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

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.

John Cariani’s Love/Sick – Glen Gourley, director

The Francis Marion University Theatre will open its 2017-2018 season with John Cariani’s Love/Sick.

THE STORY: A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s Love/Sick is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, Love/Sick is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

“Sometimes playwright John Cariani looks at the world—actually the worlds—of love and relationships through rose-colored glasses. Just as often he views those worlds through lenses tinted a middling-to-dark-gray or maybe a jaundiced yellow…While poking fun at the happily-ever-after notion by means of a strong dose of happily-never-after, Cariani shoots his cockeyed valentines with a quiver full of funny lines. He knows how to keep audiences laughing while passing along disappointing news.” —The Huffington Post. “…Whimsical romantic comedy. In the nine vignettes that make up [the] play, couples meet [or] break apart or learn to love each other more…the jokes here are easygoing and snark-free.” —The New York Times. “[Love/Sick brings] to light the complexity of communication and what it means to not only love someone else, but yourself as well…Truly beautiful.” — “A dark, amusing look at romance…strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy…light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging.” —The Hartford Courant. “Entertaining and fun. A satisfyingly dark look at this thing we call love.” —

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

Recent Works: 2013-2016 by Paul Yanko

Art Gallery Series
August 23 – September 22, 2016
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Since 2004, Youngstown, Ohio native Paul Yanko has been teaching in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. He received an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University in 1995 and a B.F.A in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. While residing in Ohio, Yanko exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the McDonough Museum of Art. In 2002 he was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

His work is included in private and public collections including the Cleveland Clinic, The Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Carolina Collection at MUSC in Charleston, SC.

The works on display are bold acrylic paintings of abstract geometric designs.

“The densely layered compositions characteristic of my painting are reflective of a desire to reconcile formal painterly concerns with an interest in creating process-derived imagery. I remain equally influenced by emblems of Modernist geometric abstraction in addition to the characteristically intense, saturated hues found in commercial sign painting and toy construction sets.

“I develop my paintings systematically through an additive process of layering acrylic paint mixed with acrylic mediums onto masked areas. I initially establish sets of vertical and horizontal bands, applied to either a square or rectangular format, with function as an armature on which subsequent color shapes are layered. As I paint, I allow shapes to shift in registration in order to reveal varying amounts of underlying color.”

The Tempest By William Shakespeare

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Professor Glen Gourley

This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The themes illustrated in the play are freedom, friendship , repentance and forgiveness and feature different temperaments illustrating temperance and intemperance. The plot starts when King Alonso of Naples and his entourage sail home for Italy after attending his daughter’s wedding in Tunis, Africa. They encounter a violent storm. Everyone jumps overboard and they are washed ashore on a strange island inhabited by the magician Prospero who has deliberately conjured up the storm. Prospero and Miranda live in a cave on the island which is also inhabited by Ariel, a sprite who carries out the bidding of Prospero, and the ugly, half human Caliban. Various plots against the main characters fail thanks to the magic of Prospero. The play ends with all the plotters repenting and the tempest is calmed.

For additional information, visit The University Theatre.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

Tickets: Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.