Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Cut Time Show Choir

Dr. Paul Thompson, director


Open to all university students, the University Concert Choir has an average enrollment of between 35 and 45 students.  This group has sung in numerous area churches and has also performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.  They have performed such major choral works as the “Polovetzian Dance and Chorus” of Alexander Borodin, the “Schicksalslied” of Johannes Brahms, and the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Recently their concerts have included selections accompanied by the newly formed Francis Marion string ensemble.

Francis Marion’s show choir, CUT TIME is a small, audition-only vocal group.  This group performs throughout the region for schools and service organizations.  In the fall of 1996 they traveled to Lake City and Charleston, singing in 5 high schools.  In October of 1997 they sang at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando.  In 1998 they traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C. and in Vienna, Austria.  In April of 2002, they returned to Disney World and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  Spring of 2003 included a performance cruise to the Bahamas.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. The first 100 tickets for each Mainstage performance are free to FMU students (you must show your FMU ID at the Box Office to receive a ticket). Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, all remaining tickets are just $5 each. 

Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Cut Time Vocalists

Dr. Paul Thompson, director


Open to all university students, the University Concert Choir has an average enrollment of between 35 and 45 students.  This group has sung in numerous area churches and has also performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.  They have performed such major choral works as the “Polovetzian Dance and Chorus” of Alexander Borodin, the “Schicksalslied” of Johannes Brahms, and the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Recently their concerts have included selections accompanied by the newly formed Francis Marion string ensemble.

Francis Marion’s show choir, CUT TIME is a small, audition-only vocal group.  This group performs throughout the region for schools and service organizations.  In the fall of 1996 they traveled to Lake City and Charleston, singing in 5 high schools.  In October of 1997 they sang at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando.  In 1998 they traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C. and in Vienna, Austria.  In April of 2002, they returned to Disney World and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  Spring of 2003 included a performance cruise to the Bahamas.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. The first 100 tickets for each Mainstage performance are free to FMU students (you must show your FMU ID at the Box Office to receive a ticket). Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, all remaining tickets are just $5 each. 

Premiere Performance of Māra: A Chamber Opera on Good and Evil

The premiere performance of Māra: A Chamber Opera on Good and Evil will be presented at the Black Box Theatre of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina on October 28 and 29, 2016 (7:30pm). With music by Sherry Woods and libretto by Stephen Batchelor, the 75-minute opera, to be directed by Ronn Smith, with musical director Benjamin Woods, dramatizes the fundamental questions of how to lead a good life. Tickets are $30 (includes VIP seating and post-performance reception) and $15. Both performances will be followed by a “talk back” with the composer, librettist, and stage director.

Based on canonical accounts of the life of Gotama, the historical Buddha, this chamber opera presents his life-long struggle to come to terms with Māra, the personification of evil and suffering. The first act recounts the youthful Gotama’s renunciation, temptation by Taṇhā (Māra’s daughter), and conquest of Māra. The second act tells of his final journey as an old man that begins with sickness and ends with his poisoning and death. Written for three voices and seven instruments, Māra: A Chamber Opera on Good and Evil goes beyond its ancient Indian origins to address the concerns of all, asking questions that resonate across centuries and traditions.

Gotama and Tanha will be sung, respectively, by Christopher Woods and Lauren Smith-Woods. Well-known to South Carolina audiences, both individuals currently reside in Los Angeles. Paul Thompson, voice professor at Francis Marion University, will sing the role of Māra.

 

Tickets go on sale September 16, 2016 at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online and seating is limited. Go to http://www.fmupac.org/ or call the box office at 843 661-4444 to reserve a seat.