The PAC on a sunny day.

The Department of Fine Arts and the University Artist Series sponsor a wide variety of performances that are open to the public, usually free or at a minimal charge. Those held in the downtown Performing Arts Center venues are typically ticketed, Box Office: 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. Other than University Theatre performances, events held in venues on the main campus are typically general admission with no advance reservation system.

Due to CoViD-19 considerations, some public performances may be held with limited audience capacity, shifted to outdoor venues, moved online or suspended.  FMU believes arts events are vital to the enrichment of our students and our community; and public performances and exhibitions are important to evaluate progress by Fine Arts students.  As circumstances permit, we will return to unrestricted performances!

Ron Brendle Jazz Quartet

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 16 September 2021

Ron Brendle, a freelance bassist in the Charlotte area, has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, including John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Clark Terry, Hank Crawford, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Lee Konitz, Charlie Rouse, Mose Allison, Dom Flemons, Russell Malone, TS Monk, Joe Locke, and Frank Kimbrough.

Ron is also the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grants. He graduated from Appalachian State University.

In this performance Ron will be joined by guitarists Scott Sawyer and Troy Conn, with John Spurrier on drums.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

Andrea Cheeseman, clarinet

FMU Artist Series/Burns Memorial Recital
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Andrea Cheeseman is a clarinetist and teacher living in Columbia, South Carolina. Throughout her career, she has been committed to playing good music and collaborating with inspiring people who challenge her.

A versatile performer, Cheeseman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Although she regularly performs traditional repertoire, she is an advocate of new music and is a sought-after performer of electroacoustic music written for clarinet and bass clarinet. Wishing to promote electroacoustic music, she has toured extensively, giving recitals and masterclasses throughout the country. Additionally, Cheeseman has been a featured performer at festivals such as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and has appeared at SEAMUS (Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States) conferences. She has been described as “a skilled performer with an ability to connect to the audience. And comfortable in her own skin, she has the uncanny ability to slide into the soundscape as if she were physically part of it.” Cheeseman has premiered pieces by today’s leading composers and released her debut album Somewhere in September 2019 (Ravello).

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

My Left Breast by Susan Miller

FMU Artist Series
Chapman Auditorium, McNair Science Building
Hope to reschedule when safer to hold public performance

Susan Miller, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, is perhaps best known as the author/performer of the critically acclaimed one woman play, My Left Breast and as Executive Producer and writer for the award-winning web series Anyone But Me. For her work on the web series she (and creative partner Tina Cesa Ward) won the first Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media.

“I am a one-breasted, menopausal, Jewish, bisexual lesbian Mom, and I’m coming soon to a theatre near you!” A woman’s humorous and moving encounters with relationships, parenthood, cancer, and her ever-changing self are charted in this searingly honest solo piece.

In addition to performing, she will be meeting with FMU Playwriting and Gender Studies classes.

RESERVATIONS: Free admission, no advance reservations.

Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by Glen Gourley
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm, October 21-23, 2021

The show lies between musical and song cycle, but it is neither; it is an abstract musical, a series of songs all connected by a theme: “the moment of decision.” The show has four performers who do not literally play the same characters throughout the show but who do have consistently developing character arcs nonetheless. Composer Brown has said “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.

Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

Kat Reinhert,  vocalist/songwriter

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Monday, 25 October 2021

Inspired by a rich background of jazz, folk and popular music styles, while seamlessly weaving story and sound with depth, imagination and creativity, singer and songwriter Kat Reinhert is an artist whose music defies categorization

Reinhert writes songs that blend the complexity of jazz harmonies to the lyrical prosody of a singer-songwriter in an easily accessible aural palette.  She has a clear and expressive voice that can move effortlessly from a secret whisper of longing to a laughter filled explosion as she moves through each story with authenticity and expression. As a lyricist, she draws from both real-life experiences, as well as those made from whole-cloth or sparked by watching the world with through the lens of an observer.  Ever the optimist, Reinhert has a keen ability to dig deep into difficult subjects while never alienating her listeners.

As much educator as artist and songwriter, Kat will be working with FMU Music Industry students as well as providing this public performance.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

FMU Concert Band
Dr. Terry Roberts, conductor

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 26 October 2021

The Francis Marion University Concert Band will be performing its fall concert at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from the Pee Dee region. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members.  Membership is open to all FMU students and area residents who are experienced concert band instrumentalists. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. The program began as a way to give students of FMU a chance to perform music, earn academic credit for performance in the ensemble, and to become involved with other students in campus life.

Beginning in the spring of 2002, the FMU Concert Band rehearsals were scheduled on Tuesday evenings and adult musicians from the region were invited to participate. The band continues to rehearse every Tuesday evening.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us. Information can be found at Music – Instrumental Program or email Dr. Terry Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble allows students in a small group setting to learn and hone improvisational skills within the the jazz idiom. Works have been selected from music by Corea, Glasper, Shorter, and more.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

FMU Music Industry Ensemble
Dr. Brandon Goff, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Chapman Auditorium, McNair Science Building
7:30 pm Thursday, 18 November 2021

The Music Industry Ensemble is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual performance and improvisation skills through the staging of music for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles. The M.I.E. provides a workshop in which students also learn arranging, microphone technique and scheduling, sound reinforcement and lighting design.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the M.I. Ensemble.

RESERVATIONS: Free admission, no advance reservations.

FMU Concert Choir, Voice Collective and String Ensemble
Dr. Fran Coleman and Dr. Terry Roberts, directors

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Monday, 22 November 2021

The Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Voice Collective will open the program, then be joined by the FMU String Ensemble and the Sumter Civic Chorale to perform Part 1 from Handel’s Messiah.

The combined performance will be held in the PAC’s Mainstage Theater. The cost is $10 for the General Public and free for FMU Students with ID. Contact the Ticket Office at 843-661-4444, or stop by 201 S. Dargan St. between 12 – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Social distancing and masks may be required while in the venue.

Studio Voice Recital – Students of Dr. Fran Coleman

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Adele Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm Monday, December 6, 2021

Come celebrate the accomplishments of voice students in Dr. Coleman’s studio as they perform classical as well as contemporary songs.

RESERVATIONS: This performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, general admission.

The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by D. Keith Best
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm, February 10-12 & 16-19, 2022

As an out-of-work actor in London in the early 1970s, Richard O’Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show to keep himself busy on winter evenings. Since his youth, he had developed a passion for science fiction and B horror movies; he wanted to combine elements of the unintentional humour of B horror movies, portentous dialogue of schlock-horror, Steve Reeves muscle films, and fifties rock and roll into The Rocky Horror Show.  A major theme running throughout the musical is transvestism, which according to O’Brien was not originally meant to be as prominent as it ended up being. He conceived and wrote the play set against the backdrop of the glam era that had manifested itself throughout British popular culture in the early 1970s; he has stated “glam rock allowed me to be myself more”, allowing his concept to come into being.

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. $10 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships.

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, artistic director

FMU Department of Fine Arts, Artist and Lecture Series
Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
Times TBA, February 21-26, 2022

The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival will host a series of chamber recitals to showcase the artists participating in workshops and masterclasses taking place throughout the week.

The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

Ashlee Mack, piano
James Romig, composer

FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Pianist Ashlee Mack has given recitals in Germany, Italy, and across the United States. Specializing in contemporary music, she has commissioned many new works and given numerous world-premiere performances. In 2012, Mack and Katherine Palumbo founded the Khasma Piano Duo, an ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music by living composers. Her recordings can be heard on Capstone, Innova, Navona Records, Parallax Music Press, Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and New World Records. An avid hiker and nature lover, she has been artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument, Everglades National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Centrum in Fort Worden State Park. Mack’s recording of James Romig’s Still, finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, was recognized in The New Yorker (“compelling and sure-handed”) and San Francisco Chronicle (“Mack gives the music an eloquent, gently electric charge”). She has presented Still more than 30 times, including performances at the Clyfford Still Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Cedar Rock Estate, and The Stone in New York City. Mack is Director of Piano Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

James Romig, finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, responds to an increasingly fragmented and accelerated world by creating highly isomorphic works that evolve slowly and reveal themselves gradually. Endeavoring to reflect the fragile intricacy of the natural world, his compositional designs exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale structure, obscuring boundaries between form and content. Critics have described his music as “rapturous, slow-moving beauty” (San Francisco Chronicle), “developing with the naturalness of breathing” (The New Yorker), and “profoundly meditative… haunting” (The Wire).  Dr. Romig has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002.

In addition to this performance for solo piano, Dr. Romig and Ashlee Mack will be working with FMU Music Industry students studying musical composition.

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. $10 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships.

Whole Musician Faculty Recital

FMU Artist Series
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center
Time TBA Saturday, 2 April 2022

Whole Musician faculty will culminate a three day residency at Francis Marion University with a public performance.

“Open to all students within the performing arts, our multi-day residencies incorporate impactful interdisciplinary topics resulting in a holistic approach that fosters the highest possible level of performance. Participants are surrounded by a supportive, empowering, like-minded musical community that fosters musical passion and proficiency. Workshops may cover all aspects pertaining to life as a performer: creativity and expression, physicality and wellness, psychology of performing, and career and business foundations.”

RESERVATIONS: Free admission, no advance reservations.

Art by Yasmina Reza

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by Dr. L. Dawn Larsen
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm, April 14-16, 2022

A critically acclaimed play investigating contemporary middle class issues, Art originated as a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered in 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English language adaptation by Christopher Hampton subsequently ran in London in 1996 and on Broadway in 1998.

THE STORY: How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? A painting’s purchase brings to the surface relationship issues between three long-time friends.

Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

FMU String Ensemble
Dr. Terry Roberts, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts/South Carolina Chamber Music Festival
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
TBA

Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music, the University String Ensemble members meet for weekly rehearsals during Fall and Spring academic semesters, giving public recitals and accompanying other campus ensembles.

The FMU String Ensemble performance will be held in the PAC’s Mainstage Theater, and limited to 100 guests. Seating will be by reservation only. The cost is $10 for the General Public and free for FMU Students with ID. Contact the Ticket Office at 843-661-4444, or stop by 201 S. Dargan St. between 12 – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Social Distancing will be required while in the venue and masks are required at all times.

Hidden Treasures
Cármelo de los Santos, violin
Paolo André Gualdi, piano

South Carolina Chamber Music Festival
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, artistic director

FMU Department of Fine Arts, Artist and Lecture Series
Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
TBA

The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival will host an abbreviated series of chamber recitals due to the ongoing Covid Pandemic.  to showcase the artists participating in workshops and masterclasses taking place throughout the week.

Brazilian violinist Cármelo de los Santos was the first prizewinner of the IV “Júlio Cardona” International Competition, held in Covilhã, Portugal, in 2003. He also received the special prize for the best interpretation of the required Portuguese work.

In 2002 Cármelo performed at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, both as a soloist and conductor.

Cármelo won the first prize at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He came into prominence in 1993 when he won Brazil’s most prestigious music competition, the “VII Eldorado Prize”, São Paulo. Since then he has appeared as a soloist and as a recital player with major orchestras in Brazil and South America, in the most important halls. Other prizes include the second prize in the “VII Young Artist International Competition” (1991), Argentina, and first prize in the “I Young Talents of MEC Radio Competition” (1996), in Rio de Janeiro.

He has recorded many programs for radio and television in Brazil. In 1994 he made a CD under the Eldorado Radio label which featured Brazilian and other composers of the twentieth century.

Cármelo began his violin studies at the age of nine. He graduated from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University, Brazil, where he worked with Fredi Gerling and Marcello Guerchfeld, and came to America in 1997 to study in New York at the Manhattan School of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, having studied there under the Russian violinist Levon Ambartsumian. He is currently Associate Professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

 

The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

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FMU Artist Series
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
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Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Paolo André Gualdi, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
TBA

The FMU Chamber Jazz Ensemble allows students in a small group setting to learn and hone improvisational skills within the the jazz idiom. Works have been selected from music by Corea, Glasper, Shorter, and more.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows. The FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

TBA

FMU University Theatre
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
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RESERVATIONS:  Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. $10 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships.

FMU Music Industry Ensemble
Dr. Brandon Goff, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence
TBA

The Music Industry Ensemble is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual performance and improvisation skills through the staging of music for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles. The M.I.E. provides a workshop in which students also learn arranging, microphone technique and scheduling, sound reinforcement and lighting design.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the M.I. Ensemble.

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. $10 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships.

Arts International Festival

FMU Campus
TBA

FMU’s Arts International set to showcase performers from across the globe

Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival, the region’s long running annual celebration of arts and culture, returns on Saturday, April 18.

Performers from throughout the world will descend on the FMU campus, providing a day filled with international entertainers from noon until 6 p.m. rain or shine.

There is no admission charge and all entertainment is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food, beverages and craft items that are sold within the festival.

Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Voice Collective
Dr. Fran Coleman, director

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center
TBA

Open to all university students, the University Concert Choir has an average enrollment of between 35 and 45 students. This group has sung in numerous area churches and has also performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. They have performed such major choral works as the “Polovetzian Dance and Chorus” of Alexander Borodin, the “Schicksalslied” of Johannes Brahms, and the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. Recently their concerts have included selections accompanied by the newly formed Francis Marion string ensemble.

Francis Marion’s Voice Collective is a small, audition-only vocal group. This group performs throughout the region for schools and service organizations. They have also performed in Orlando, Florida, in Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C., in Vienna, Austria, and on a performance cruise to the Bahamas.

RESERVATIONS: This performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, general admission.