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Furman will host its annual Moravian Christmas Lovefeast service Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. The CLP event is free and open to the public. Based on traditions originating in the early Apostolic church, the Christmas Lovefeast includes the serving of Moravian buns and coffee, and the lighting of beeswax candles. Furman’s Chancel Choir, conducted by senior Bryce McClendon, will lead the singing of traditional Christmas carols.
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.
Furman University Jazz Combos will present a concert Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Furman University Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public, and is also part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. The Jazz Combos are coached by Furman music faculty members Steve Watson who teaches in the jazz studies program, and Dr. Matt Olson, who directs the Furman jazz studies program. Watson and Olson will lead students in music written for small jazz ensembles featuring works from Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and other composers throughout jazz history.
Drawings and paintings by Kathleen Thum, Assistant Professor of Art at Clemson University, will be on display Nov. 10-Dec. 12 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building on campus. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a gallery talk by Thum at 7 p.m., in the Roe Art Building. The exhibition, Residuum, is free and open to the public, and is presented by the art department.
Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies (UES) will host a photography exhibition Oct. 21-Dec. 1 in the Baiden Gallery of the Herring Center on the Furman campus. The Herring Center for Continuing Education is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC, the exhibition, Far Peripheral, includes work by UES Digital Photography students and faculty.
Singer/songwriter, author and pastor Elise Erikson Barrett will present a concert Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel on the Furman campus. “The Gift of Emotion: A Concert for the Head and Heart” is free and open to the public, and is presented by Furman’s Office of the Chaplain. A reception hosted by Furman’s Wesley Fellowship will follow the event, with Barrett’s CDs available for sale and signing. A Furman CLP, the concert is part of a presentation in which University Chaplain Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton explores the cultural significance of emotion.
Dr. Joni Tevis, Associate Professor of English at Furman, has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for her essay, “What the Body Knows,” which was published in the November/December 2013 issue of Orion magazine. Tevis’ essay appears in the just published 2015 Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses. The Pushcart Prize is a major literary award that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays and other works that appear in small presses during the previous year. The series has been published every year since 1976.
Furman was well represented at the 16th Annual InnoVision Awards Celebration that took place Nov. 11 at the TD Convention Center. Furman received two of the 10 awards presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that were recognized for advancing technology in South Carolina, while a third award went to ActivEd, an educational initiative founded by Furman health sciences professor Dr. Julian Reed. The university received the Community Service Award as well as the Hall of Fame Award.
Fresh off their second straight Southern Conference titles, the Paladin men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky. There are nine regional meets, and the top two finishers in each earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships to be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Thirteen schools also receive at-large bids.
Furman University Lyric Theatre will present an opera scenes recital Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “Opera in the Classical Era: Gluck, Mozart, and Haydn,” is free and open to the public. The performance is directed by Furman Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre Dr. Grant Knox. Assisting Knox in directing is Furman senior Bryce McClendon. Furman Piano Professor Dr. David Gross provides accompaniment.