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The Furman University Symphonic Band will present a concert Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus.
The concert is open to the public. Available at the door, tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Led by Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, “A Veterans Day Celebration” is a concert in which each piece is either tied to a significant event in American History, or salutes our Armed Forces.
The program also includes a South Carolina premiere composition by Furman Music Professor Jay Bocook, and features Percussion Professor, Omar Carmenates who leads a group of student soloists.
Guest artists in the program are men from the Furman Singers, led by Hugh Ferguson Floyd, Director of Choral Activities.
The program includes:
The Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, arr. by John Williams
Commando March, Samuel Barber
Portraits of Valor, Jay Bocook
South Carolina Premiere Performance
Omar Carmenates, percussion soloist
Esprit de Corps Robert Jager, Chester William Schuman
Variations on America, Charles Ives, trans. by William Schuman
The Ramparts, J. Clifton Williams
Men from the Furman Singers
Hugh Ferguson Floyd, director
Eternal Father, Strong to Save, Claude T. Smith
American Salute Morton Gould
For more information, contact the Furman Band Office at (864) 294-3069.
Our hectic lives often limit the time we spend absorbing the world around us.
The “Far Peripheral” photography exhibit at Furman’s Baiden Gallery is a collection of images that do just that. Undergraduate Evening Studies students in Bryan Hiott’s Digital Photography class paused to observe, contemplate, and capture images that exist outside the center of vision on the edges of what is usually seen.
In addition to student photographs, several of the instructor’s own images are displayed in the exhibit. Hiott, who earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, taught at Parsons and has exhibited his work internationally. He has taught digital photography at Furman and Wofford University and art history at USC Upstate.
“I enjoy teaching. I enjoy seeing the development of each person’s creative process,” he said.
Hiott also operates a studio in Taylors Mill. His fine art photography uses the wet plate collodion process, the type of photography created by Matthew Brady in the Civil War. The images are sharp in the center and blurry around the edges. He produces images on tintype, ambrotype, and glass plates.
“I have one foot in the 19th century and one foot in the 21st century,” Hiott said. “I love that push and pull, the tension between the past and the present.”
“Many of my students are taking photos for the first time,” he said, “and they often look at the world in a new way through the process.” He encourages them to view the world through a different lens.
“You can’t make a mistake about making images. It’s something you’re experiencing personally,” Hiott said.
Far Peripheral showcases the students’ strengths as image-makers who can engage with subject matter and present the world in ways they might not have realized before, said Beth Crews, director of the Undergraduate Evening Studies. Often students in business or accounting do not initially realize the value or relevance of an arts course to their career aspirations, but they often later appreciate how art can train them to see differently.
An exposure to photography as an art allows people who make not make the arts their career a chance to broaden their vision, an opportunity to explore their creativity and learn to use that creativity in different ventures, Hiott said. Photography and its creative manner of looking at the work can have a direct connection to various careers.
Furman Undergraduate Evening Studies alumna Pamela Brissey, who works with two federal judges as a courtroom deputy, encounters many different kinds of people in her job—lawyers, court officials, and staff, witnesses, and defendants. They come from all walks of life. She completed a photography project that captured life in a homeless tent city set up under a Greenville bridge. She met the residents and spent time there, getting them to trust her.
“The photos took on a life of their own, and untold donations, money and volunteers poured into ‘the people under the bridge.’ I was completely humbled and appreciative of the generous donations given on their behalf. We all learned that one person can make a difference,” Brissey said.
Hiott agreed that photography “is broadening and encouraging. It adds breadth and depth” to an individual’s life and career.
Mark Loftin, a senior financial analyst with TD Bank who is majoring in business administration, said, “Employing a visual medium permits one to convey thoughts which aren’t necessarily easy to articulate verbally.” This skill is one Loftin said he wanted to explore.
The photographs from the 12 exhibiting student photographers range from close-ups of raindrops on a leaf to a homeless tent city to sunsets at the beach and mountains. Hiott selected the photographs from work the 30 students in his classes posted to blogs they set up to display their work and connect with other students’ work.
“Some of these images might raise questions,” he said, adding that photography often raises questions instead of answering them. He said of all of them, few of which include people, that “something always implies a human presence.”
Mark Hendrix, one of his students with work in the exhibit, said in an introduction to a photo project, “I never imagined that taking a photography class would be as enlightening as this one has been. The introduction of William Eggleston’s work, however, completely changed the way I looked not only at the class but at photography. His was not just a method of capturing artful images for a display in a museum or gallery, but it was his way of capturing images of life and environment, some quirky and some off the wall, but all spoke in some way either of the subject or of the times that I could readily identify with.”
Furman University’s Undergraduate Evening Studies program has been in existence since 1958. Students in this program are working adults earning bachelor’s degrees in business administration or accounting. Elective courses in the arts are designed to encourage creativity and individual vision that will help the students in their careers.
The exhibition, presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLC, opened Oct. 21 and will run through Dec. 1 in the Baiden Gallery in the Herring Center on the Furman University campus.
For more information, visit furman.edu/ues
Dr. Omar Carmenates
The Furman Percussion Ensemble will present a concert Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman campus.
Directed by Furman music faculty member Dr. Omar Carmenates, the concert is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Department of Music. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The hour-long concert includes a wide range of music by living composers from around the world. Commissioned by the Furman Percussion Ensemble, two works will receive their world premiere performances: “Hold Fast” by Ivan Trevino (from the indie rock band Break of Reality) and “Celestial Sphere” by David Crowell of the Phillip Glass Ensemble.
Also featured on the program is David T. Little’s percussive opera “Haunt of Last Nightfall.” Inspired by the 1981 massacre of more than 800 people in El Mozote, El Salvador, this epic work blends live percussion with the sound of heavy metal guitars, organ, choir, and more.
All guests are invited to participate in the “Percussion Petting Zoo” where audience members can tour the stage to see and play dozens of onstage instruments. Carmenates and members of the Furman Percussion Ensemble will also be available to answer questions about the instruments.
For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at FurmanMusic@furman.edu.
In young Americans (18-25) 84 percent have consumed alcohol, 58 percent have smoked cigarettes, 52 percent have smoked marijuana, and 11 percent have tried cocaine. Most of these users are uninformed about what exactly they are putting into their bodies and completely unaware of the harmful side effects.
With consumption rates of drug and alcohol products spiking in the young adult set, the student organization PHOKUS (Promoting Healthy Options through Knowledge, Understanding, and Service) brought in Shawn K. Desai, Ph.D., J.D. in an attempt to help students better understand the dangerous consequences of these widely used substances.
Dr. Desai spoke Thursday to about 100 students in Johns Hall 101 in the CLP, “Drugs and Alcohol: What’s Going On?” Desai serves as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aeon Clinical Laboratories, a Georgia company that works with intricate technology to understand and identify various drugs.
The presentation included a brief summary on alcohol and drugs such as tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and meth. Desai shared the chemical makeup and the possible side effects of each substance. His presentation imparted information like how to properly recognize alcohol poisoning, and the fact that long-term marijuana use could lead to mental illness and decreased IQ. However, Desai’s main take home message was for students to never try cocaine. His point was brought home by showing students a short documentary on Len Bias, a highly talented basketball player who, after only a few times, died from using cocaine.