The Department of Fine Arts and the University Artist Series sponsor a wide variety of performances that are open to the public, usually free or at a minimal charge. Those held in the downtown Performing Arts Center venues are typically ticketed with reservations available by calling 843.661.4444 weekday afternoons.  Other than University Theatre performances, events held in venues on the main campus are typically general admission with no advance reservation system.

Spanish Night Dreams: Yun Hao Jiang, baritone and Carla Ferreira Romaniuk, piano

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Monday, September 25, 2017

Shanghai born Baritone Yun Hao Jiang has appeared in several operas productions in Chicago, IL and Charleston, SC.  Some of his most recent roles include the Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly, Betto and Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Armour Man in Die Zauberflӧte and the title role in Don Giovanni.

Mr. Jiang was the first prize winner at the Evanston Music competition in 2012 during the same year he was also finalist in both Violetta Dupont vocal competition in New Jersey and Opera Columbus vocal competition in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Jiang is also very active on the concert stages as a featured soloist. He has been heard in large choral works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. Mr. Jiang received his Bachelor of Music Performance at the College of Charleston in 2010 and his Masters in vocal performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he worked with world renowned baritones such as Maestro David Holloway, Richard Stilwell and the legendary Samuel Ramey.

Currently, Mr. Jiang continues his work with a world distinguished tenor, Maestro Scott Flaherty while actively performing nationally and internationally. In addition, Mr. Jiang is a faculty at the Charleston Academy of Music in Charleston, SC.

Carla Ferreira Romaniuk was born and raised in Uruguay. During her education, Ms. Ferreira studied under Maestro Omar Naranjo (Montevideo), Daniel Elía (Buenos Aires), Susana Cardonnet (Head Coach at Colon Theater in Buenos Aires) and Guillermo Opitz (Chamber Music Foundation, Buenos Aires).

Internationally, she has performed in Suecia, Estonia, Dinamarca and all over South America in recitals, chamber music concerts and several international festivals with renowned soloists. Ms. Ferreira collaborated with conductors such as Stefan Lano, Ligia Amadio, Federico Garcia Vigil and Nicolas Rauss.

Currently, Ms. Ferreira is a faculty at the National School of Arte Lírico at SODRE Theater, as well as a vocal coach at the Solis and SODRE theaters of Montevideo, Uruguay where she resides with her daughter Isabella. Besides music, Ms. Ferreira enjoys photography and cooking.

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

Reflecting BACH
Christopher Hutton, violoncello

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Christopher Hutton is the cellist of the Poinsett Piano Trio and is Associate Professor of Violoncello at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

He has performed widely, including solo and chamber music recitals in his home country, his adopted home of the United States, and in Europe. He has recorded for New Zealand’s Concert FM, Germany’s SWF Radio, and appears on a disc of contemporary music on Albany Classics. Christopher served as co-principal cellist of the New World Symphony Orchestra under music director Michael Tilson Thomas and has played in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras in the United States. He has enjoyed collaborating with composers, notably New Zealanders Helen Bowater and Christopher Marshall.

Christopher studied at Boston University with Leslie Parnas, and earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with Paul Katz and Steven Doane at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he was teaching assistant to Prof. Doane and taught both for the University of Rochester and Eastman’s Community Education Division. He later taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Delaware, and the Eastern Music Festival before joining the faculty at Furman in 2003. Hutton plays on a cello made by John Betts in c. 1795.

A graduate of Boston University and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Hutton taught at the University of Rochester, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Delaware before coming to Furman. He has twice led Furman students to Arezzo, Italy for the music department’s “Music in Italy” study away program. When he’s not playing cello or teaching, Hutton is an enthusiastic runner. He has run several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.​

Christopher plays a cello made in London by John Betts c.1795 and a modern bow made in Port Townsend, WA by Ole Kanestrom.

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

Cedric Lequeur as Clarence Darrow
a one-man play by David Rintels

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, October 12, 2017

BLACK BOX THEATER – WORK IN PROGRESS – PERFORMANCE EVENT
CLARENCE DARROW: A ONE-MAN PLAY BY DAVID RINTELS

Independent actor and playwright Cedric Liqueur performs this 140 minute, work-in-progress performance based on Irving Stone’s 1941 biography “Clarence Darrow for the Defense.” The first performance was by actor Henry Fonda in the 1970’s.

Straying outside the boundaries of conventional, Liqueur’s eclectic one-man biopic of Clarence Darrow suffuses his passion for the solo performance and his homage to famous people in history by profession or attribute.

A champion of dissenters and underdogs, Clarence Darrow (1857-1936) was among the first attorneys to be called a “labor lawyer,” and he defended the teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb, and John T. Scopes in the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trail.

Cedric Liqueur is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon. Since 1997 Liqueur has presented historical biographies as one-man solo performances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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

John Cariani’s Love/Sick
Glen Gourley, director

FMU University Theatre
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, 2017

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.” —TheSource.com. “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.” —BroadwayWorld.com.

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.

FMU String Ensemble
Terry Roberts, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm October 19, 2017

Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music, 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.

FMU Concert Band
Dr. Terry Roberts, conductor

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Francis Marion University Concert Band will be performing its fall concert of the 2017-18 season at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

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.

Ciro Fodere, piano

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, November 2, 2017

As the First Prize winner of the XIV Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition, Ciro Fodere‘s latest performances have been described as “masterful, electric, by turns fiery and lyrical” by The Post and Courier, and as featuring “technical sheen articulation, alert dynamic shading, and an imaginative approach” by The Miami Herald, which also raves, “edge-of-the-seat thrilling.” In addition to soloing with both major orchestras in Uruguay, he has performed numerous times as soloist with the Charleston Symphony, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Sendai Symphony in Japan, Philharmonic of Extremadura in Spain, Symphony of the Americas, the New World Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the NWSA Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony. Mr. Fodere was the winner twice at the Eastern Division Music Teachers Competition. After finishing his fellowship at the New World Symphony having performed with Joshua Bell and Renee Fleming, he participated with members of the NWS in Santa Cecilia, Rome, Perugia, and Carnegie Hall. He is currently the head of the Piano Department at the New World School of the Arts.

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

FMU Music Industry Ensemble
Brandon Goff, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Chapman Auditorium, McNair Science Building
7:30 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Music Industry Ensemble is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual performance and improvisation skills through the staging of music for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles. The M.I.E. provides a workshop in which students also learn arranging, microphone technique and scheduling, sound reinforcement and lighting design.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the M.I. Ensemble.

RESERVATIONS: Free admission, no advance reservations.

FMU Percussion Ensemble
Shane Reeves, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017

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 Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

FMU Guitar Studio Recital
Dr. Alma Sehic, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The FMU Guitar Studio Recital provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Music 190: Guitar Ensemble to perform works written expressly for or adapted for multiple guitars.

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

FMU Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble allows students in a small group setting to learn and hone improvisational skills within the the jazz idiom. Recently, works have been selected from music by Metheny, Corea, Ritenour, Jobim and others.

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 Choir and Cut Time Show Choir
Dr. Fran Coleman, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Monday, December 4, 2017

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. They have also performed in Orlando, Florida, in Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C., in Vienna, Austria, and on 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.

Jon Conley, guitar

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

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

Moliere’s The Miser
Keith Best, director

FMU University Theatre
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday, February 7-10, 2018

The Francis Marion University Theatre’s winter production will be Moliere’s The Miser directed by professor Keith Best.

THE STORY:

The widower Harpagon, so cheap he’d swipe the pennies off a dead man’s eyes, rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His son, Cléante, has fallen in love with the beautiful but penniless Mariane; his daughter, Elise, has secretly promised to wed Valère, a young charmer of unknown parentage who has flattered his way into being Harpagon’s chief steward. When Harpagon reveals his plan to wed Mariane himself and yoke Elise to the wealthy but aged Seigneur Anselme, children, suitors, disgruntled servants, and the wily Jill-of-all-trades Frosine conspire to foil him. The miser’s treasure is stolen from its backyard hiding spot, and Harpagon rounds up all the suspects—including the audience—and threatens torture and imprisonment. Only the last-minute arrival of Seigneur Anselme, bearing secrets of his own, can unite the proper couples and restore Harpagon to his one true love—forty-thousand pounds in gold.
“…highly accessible new translation…takes bold chances without ever losing sight of Molière’s original intent…A MISER in which more is always more—what could be more fitting for a play about greed?” —Sun (Baltimore). “The saucy serving of THE MISER…is for those who like their French fare spicy and au courant. The veteran translator James Magruder provides a burlesque kick to Molière’s 336-year-old farce, and the result is a delectable evening of shameless off-color gags and timeless double-entendres.” —Washington Post. “Magruder has done a wonderful job of tweaking and freshening the 17th-century French farce. It is downright beautiful to behold and marvelous to hear…this [play] is laugh-out-loud funny, and the topical references are fresh, not forced.” —Baltimore Guide. “…[THE MISER] is generous in its amorous plotting and slapstick-level humor. It’s so fast and silly that no dust could possibly settle on Molière’s classic play. Much of that lively spirit is due to a new translation and adaptation by James Magruder…though still presented as a period piece, this translation isn’t afraid to speak in today’s language…you’ll laugh at every scheme and revelation along the way.” —Lifetimes.com.

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

Sonny Paladino, pianist and composer

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

Music Supervisor for the new Broadway Musical, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Music Director for the upcoming Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Café.   Recent credits include: Associate Conductor; The Last Ship (written by 16 time Grammy Award winner, Sting), and the TONY winning best revival: Pippin.  Other Broadway credits, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Grease, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls, Mama Mia, Promises, Promises, Addams Family, Women on the Verge. Music Supervisor for Disney’s High School Musical (Milan/Italy tour.) 1st National Tours: Disney’s High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grease. Arrangements and orchestrations for The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Work with Alicia Keys, Ke$ha, Matthew Morrison.  As a composer: The Return of the Blue Cat (with poet F.D. Reeve.)  TV: The X-Factor (Australia), The Next Big Thing. Music Director and arranger for the hit group The Doo Wop Project, which travels around the country performing classic Doo-Wop music and contemporary songs in that style.  www.thedoowopproject.com
​B.F.A. in Jazz Piano from CUNY City College.

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

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, artistic director

FMU Department of Fine Arts, Artist and Lecture Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
February 19-24, 2018

The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival will host a series of chamber recitals to showcase the artists participating in workshops and masterclasses taking place throughout the week.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. Advance reservations are strongly recommended due to intimate size of performing space.

Steve Watson, guitar

FMU Artist Series
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm Thursday, March 8, 2018

Steve Watson graduated from Newberry College with a BA in 1974 and The University of Miami (Coral Gables) with a MM in 1977.
Steve 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.  His credits include Hill Street Blues, Magnum PI, The A-Team, Hunter, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, Murder She Wrote, LA Law, Big Business, Simon and Simon, Quantum Leap, The Young Riders, Sonny Spoon, The Greatest American Hero, Young Guns, Trains, Planes and Autos, Sixteen Candles, Rhinestone, Dragnet, Dr. Detroit, River Rats, Into the Night and The Dolly Parton variety television show.  He has also recorded commercials for Coors, Budweiser, 7-11, Acura, Honda and Toyota.  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 currently lives with his wife, Susan, of 30 years in Greenville, SC.  His  23 year old daughter, Mary Neill, is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and is a nurse in Columbia, SC.  His 29 year old daughter, Anna, is a graduate of The University of Georgia and is an attorney in Richmond, VA. She is married to Robert Clarke Hunter and they recently had their first child, Perrin Elizabeth Hunter .

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.

Steve released “Watson’s Riddle” in 2011 on Palmetto Records (Sony) with Paul Riddle and Chuck Leavell.  He wrote all of the material for this project.  It was in the top 15 in the contemporary jazz charts for 2011 and 2012.

Steve released his self-produced solo project entitled “Heat It Up” in February 2015. It contains ten tracks of original instrumental contemporary jazz.  The single “Mary Anna” was co-produced by smooth jazz veteran and University of Southern  California professor Richard Smith. The CD reached #12 on the SmoothJazz.com Indie chart.

Steve released his new CD “Playtime” with the first single “Playtime” featuring Chuck Loeb on May 2nd 2016. Chuck produced this track. Jeff Lorber produced and contributed the track “Stones Throw” on the CD.  The other tracks were produced by Steve with production help on “Pear Bear” from Greg Alewine and Hazen Bannister.It reached #18 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart on July 11th.
As of 2-7-2017 “Pear Bear” was # 6 on the smoothjazz.com Top 50 Chart and #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart.

RESERVATIONS: Thanks to the Artist Series, this performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, general admission.

FMU Concert Band
Dr. Terry Roberts, conductor

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Francis Marion University Concert Band will be performing its fall concert of the 2017-18 season at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

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.

Andrew Drannon, pianist and composer

FMU Artist Series
Adele Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center
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.

RESERVATIONS: Thanks to the Artist Series, this performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, general admission.

Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Cut Time Show Choir
Dr. Fran Coleman, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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. They have also performed in Orlando, Florida, in Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C., in Vienna, Austria, and on 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.

FMU String Ensemble
Terry Roberts, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
4:00 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018

Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music, 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.

FMU Percussion Ensemble
Shane Reeves, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/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 Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

FMU Guitar Studio Recital
Dr. Alma Sehic, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, April 12, 2018

The FMU Guitar Studio Recital provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Music 190: Guitar Ensemble to perform works written expressly for or adapted for multiple guitars.

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

Steven Dietz’s Rocket Man
Dr. L. Dawn Larsen, director

FMU University Theatre
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 2018

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

THE STORY:  ROCKET MAN is a serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life. Make an offer.” He has cut a skylight into his attic and placed his E-Z Boy recliner underneath—where he can sit, staring at the stars. Somewhere in the universe, Donny believes, is a place where all the roads we never chose converge. ROCKET MAN explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”—and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.

“Incredibly creative and daringly different, be prepared to embark on a voyage into those secret spaces within in the human mind which most of us never unlock.” —Arizona Daily Wildcat. “An engaging investigation into one man’s crisis of faith and the consequences of his actions.” —Arizona Daily Star.

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.

FMU Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2018

The FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble allows students in a small group setting to learn and hone improvisational skills within the the jazz idiom. Recently, works have been selected from music by Metheny, Corea, Ritenour, Jobim and others.

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

FMU Music Industry Ensemble
Brandon Goff, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Music Industry Ensemble is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual performance and improvisation skills through the staging of music for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles. The M.I.E. provides a workshop in which students also learn arranging, microphone technique and scheduling, sound reinforcement and lighting design.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the M.I. Ensemble.

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