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October 2019

Valerie Gillespie: Sax for All!

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
Free

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Valerie Gillespie, saxophone  Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall Free Valerie Gillespie has agreed once again to lead a performance on the Faculty Artist Series.  A saxophonist known internationally for her incredible jazz performances (solo and ensemble) and as a wonderful orchestral saxophonist with The Florida Orchestra – she also teaches a studio of saxophone students at FSC, sharing all that she knows regarding classical and jazz performance on this…

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The USAF Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
Free

Friday, October 25, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Location: Branscomb Auditorium Free and open to the public. This fall, Florida Southern College is proud to host the prestigious United States Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in our beautiful concert hall at Branscomb Auditorium!  Performing worldwide each year, these treasured musicians honor, inspire, and connect with over six million listeners at 5,000 live and televised events. The USAF Band…

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Live the Questions: Chamber Singers Concert

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. FSC Chamber Singers; Beth Gibbs, conductor Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $8; Students: $4  As human beings, we often question what is around us, and it is important not to shy away from that instinct. This evening, our inquisitive nature is reflected in the music of this concert presented by the FSC Chamber Singers under the direction of Beth Gibbs, with each selection posing a question, challenge, or predicament to be considered.  With varying…

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November 2019

A SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION!

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $8; Students: $4  In this, her first concert in FSC’s Festival of Fine Arts in Branscomb Auditorium, conductor Martha Placeres takes up the baton to conduct the splendid Florida Southern College Symphony Orchestra and share with you her special look at the first year of her engagement with them. Through beautiful musical styles, wonderful composers, and a couple of innovative ideas here and there, she will let you know…

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FSC│DANCE: Fall into Dance 2019

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 10, 2019

Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$9 – $18

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m. Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $18; Students: $9  Join us for the FSC Dance Program’s annual fall dance performance, FSC│Dance: Fall into Dance 2019, as we showcase an eclectic array of works from Florida Southern College faculty and guest artists. This performance will feature new and diverse choreography, ranging from ballet to contemporary modern dance, all performed by the talented students of FSC’s Dance Program under the incredible artistic…

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A BRASS MENAGERIE

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Free

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Brian Brink, trombone; Don McLaurin, trumpet; Richard Sparrow, horn Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall (B202) at Robert Davis Performing Arts Center Free  The FSC brass faculty (including Brian Brink, trombone; Don McLaurin, trumpet; and Richard Sparrow, horn) have returned to our Faculty Artist Series through popular demand, enticing selected instrumental colleagues to join forces with them to present a wonderful, wild, and wacky evening of sonic amusements for our…

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“The Sound of Music”

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 23, 2019

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 24, 2019

Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$9 – $18

November 14-17; 21-24, 2019      7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.) Location: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre Adults: $18; Students: $9 - Reserved Seating This final collaboration between musical theatre giants Rodgers and Hammerstein was clearly destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When Maria, a young postulant, proves to be too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. She immediately falls in love with the…

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BANDTASTIC VIII: BAND DAY ENCORE

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. FSC Bands and Guest Performers, Jo Jossim, Artistic Director Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $8; Students: $4  Featuring an array of large and small ensembles with diverse repertoire ranging from classical and jazz genres to popular and rock favorites, this Music Department’s annual event promises to simply take your breath away. Conceived and directed by FSC Symphony Band conductor Jo Jossim, this virtual kaleidoscope of musical styles, colors, and textures moves at a non-stop…

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THE MAJESTY OF THE SUN

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. FSC Concert Choir with Beth Gibbs, conductor Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $8; Students: $4  The title simply says it all: From its inspiring beauty in a sunrise, or the warmth it gives on a summer day, to the life-force it offers for the growth of crops, there is no wonder that the sun has held a place of majesty in societies across the ages and around the globe.  This inspirational evening of beautiful…

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December 2019

SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS: THE CHRISTMAS GALA

December 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until December 7, 2019

Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. FSC Music Department and Guests Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $8; Students: $4  How may we better express our hopes and dreams for the holidays – but by celebrating the music and words that pull it all together in Spirit of the Holidays: The Christmas Gala!  The FSC Music Department showcases its large ensembles – including choral, instrumental, and strings – along with special smaller groups to perform music that incorporates…

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TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$15 – $25

FLORIDA DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS: TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker Saturday, December 14, 2019– 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $25; Students (under 12): $15  Having just celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, the members of this exciting dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre (FSC’s dance company-in-residence), bring their classic holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Festival of Fine Arts. Come see this timeless holiday masterpiece, performed with charm and perfection by the dynamic dancers…

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January 2020

“Janet Siegel Rogers: The Mystery of Color”

January 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020
Melvin/Burks Galleries at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Free

January 17 through February 21, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday Location: Melvin/Burks Art Galleries Free  In her encaustic paintings, Janet Siegel Rogers translates the aura of time and place into layers of oil paint suspended in beeswax. Through her subtle use of pulsating shifts between different color hues, Rogers explores the nuances of color, creating the illusion of movement as light shines through her works. Ethereal and contemplative,…

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February 2020

JAZZ FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

February 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Free

Monday, February 10, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Jeff Benatar, jazz piano and Friends Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall (B202) at Robert Davis Performing Arts Center Free  Now in his second year at Florida Southern College as Director of Jazz Studies and Coordinator of Music Management, Jeff Benatar continues to impress students, faculty, and community patrons with his wonderful approach to jazz, both as a leader and as a formidable jazz pianist. In this Faculty Artist Series…

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“Cabaret”

February 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 22, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until February 23, 2020

Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
$9 – $18

 In a 1920’s Berlin nightclub (Kit-Kat Klub), the Emcee welcomes audience members, assuring them they will forget all their troubles – at the cabaret.  With the Emcee’s songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The story revolves around the relationships between American writer Cliff Bradshaw and British cabaret singer Sally Bowles – and older boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and Jewish…

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FROM VIENNA TO VEGAS – AND PLACES IN-BETWEEN

February 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Free

Monday, February 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Mark Thomsen, tenor; James Caraher, piano Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall (B202) at Robert Davis Performing Arts Center Free  Just think: The “wedding” of words with music – and music with words – evokes feelings that at times are difficult to describe, yet absolutely undeniable. These emotions allow us to be human, and they are a marvelous gift.  This evening’s performance is a concert of songs that weave a…

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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET: SERGEI PROKOFIEV’S “Cinderella”

February 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$9 – $18

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Location: Branscomb Auditorium Adults: $18; Students: $9  The Russian National Ballet returns to Florida Southern College to present its marvelous setting of the children’s fairy tale, Cinderella, composed by Russian giant Sergei Prokofiev between 1940 and 1945. This is a full-length ballet in three acts, replete with beautiful costumes, grand scenery, elegant dancers, and of course, the famous glass slipper.  While the music is dark and brooding, the story is comedic – and…

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March 2020

PIANO, PIPA, AND CHINESE MUSIC

March 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Free

 Come and enjoy an evening dedicated to exploration of Chinese music through piano and pipa with Fen-Fang Chen.  This evening’s interactive recital will provide opportunities for you to experience various Chinese compositions, ranging from famous traditional Chinese tunes to contemporary Chinese dance musical arrangements – performed on two very different instruments (piano and pipa) that illustrate differences between American and Chinese approaches. The program will include pieces like Thunder During the Drought, Great Waves Washing the Sand, Flute and Drum…

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JAZZ BRILLIANCE!

March 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

 We are so pleased this evening to bring back the youthful enthusiasm and savvy musicianship of our Florida Southern College Jazz Ensemble under the expert leadership of Jeff Benatar. For this special performance, Dr. Benatar has engaged internationally known jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins as guest Artist-in-Residence – to work with the students for a few days and perform with them for this concert. As a premiere jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Jenkins has toured, recorded, and/or performed with the big…

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Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

March 13, 2020 - March 27, 2020
Melvin/Burks Galleries at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Free

March 13 through March 27, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday Location: Melvin/Burks Art Galleries Free  As you may have noticed from past exhibitions, Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students are challenged each year to create a fictitious company. They are then responsible for creating its print and digital materials, products, and storefront displays in the Melvin/Burks Art Galleries as part of their thesis. At times humorous,…

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ORCHESTRAL TREASURES

March 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

Concluding her first year as conductor of Florida Southern College’s Symphony Orchestra and strings program, Martha Placeres leads her ensemble through an evening of music designed to showcase the diversity of orchestral repertoire and the hard work of her students. Through varied pieces by a variety of composers, you’ll hear some familiar pieces, yes – and others that will simply command your attention for the first time. Please join this gifted conductor as she presents the rich range of timbres,…

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STRINGS AND OTHER THINGS …

March 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Free

The members of the Hollingsworth Trio have been invited to return to the FSC Faculty Artist Series this spring to lead a performance celebrating strings – and other things – in performance.  Certainly, the Trio (Parsché, Sedloff, and Thielen) has become rather well-oriented to that concept with over 30 years of performing as a piano trio with two string instruments and a piano.  But they are especially excited to surprise you in this concert as they engage other musicians to…

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FSC DANCE: Synergy

March 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$9 – $18

 It is spring – and the annual spring dance concert is up again, featuring works and choreography by FSC Dance Program faculty and invited guest artists that celebrate the dynamic exchange of inspiration, manifestation, and sharing that encompass the creative process. The first act of this exciting program includes an abbreviated performance of the mystical and ethereal romantic-period ballet Giselle, followed by innovative and riveting original contemporary works  in the second act – all performed by the gifted students of…

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April 2020

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

April 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 11, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$9 – $18

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Critics Circle Award, this poignant classic is an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history.  The Diary of Anne Frank tells the story of Anne, a young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. This story of resilience, optimism, and a young girl’s extraordinary spirit transcends time and continues to resonate deeply. By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Directed by Paul Bawek…

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Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 3, 2020 - April 24, 2020
Melvin/Burks Galleries at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Free

April 3 through April 24, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. Gallery Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday Location: Melvin/Burks Art Galleries Free  Our final student exhibition showcases artwork created by Florida Southern College’s own senior studio art students. Each senior explores a unique central idea over the course of a year and creates a thematic body of work that conveys the technical and experiential nature of artist expression and creation. Their refreshing artistic…

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A JOURNEY THROUGH LIGHT AND SPACE

April 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

 Tonight Jo Jossim and the Florida Southern College Symphony Band invite you to join them on a special musical journey exploring light and its infinite destinations into space. Among the selected pieces that will assist this musical ensemble in taking their journey are John Mackey’s Aurora Awakes, a piece about the heralding of the coming of light; Julie Giroux’s Journey Through Orion, a piece that enables travel with music 1,500 light years away through sections of outer space – where…

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RUDDIGORE (The Witch’s Curse)

April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

An opera about ghosts, witches, and curses – oh my! Long ago, a witch’s curse was cast upon the family Murgatroyd, commanding that each successive Baronet of the Murgatroyds must commit a horrible crime every day – or die in agony. Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Ruddigore opens, revealing that the one true Baronet, Sir Ruthven, has gone into hiding, allowing his younger brother, Despard, to assume the title … and the curse!  However, the rightful heir is soon discovered –…

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WE ARE ONE

April 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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$4 – $8

In a world often filled with great division, it is crucial that we focus more on what unites us.  Fortunately, we are aided by the universal language that is music – so we celebrate our oneness with musical selections in many different languages and styles, knowing that the picture is broad, and that we are all part of it.  Please join Beth Gibbs and both the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers of Florida Southern College as we rejoice in our…

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