heights, and many more! Monday, June 21 9 a.m. Jambient Featuring John Madere, looping improv T-Bones Records and Cafe

2101 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price

John Madere uses synthesizers, guitars, bass and effects to create ambient soundscapes. Using a looper pedal, he builds songs from scratch and ends up with intricate arrangements. He has dubbed these ambient sounds combined with drum and bass grooves, “Jambient.”

Wednesday, June 9 9 a.m. The Magnificent Voice Featuring David Walker, tenor with Victoria Johnson, piano The Brass Hat Patio at Hotel Indigo 103 S 30th Ave., Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price

Join David Walker and Victoria Johnson as they bring you tunes and stories of the life and times of Nat King Cole! Come out and hear your favorites from one of the Golden Era’s greatest crooners! Wednesday, June 16 9 a.m. Good Morning Guitar Featuring James Reyelt, guitar Fika Swedish Café 127 Buschman St., Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price

Come join this exceptional guitarist for a fun morning of beautiful music for guitar featuring works to kickstart your day.

Wednesday, June 23 9 a.m. Broadway and Beyond Featuring Harlan Mapp, baritone with Kay Guiles, piano South Mouth Deli 6555 US-98 #20, Hattiesburg, MS

Menu Price

You never know what to expect from lyric baritone and comic personality Harlan Mapp. For our final coffee concert, he presents a program of Broadway favorites that is sure to entertain – and you never know who might join him for an unexpected treat!

MOVEMENTMONDAYS Monday, June 7 7 p.m. Movement Monday: Beginner Heels Dance Class The Studio 810 Hardy St., Suite B, Hattiesburg, MS

Free Also available virtually at Youtube.com/festivalsouth

A special movement class for everyone that will send your confidence through the roof. Bring your best pal and your favorite pair of heels (optional) and learn some stellar dance moves!

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Monday, June 14 7 p.m. Movement Monday: Beginner Dance Class The Studio

810 Hardy St., Suite B, Hattiesburg, MS

Free Also available virtually at Youtube.com/festivalsouth

A special movement class for everyone that will send your confidence through the roof. Bring your best pal and learn some stellar dance moves!

Monday, June 21 7 p.m. Movement Monday: MotownInspired Hip Hop Class The Studio 810 Hardy St., Suite B, Hattiesburg, MS

Free Also available virtually at Youtube.com/festivalsouth

Ladies & Gents! Grab your boogie shoes and celebrate the music and dance of Motown! An upbeat, judgment-free dance class for anyone and everyone!


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ALL YOUTH PROGRAMMING EVENTS ARE GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY

FREE

ARTIE

Virtual EVENTS Saturday, June 5 FOR FAMILIES

All Artie and FestivalZ events streamed free at youtube.com/festivalsouth

ARTIE READS Thursday, June 10 10:30 a.m. Artie Reads: If I Were a Dog written and illustrated by Joanna Cotler Mayor Toby Barker and Leigh Ann Underwood of Southern Bone and Joint read from this beautiful picture book. Thursday, June 17 10:30 a.m. Artie Reads: Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss Tom Hardy reads one of Dr. Seuss’s classic picture books that is an ideal way to introduce children to the invaluable concept of self-respect.

10:30 a.m. Hattiesburg Public Art Trail Virtual Experience Presented in partnership with Visit Hattiesburg Join us on a virtual journey through the Hattiesburg Public Art Trail! Join Visit Hattiesburg and FestivalSouth as we explore art around Hattiesburg. We will even get to meet some of the artists!

Tuesday, June 15 10:30 a.m. Billy Goats Gruff Produced by Opera Mississippi, Billy Goats Gruff tells the tale of an after-school game of hide and seek that is ruined when a big bully blocks the bridge, preventing them from being able to go home. Based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. This opera is a perfect first experience with opera for the young and the young at heart and will help introduce opera to our younglings and future opera lovers.

Tuesday, June 8 10:30 a.m. What’s the Buzz? Music of flute, viola, and harp that combines the composer’s interest in insects and his passion for music. Listen to explore the worlds of rugged beetles; zipping flies; the searching and finding ants; the clumsy, buzzing bees; the frantic, furious wasps; the flashy butterflies and the darkly beautiful moths. Also, learn from a Hattiesburg Zoo zoologist and more about these bugs and the importance of insects in the world around us. Saturday, June 19 10:30 a.m. Virtually Visit the Instruments Presented in partnership with Mississippi Music Join us virtually at Mississippi Music and meet the instruments! Take a tour of a music store, learn about musical instruments, and meet the performers, too! You will even get to hear what these instruments sound like by themselves and with their instrument friends.

Tuesday, June 22 10:30 a.m. Get Down with Motown! A high-energy class designed to get you up and get funky! Motown is one of the most well-known eras for its groovy and rhythmic sound. Learn a little bit about the Motown Genre and bust a move!

FESTIVALZ Friday, June 11 4 – 6 p.m. Teen Music Showcase T-Bones Records & Café

2101 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Thursday, June 24 10:30 a.m. Artie Reads: I’m Sticking with You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Illustrated by Steve Small 

Free (Menu Price) Also available virtually at Youtube.com/festivalsouth

Gary and Glenda Grubbs read the charming picture book that is a sweet celebration of friendship. EVENTS FOR TEENS

Come hear the emerging musicians from our own community at the Teen Music Showcase presented by Mississippi Music! Live music acts (ages 13-19) are invited to sign up to perform. Solo performers, duos, and full bands are welcome! Sign up by sending an email to carlj@missmusic.com.

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FESTIVALFAVORITES

Saturday, June 12 7:30 a.m. Dog Days 5k run and 2 mile walk @ FestivalSouth benefitting Hub City Service Dogs Starting at Kamper Park

Tuesday, June 15 7:30 p.m. God Make Me an Artist Mannoni Performing Arts Center

Registration $25 online at festivalsouth.org

God Make Me an Artist

107 S 17th Ave. Hattiesburg, MS

Free

is a feature documentary film that chronicles the life and work of sculptor and Mississippi native, Benjamin Barnes Watts, who has created numerous pieces for and coordinated art events for FestivalSouth. The film, three years in production, follows Watts through every stage during the creation of an original commissioned statue for the national headquarters of Kappa Sigma in Charlottesville, Virginia. The piece also serves to document Ben’s journey from childhood, his faith, and the highs and lows of his career. God Make Me an Artist is an intimate portrait of a celebrated sculptor and the spirit that drives him.

100 Main St. Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Ticketed - Various prices Advance purchase highly recommended.

You must have a valid photo ID and be at least 21 years of age to purchase Brews & Bites pairings ticket. A limited number of “Bites only” tickets are available for under 21 years of age. Pets are not allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. No outside food or drink for this portion of the evening.

Guests can enjoy live music along with great pairings of craft beer and specialty dishes presented by local food trucks. At 7:30, stay for a free jazz concert celebrating Hattiesburg native and great jazz musician Bobby Bryant. See p. 9

FESTIVALART June 1 - 30 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Andrea Kostyál and Allen Chen: Converging Voices Southern Miss Gallery of Art and Design George Hurst Bldg. on Southern Miss Drive

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Saturday, July 31 6 p.m. Doors Open FestivalSouth Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show Lake Terrace Convention Center 1 Convention Center Plaza Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Ticketed $35 individual, $325 table of 10 www.bestofthepinebelt. com A brand new dinner, dance and awards show format honoring the area’s best people, places and things as voted on by our community, this is the party of the year to celebrate the area’s best and brightest. FestivalSouth

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Hub City Service Dogs, trains service dogs for individuals with medical disabilities. There will be door prizes, Topher’s breakfast, a Run-by Dog pageant featuring local celebrity judges, and overall awards for the fastest runner/ walker, with and without dogs. Custom finisher medals will be given to all participants who finish their event.  Registration includes a commemorative event T-shirt and access to fun, food and music at the finish line festival. The event will be professionally timed by Diva Timing. Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and on a fixed leash.

107 Southern Drive Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Saturday, June 19 5 - 7 p.m. Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival presents Downtown Brews & Bites A food truck & craft beer pairings event Presented by Corner Market with support from FestivalSouth Town Square Park

BEST OF THE PINE BELT

ONGOING June 8 - 28, In Our Favorite Little Gallery

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, 1 to 4 p.m.

Phyllis Downey Gallery at University Baptist Church 3200 Arlington Loop, Hattiesburg, MS

Free This exhibit by members of the Women’s Art Collective (WAC), established in 2011, was created by a group of women seeking supportive critique and creative inspiration for their artwork in Hattiesburg.

Friday, June 25 from Free 3 – 5 p.m., enjoy a reception with light Drawing on connections between Andrea refreshments and music Kostyal’s paintings and Allen Chen’s ceramic by pianist Zhaolei Xie. work, these two bodies of work together represent how the different roads in each artist’s creative life have converged onto the same path during this pandemic.Their respective art forms voice and share perceptions of current events that they, as artists, and the public, experience collectively.


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FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL Anderson Design Center, Area Development Partnership, Corner Market, Dermatology South, Dr. Sergey Dzugan of Hattiesburg Clinic, Magnolia State Bank, Southern Miss Alumni Association, Vardaman Honda BancorpSouth, Bob and Kathy Morrow, Bread Agency, Charles Dawe of Keller Williams, Culotta Insurance & Investments, Dr. Jeremy Wells of Hattiesburg Clinic, Hattiesburg Orthodontics, Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, Maxem Health Urgent Care, Paul Andersen, Pediatric Dental Group, Shag Salon FestivalSouth® is the largest project of The Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA) that presents high caliber and diverse artistic and cultural events that enrich, engage and educate our community and state; contributes to the state’s creative economy by serving as a cultural leader for our state, region and nation; and provides cutting edge cultural and educational opportunities for artists of all levels and ages. FestivalSouth® is vitally important to our community with both social and economic benefits. Healthy cultural economies support greater civic engagement, create a more connected community, promote local businesses, and in turn attract and maintain communities, growing the schools and neighborhoods. FestivalSouth® makes our area a tourist destination for exceptional cultural arts. The diverse programming is accessible to all and showcases the talent of our state, preserving the cultural heritage of Mississippi while advancing artistic production for the future. The festival reaches audiences of all ages and socio-economic groups, and creates meaningful and lasting memories for those who participate.

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The Hattiesburg Concert Association survives on grants, donations and sponsorships to produce events throughout the year. Join us by pledging your support as a new HCA donor or sponsor. No amount is too small. Donations will be accepted at every FestivalSouth event or you may contact Rachel Ciraldo at 601.297.5172 to find out how you can support our projects and your community!

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