Arts Under the Dome is bringing a world of music to Gulfport. See what treats are in store

A stained glass dome highlights the ceiling of the First Untied Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport.
A stained glass dome highlights the ceiling of the First Untied Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport. Sun Herald file photo

American and Irish folk music, a cappella vocals, jazz standards, string classics and Tin Pan Alley standards highlight the Arts Under the Dome 2018 season, which starts Jan. 13.

This is the 25th season for the series, named for the famous stained glass dome in its venue, the sanctuary building of First United Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. and are open seating. Single concert tickets or Season tickets may be purchased at the door. Advance tickets are available online at, or from the church office (corner of 15th Street and 23rd Avenue) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For info or a season brochure, call 228-863-0047 or 228-229- 6851, or e-mail

Andrew Finn Magill and Alan Murray Saturday, Jan. 13

Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music; by the age of 10, he had begun learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships.

He is also a master of the low whistles and mandolin and is equally proficient in American idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. Magill has toured with Scotland’s Paul McKenna Band and with the Celtic music and dance revue Celtic Dances. In 2016, he released two albums of Irish music, Roots and Branches.

He is touring with guitarist/singer/bouzouki player Alan Murray from Glasgow, Scotland. Both Magill and Murray have performed, toured and collaborated extensively with familiar names in Celtic music.

Vocaldente Sunday, Feb. 11

These men, hailing from Hanover, Germany, took first place in both the International Contemporary A Cappella Competition and the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival in 2008.

They are acoustic singers and vocal percussionists, taking a cappella back to its roots. Vocaldente refrains from the use of technical support of any kind; the typical pop sound, normally associated with microphones and special effects, is achieved exclusively through the voice. Their performance takes audiences on a journey from the Roaring ’20s, to ’60s rock, to contemporary pop and recent hits.

St. Louis Brass Saturday, March 17

Originally founded in 1964 by members of the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Brass — with two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone and a tuba — is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets.

Their performance includes popular tunes of the Americas, jazz standards, classical selections, works of today’s composers, light-hearted pieces for narrator and brass, and a tongue-in-cheek musical history of brass instruments.

St. Louis Brass has had over 75 pieces written or arranged specifically for them, and have toured internationally during the group’s past decades.

International String Trio Saturday, April 21

True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen musical styles from several countries.

Using their instruments as passports, the trio unlocks the doors to a global array of tunes drawn from jazz, folk, popular, classical, film and other sources. Their performances encompass a range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian, traditional Irish reels, bluegrass, classical, klezmer, tango and popular songs from film soundtracks.

The trio plays more than 150 gigs a year, including concert halls, jazz clubs, jazz festivals and universities.

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Saturday, May 12

Triple Play consists of three musicians who formed the group in 1999 after years of playing together in various capacities. The trio is led by Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone, piano) and features Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, jaw harp, percussion) and Joel Brown (acoustic guitar).

With all three contributing vocals, the Triple Play showcases a repertoire of Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and originals. Chris Brubeck also tours with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and is a soloist and composer.