Francis Marion University Artist Series | Andrew Drannon

Francis Marion University Artist Series

Andrew Drannon, pianist and composer

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Downtown Florence

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

Andrew Drannon is a writer and composer based in New York. He hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked as Professor of Music Technology and Composition at Rhodes College. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and was a composer fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. In 2018, he formed Awen Productions, an arts organization dedicated to innovative new work that helps people connect.

Tickets to the general public are $5, as space allows.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID.

FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

Francis Marion University Artist Series | Evgenia Pirshina

Francis Marion University Artist Series:

Evgenia Pirshina, mezzo-soprano

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Downtown Florence

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:30pm

Evgenia Pirshina was born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated in piano from the Emil Gilels School of Music and in piano and vocal from Moscow State Pedagogical University. She has also participated in masterclasses by Robert Desimone (Britain) and Elizabeth Bice Cavalli (Austria).

Tickets to the general public are $5, as space allows.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID.

FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

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.

FMU Artist Series – Andrew Drannon

Andrew Drannon, pianist and composer, will perform as part of the FMU Artist Series / Burns Memorial Recital

Performance will take place at Hyman Fine Arts Center Adele Kassab Recital Hall on the campus of Frances Marion University

7:30 pm Thursday, March 29, 2018

Andrew Drannon is based in New York. He hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked as Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition at Rhodes College. In 2017 he graduated from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and has been a composer fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

Thanks to Francis Marion University Artist Series, this performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, general admission.

FMU Artists Series – The Steve Watson Trio

The Steve Watson Trio:  Steve Watson, guitar; Ian Braccitta, bass; and Rick Dilling, drums   With Guest Artist, Wendy Jones, vocals

Will perform 7:30pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018,

Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center at Francis Marion University

https://www.stevewatsonguitar.com/you-tube

Steve Watson  has performed all over the world.  He was a member of The University of Miami Concert Jazz Band that toured Switzerland, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia.  From 1978 through1984 Steve was a member of The Bruce Hornsby Band.  After moving to Los Angeles, he became a studio guitarist for television, movies and records.

 

Steve Watson graduated from Newberry College with a BA in 1974 and The University of Miami (Coral Gables) with a MM in 1977. Steve was an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California from 1981-1990 and lecturer at The University of Miami from 1977-1978. Steve is President of WatsonWood Music, Inc., Director of Jazz Studies at The Fine Arts Center, an art magnet high school in Greenville, and is an adjunct professor at Furman University.

 

A native of Westchester County in New York, Ian Bracchitta performs as a bassist in the classical, jazz and popular idioms. He has performed with Dianne Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Hod O’Brien, Chris Vadalla, John Stowell, The Nelson Riddle and Cab Calloway Orchestras.

 

He received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and attended the Westchester Conservatory during High School. He is on the adjunct faculties of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Furman University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Clemson University and Converse College.

 

Rick Dilling received his B.S. at Appalachian State University. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Ron McCroby, Margarette Whiting, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Rick is a member of the Todd Wright Quartet, the Wendy Jones Quartet, the Michael Jefery Steven Trio , the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and works freelance in the western NC and SC region. He has been a member of the jazz faculty at Appalachian State University for over 30 years.

 

Wendy Jones received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive performances of gypsy jazz, jazz standards, modern jazz, and original jazz.

 

In addition to singing with her own jazz quartet, she is also the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, The Steve Watson Trio, and the Richard Shulman Quartet.