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.

Francis Marion University Concert Band Performance

Frances Marion University Concert Band  will be performing at the FMU Performing Arts Center

7:30 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from Florence, Lake City, Darlington, Dillon, Hartsville, Columbia, Marion and surrounding areas. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members. Due to the quality of the local talent of the band members, the group has been tagged the “Who’s Who of the Florence Instrumental Music Scene.” Membership is open to all FMU students and area residents who are experienced concert band instrumentalists. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. The program began as a way to give students of FMU a chance to perform music, earn academic credit for performance in the ensemble, and to become involved with other students in campus life.

Beginning in the spring of 2002, the FMU Concert Band rehearsals were scheduled on Tuesday evenings and adult musicians from the region were invited to participate. The band continues to rehearse every Tuesday evening.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us. Information can be found at Music – Instrumental Program or email Dr. Terry Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu

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

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash to take center stage Francis Marion Performing Arts Center

Grammy Award-winner Graham Nash, founding member of seminal rock-n-roll groups The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, will bring his iconic songbook to the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. 
Nash is a superlative performer but towering all he has accomplished is the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus, including “On a Carousel” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album.
The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but 20 months, yet their songs have stood the test of time, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” and “Lady of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969), and “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” on CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970). 
Overlapping CSNY, Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs For Beginners (1971), whose “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” were fueled by internal strife within the United States. In addition to his string of solo albums, he has performed and recorded with David Crosby as Crosby/Nash. Their eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), is bookended by Nash’s “Southbound Train” and “Immigration Man.”
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 11 at noon and start at $35. Special VIP packages are available.
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.
Nash’s most recent album, This Path Tonight, is his first offering in 15 years, but in his return, Nash delivered one of the most heartfelt and personal albums of his career. 
For his PAC appearance, Nash will be accompanied by longtime collaborator, and This Path Tonight producer, Shane Fontayne on guitars and vocals. Together, the duo will perform songs from Nash’s entire catalogue, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career throughout the evening.
No Depression magazine recently said Nash’s tour “walked the audience through his catalog, a rich tapestry of music spanning more than five decades… The strength of the material and the resilience in Nash’s voice made for a wonderful evening, and as the crowd soon discovered, the new songs were every bit as vital as the classic anthems they came to hear.”
Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a two-time Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, a Grammy Award winner, a New York Times best-selling author, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Free Speech in Music Award.

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Francis Marion University  presents the Sixth Edition of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Paolo Andre Gualdi, artistic director

February 19 – 23, 2018

Black Box Theater

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm –  Masterworks for violin and piano

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm – Faculty and Friends, voice and guitar

Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm – Live Recording of commissioned piece by Brandon Goff

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm – Where Europe meets South America, piano duo

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm – From Bartok to Beatles, Richter Uzur Duo (guitar and cello)

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Francis Marion University  presents the Sixth Edition of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Paolo Andre Gualdi, artistic director

February 19 – 23, 2018

Black Box Theater

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm –  Masterworks for violin and piano

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm – Faculty and Friends, voice and guitar

Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm – Live Recording of commissioned piece by Brandon Goff

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm – Where Europe meets South America, piano duo

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm – From Bartok to Beatles, Richter Uzur Duo (guitar and cello)

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Francis Marion University  presents the Sixth Edition of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Paolo Andre Gualdi, artistic director

February 19 – 23, 2018

Black Box Theater

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm –  Masterworks for violin and piano

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm – Faculty and Friends, voice and guitar

Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm – Live Recording of commissioned piece by Brandon Goff

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm – Where Europe meets South America, piano duo

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm – From Bartok to Beatles, Richter Uzur Duo (guitar and cello)

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Francis Marion University  presents the Sixth Edition of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Paolo Andre Gualdi, artistic director

February 19 – 23, 2018

Black Box Theater

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm –  Masterworks for violin and piano

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm – Faculty and Friends, voice and guitar

Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm – Live Recording of commissioned piece by Brandon Goff

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm – Where Europe meets South America, piano duo

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm – From Bartok to Beatles, Richter Uzur Duo (guitar and cello)

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival

The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, produced by Francis Marion University’s Dr. Paolo Gualdi, will make its way to Florence for its sixth season and a full week of classical chamber music beginning on Monday, February 19th.
The festival will once again bring together world-class musicians from Brazil, Serbia, Hungary, Italy and the United States.
All festival events will be held in the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, so purchasing tickets in advance through the FMU Performing Arts Center box office is recommended. Ticket prices for all 7:30 p.m. performances are $5 for the general public, though students from FMU and are admitted free to all events with a valid student I.D., but are required to have a ticket as well.
The festival kicks off on Monday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. as wife and husband combo Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi and Paolo Andre’ Gualdi present “Masterworks Violin and Piano” with music by Beethoven, Ravel, and Sarasate.
On Tuesday, special guests Duo Sureño (voice and guitar) will join forces with our own FMU MI Faculty, performing music by Villa-Lobos, Diabelli and others for the Festival’s Faculty and Friends night.
Wednesday night will see renowned percussion master Kobie Watkins premiering and recording a new, original work FMU’s music professor Dr. Brandon Goff. The recording session will begin at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s penultimate performance will be highlighted by Elizabeth Loparits and Mauricy Martin’s piano duet Where Europe Meets South America. Music by Schubert, Brahms and more.
On Friday night, the acclaimed Richter Uzur Duo, comprised of guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur, will take the stage to perform From Bartók to Beatles, a clever mix of contemporary and classical arrangements.

 

 

Francis Marion University Concert Band Performs

 The Francis Marion University Concert Band, Dr. Terry Roberts, conductor, will be performing its fall concert of the 2017-18 season at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from Florence, Lake City, Darlington, Dillon, Hartsville, Columbia, Marion and surrounding areas. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members. Due to the quality of the local talent of the band members, the group has been tagged the “Who’s Who of the Florence Instrumental Music Scene.” Membership is open to all FMU students and area residents who are experienced concert band instrumentalists. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. The program began as a way to give students of FMU a chance to perform music, earn academic credit for performance in the ensemble, and to become involved with other students in campus life.

Beginning in the spring of 2002, the FMU Concert Band rehearsals were scheduled on Tuesday evenings and adult musicians from the region were invited to participate. The band continues to rehearse every Tuesday evening.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us. Information can be found at Music – Instrumental Program or email Dr. Terry Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu

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