FMU hosts second annual S.C. Chamber Music Festival at PAC, Feb. 24 - March 1
Francis Marion University will host six days of chamber music featuring performers from around the world at the second annual S.C. Chamber Music Festival, Feb. 24 - March 1 in Florence and Lake City.
The event features a series of lectures and performances by FMU faculty and visiting musicians. The festival will be held in the Black Box Theatre at FMU’s Performing Arts Center, with the exception of a special Saturday night event scheduled for the National Bean Market Museum in Lake City.
Dr. Paolo Gualdi, FMU assistant professor of music, is the artistic director and coordinator of the event. An accomplished concert pianist, Gualdi will also play during several of the performances. Gualdi says the festival offers music lovers in the region an opportunity to hear some of the world’s best musicians perform classical chamber music.
“The community has a unique opportunity to hear master musicians representing eight different countries, in a world class venue at an affordable price,” says Gualdi. “You can’t go wrong in attending this weeklong event that is sure to have something for the amateur enthusiast and for those with a more developed ear for music.”
The event is free for all students with a valid ID. Admission for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday performances are $5 for the general public, while the master classes and lectures held on Tuesday and Thursday are free. Seating is limited. Attendees do not need tickets for Saturday’s event at the National Bean Market Museum in Lake City. That event is sponsored by the Community Museum Society of Lake City.
“My dream would be that this would eventually expand to a much larger festival with an extended number of days,” says Gualdi. “The Lake City addition marks the beginning of that vision.”
Guest artists include Qiao Chen Solomon, violin, of China (Agnes Scott College); Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, viola, of Serbia (UNC Wilmington); Joseph Eller, clarinet, of the United States (University of South Carolina); Hyunjung Rachel Chung, piano, of Korea/United States (Spelman College); Dusan Vukajlovic, cello, of Serbia/United States (University of South Carolina); Martin Gueorguiev, cello, of Bulgaria/United States (Oxford College of Emory University); and Amy Tan & Chee Hang See, piano duo, of Malaysia and Singapore (Charleston Academy of Music).
In addition to Gualdi, FMU music professors Brandon Goff, (electric guitar), Shane Reeves, (marimba); and Terry Roberts (horn) will also perform.
The world premiere of a piece written by Goff for the electric guitar and piano will be presented by Goff and Gualdi on Wednesday.
Tickets may be purchased by phone at 843.661.4444 and at the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office. For more information, contact Gualdi at email@example.com. For updated information visit the Facebook page facebook.com/SCCMF.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday: Music by Beethoven, Brahms & Chopin, 7:30 p.m. ($5) Joseph Eller, clarinet; Dusan Vukajlovic, cello; Paolo André Gualdi, piano
Tuesday: Piano Master Class by Hyunjung Rachel Chung, 6 p.m. (FREE)
Wednesday: “American Duos” 7:30 p.m. ($5) Music by Beach, Saunders, Basler, Goff & Gershwin. Qiao Chen Solomon, violin; Hyunjung Rachel Chung, piano; Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin; Terry Roberts, horn; Shane Reeves, marimba; Brandon Goff, electric guitar; and Paolo André Gualdi, piano
Thursday: Lecture recital by Amy Tan & Chee Hang See, piano duo, 6 p.m. (FREE)
Friday: Music by Handel-Halvorsen, Beethoven & Fauré, 7:30 p.m. ($5) Qiao Chen Solomon, violin; Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, viola; Martin Gueorguiev, cello; and Paolo André Gualdi, piano
Saturday: Music by Handel-Halvorsen, Beethoven & Fauré, 7:30 p.m. (FREE) Qiao Chen Solomon, violin; Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, viola; Martin Gueorguiev, cello; and Paolo André Gualdi, piano (sponsored by the Community Museum Society of Lake City and takes place at the National Bean Market Museum in Lake City)