FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University's First Tuesday Chamber Music Series will feature music from four performers on March 20.
Performers are Peter Fichte, a clarinetist and a professor of chemistry at Coker College; Christine Sides Fisher, a clarinetist and the band director at Southside Middle School; Roy Skinner, a bassoonist and a physician with the Jeter-Skinner Family Practice; and Benjamin Woods, a pianist and a professor of music at FMU.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fichte is currently principal clarinetist in the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his coming to South Carolina, he played in orchestras and various chamber music groups in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. He has been a soloist with the Florence Symphony Orchestra in concertos by Mozart and Weber, and has participated in other chamber music groups in the Pee Dee region.
Fisher has been a member of the Florence Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years. She became director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, housed at Winthrop University in July 2001 and works with schools and districts all over the state to maintain and expand arts opportunities for students.
Skinner had a colorful career as a jazz saxophonist, and was drafted by Gordon Bobbett to play bassoon in the Florence Symphony Orchestra while serving at McLeod Hospital as a young medical intern in 1955. He has been principal bassoonist with the Florence Symphony Orchestra ever since, frequently performing solo concertos with the orchestra. He founded and performs with various groupings of the Florence Symphony Winds. An avid opera lover, he has written and performed a number of opera transcriptions on the bassoon.
Woods is a former music director/conductor of the Florence Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist, he performs solo and chamber recitals around the country, and he coordinates the monthly First Tuesday Chamber Music Series for the FMU Department of Fine Arts. Woods has conducted concerts of the Francis Marion University Chorus, the Florence Choral Society, and the Florence Masterworks Choir and Orchestra.
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