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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.”

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Furman Chorale performs March 3

The Furman University Chorale will present a concert Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus. Conducted by Music Professor Vivian Hamilton, D.M.A., and assisted by Furman junior Henry Branson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), the concert is free and open to the public. Furman sophomore and pianist Kevin Edens of Marietta, S.C. will accompany nearly 40 voices in the concert.

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Preucil and Ransom perform March 2

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will perform with pianist William Ransom, D.M.A., in recital Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. The recital is free and open to the public. Preucil and Ransom will perform sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Schumann, and Grieg.

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Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in concert Feb. 20

The Furman University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Conducted by Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, “Good Night, Dear Heart” is open to the public, and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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Miami String Quartet in concert Feb. 19

Furman University will host a performance by the acclaimed Miami String Quartet Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Furman University Partners in the Arts initiative and the Sound Quality Concert Series, the concert is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. The quartet was praised by The New York Times as having “everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy.”

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FSO presents Concerto Concert Feb. 13

The Furman Symphony Orchestra will present a concert Friday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University campus. A CLP event, the “Concerto Concert” is a biennial event showcasing Furman’s finest student instrumentalists who are selected by competitive audition. With the 65-member FSO, conducted by Dr. Thomas Joiner, soloists will perform concerto movements from works by Goosens, Séjourné, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Grieg. The FSO will open the concert with Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth.

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Rethinking classical

  The only thing older than most of the people tuning in to classical music these days is the music itself. Classical is the second most popular format on public radio stations, but nearly 71 percent of its listeners are over the age of 55—and 51 percent are over 65. So how in the world […]

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Jazz Ensemble in concert Jan. 30 with special guest

The Furman Jazz Ensemble will present a concert Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. The concert is open to the public and features guest Bill Sears, Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone at Interlochen Arts Academy (Mich.). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

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Furman hosts annual Church Music Conference

Furman will host its 2015 Church Music Conference on campus Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22 and 23.
Guest clinicians for this year’s conference are Dan Bara, Professor of Choral Music at the University of Georgia; Mary Louise (“Mel”) Bringle, Professor of Humanities at Brevard College (N.C.); and David Higgs, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. The conference is open to the public.

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Music and mentorship

Ann Shoemaker ’02 was 12 when she first saw the love of her life. She had a 12-year-old’s reaction. “I had no idea what (a bassoon) was,” she said. “My elementary school band teacher showed me a picture of it, and I thought it was really funny looking but thought, sure, why not. I’ll give […]