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Hicken wins SCICU teaching award

Leslie W. Hicken, Professor of Music at Furman University, has been awarded a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization. SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. President Elizabeth Davis praises Hicken’s career for “enriching the musical life of the Upstate and for mentoring many of the leading band directors in the state.”

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Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble in concert April 17

The Furman Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The concert, “Viva Chesebro!” is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The performance is conducted by Furman Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, and honors retiring Furman clarinetist Robert Chesebro who joined the music faculty in 1965. Also guest conducting is Jay Bocook, Furman Director of Athletic Bands.

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FSO & Oratorio Chorus perform April 24

The Furman University Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Old Testament Heroes,” is a Sound Quality Concert Series event and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts the combined forces of the FSO, Furman Singers, Chorales, and student soloists in works by Saint-Saëns and Arthur Honegger.

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Jazz Ensemble and Combos in concert April 10

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will present a concert Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A Sound Quality Concert Series event, the concert is open to the public. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The CLP concert is directed by Dr. Matt Olson.

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Spring Honors Recital March 31

The Furman University Department of Music will present its Spring Honors Recital Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A reception follows the event. The recital is free and open to the public and features seven outstanding students who are nominated and selected by Furman’s music faculty. Participants this spring are: Jessie Barnett, mezzo-soprano; Peter Dimery, saxophone; Alexander H. Helms, euphonium; Emily Lamb, viola; James Vincent Masanotti, violin; Allison Rye, oboe; Stephanie Simon, composition.

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Lyric Theatre Presents Diary of One Who Vanished

The Furman University Music Department’s Lyric Theatre will present Diary of One Who Vanished, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Directed by Furman Professor of Voice Grant Knox, D.M., the performance is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Diary of One Who Vanished is co-presented with the Furman Women’s Chorale and is conducted by Furman Music Professor Vivian Hamilton, D.M.A. Guest Martin Katz accompanies the Women’s Chorale, tenor Knox and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor of Atlanta.

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Hartness Organ Series features father/son duo

Furman University’s 2014-2015 Hartness Organ Series will conclude Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. with a recital in Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus. Part of a series celebrating 10 years since the installation of the university’s C.B. Fisk pipe organ, the recital will be presented by University Organist and Professor of Organ Charles Tompkins, D.M.A., and his son, violinist Gregory Tompkins. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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Singers to perform seven concerts during tour

The Furman University Singers will be on tour Sunday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 17 performing at local and regional churches, with two closing concerts in Daniel Memorial Chapel Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the closing performances are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. All other tour events are free and open to the public.

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Davis to guest conduct Singers’ closing concert

The Furman University Singers will conclude their spring tour with two concerts Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. As part of the presidential inauguration festivities taking place that week, Furman President Elizabeth Davis will lead the Singers in the piece, “Brown Eyes,” during the March 16 performance. The CLP performances by the 90-voice ensemble are part of Furman’s Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets, available online and at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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Lyric Theatre presents double bill: “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Medium”

The Furman University Music Department will present a double bill of classic operas “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Medium” Thursday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Directed by Furman Professor of Voice Grant Knox, D.M., the operas are open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. “Dido and Aeneas” is co-presented with the Furman Chamber Choir and conducted by Furman Music Professor Bill Thomas, D.M. Furman Music Professor Hugh Floyd, D.M.A., conducts Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium.”