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Performing Arts Highlights 2011-2012
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FMU Artist Series
Thursday, 1 September 2011, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

A Liszt Recital
Commemorating the Bicentennial of Franz Liszt 1811-1886
Norman Bemelmans, piano


Born into an Austrian family prominently involved in the arts, Norman Bemelmans gave his first public solo concert at the age of seven. He has studied with international luminaries Stefan Bardas, Patricia Benkman, Richard Cass, and Ozan Marsh and toured professionally under the sponsorship of Pobitzer Artists International and the Franz Liszt Foundation.

From 1993-2000 he served in Atlanta as the Executive Director for Georgia Public Radio, Georgia’s 14-station public radio network, and in 2005 was appointed the Director of Cultural Arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

An active recitalist in both the United States and Europe, Mr. Bemelmans’ interpretation of the works of Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin in particular have received enthusiastic critical acclaim.

“ . . . Bemelmans’s Liszt is electrifying . . . the audience was cheering even before the final chord finished sounding.” --- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“ . . . the combination of lyrical subtlety and virtuosic power was overwhelming in its impact. Bemelmans plays Liszt the way Liszt is meant to be played.” --- Il Tempo

“ . . . Chopin of the highest order. The familiar music emerged under Bemelmans’ hands as a revelation . . . We are not accustomed to hearing Chopin performed with such grandeur.  --- Neue Zeitung


PROGRAM


Cypresses of the Villa d’Este (Years of Pilgrimage, III)

 

The Bells of Rome: Ave Maria

 

Saint Francis of Paola Walks Upon the Waves (Two Legends, II)

 

Hungarian Rhapsody #3

 

Vallee d’Obermann (Years of Pilgrimage, I)


Norman Bemelmans

“Liszt elevated the piano to a position of supreme nobility, in order that it might be worthy of himself.”  --  Ferrucio Busoni



Stephen Anderson trioFMU Artist Series
Thursday, 6 October 2011, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Stephen Anderson Jazz Trio

JASON FOUREMAN was born in Durham, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000. In 2005 he was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Louisville where he taught and received his Masters degree in Jazz Studies. While at the University of Louisville, Foureman had the unique opportunity to travel throughout Russia, Finland, Estonia, and Sweden performing and teaching jazz clinics. In 2006, Foureman was awarded a position in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and had performances in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. Jason has performed with Cedar Walton, Eric Alexander, Corky Hale, Harry Pickens, Jim Snidero, Jamey Aebersold, Kenny Werner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joel Frahm, and Slide Hampton among others.

DAN DAVIS was born in Lexington, N.C.  At age 13, he began formal study with Massie Johnson at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduating from high school, Dan continued his percussion studies at East Carolina University - receiving the A.J. Fletcher music scholarship and the Farmville Patron’s scholarship. While at East Carolina, he studied percussion with Harold Jones and Mark Ford and was the 1987 national winner of the Music Teachers National Association collegiate artist competition in the percussion division. In 1988 he won the E.C.U. concerto competition and performed Paul Creston’s “Concertino for Marimba” (3rd mvt.) with the East Carolina Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Hause. He graduated from E.C.U. in 1989 with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion and music education. Davis moved to the Triangle area in 1990 and began a performing career steeped in the jazz, blues and r&b tradition. He studied drumset with David Via and Keith Copeland and teaches privately from his home studio. From 2002-2005, he taught percussion and jazz at the Durham School of the Arts - a secondary magnet school with an emphasis on music, art, and drama. At D.S.A., he received a letter of commendation in 2003, was nominated for teacher of the year in 2004 and was selected as an Educator of Distinction in 2005 by the Claus Nobel National Society of High School Scholars. He has made over a dozen recordings in a variety of musical genres and continues to perform regularly with a diverse group of local and regional musicians. He has performed with Joe Chambers, Marcus Printup, Conrad Herwig, Will McFarlane and many others.

STEPHEN ANDERSON is a recording artist for Summit Records.  His Nation Degeneration (2010) and Forget Not (2008) trio CDs each received 4½ stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide—Forget Not was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008)—Nation Degeneration was selected to represent Summit Records at the 53rd Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”—both recordings have been widely performed on radio nationally.  Anderson served for three years as pianist with the Lynn Seaton Trio, appearing on two recordings for Nagel Heyer Records, Puttin’ On the Ritz (2005) and Ballads 2006.  He performed with the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (Lab 2001) and Two O’clock Lab Band (Translucent Two), was winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival piano competition (1997), and was the keyboardist for gold-recording (country) artist, Kevin Sharp (1996-1997).  Anderson was recently a finalist in the West Point Jazz Nights Composers Forum Competition (2011) and has received two commissions/awards from the Barlow Endowment for his work as a composer.  His works have been performed by the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Crested Butte Chamber Orchestra, UNC Symphony Orchestra, the West Point Military Academy Band, Montclair State Wind Symphony, UNC Wind Ensemble, West Point Jazz Knights, North Carolina Central University Percussion Ensemble, UNC-Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, Duo XXI, and a film score broadcast nationally on PBS.  His works for big band have been performed and recorded by jazz ensembles across the country.  Dr. Anderson holds a D.M.A. from the University of North Texas and is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Jazz Studies and Composition. Visit his website for sample performance video http://artiststephenanderson.com/.
 


PROGRAM


Left in a Red State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Anderson

A Beautiful Friendship . . .(music) Donald Kahn / (words) Stanley Styne

Puttin' on the Ritz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Irving Berlin

Squeaky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Anderson

Serenity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Anderson

But Not For Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .George Gershwin

For Sentimental Reasons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Watson/Best

What is the Thing Called Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cole Porter



FMU Concert Band
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

FMU Concert Band
Kelly Jokisch, conductor

The Concert Band performs the very best of the concert band and wind ensemble literature. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings and the ensemble has been open to community participation since 2002.  The membership is almost evenly divided between FMU students and community participants.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us.  Information can be found at Music - Instrumental Program or email Dr. Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu
.

Jokisch
                          directs


ArasmasFMU Artist Series
Thursday, 27 October 2011, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Arasmas Percussion Group

Arasmas is Brian Graiser, Todd Mueller, Ryan Smith, and Nathan Tingler.

The Arasmas Percussion Group was formed to entertain by exposing audiences to the vast range of subtlety and power that is present in all genres of percussion music. The group strives to perform music with a level of excitement that is essential for communicating the spirit of percussion. The group is committed to the expansion of contemporary percussion repertoire while always striving to reinterpret the established percussion masterworks of the Twentieth Century.

Since their first performance in 2005 Arasmas has continued to study and grow. In addition to their studies at the University of Georgia members of the ensemble hold degrees from Florida State University, University of Toronto, and Rutgers where they have studied with many of the World’s finest percussionists including She-e Wu, Russell Hartenberger, Beverly Johnston, John Rudolph, Leigh Howard Stevens, and Mark Yancich. Members of the ensemble frequently perform in recital and with regional ensembles including the orchestras of the Atlanta Ballet, Gwinnett Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony. In Athens the group takes part in the unique art scene by playing local venues and dance spaces. Recent performances for Arasmas include a performance at Canopy Trapeze Studio with members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, a concert series appearance at Jacksonville State University with special guest percussionist Thomas “Tony” McCutchen, and a performance at Georgia College and State University.

Arasmas is committed to education. Members of the ensemble have taught at the University of Georgia, Jacksonville State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, North Georgia College & State University, Toccoa Falls College, Georgia Governor’s Honors, and at High Schools across Atlanta. The members of the ensemble are passionate about sharing their knowledge of, and joy for, percussion.

Brian Graiser has quickly built an international reputation as a versatile performer, composer, and advocate of contemporary vibraphone and percussion repertoire. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Brian’s performances have taken him up and down the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, and China. He has written works for the TorQ Percussion Quartet, University of Georgia Percussion Ensemble and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, and a number of artists from the U.S. and Canada.  His current projects include a concerto for percussion quartet and wind ensemble (commissioned by TorQ) and a duet for saxophone and marimba to be premiered at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.  Brian’s original compositions are currently available through Keyboard Percussion Publications and Alfonce Productions.  He is the founder/owner of Frontier Percussion, a publisher and distributor of percussion works.  Brian is an artist endorser for Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Georgia.  He has studied with Russell Hartenberger, Michael Colgrass, Beverly Johnston, John Rudolph, Christos Hatzis, Tony McCutchen, Leonard Ball, and Adrian Childs. Brian currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Alaina, where he is staying busy performing, composing, teaching, and running Frontier Percussion.

Todd Mueller is a founding member of the Arasmas Percussion Group.  He is the Principal Timpanist of the Asheville Symphony, NC.  In addition he maintains an active freelance career in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Mueller satisfies his rock sensibilities by performing with the Odd Trio.  Todd earned his Bachelors of Music in percussion performance from Florida State University.  He earned both his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a student of Thomas McCutchen and the Atlanta Symphony’s Mark Yancich.  Dr. Mueller has performed with all of the professional orchestras in Atlanta as well as with many other regional orchestras and ensembles.  In addition, he maintains an active performance schedule playing drum-set and Latin percussion in Athens, Georgia.  Todd Mueller is Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Ryan Smith received his doctorate in music performance from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Smith received the master of music degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2004 and the bachelor of music degree from the University of Georgia in 2001.  His primary teachers have included Thomas McCutchen and marimba artist She-e Wu.  He has performed in masterclasses with Leigh Howard Stevens, Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Frederic Macarez, James Ross, Nexus, and Alan Abel.  In addition he has performed with Thomas McCutchen, She-e Wu, Gordon Stout, Chris Deviney, Blake Tyson, and Kevin Bobo.  Dr. Smith is professor of percussion at Georgia College and State University and he spends the summer working as the percussion coordinator for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.  Dr. Smith has performed with regional orchestras including the Macon, Albany, and Carroll Symphony Orchestras, and the Augusta Opera, Athena Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra.  An advocate for new music, he has played concerts of the music of Joan Tower, Charles Wuorinen, and Lewis Spratlan and also with the Riverside Choral Society of New York City in a program of music by Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, and John Cage at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  Dr. Smith is a founding member of the Arasmas Percussion Group.  He was selected as a finalist in the 2005 PAS multi-percussion with electronic accompaniment competition.

Nathan Tingler is a young, multifaceted talent who is quickly making his way onto the professional percussion scene.  Nathan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia with Professor Tim Adams in the Spring of 2011.  He is now pursuing a Masters in Music with the final goal of winning an orchestral percussion job.  Nathan is a stalwart of the seminar scene having attended seminars across the nation; such as the Northwestern Summer Orchestral Percussion Symposium, the Alan Abel Orchestral Seminar, the Leigh Howard Stevens’ Summer Marimba Seminar, and the Mark Yancich Timpani Seminar. 



FMU Department of Fine Arts
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Kassab Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center, 7:30 pm

University String Ensemble
Terry Roberts, director


Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music, the University String Ensemble members meet for weekly rehearsals during Fall and Spring academic semesters, giving public recitals and accompanying other campus ensembles.



SantosFMU Artist Series
Thursday, 10 November 2011, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Cármelo de los Santos, violin

Brazilian violinist Cármelo de los Santos was the first prizewinner of the IV “Júlio Cardona” International Competition, held in Covilhã, Portugal, in 2003. He also received the special prize for the best interpretation of the required Portuguese work.

In 2002 Cármelo performed at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, both as a soloist and conductor.

Cármelo won the first prize at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He came into prominence in 1993 when he won Brazil’s most prestigious music competition, the “VII Eldorado Prize”, São Paulo. Since then he has appeared as a soloist and as a recital player with major orchestras in Brazil and South America, in the most important halls. Other prizes include the second prize in the “VII Young Artist International Competition” (1991), Argentina, and first prize in the “I Young Talents of MEC Radio Competition” (1996), in Rio de Janeiro.

He has recorded many programs for radio and television in Brazil. In 1994 he made a CD under the Eldorado Radio label which featured Brazilian and other composers of the twentieth century.

Cármelo began his violin studies at the age of nine. He graduated from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University, Brazil, where he worked with Fredi Gerling and Marcello Guerchfeld, and came to America in 1997 to study in New York at the Manhattan School of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, having studied there under the Russian violinist Levon Ambartsumian. He is currently Assistant Professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.


FMU Department of Fine Arts
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

University Jazz Express

The Jazz Express is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual performance and improvisation skills through the preparation and staging of music for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles.

This term the group has been working on original arrangements of the following:
1. Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
2. Tell Me Something Good - Chaka Kahn and Rufus
3. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
4. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
5. Beat It - Michael Jackson
6. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
7. Grenades - Bruno Mars
8. Superstitious - Stevie Wonder   
9. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
10.  Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
11. Gravity - John Mayer

FMU Jazz Express Personnel
Mike Scott - Alto Sax
Joel Brown - Alto Sax
Andrew Brown - Tenor Sax
Alyson Sines - Trombone
Robbie McLaughlin - Guitar
Alec Powell - Guitar
Alex Melton - Drums/Percussion
Logan Wallis - Drums/Percussion
Chris Elmquist - Bass
Greg Belk - Bass
Jasmine Reid - Vocals
Valecia Lance - Vocals
Will Smith - Vocals
Curkroy Brown - Vocals
Virginia Schleich - Vocals
SheyVonna McCray - Vocals
Nicole Veneroso - Keyboard/Violin
Courtney Williams - Keyboard

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the Jazz Express.
Jazz Express
                      2011
Jazz Express Fall 2011
YouTube Video


FMU Department of Fine Arts
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Kassab Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center, 3:00 pm

Francis Marion University Concert Choir
Cut Time Show Choir
Sue Butler Orr, director


Open to all university students, the University Concert Choir has an average enrollment of between 35 and 45 students.  This group has sung in numerous area churches and has also performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.  They have performed such major choral works as the “Polovetzian Dance and Chorus” of Alexander Borodin, the “Schicksalslied” of Johannes Brahms, and the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Recently their concerts have included selections accompanied by the newly formed Francis Marion string ensemble.

Francis Marion’s show choir, CUT TIME is an audition-only group which combines singing and choreography.  This group performs throughout the region for schools and service organizations.  In the fall of 1996 they traveled to Lake City and Charleston, singing in 5 high schools.  In October of 1997 they sang at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando.  In 1998 they traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C. and in Vienna, Austria.  In April of 2002, they returned to Disney World and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  Spring of 2003 included a performance cruise to the Bahamas.
FMU
                        Concert Choir


FMU Department of Fine Arts and Music Industry Program
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 2:00 pm

South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band
Odd Terje Lysebo, guest conductor


This is a concert free of charge with over 100 students from 15 universities in South Carolina.  Students are brought together from across the state for two days of intensive rehearsals with the final concert Saturday afternoon.

The guest conductor is Odd Terje Lysebo of Norway, president of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. 

Composer Michael Markowski has been commissioned to write a new piece for this performance and will be in attendance.  Other pieces are “Funeral March”-Greig/Fennell, “Fanfare and Choral”-Hovland, “Valdres March”-Hanssen, “Homenaje a Joaquin Sorolla”-Ferrero.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Terry Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu.

Lysebo, conductor


Ciric,
                    violinFMU Artist Series
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center, 7:30 pm


Sinisa Ciric, violin
Paolo André Gualdi, piano

Sinisa Ciric received his undergraduate degree from the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) and master degree from University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing DMA degree in violin and viola performance at University of Georgia in Athens studying with world renowned professor Levon Ambartsumian (student of Kogan and Yankelevich) and Dr. Mark Neumann respectively.

Sinisa is concertmaster of New Atlanta Philharmonic, Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra and Rome Symphony, GA. He appeared as a soloist with New Atlanta Philharmonic, Rome Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Philharmonic as well as Bach Festival Orchestra, GA.

As a member of ARCO Chamber Orchestra Mr. Ciric performed in Carnegie Hall and was featured as soloist on ARCO’s most recent recording of Vivaldi’s concertos for two, three and four violins.

He can also be heard on several CD recordings of New Trinity Baroque as violinist and violist.

Prior to coming to USA his orchestral experience involves Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (Yugoslavia), the Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Serbia, the Orchestra of the National Theatre, ensemble Camerata Academica and the Opera Orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. Sinisa participated on many concerts as a soloist, member of chamber ensemble, member of an orchestra, etc. He attended master classes with William Preucil and Jean-Marc Vajerbedian. While performing with the Symphonic Orchestra of Serbian Radio Television, he cooperated with many national and international conductors, such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Gyula Nemet, Milen Nachev, Mikis Teodorakis, Christian Badea and many others.

Sinisa is Artist Affiliate at Emory University and teaches violin, viola and chamber music at Oxford College of Emory University.


violin and piano
                        imageItalian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy and the United States, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a featured soloist with the Atlanta Philharmonic, Georgia Philharmonic, Ludwig Symphony, Parma Wind Orchestra, Warren Civic Orchestra, and the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra. In Italy he has given recitals for the A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, Accademia Amadeus and others. He has also performed for the International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, Cincinnati Conservatory, and Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Gualdi began studying piano with his father at the age of five, and continued at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. He earned his Piano Diploma with highest honours at the Conservatory Arrigo Boito in Parma with Roberto Cappello. While in the US, he earned a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Enrique Graf, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Georgia with Evgeny Rivkin. He participated in master classes with György Sandor, Earl Wild, Menahem Pressler, Sergio Perticaroli, and had several years of private studies with Carlo Maria Dominici.

He has won the top prize in numerous piano competitions, including the European Competition of Ostuni, the Altruda National Competition of Vasto and the Françoise Grimaldi National Competition of San Polo. Winning the “De Martino Award” at the Ibla International Piano Competition enabled him to study at Elon University. During this period he won the First Prize in the Southeastern Piano Competition of Whiteville, North Carolina, and the 15th Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition in Virginia.

Gualdi has served on the faculties of Elon University, Emmanuel College, Oxford College of Emory University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Francis Marion University.



FMU Concert Band Concert
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

FMU Concert Band
Kelly Jokisch, conductor

The Concert Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings and is open to adult participation.  This is the fourth year we have performed in this format.  The membership is almost evenly divided between FMU students and community participants.  We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us.  Information can be found at Music - Instrumental Program or email Dr. Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu.
Wind Symphony



Andre
                      LossFMU Artist Series
Thursday, 16 February 2012, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

André Loss, piano

André Loss is an active soloist and chamber player in South and North America. He completed his undergraduate and master levels in southern Brazil, pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He also attended Eastern Illinois University, where he received a scholarship to exclusively accompany the master classes of William Warfield. He is now full professor of piano and piano literature at the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

André Loss has played with major orchestras in Brazil, won several prizes in that country, and participated of the 10th International Piano Competition Robert Casadesus in Cleveland.  He recorded a CD with soprano, Adriana Zignani, which received a distinction from the City of Porto Alegre as the best CD of Classical Music. In the last two seasons, André Loss toured with violinist, Fredi Gerling, playing the complete cycle of sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven, and gave several solo recitals in South and North America.

André Loss has been engaged in broadening the public’s awareness of piano repertoire including performances of either contemporary music or unknown composers from the past. He premièred recently the Estudos for Piano and the Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by Felipe Adami, and played the second première of the Estética do Frio II for piano and String Orchestra by Celso L. Chaves. Also, he performed the complete piano sonatas by Johann Christian Bach in a series of recitals, which also included works by John Field, Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

This year he will release a CD with works by the Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri. André Loss also leads a project for the revival of little known eighteenth-century and pre-romantic piano concerti through the recovery of their complete scores, leading to his presentation, late on this season, of the first Brazilian performance ever of Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Concertino Op 73.


Matthew AndersonGuest Artist Recital Series
Thursday, 23 February 2012, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Matthew Anderson, guitar

Active as both a chamber player and a soloist, Matthew Anderson has distinguished himself in the musical world in a number of ways. He is a founding member of the acclaimed and internationally managed chamber group, the Athens Guitar Trio, and as a soloist has found demand as a concert artist and studio musician. He has performed throughout the United States for such distinguished individuals as former president Jimmy Carter, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, award-winning composer Simone Fontanelli of the Mozarteum University, and world-renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening; he was a guest performer at the UGA Study Abroad 2001 Art Exhibit in Cortona, Italy; he was chosen by fellow students to be a final recitalist for the 2003 Christopher Parkening Masterclass and again with the Athens Guitar Trio in 2005; he was the featured guitarist on the 2005 documentary film, “Alvar Sunol: His Vision and His Art”; he was the classical guitarist on Sam Hagan's album, His Eye is on the Sparrow; and he was asked to perform at the 2011 Hugh Hodgson School of Music Graduation Convocation at the University of Georgia. He has also given the Georgia premier of several works, including Chiel Meijering's “Autobahnkrieg,” Yamil Berguener's "Ranvicnaxanaxac Lsoxoic,” and Federico Ghedini's "Studio da Concerto.” As a competitor, Matthew won First Prize and Convention Recitalist in the 2003 Georgia Music Teachers Association Spring Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Columbus State University Guitar Symposium International Competition.

Matthew’s recording activities have included chamber music, pedagogical recordings, and session work. His most recent recordings are the Athens Guitar Trio’s debut album, Emergence, as well as solo contributions to the accompanying CD for FJH Publications’ Everybody’s Classical Guitar, Vol. 1. As a member of the Athens Guitar Trio and as a soloist, Matthew has given masterclasses throughout the country. Also, adding to his demand as both a performer and teacher, he often performs solo and chamber music on a rare eleven-string guitar built for him by Kenny Hill. Matthew has helped to expand the solo repertoire for this new instrument and create a new chamber repertoire by arranging and commissioning pieces for the eleven-string guitar. However, his work is not focused exclusively on the eleven-string. He recently created a performance edition of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s six-string guitar piece, Rondo for Guitar, Op. 129, as part of his doctoral research.

Self-taught for several years, Matthew began serious guitar studies as a Presidential Scholar with renowned pedagogue John Sutherland at Georgia State University. He graduated summa cum laude with Distinction from Georgia State University’s School of Music. Matthew chose to continue his studies with John Sutherland at the University of Georgia under the prestigious University-Wide Teaching Assistantship in the areas of guitar and music theory, going on to receive both his masters and doctoral degrees in performance. In addition to studies with Mr. Sutherland, Matthew has performed in masterclasses with Paul O'Dette, Matteo Mela, Patrick Lui, and Christopher Parkening. He is currently on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, and North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Georgia.

PROGRAM


Fantasie........................ Sylvius Leopold Weiss

                                           (1687-1750)

 

Un Dia de Noviembre....................... Leo Brouwer

Danza Caracteristica                         (b. 1939)

Paisaje Cubano con Campanas

 

Campanas del Alba............ Eduardo Sainz de la Maza

                                           (1903-1982)

 

Remembranza (Estudio).................. Andrés Segovia

                                           (1893-1987)

 

Grand Overture ........................ Mauro Giuliani

                                           (1781-1829)

 

Preambulo and Allegro Vivo......... Manuel María Ponce

    (in the style of Alessandro Scarlatti) (1882-1948)

 

Koyunbaba, op. 19.................... Carlo Domeniconi

    I. Moderato                              (b. 1947)

   II. Mosso

  III. Cantabile

   IV. Presto

 

El Abejorro.............................. Emilio Pujol

                                           (1886-1980)



Andrea Ceccomori, fluteGuest Artist Recital Series
Thursday, 1 March 2012, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Andrea Ceccomori, flute
Paolo André Gualdi, piano

Flutist Andrea Ceccomori earned a degree in flute performance at the Morlacchi Music Conservatory in Perugia (Italy). He pursued further studies with Severino Gazzelloni at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (Italy), as well as with Mario Ancillotti, Angelo Persichilli, Maxence Larrieu, Roberto Fabbriciani, Markus Stockhausen, and Louis Andriessen and many others.

Mr. Ceccomori performs both classical and contemporary music. He has appeared at national and international festivals such as Spazio Musica in Cagliari (Italy), Nuova Consonanza and Musica Verticale in Rome, and Biennale of Contemporary Music in Zagreb (Croatia). He was a prizewinner for contemporary music at the Stresa International Competition (1988). He has performed in cities throughout Europe, including Darmstadt, Paris, Stockholm, Prague, Sofia, Gent (Logos Foundation), Helsinki (Sibelius Academy), Vatican City (Concert for Peace), Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), Munich (Gasteig), as well as in Spain, Africa, and Brazil (San Pedro Theatre in Porto Alegre). In the United States, Mr. Ceccomori has appeared as guest performer in New York (Lincoln Center, NYU, Lica) Connecticut, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, California.

Mr. Ceccomori can be heard on Amiata Records, BMG/Ricordi, Edipan, and Rara/Rai Trade labels. He has been a frequent performer on radio and television in Italy. He is involved with the Rai Trade & Cemat & SIMC/ ISCM project for the promotion of contemporary Italian music.  His articles are published in Falaut and Syrinx magazines.  Dasi Flute published his new method book, Flute Today in 2010. He is founder and artistic director of Assisi Suono Sacro.
    As a performer, he is dedicate to new music repertoire and collaborates with contemporary artists throughout the world. Ceccomori has inspired and premiered many works for flute. Ceccomori regularly gives masterclasses and his articles are published in newspaper and magazines such as Amadeus, Falaut, Syrinx, Raitrade, ISCM and Cemat.

As a composer he has written many works for flute with accompaniment of string orchestra, piano, full orchestra, electronic and various ensemble. Visit: www.ceccomori.it for additional information.


PROGRAM


Andante e Allegro............... G. Rossini

                                  1792-1868

 

Don Giovanni Variations.. Giulio Briccialdi

                                  1818-1881

 

Aria.............................. J. Ibert

                                  1890-1962

 

Mariposa Suite (2010)..... Andrea Ceccomori

                                    b. 1963

 

Due pezzi facili................. Nino Rota

                                  1911-1979

 

Sonata........................ G. Donizetti
                                  1797-1848


Kirstin Chavez


FMU Artist Series / Burns Memorial Recital
Thursday, 8 March 2012

Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm
Free Admission / No Advance Reservations

Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano
Paolo André Gualdi, piano

Mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez is considered one of the most riveting and significant young artists performing today. She is praised for her luscious and velvety tone that transcends classification, with its rich evenness in her lower register and the easy ripeness of the top. The combination of the dramatic intensity of her acting, along with her natural physical beauty, make her an arresting and unique presence on the operatic stage. During the 2010 - 11 season Ms. Chavez will be heard as Maddalena in Rigoletto with The Metropolitan Opera and with the Dallas Opera, as Carmen at the Arena di Verona in Italy and at Central City Opera. Future seasons include leading roles with Tulsa Opera and Graz Opera, among others.

Ms. Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is now known as one of the definitive Carmens of the day, a role that she has performed with great success throughout the United States, and elsewhere in the world, including in Japan, China, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. Opera News recently reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime. With her dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma, Chavez has it all, including a superb command of French and a sense of humor.” She has also been praised for her renditions of Rosina in il Barbiere di Siviglia (San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Orlando Opera), Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (Orlando Opera, Connecticut Opera), Cenerentola in Cenerentola (Kentucky Opera, Fresno Opera), Desideria in The Saint of Bleecker Street (Central City Opera) and Maddalena in Rigoletto (San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia).

Her natural sensuality also lends itself remarkably well to a host of pants roles, including her favorites: Octavian, in Der Rosenkvalier (Florentine Opera), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Atlanta Opera) and Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Metropolitan Opera). She has also earned praise for her performances in modern American Operas with her Jo in Adamo’s Little Women (Opera Pacific), Thérèse, in Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin (San Diego Opera) and for Sondra Finchley in Picker’s new An American Tragedy, which was her Metropolitan Opera principal debut in 2005.

The mezzo-soprano sang the title role of Carmen with the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, at The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, Manitoba Opera, Opera Carolina, and Opera New Jersey all during the 2009-2010 season. During the 2008-2009 season she was Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Metropolitan Opera), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opéra de Nice, France) the title role of Carmen (Staatsoper Hannover, Germany, and with the Opera Australia on tour in Taipei), Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (Oper Graz in Austria), Maddalena in Rigoletto (San Diego Opera), and Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino (Caramoor Festival, NY). In addition, she joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for concert performances at the Meadow Brook Music Festival and she appeared with the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival in performances of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. Ms. Chávez has also performed regularly on the concert stage with works such as: Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Kirstin Chávez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but spent most of her formative years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where her parents worked as English and Music teachers. She received a Bachelor of Music degree, with Honors, from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Music degree, in Performance, and the Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. After beginning an Artistic Residency with the Orlando Opera, Ms. Chávez won several major international competitions, including The Sullivan Foundation, The George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Opera Index Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Finalist).


PROGRAM


Quatro Madrigales Amatorios......................Joaquin Rodrigo
    Con qué la lavaré?                              (1901-1999)
    Vos ne matásteis
    De donde venis, Amore?
    De los álamos vengo, madre

From Cuatro Sonetos de Amor........................Tobias Picker
  poetry by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)                   (b. 1954)
    Amo el trozo de tierra
    No te amo...

Arias from CARMEN..................................Georges Bizet
    The Card Aria                                    (1838-1875)
    The Gypsy Dance
                                
Cinco Canciones Negras.......................Xavier Montsalvatge
    Cuba dentro de un piano                          (1912-2002)
    Punto de habanera
    Chévere
    Cancione de cuna para dormir a un negrito
    Canto negro

Siete Canciones Populares Espanoles..............Manuel de Falla
    El Paño moruno                                   (1876-1946)
    Segudilla murciana
    Asturiana
    Jota
    Nana
    Canción
    Polo

Arias from CARMEN..................................Georges Bizet
    Habanera                                         (1838-1875)
    Seguedille



THE DAVID MARSHALL AND CATHERINE KOGER BURNS MEMORIAL RECITAL SERIES
    David Marshall Burns, Jr., and Catherine Koger Burns, natives of Charleston, South Carolina, were married and moved to Florence in 1933 where they became actively involved in civic activities and the arts. The Bums Recital Series was established in 1989 by Catherine Burns in memory of her husband and, upon her death in 1995, the Series was renamed the David Marshall and Catherine Koger Burns Memorial Recital Series.
    Mr. Burns was a graduate of the Medical University School of Pharmacy, with a post-graduate degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. Mr. Burns was chief pharmacist at Roper Hospital in Charleston until 1933 when he became Medical Service Representative for Eli Lilly and Company, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and moved to Florence.
    He was a member of the South Carolina Pharmaceutical Association as well as the Traveling Men's Organization. He served on the Board of Health of Florence and was Chairman of the Salvation Army Board. He was a member of the Board of Stewards of Central Methodist Church. He was volunteer instructor of pharmacology at McLeod's Nursing School and was twice chosen by the nurses as outstanding teacher.
    Mr. Burns was a member of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America, Inc., an organization dedicated to the support of a hospital in Kansas which treats children with speech and hearing defects.
    He was a member of The Graduates, a Quartet which performed at various affairs including Art's Alive at Francis Marion University. He was honored by the local chapter in 1973 and again in 1984 when he was chosen Barbershopper of the Year. His hobby was antique clock collecting and repair. His collection of about 250 clocks went to a museum in North Carolina. After his retirement from Eli Lilly, Mr. Bums worked part-time at Dixon's Drug Store on Dargan Street.
    Catherine Koger Bums was a graduate of Memminger High School in Charleston and later earned degrees in Music and English at Coker College in Hartsville. A talented actress, she later took post graduate work at the University of North Carolina and studied drama at the Bennett School, Millbrook, New York. After a brief attempt to make a New York career in the theater, Mrs. Bums returned to South Carolina and taught piano in Midland, South Carolina, under the supervision of her cousin, Nell Mellichamp. Soon thereafter in 1933, she was married to David Marshall Burns of Charleston.
    In Florence, Mrs. Burns continued to perform as a regular with the Florence Little Theatre and played several leading roles in radio dramas produced by WIS, Columbia, and WCSC, Charleston. As a frequent reader at her Sorosis Literary Club, Mrs. Burns became regionally recognized as an interpreter of the poetry of Dubose Heywood, Harvey Alien, and others. For many years Mrs. Burns performed dramatic readings and narrations at Christmas and Easter Holidays at Central United Methodist Church and Timrod Park. Probably, however, the most satisfaction she ever derived from the use of her talents was when she was "The Story Lady" and read classic stories to the children at the Florence Public Library. This cherished activity was resumed in her adopted hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, where she lived until her death in March 1995. This recital series is a tribute to David and Catherine Burns and their valuable contributions to the enhancement of the arts in the Pee Dee
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Community Festival
Saturday, 31 March 2012, 10 am - 6 pm
Francis Marion University Campus

Art's International Festival

Arts International Logo

Arts International combines resources from the Art's Alive! and International Festivals that have been held for many years at Francis Marion University.  It will be an all-day celebration of regional as well as international performing and visual arts, and vendors will showcase foods from many cultures.

The festival features a wide variety of cultural displays, dance, music, theatrical performances, and song. Performances are scheduled on five stages (indoors and outdoors) with events changing hourly, and in the visual arts, the emphasis has been on demonstration of the creative process.

Of course, visitors may sample foods from around the world!

This one-day exhibition and sales event is designed to promote the quality of the diverse cultures, performers and artisans residing in our region.


Arts International




Guest Artist Recital Series
Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 7:30 pm
Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Rachel Chung and Paolo André Gualdi, piano

Born in South Korea, pianist Hyunjung "Rachel" Chung has actively performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in Italy, France, Thailand, Canada, Korea and throughout the U.S. She has distinguished herself in several competitions including the 27th Artist International New York Debut Audition, Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, and International Web Concert Hall Competition.

After presenting her New York recital debut at the Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1996, Chung has appeared in various concert venues, and invited to perform and present lectures and master classes in the Grumo Festival in Italy, Forty Fingers International Piano Festival in Rome, Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival, Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities, College Music Society International Conference, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute to name a few.

Her unique programs exhibit her strong commitment to promote new music written by living composers and rarely heard music by known composers.

She is Assistant Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta. Chung holds her Bachelor degree from Seoul National University, her Master of Music degree and Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey.

Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy and the United States, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a featured soloist with the Atlanta Philharmonic, Georgia Philharmonic, Ludwig Symphony, Parma Wind Orchestra, Warren Civic Orchestra, and the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra. In Italy he has given recitals for the A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, Accademia Amadeus and others. He has also performed for the International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, Cincinnati Conservatory, and Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Gualdi has served on the faculties of Elon University, Emmanuel College, Oxford College of Emory University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Francis Marion University.


Fantasy in F minor, D. 940..................... Franz Schubert
  I. Allegro molto moderato                       (1797-1828)
 II. Largo
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace.
 IV. Finale. Allegro molto moderato.

Petite Suite................................... Claude Debussy
  I. En Bateau (Sailing)                          (1862-1918)
 II. Cortége (Retinue)
III. Menuet
 IV. Ballet

Introduction et Allegro (for harp and sextet)... Maurice Ravel
      (arr. Léon Roques)                           (1875-1937)

Petrushka..................................... Igor Stravinsky
   - First Tableau: The Russian Dance Fair        (1882-1971)
   - Second Tableau: Petrushka’s Room
   - Fourth Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair (Toward Evening)


Rachel ChungGualdi





FMU Department of Fine Arts
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

University Jazz Express

The Jazz Express is a chamber ensemble devoted to the development of individual improvisation skills through the preparation and performance of literature for small groups representing a variety of classic and modern jazz, pop, rock and soul styles.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Goff bgoff@fmarion.edu for additional information about participating in the Jazz Express.

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                                     Jazz Express Fall 2011

FMU Concert Band Concert
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

FMU Concert Band
Kelly Jokisch, conductor

The Concert Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings and is open to adult participation.  This is the fourth year we have performed in this format.  The membership is almost evenly divided between FMU students and community participants.  We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us.  Information can be found at Music - Instrumental Program or email Dr. Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu.
Jokisch directs
Kelly Jokisch, conductor

FMU Department of Fine Arts
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

Cut Time Show Choir
Sue Butler Orr, director


Francis Marion’s show choir, CUT TIME is an audition-only group which combines singing and choreography.  This group performs throughout the region for schools and service organizations.  In the fall of 1996 they traveled to Lake City and Charleston, singing in 5 high schools.  In October of 1997 they sang at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando.  In 1998 they traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, in Washington, D.C. and in Vienna, Austria.  In April of 2002, they returned to Disney World and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  Spring of 2003 included a performance cruise to the Bahamas.
show choir


FMU Department of Fine Arts
Friday, 20 April 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 7:30 pm

University String Ensemble
Terry Roberts, director


Open to all university students and faculty interested in learning and performing chamber music, the University String Ensemble members meet for weekly rehearsals during Fall and Spring academic semesters, giving public recitals and accompanying other campus ensembles.

On the program are works by Tartini, Mendelssohn, Reineke and Concerto No. 3 for Horn by Mozart.  Conductor and Soloist is Dr. Terry Roberts.  Dr. Roberts has performed in Europe and the United States as soloist and chamber musician.  Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the box office, 661-4444.



Sinfonia In A major.........................Giuseppe Tartini
    I.    Allegro
   II.    Andante
  III.    Menuett

Sinfonia No. 2 in D major..................Felix Mendelssohn
    I.    Allegro
   II.    Andante
  III.    Allegro vivace

Serenade in G minor, opus 242...................Carl Reineke
    I.    Marcia
   II.    Finale

Concerto No. 3 for Horn in E-flat, K. 447.......W. A. Mozart
    I.    Allegro
   II.    Romance
  III.    Allegro
Dr. Terry Roberts, Horn








FMU Department of Fine Arts
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence, 4:00 pm

Francis Marion University Concert Choir
Sue Butler Orr, director


Open to all university students, the University Concert Choir has an average enrollment of between 35 and 45 students.  This group has sung in numerous area churches and has also performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.  They have performed such major choral works as the “Polovetzian Dance and Chorus” of Alexander Borodin, the “Schicksalslied” of Johannes Brahms, and the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Recently their concerts have included selections accompanied by the newly formed Francis Marion string ensemble.

PROGRAM


African Processional.......... D.V. Montoya

 

Sun, moon, stars, rain.... David L. Brunner

 

Tango To Evora........... Arr. Jon Washburn

 

Prayer of the Children......... Kurt Bestor

 

Tell My Ma............... Arr. Jon Washburn

 

Michelangelo’s On Beauty....... Kurt Knecht

 

Keep Your Lamps!.............. Andre Thomas

 

As One Is One............. Lee R. Kesselman

 

A Stephen Foster Medley.. Arr. Jon Washburn

 

True Light................... Keith Hampton


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