A Valentines to Remember

Join the Florence Regional Arts Alliance for A Valentines to Remember, a fundraising Jazz Concert, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on February 16th at 8pm. This show features the Florence Area Big Band and special guest, Florence native and drummer with Doc Severinsen’s Big Band, Stockton Helbing.

 

Reserved VIP tickets are $45 and includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 at the Waters Building in downtown Florence.  Reserved tickets for the concert only are $25, and student tickets are $10.

Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

Stockton was first hired to tour the world by his musical hero Maynard Ferguson. During that nearly four year time period Stockton was a featured soloist, the youngest person to ever be Maynard’s music director, the only drummer to ever be Maynard’s music director, and producer of Maynard’s last studio recording, The One and Only Maynard Ferguson (2007).

 

Stockton has also performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, the Maniacal 4, Erika Badu, David Braid, Steve Wiest, Jennifer Holiday, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Denis DiBlasio, The Cincinnati Pops, Chip McNeill, Darden Purcell, Clay Jenkins, Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, The Imperial Brass, Mary Wilson, Paul Tynan, Ernie Watts and many more.

 

Before Stockton toured the world, Stockton began his musical career in Florence. Stockton was part of Florence School District One Fine Arts “DOME” program and a 1998 graduate of West Florence High School.  Stockton played percussion with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, prior to the creation of Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra. Stockton performed as the original drummer with the Florence Area Big Band’s founding musicians, Allen Brown, Randy Shell, and Julian Graham.

 

Stockton will perform with the Florence Area Big Band favorites from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich along with many popular standards.

 

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is celebrating 35 years of helping the Arts in Florence County.  Since 1983, the FRAA has been committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County.  The funds raised from this concert will go towards operating expenses allowing the Florence Regional Arts Alliance to provide arts grant support, scholarships, arts marketing and arts programming to Florence County.

 

Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

For more information about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance visit florenceartsalliance.org or call 843.407-3092.

 

Florence Symphony Orchestra

Florence Symphony Orchestra Concert will perform at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

February 11th at 7:30pm

Bolero

Program

Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 | Chopin

La Valse | Ravel

Pavane pour une infante défunte | Ravel

Bolero | Ravel

Paolo Gualdi will be on piano

 

For reservations call the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 or click here.

Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra – Auditions

Auditions for the Florence Symphony and Youth Orchestra
The Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2018/19 Season at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
Youth Orchestra auditions are May 15 for strings and May 22 for winds/brass/percussion. 
Visit http://www.florencesymphony.com/fsyo-auditions to submit an online application, view audition requirements and reserve your spot.
For more information, contact FSYO music director and conductor, Ricky Hyman, at fsyorchestra@gmail.com
 
 
 

Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra – Auditions

Auditions for the Florence Symphony and Youth Orchestra
The Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2018/19 Season at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
Youth Orchestra auditions are May 15 for strings and May 22 for winds/brass/percussion. 
Visit http://www.florencesymphony.com/fsyo-auditions to submit an online application, view audition requirements and reserve your spot.
For more information, contact FSYO music director and conductor, Ricky Hyman, at fsyorchestra@gmail.com
 
 
 

Florence Symphony Orchestra – Auditions

Auditions for the Florence Symphony
The Florence Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2018/19 Season at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
Auditions for the FSO are Monday, May 7 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. 
To schedule an audition, contact Mark Jackson, FSO Personnel Manager, at markjacksonfso@gmail.com.

Marshall Tucker Band

There’ll be “lightning in the air” on Friday May 4 with the iconic Marshall Tucker Band brings its legendary brand of Southern rock to the Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4.
The Marshall Tucker Band has had a devoted and passionate following, almost since the day the group was formed in Spartanburg, S.C. in the early ‘70s. That’s grown through the years as the band churned out seven gold records, three platinum records and a long list of memorable singles including, “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” and more. Through it all,  the Marshall Tucker Band became synonymous with pioneering the genre of Southern rock.
Tickets for the show, the band’s only Pee Dee-area performance this year, will go on sale Monday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets prices start at just $22. 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fmupac.org, by phone at 843.661.4444 or in person at the PAC ticket office in downtown Florence, Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
The Marshall Tucker Band got its start when lead vocalist Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks. The band’s composition has changed repeatedly through the years. As long-time fans know, there is no actual  “Marshall Tucker” in the band. The band “borrowed” that name from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their original rehearsal space.
From pulling a name out of thin air, creating a new sound was no big deal for MTB. Founding member Gray says, “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries.” 
In 1972, the band signed its first major label record deal, and in 1973, the Marshall Tucker Band opened shows for The Allman Brothers. The following year, as their own star began to grow and their debut album went platinum, they began to headline their own shows across America.
They toured constantly over the next decade, honing their signature sound by blending rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel. 
“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll,” says Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, rock & roll and all things in-between. As we’ve become older, our Southern heritage seems to come out even more, but no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.”
The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour on a regular basis, playing more than 130 live dates each year. Today, the band records on its own Ramblin’ Records Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to produce a steady stream of new  material. 
The band is still led by Gray, but current members include some notable names with long pedigrees in other groups. Highly respected drummer B.B. Borden is a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws; multi-instrumentalist Marcus Henderson plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals; Pat Elwood is on bass guitar; and Rick Willis is on lead guitar and vocals. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. 

Florence Symphony Orchestra – Symphonic Rock

The Florence Symphony Orchestra Presents

Symphonic Rock

Monday, April 30th,  7:30 pm

in Downtown Florence at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Season subscriptions for 2018-19 go on sale this same evening!

 

Black Violin

The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center will present an entertaining and stunning collision of musical worlds when Black Violin brings its innovative mix of hip-hop and classic sound to the PAC’s main stage theater.
The one-of-a-kind show will be at the PAC at 7:30 p.m. on April 21.
Tickets are on sale and begin at $22. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fmupac.org, by phone at 843.661.4444, or in person at the PAC box office in downtown Florence. 
Black Violin features classically trained violinists “Wil B” and “Kev Marcus” at the center of a fiery, high-energy show that has brought them worldwide recognition. In its fast-climbing career, Black Violin has performed with Alicia Keys, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and Kanye West, and has appeared on HBO’s Ballers, The Tonight Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Ellen Show and 2016 Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN.
Black Violin’s dynamic duo, William Baptiste and Kevin Marcus, met while high school students in a performing arts program in Florida. There they began cultivating their love of hip-hop and classical music and an interest in the fascinating fusion that blend creates. After college, Baptiste and Marcus formed Black Violin, creating a remarkable genre mashup that has been described as “classical boom.” 
In 2015, Black Violin released their album Stereotypes, which attained the status of No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. 
The Miami Herald recently said, “Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes…an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.”
More recently, Black Violin has been touring full time, selling out venues throughout the country, while averaging more than 150 performances each year. 
As their fame has grown, Black Violin has not forgotten its roots. Baptiste and March devote much of their time to emphasizing the importance of educational outreach, performing for more than 100,000 students across North America and Europe over the past year.

FMU Percussion Ensemble

Francis Marion University Percussion Ensemble Performance, directed by Shane Reeves, at the Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence

7:30 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The percussion ensemble performs music written expressly for percussion. The works performed by the ensemble utilize a variety of percussion instruments and encompass a multitude of musical styles including classic works for percussion ensemble, world music, transcriptions, and contemporary percussion music.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Centerat 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

FMU – Artists Series Kirstin Chavez

Performance by Kirstin Chavez, mezzo-soprano

as part of the Francis Marion University Artist Series at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

7:30 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Kirstin Chávez is considered one of the most riveting and significant performing mezzo-sopranos today. Her powerful voice with its expansive range, the dramatic intensity of her acting, and her natural sensuality combine to make her an arresting and unique presence on the operatic and concert stages.

Ms. Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is recognized as one of the definitive Carmens of today, creating her Carmen in nearly 40 different productions throughout the United States and around the globe. Opera News reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime. With her dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma, Chávez has it all, including a superb command of French and a sense of humor.” Ms Chávez has also showed great success in various pants roles, including Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Florentine Opera), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Atlanta Opera), and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo (Metropolitan Opera).

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.