Symphonic Electronic

In an eclectic twist of live music and live game play, the Coker Concert Band and the college’s esports team are collaborating on a special concert event, Symphonic Electronic, on April 15, 7:30pm in the Watson Theater at the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on Coker’s campus.


The concert will be an immersive experience featuring music from some of the most iconic video games of all time––the music will be played by the concert band and the video games, streaming live during the concert, will be played by Coker’s esports team. Some of the games featured include World of Warcraft, Halo, and Starcraft. For a concert preview, please check out this video.


“I am so excited about this concert!,” says Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band.  “The audience will love the recognizable themes from some classic games, but will also be struck by the quality of some less familiar selections.  The collaboration with Coach Rudy and the esports team has been a lot of fun, and I think this concert will be accessible to a broad audience.”


“Collaborating with the Coker Concert Band is a unique experience for myself and my players,” says Joseph Rudy, Director and Coach of the Esports Program. “I am very excited to be a part of this performance. As someone who grew up playing the majority of these games, it is an amazing experience to be able to hear them played out by a live band, while my players are playing along with them.”


The Coker Concert Band has 65 members, which includes not only Coker students, but community members, as well.


The concert is free and open to the public.


For more information about Symphonic Electronic, please contact Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band at

The Masterworks Choir Winter Concert

 The Masterworks Choir presents their Winter Concert
“Choral Masterworks”
Sunday, March 10th at 4:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church
The 73 member ensemble will be joined by a chamber orchestra and will highlight ten soloists from within the choir.  
The central work to be performed is Vesperae solenness de confessore (Solemn Vespers) by Mozart
This concert is free and open to the public

FMU String Ensemble

Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music directed by Terry Roberts, the University String Ensemble members meet for weekly rehearsals during Fall and Spring academic semesters, giving public recitals and accompanying other campus ensembles.


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

Florence District 1 Schools Perform

Florence 1 Schools Students First

Florence School District One Students to Share Music with Magnolia Mall Shoppers.

Performances are February 28, March 1, and March 2, 2019.

For more information contact Florence One Performing Arts Coordinator


 February 28: Thursday events 

5:00 Timrod Elementary Chorus 

5:15 Carver Elementary Chorus 

5:30 South Florence Choraliers 

5:45 Wallace-Gregg Chorus & Dancers 

6:00 Delmae Treble Dawgs 

6:15 Lester Elementary Chorus 

6:30 McLaurin Elementary Chorus 

6:45 Greenwood Elementary Chorus 

7:00 West Florence Knight Edition & Chorus 


March 1: Friday events 

5:00 Southside Middle Piano Class 

5:15 Southside Middle Orchestra 

6:00 Savannah Grove Elementary Chorus 

6:15 Southside Middle Blue Notes & Chorus 

6:45 Wilson Tiger Production 

7:15 North Vista Elementary Chorus 

7:30 Williams Middle Jazz Band 

8:00 West Florence Jazz Knights 


March 2: Saturday events 

11:00 Elementary Mass Strings 

11:30 District One Vocal Stars 

12:00 Elementary Mass Band 

12:45 Sneed Middle Beginning Band 1:00 Sneed Middle Band 

1:30 Sneed Middle Squires 

2:00 Palmetto Youth Academy 2:30 South Florence Percussion Ensemble 

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

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

For more information about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance visit 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



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.

LOVE THE ARTS Fundraiser

The Lake City Concert Series and The Inn at the The Crossroads present:

An Arts Education Fundraiser


Musical entertainment with divine desserts, wine and champagne.

All proceeds from our silent auction will go towards our Arts in Education program.

Begins at 7:30pm Thursday, February 7 at The Stable at The Inn at The Crossroads in Lake City, SC

Tickets may be purchased for $30 at the door or $25 in advance from the Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce.

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts – Spring 2018 – Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts Announces 

the last of Two Special Concerts presented this Spring as part of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts.

Sunday, May 6 Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily, soprano

An emerging coloratura soprano, Sara is known for her shimmering voice and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Sara performed the role of the first maid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera. As a regular at Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Mitchell performed the role of the First Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and covered the roles of Lisette in Pucinni’s La rondine and Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Sara also toured with Opera Iowa, the educational outreach division of Des Moines Metro Opera.


The concerts will be performed in the banquet hall of Victor’s Bistro in the Hotel Florence at 5PM. Admission is $10 at the door. A meet the Artist reception will follow.


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, 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. 

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, 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.