FMU's First Tuesday Chamber Music Series to feature three performers, Oct. 2
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University's First Tuesday Chamber Music Series will feature music from baritone and soprano Erick and Erin Figueras, respectively, accompanied by pianist William Mills on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
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.
Erick J. Figueras has lived in Florence for three years. Prior to his moving, he was a teacher and professional singer in New York. Erick has performed professionally with The New York Choral Artists, The New York Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Greenleaf Chamber Players, and The Chamber Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music in concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Erick earned his bachelor of music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York at Purchase. Later he received a master’s degree in music education from Manhattanville College. Erick is a doctoral student at Boston University. He is currently working as music director for Lake City United Methodist Church and South Florence High School.
Erin Strock Figueras was born in Indiana but was raised and schooled in Florence. She attended Coker College initially, but later she studied vocal performance. Erin toured Italy singing in various venues and studying at the Sienese Institute for Music and Art. She later moved to New York and graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York at Purchase with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Later she earned a master of arts in elementary education from Manhattanville College.
Erin has been a soloist in the Lake City Concert Series, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance Honda Concert Series, and has appeared as a guest soloist at Central United Methodist Church under the direction of Bill Mills. Erin is a third grade teacher and enjoys singing in the Lake City United Methodist Church.
Erin and Erick have been married for four years. The couple will appear together as soloists in the Nov. 18 Florence Masterworks Choir concert at Central United Methodist Church.
William Mills earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance at Florida State University and the University of South Carolina, respectively. With many appearances as an organ recitalist across the United States, he has performed at the Piccolo Spoletto Festival in Charleston. Mills also collaborated with the Firenze Quartet, the vocal ensemble of Philadelphia, and Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael Best. He is music director and organist at Central United Methodist Church in Florence and is the founder and director of the Masterworks Choir and Orchestra.
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