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Hattiesburg Concert Association named 2022 top nonprofit in Mississippi

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The Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA) has been named one of the 2022 top nonprofits in Mississippi by The Mississippi Business Journal.

HCA, the presenter of FestivalSouth and the Meistersingers, was presented its award at The Old Capitol in Jackson on Friday, November 18.

“We recognize that many of the people who work in non-profits are all too often ‘unsung heroes’ in our communities, people who devote their lives to helping others, and who are tireless in their dedication to the needs of so many Mississippians,” Publisher Tami Jones stated.

FestivalSouth, the largest project of the HCA, is an annual, multi-week festival presenting a variety of musical and other arts-related entertainment that aims to transcend social, cultural, and economic lines.

The project is also credited with bringing more than $2 million in economic impact to the Hattiesburg community in 2021 and has distinguished itself as the premier arts presenter in the region, drawing locals and tourists of all ages with its’ wide variety of cultural programming, that features exceptional performing and visual artists.

“The gracious people and businesses of our community make it possible to reach more and more people with the life-changing power of the arts,” HCA Executive Director, Dr. Mike Lopinto said. “This affirmation of our work furthers our hope that our business community will join us in this quest to make the arts synonymous with Hattiesburg.”

Hattiesburg’s Civic Chorus, The Meistersingers, is an all-volunteer, community group of musicians that has offered concerts for local audiences since its founding in 1996. In addition, the choir has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, at Cadogan Hall in London, and at Canterbury Cathedral.

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