FLORENCE, S.C. – Soprano Sue Butler Orr and pianist Benjamin Woods will perform in concert, Tuesday, March 1, as part of Francis Marion University’s First Tuesday Chamber Music Series.
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.
The program will include Lieder (art songs) by Franz Schubert with piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt.
Orr, a native of Birmingham, Ala., graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. While at Samford, she studied with Eleanor Ousley, and appeared as soprano soloist with the university orchestra and sang in numerous opera productions. She then attended Florida State University, receiving a Master of Music degree, also in vocal performance, while studying with Eugene Tally-Schmidt. Since coming to Florence in 1969, Orr has sung in many churches, and appeared as soloist with the Masterworks Choir, Florence Symphony Orchestra, and the Longbay Symphony.
For the past 18 years, Orr has taught at FMU. As an assistant professor of music, she is the director of the choral program and teaches private voice. Under her leadership, the choral program has grown and now includes three choral groups: the Concert Choir, FMU Singers, and CUT TIME, a small show choir. CUT TIME recently performed in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Vienna, Austria.
Woods is a professor of music at FMU and 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 and Mass Communication.
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