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 the Furman University campus.
The event is open to the public. 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, Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music,” Brahms’ Chorale Prelude “There is a Rose,” Mannheim Steamroller’s “Silent Night,” and familiar carol arrangements by Arthur Harris.
Student soloists for Vivaldi’s “Gloria” are sopranos Leyly Bagherof (Greenville, S.C.), Carmen Beam (Greenville, S.C.), Hannah Camille Cox (Hickory, N.C.), Layla Dougani (Cary, N.C.), and mezzo-soprano Ashton Nicewonger (Pelion, S.C.).
For more information or advance ticket sales, call the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086. To purchase tickets online, follow this link.
About Thomas W. Joiner
Dr. Joiner has appears as a conductor, violinist, chamber player, and teacher throughout the United States and eleven foreign countries. At Furman, he conducts the Furman Symphony Orchestra in orchestral, operatic, and oratorio performances. He also serves as the music director and conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (N.C.). For more than three decades, Joiner served as a member of the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center where he was a concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. Previous positions include Associate Principal Second Violin of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, first violinist with the Louisville Orchestra and Professor of Violin and Orchestral Activities at the University of Georgia School of Music. A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Joiner is a graduate of Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Florida State University.
About Hugh Ferguson Floyd
Dr. Floyd is professor of music at Furman, coordinator of choral ensembles and director of the Furman Singers. He is the first recipient of the Bingham L. Vick, Jr. and Judith S. Vick Professorship of Music, established by the Furman Singers Alumni Association. Prior to his appointment at Furman, Floyd served as the director of choral studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. He served as director of choral activities and voice instructor at the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts, a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University, and is currently Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies. Floyd is a graduate of Furman University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan.
“Full Flow” by Kathleen Thum. Motor oil and carbon black on laser cut paper.
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 the Furman University 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 Furman Department of Art.
In an artist’s statement, Thum describes her work as “a hybrid of various human physiological systems and man-made manufacturing systems.” She depicts these systems through rendering abstract networks of forms, lines, and color. Says Thum, “Like our internal anatomy, the structures in my works are layered, linear, flowing, clustered, open, dense, intertwined; interpreting gravity, fluids, gases, and pressures. The complex relationship between the man-made and the natural has become increasing influential in my artwork. The drawings evolve as I use color and layering to create new imagery based on the fascinating inter-workings of systems both functional and dysfunctional.”
For more information about Thum’s work, visit kathleenthum.com, or contact Furman’s Department of Art at (864) 294-2074.
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 University campus.
The event, “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 Cultural Life Program event, the concert is part of a presentation in which University Chaplain Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton explores the cultural significance of emotion, the Christian tradition surrounding it, and then offers pastoral and theological reflection on emotion as a human expression. Barrett’s music is born from deep human emotions of loss and struggle. A Q&A session follows to allow a time to discuss the role and benefit/struggle of human emotion.
In 2012, Barrett’s husband was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In the difficult years that followed, Barrett was his caregiver through a failed course of chemotherapy and a successful bone marrow transplant. Throughout her life, music has been a cornerstone for Barrett. From her early years in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir through her education and experiences as a pastor and worship leader, she has found ways to integrate her singing and songwriting.
Barrett is a native of Indianapolis and is now living in Spartanburg, S.C. with her husband and three children. She is an ordained United Methodist pastor, a published writer and professional editor, an experienced retreat leader and speaker, as well as a singer/songwriter.
Barrett is author of “What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage,” which was awarded Christianity Today magazine’s “Best Book of 2011″ in the Christian Living category. Her first full-length album, “Awake,” was recorded at the historic West Coast Fantasy Studios with producer Gabriel Harley.
To learn more about Barrett, visit www.elisebarrett.com. For more information about the concert, contact Assistant University Chaplain Maria Swearingen, email@example.com, or (864) 294-2133.