NOVEMBER 19, 2012 by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer
The Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Christmas @ Furman” is open to the public and is a Sound Quality Series event. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The performance is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Furman’s Thomas Joiner and Hugh Floyd will conduct the FSO and chorus in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Lark Ascending” and cantata, “Hodie” (“This Day”). Furman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin William Preucil will be the featured guest soloist in “Lark Ascending.” Student soloists in Williams’ “Hodie” are: Jessica Bitter ‘13, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Caleb Hopkins ‘13, Greenwood Kira Kaplan ‘15, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Ben Keiper ‘14, Greenville, N.C. Bryce McClendon ‘15, Greer Lindsey Singleton ‘13, Greer Andrew Wear ‘13, Huntsville, Ala. Katy Wilson ‘15, Raleigh, N.C. Also joining the performance of “Hodie” is Chicora Voices, The Children’s Choir of Greenville (www.chicoravoices.org) under the leadership of artistic director Alan Reed and conductor Laura Jean Reed. Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1995, Preucil has appeared regularly as soloist in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and the annual Blossom Festival. Prior to joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Preucil served seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, performing more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major music capitals. For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864-294-2086, or FurmanMusic@furman.edu.