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.

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)