2013-2014 Performance Schedule


Music Events

Single tickets for Music events are $8.00 for adults; $4 for students. Music Under the Stars is free.


Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
L.N. Pipkin Bandshell

Come sit under the beautiful Florida stars and listen to music performed by FSC’s Symphony Band, conducted by Jo Jossim, and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paul Butcher. Held at the Pipkin Bandshell in a setting reminiscent of earlier times in America when outdoor band concerts were common, this audience favorite features student conductors who take up the baton as members of the next generation of conductors. Rain Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Wonder of Nature

The Wonder of Nature

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Under the direction of Beth Gibbs, director of choral studies, the Florida Southern College Chamber Singers explore the beauty, mystery, and joy of nature with choral music that illustrates light, darkness, and the flora and fauna of our world. Join us as we revel in texts and music that celebrate the glory and wonder that is nature.


Bandtastic II: Band Day Encore

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The title simply says it all. This exuberant evening of music is performed by a wide variety of large and small ensembles in diverse combinations and locations around the concert hall, turning Branscomb Auditorium into a virtual theater–in–the–round. Conceived and directed by Jo Jossim, the performance is fast–paced and full of non–stop fun. You won’t want to miss it!

Musical Tribute

A Musical Tribute

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Spend Veterans Day with us as the Florida Southern Concert Choir, under the direction of Beth Gibbs, and the FSC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jo Jossim, present A Musical Tribute to our country’s military. The program features Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom for choir and orchestra, set to texts by Thomas Jefferson, and the evening will be rounded out with patriotic classics, old and new. All veterans admitted free of charge.

Christmas Gala

Traditions: The Christmas Gala

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

From the festive holiday decorations throughout the concert hall to the uniquely beautiful FSC rendition of “O Holy Night” and the stirring Christmas Carol Sing–Along, the annual Christmas Gala is a gift to the community of the best of the season’s sacred and secular music. Join the FSC music department students and faculty as they renew old traditions and create new ones in this holiday favorite.

Faculty Showcase

A Music Faculty Showcase, Edition 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Members of the distinguished faculty of Florida Southern’s music department present a diverse program of solo and chamber music, in repertoire ranging from vocal to strings, piano, and winds. In addition to a featured appearance by the Hollingsworth Trio, this year’s spotlight will focus on our outstanding brass faculty in a variety of solos and ensembles, all culminating in a special performance by the Clarion Brass.

Jazz Encounters

Jazz Encounters

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Fast becoming a favorite of patrons throughout the community, the FSC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Paul Butcher, director of jazz studies, leads us through an evening of classics for this genre. Known for their ability to capture the essence of styles from swing to bebop, the youthful members of this ensemble will take us on an energetic, exciting, and free–wheeling journey through the world of jazz.

Big Bass Theory

The Big Bass Theory

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

“Bass” is the word this time around. In a concert that features Florida Southern College String Bass Professor Michael Hill, principal bassist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florida Southern College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jo Jossim, spotlights an instrument that is usually overlooked and often underappreciated. Come hear what the rumble is all about.

Gloria In Excelsis

Gloria in Excelsis

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s vibrant Gloria is the centerpiece of this grand evening of choral music presented by the Florida Southern College Concert Choir with Beth Gibbs, conductor. Enjoy this extraordinary and beloved Baroque work, complemented by other Gloria settings from the Mass Ordinary, featuring diverse composers from different historical periods.

Viva La Diva

Viva La Diva!

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The Opera Theatre, directed by John Thomasson, and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jo Jossim, presents VIVA LA DIVA! This celebration of “Opera Diva” showcases the talents of our outstanding female student singers (and a few male singers as well!) who are joined by our three faculty “divas,” Diane Willis Stahl, Beth Gibbs, and Christina Dominski Sale. This gala performance features opera’s greatest hits and all things divalicious!

Songs Without Words

Songs Without Words

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The Florida Southern College Symphony Band closes the 2013–2014 Festival of Fine Arts with a tribute to renowned British composer Gustav Holst, featuring his Songs without Words. Known for creative, appealing, and challenging programming for wind ensemble, Conductor Jo Jossim has chosen a mix of old and new literature from the band repertoire to create a musical evening that promises to engage and delight listeners.


Special Events

See information under each listing for Special Event ticket prices.


Mara Bonde

A Night at the Opera: The Merry Widow (in English)

Presented by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Florida Southern College are proud to present Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Boasting an artistic staff that includes Conductor James Caraher from the Indianapolis Opera and Chorus Master Beth Gibbs from Florida Southern College, this collaborative event will feature soprano Mara Bonde as Hanna Glawari, the wealthy widow, and baritone Christopher Clayton as Count Danilo, her former lover. Rounding out the artistic partnership between the ISO and FSC will be performances by students, faculty, and alumni of the College. Ticket information: Tickets for this performance will be handled by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO office: 863.688.3743; Website: www.imperialsymphony.org). Ticket pricing: Patron Package $150; Adults $60/$40/$30; Students $30/$20/$15.

Haifa Symphony

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Founded in 1950, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel and developed a reputation as one of Israel’s finest musical ensembles. Now on its inaugural tour of the United States, this ensemble will perform two extraordinarily popular orchestral works: Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s beloved Symphony no. 6, the Pathétique. Ticket information: Admission to this performance is covered by the Festival of Fine Arts season ticket. Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office at $18 each (adults); $9 each (students).

Moscow Ballet

Moscow Festival Ballet – Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The highly acclaimed Moscow Festival Ballet once again unites the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in this, their return visit to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium. Opening the evening will be a performance of Chopiniana, a romantic rêverie with enchanting music by Frédéric Chopin. Following that, the company will perform Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tale of young star–crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred, set to music by Tchaikovsky with updated choreography inspired by Petipa. Ticket information: Admission to this performance is covered by the Festival of Fine Arts season ticket. Single tickets will be available at the FFA Box Office at $18 each (adults); $9 each (students).


Faculty Artist Series

The Faculty Art Series is free


Brian Brink

An Affinity for Song

Brian Brink, trombone

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Brian Brink presents a tour of centuries of song, performing borrowed tunes and melodies from instrumental and vocal literature, as well as works original to the trombone. Listeners with a penchant for a tuneful phrase will enjoy a “revue” that includes tenth–century chant, hymn tunes, and contemporary popular song.

Rimma Bergeron-Lanlois

The Magic of the Violin

Rimma Bergeron–Langlois, violin

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Come join Rimma Bergeron–Langlois as she leads us through an evening of violin repertoire certain to engage, enchant, and enthrall audiences of all ages. The highly regarded concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms. Bergeron–Langlois will excite with her virtuosity, inspire with her artistry, and impress with her formidable musicianship, all the while affirming the magical qualities of this incomparable instrument.

Stacey McColley

A Few of My Favorite Things

Stacey McColley, clarinet

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Having regaled audiences last season with a completely entertaining and uniquely beautiful performance, clarinetist Stacey McColley performs an encore recital this season, brought back by popular demand! Playing a “few of her favorite things” from the formidable clarinet repertoire with consummate skill, sensitivity, and style, this faculty artist will feature a recital designed to please and excite the listener.


An Evening at the Paris Conservatory

Colleen Blagov, flute

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Principal flute of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Colleen Blagov will explore the richness of the flute repertoire emanating from the concours tradition of the Paris Conservatory. Assisted by artists, Paula Parsché, piano, and Nicolay Blagov, clarinet, this formidable performer will feature works by French composers written to test the limits of musicianship, technique, and musicality of the Conservatory’s many legendary flutists.


Theatre Productions

Single tickets for theatre events are $18.00 for adults; $9 for students.

Tragedy and Comedy

Reader’s Theatre

Directed by Mary T. Albright
October 31–November 3, 2013 - 10:00 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

The Department of Theatre Arts presents a late–night series featuring a collection of provocative and avant–garde one–act plays for a unique audience experience.

Next to Normal

Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt; Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by James F. Beck
November 14–17, 2013; November 21–24, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

Pulitzer–Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving and suburban life with provocative lyrics and a thrilling score.

Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer

Music by Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin;
Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Directed by Mary T. Albright
February 13-16, 2014; February 20–23, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock–star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer.



By Sophocles
Directed by Paul Bawek
April 3–6, 2014; April 10–13, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

Love and revenge take center stage in this classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. After her father is murdered by her mother, Electra is driven by grief and obsessed with dreams of retribution for her father’s death.

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Ticket & Seating Info

The Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center at Florida Southern College consists of several auditoriums and recital spaces. Please check the event's listing and confirm the theater in which the show is being presented.

Season Tickets*

Season Tickets cost $100 and provide admission to all Festival of Fine Arts events (excludes the Special Event: Imperial Symphony Orchestra: Night at the Opera).
Season tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or by mail. Please send your check to the Festival of Fine Arts, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801.

Tickets may also be purchased at the box office 90 minutes prior to the performance. Single admission ticket prices are: Music Events: $8, adults and $4, students; Theatre Events: $18, adults and $9, students; Special Events (Imperial Symphony Orchestra Night at the Opera, Florida Dance Theatre, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Ballet), please see brochure listing for details. Music Faculty Artist Series and Art Show events are free of charge.

Box Office Hours:

Tickets for all Festival of Fine Arts events may be purchased in person using cash or credit card at the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office, located on Johnson Avenue (use Parking Lot VA), or by telephone at 863.680.4296. Box office hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Each venue will be opened for seating one hour prior to performance unless prevented by special circumstances, i.e. if in rare cases visiting performers should need extra time for sound checks or stage adjustments.

Please note: The use of cameras, recording devices, or cellular phones is strictly prohibited at all performances. Smoking is allowed in outside peripheral areas only. We also ask that no food or beverages be brought into lobbies or seating areas anywhere in the center.

Branscomb Auditorium

Buckner Theatre


Directions & Parking

Located in Central Lakeland, just off Lake Hollingsworth, the Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center is easy to get to.

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Parking at Florida Southern is both convenient and plentiful. The most convenient parking area is the VA lot located at Park Street and Johnson Avenue. (See campus map)

Reserved handicap parking will be available only for the four special event performances and Traditions: The Christmas Gala. Please call 863.680.4125 on the day of the performance to reserve a handicap parking space.