FLORENCE, S.C. – Faculty and friends of Francis Marion University will honor long-time university supporter Adele Kassab in concert Tuesday, April 3, as part of FMU’s First Tuesday Chamber Music Series.
The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Honoree Adele Kassab has supported FMU since its inception in 1970. Kassab attended Converse and Coker colleges, where she pursued her love of music. She has spent her life involved in the studying, teaching and performing of music. Kassab has served as piano teacher, choir member, choir director and pianist, and has served in various community arts organizations and on various community-minded and special interest boards and church organizations.
On April 24, 1982, in honor of her love of music and for the university, the Adele Kassab Recital Hall in the Hyman Fine Arts Center was named for her. She has been a major supporter of the university’s music program. The Adele Kassab Music Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1971 to FMU students studying music. Kassab donated to the university the concert grand Steinway piano in the recital hall. She has also served in many capacities at FMU.
She was a charter member of the Friends of Francis Marion, an organization of Pee Dee residents dedicated to helping the university by raising funds for student scholarships. She has also served on the FMU Foundation board and continues to serve on the committee that plans FMU’s annual Art’s Alive Festival.
Those performing at the First Tuesday event include: Benjamin Woods (piano); Terry Roberts (horn); Jane Gower (soprano); Fred Kunz (tenor); Rebecca Culbertson (piano); Craig Alberty (wind controlled synthesizer and saxophone); Kathy Henderson (piano); Sue Orr (soprano); and The Firenza Quartet consisting of Thelma Hawkins (violin), Starr Ward (violin), Sherry Woods (viola) and Julia Krebs (cello)
Program pieces include: “Summertime” by George Gershwin; “Variation” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; “Danny Boy” by Traditional Irish Air; “Sonata VIII Prelude Gigue” by Arcangelo Corelli, transcribed by R. Bernard Fitzgerald; “Time After Time” by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, arranged by Craig Alberty; “Polonaise in A Major, Op. 53” by Frederick Chopin; “Sonota in C Minor, Op. 27” by Ludwig van Beethoven; and more.