Firenze Quartet to perform at FMU, Feb. 1
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Firenze Quartet will perform in concert at Francis Marion University, Tuesday, Feb. 1.
The program will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The quartet was originally scheduled to perform Jan. 25, but now will replace piano duettists Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt, who had to cancel their Feb. 1 performance due to an illness.
Violinist Thelma Hawkins serves as one of the Florence Symphony Orchestra’s assistant concertmasters. Recently retired from the public schools where she was the strings teacher at Williams Middle School and Wilson High School, she is well-known to the Florence musical arts community.
Violinist Doris West is also a member of the Florence Symphony. She spent many years teaching strings in Florence, serving as the orchestra director at Moore Intermediate School and West Florence High School.
Sherry Woods is principal viola of the Florence Symphony and a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic. She recently completed the D.M.A. degree in musical composition from the University of South Carolina, where she completed a D.M.A. in viola in 1991. She maintains a studio of private students in Florence. The performance will include a piece composed by Woods.
Julia Krebs, cello, is a member of the Florence Symphony as well. Krebs is well-known to FMU students as a professor in the biology department and she was named the university’s Distinguished Professor for the 1985-86 school year.
Violinist Starr Ward will join the quartet for the Feb. 1 performance. She is a concertmaster of the Florence Symphony, and also teaches privately in Florence.
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