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 […]

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 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 […]

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan Directed by James Beck; Musical direction by Christianne Roll With a Pulitzer Prize and ten Tony awards, this Rogers and Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century! Set in an […]

“Sing me a Story, Read me a Song”

Features Christina Dominski-Sale, mezzo soprano; Mark Thomsen, tenor James Caraher, piano Whether it’s a romantic duet, a vengeful aria or a funny song, composers often draw their inspiration from novels, short stories, poems – or historical figures and events.  Composers such as Richard Strauss, Jules Massenet, and Irving Berlin have created a musical retelling of stories […]

Presences: New Work by Yolanda Sánchez

Through colorful passages of fluttering brushstrokes, Yolanda Sánchez translates the sensory experiences and transience of nature onto canvas and paper. Inspired by her investigations of the underlying power of eastern philosophy and art, Sánchez’s diaphanous, gestural forms encourage the eye to twirl and rest with each mark, evoking her training in dance and calligraphy. Through […]

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