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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.


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.


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 […]

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Furman music professors in concert Jan. 16

The Furman Faculty Chamber Music Series will present a concert Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Hosted by Dr. Laura Kennedy, “Small Ensembles” is open to the public, and is part of Furman’s Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth.

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Organist David Higgs in concert Jan. 22

Furman University will present a concert with renowned American organist David Higgs Thursday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. The event is part of Furman’s annual Church Music Conference. The concert is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Hartness Organ Series in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration of Furman’s C.B. Fisk organ. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

Mark Kilstofte at piano

Kilstofte’s “Peace” to be aired on NPR’s “From the Top”

A musical work by Furman professor Dr. Mark Kilstofte will be aired on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” Monday, Dec. 22. The composition, “Peace,” was performed by the Cantus Chamber Choir from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Nov. 6 at the Peace Center before a live audience. “From the Top” is aired on 250 public radio stations reaching an estimated 700,000 listeners worldwide.

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Christmas @ Furman to be performed Dec. 5

The Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Singers and Chorales featuring five student soloists will present Christmas @ Furman Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. An annual tradition for more than 50 years, Furman’s holiday concert features 200 students conducted by Thomas Joiner and Hugh Ferguson Floyd. The program, part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program as well as the Sound Quality Concert Series, includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” choral works by Franz Biebl and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and familiar carol arrangements by Arthur Harris, among other favorites of the season.

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Chamber Wind Ensemble in concert Dec. 9

The Furman University Chamber Wind Ensemble will present a concert Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Wind Ensemble is conducted by Professor of Clarinet Dr. Robert Chesebro who is in his 50th year as a Furman faculty member. Retiring after this academic year, Chesebro will conduct 11 musicians in the program featuring works by Anton Reicha, Paul Hindemith, Charles Gounod, and Gordon Jacob.


The dreams you dare to dream

When singer and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth appeared on NBC’s TODAY SHOW to promote her first live album and performed the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” she was accompanied on piano by Furman graduate Mary-Mitchell Campbell. A 1996 Furman graduate, Campbell serves as Chenoweth’s musical director.

Campbell is a leading musical arranger and orchestrator in New York. She won a Drama Desk Award in 2007 for orchestrations for the revival of the Broadway musical “Company,” and was music director for the Broadway production of “The Addams Family.” She has served on the faculties of NYU, Boston College and Juilliard.