Celebration of Composers’ 2018 Anniversaries: Bernstein, Debussy, and Joplin

Artist: Fen-Fang Chen, artistic director In any year characterized by hordes of unknown anniversaries, how wonderful to see that we are nevertheless visited by celebrations that are also truly meaningful, such as the 100th anniversaries of composers’ deaths (Claude Debussy and Scott Joplin) and the 100th anniversaries of composers’ births (Leonard Bernstein). This year, Fen-Fang […]

Treasures for the Violin and Piano

Featuring Artists: Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin; Keiko Andrews, piano Oh my – how we missed her last season! Fortunately, she agreed to return to our recital season this year, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Once again, tapping on her extraordinary piano colleague, Keiko Williams, Rimma Bergeron-Langlois will explore and exploit the extraordinary repertoire for violin […]

Jazz Fusion Concert

Featuring the FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director Dynamic jazz professor Paul Butcher leads this youthful FSC Jazz Ensemble through a potpourri of jazz styles that will delight and entertain. From the classics to the modern era, this group’s repertoire features both big band sounds and small combo excitement, regardless of the era. Tonight, we […]

FSC Opera Theatre presents: “The Gondoliers” by Gilbert and Sullivan

Mark Thomsen, director; FSC Opera Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor Two newly married, personable gondoliers discover that one of them is the heir to the throne of the kingdom of Barataria. Due to an error of identity in their youth, either one of them could be the heir, so they agree to share the duties of ruling […]

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

Each year, Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students are challenged to create a fictitious company; they are then responsible for creating its print and digital materials, products, and storefront displays in the Melvin Gallery as part of their thesis. At times humorous, clever, and surprising, the ideas presented by our students still maintain the professionalism […]

Graphic Design: Opening Reception

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition Each year, Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students are challenged to create a fictitious company; they are then responsible for creating its print and digital materials, products, and storefront displays in the Melvin Gallery as part of their thesis. At times humorous, clever, and surprising, the ideas presented by our […]

For the Love of Music: An Evening With Rita Fandrich and Friends

Featuring Artists: Rita Fandrich, piano Fernando Traba, Betsy Traba, Stacey McColley, Richard Sparrow, and Dione Sparrow How thrilled we are this year to offer a beautiful performance by our extraordinary piano artist-in-residence, Rita Fandrich! A member of the full-time faculty for decades, Professor Fandrich taught generations of students; performed as a soloist and chamber musician […]

A Love Story – Choral Concert

featuring the FSC Choral Department, directed by Dr. Beth Gibbs Love is definitely in the air! And for this concert, also on the stage, as both the FSC Chamber Singers and FSC Concert Choir combine forces in a remarkable evening of choral music designed to highlight various types of material. Each choir will present music […]

A Music Faculty Showcase: Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat

Featuring the FSC Music Faculty Receiving its premiere 100 years ago, Igor Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale) tells the age-old story of how to deal with the devil. Although its completion coincides with the conclusion of World War I, the Soldier’s Tale is not a commentary on the war. Based on the Russian […]

Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra: An Evening of Brahms

Founded in 1491, the Staatskapelle Weimar is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world with its history closely associated with some of the area’s best known musicians, including Johann Hummel, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss – and many others. In 1756, the orchestra was made the primary musical institution of the German city […]

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