Festival of Fine Arts presents 48th season
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2007) — Florida Southern’s Festival of Fine Arts presents its 48th season of art, music, dance, and theater. The season runs through May 30 and includes such world-renowned performers as pianist Emanuel Ax, the Teatro Lirico D’Europa opera company, the Russian National Ballet, and operatic soprano Sylvia McNair.
The schedule of events is listed below. FSC students are admitted free of charge and non-FSC students pay half price. Concert tickets are available at the Branscomb Auditorium ticket office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 863-680-4296. Theatre tickets are available through the Buckner Theatre box office, open weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 863-680-3089 or e-mail bucknerboxoffice@ flsouthern.edu. The Melvin Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and during intermissions of selected Festival events. Opening receptions are at 7:00 p.m. on the first night of each exhibition unless otherwise noted. Admission to the gallery is free. The entire college community and the public are invited to all openings.
Sep. 27-30; Oct. 4-7 – “Noises Off” – FSC Theatre Department, Buckner Theatre. A traveling theater group finds so much action going on backstage that they almost ruin their onstage performances. “Noises Off” opened in London in 1982, won that year’s award for Best Comedy, and continued for five years. It premiered on Broadway in 1983 and ran for over 500 performances. Tickets $15.
Oct. 11 – FSC Music Department Opening Gala – Showcasing the varied ensembles of the FSC Music Department, this annual event features a wide variety of musical selections from Baroque to jazz, vocal to instrumental, performed by outstanding students under the direction of FSC’s acclaimed faculty directors. In addition, the second half of the evening is devoted to a re-dedication of the Houts Memorial Steinway piano, which was completely refurbished during the summer. The piano was donated to the college in 1973 by Dr. H.L. Schofield in memory of Jack Houts, FSC’s choral director from 1961-1972. Robert MacDonald, who originally dedicated the piano, will perform for the re-dedication. Tickets $20.
Oct. 27 – Jim Cullum Jazz Band – The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, active for over 40 years and often cited as the premier classic jazz band in America, has established musical and creative standards of excellence as realized by their successful weekly national radio broadcasts “Live from Riverwalk.” Tickets $30.
Oct. 30 – “Music Under the Stars” – Pipkin Bandshell. Each year the Pipkin Bandshell becomes the site for an outdoor music-in-the-park experience featuring FSC’s Symphony Band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Conductors Jo Jossim and Brian Brink do the podium honors. (Rain cover: Branscomb Auditorium)
Nov. 12 – Teatro Lirico D’Europa in Verdi’s “La Traviata” – One of Verdi’s finest and most admired operas, “La Traviata” (The woman gone astray) sensitively depicts the many sides of love, ranging from the purely frivolous to the intense and impassioned. Teatro Lirico D’Europa returns to the festival with full staging and orchestra. Tickets $35.
Nov. 15-18; Nov. 29-Dec.2 – “Isn’t It Romantic” – Buckner Theatre. The Theatre Department takes the stage in the 1979 feminist comedy by prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein. The story follows two young women caught up in their relationship headaches with parents and boyfriends as they struggle to have it all – career, family and children. Tickets $15.
Nov. 27 – Emanuel Ax – A winner of multiple Grammy awards both as a collaborator with Yo Yo Ma and Richard Stoltzman and as a soloist for his recordings of the Haydn Sonatas, Emanuel Ax has distinguished himself as a consummate musician and pianist. From fiery technique to sensitive musical nuance, Mr. Ax is sure to create a most memorable musical evening. Tickets $35.
Dec. 8 – Christmas Gala – For over thirty years this evening of seasonal selections has delighted young and old alike. The music department’s outstanding soloists and ensembles feature the music of the season in all its colorful facets. Tickets $20.
Dec. 13 – Burning River Brass Christmas – The leading large brass ensemble returns to our series for a special offering of the sounds of Christmas. Their performance of “Christmas Around the World” provides original treatments of both highly familiar seasonal gems as well as less well-known fare. Tickets $30.
Jan. 18 – State Symphony of Mexico (Leonel Morales piano) – On their first U.S. tour in thirty years, this world-class orchestra, led by conductor Enrique Batiz, presents an exciting program which includes Cuban born pianist Leonel Morales performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto. Tickets 35.
Jan. 31 – Sylvia McNair – After a distinguished career as an operatic soprano, two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair has turned her attention to the great American songbook. New York critic Rex Reed writes of her songbook performances, “I could get used to this kind of ecstasy!” Tickets $30.
Feb. 7 – Borealis Woodwind Quintet – Acclaimed as one of America’s preeminent chamber ensembles, Borealis Woodwind Quintet has the distinction of being the first woodwind quintet ever nominated for a Grammy award. Joseph Horowitz of the New York Times described their concert as “lively communicative readings... the performance was a scintillating one.” Tickets $25.
Feb. 14-17/21-24 – FSC Theatre Department: “Man of La Mancha” – Starring FSC’s Artist in Residence Robert MacDonald, Don Quixote’s “Man of La Mancha” is a musical theatre masterpiece that features such classic songs as “The Impossible Dream,” “Little Bird” and “Dulcinea.” This classic tragicomedy is a moving musical illustration of themes of honor, nobility of spirit, chivalry, grace, courage and idealism. Tickets $15.
March 17 – Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas – Barry Douglas founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 as an orchestra of Irish musicians determined to match the best in the world. Through its tours in the U.S., South America, China and most of Europe, the orchestra has developed a reputation for excellence and for creating a particularly distinctive Irish string sound. Tickets $25.
March 26 – FSC Choral Concert – Conductor Larry Sledge combines his Choral forces with the FSC Symphony Orchestra for a presentation of one of choral music’s greatest works: Brahm’s German Requiem. Tickets $20.
March 28 – FSC Jazz Ensemble – From swing to bebop, this group of jazz musicians will delight and entertain. Basie, Ellington, and all the greats will be presented by both big band sounds and small combo excitement. Tickets $20.
April 3 – FSC Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble – Contemporary classical wind literature is at its best as Dr. J. Jossim conducts these two outstanding ensembles as they explore the tonal combinations and unique timbres of winds, brass, and percussion. Tickets $20.
April 10 – Adolph Adams’ Ballet “Giselle” – The Russian National Ballet Theatre and Orchestra present the hypnotic story of love, betrayal, madness, revenge and forgiveness. Tickets $35.
April 10-13/17-20 – FSC Theatre Department: “Romeo and Juliet” – Shakespeare’s most famous play, “Romeo and Juliet” combines the contrasting elements of humor and sorrow, bawdiness and civil strife, innocent love and ignorant hate to rouse an amazing depth of mixed tenderness and tension. Tickets $15.
April 21 – FSC Symphony Orchestra – Conductor Arthur Pranno leads the musicians in the season’s final concert. Tickets $20.
Melvin Art Gallery Schedule
Aug. 24-Oct. 1 – Photographs and Drawings from the 2007 New Zealand-Australia-Fiji Trip. During May of 2007, forty-seven students and four faculty members traveled from Auckland to Queenstown to Cairns to Sydney and then to Fiji. Students took courses in digital photography and drawing during the course of the trip. The photographs selected, which document their travels, were chosen from thousands of images taken on the trip and were subsequently edited, manipulated, and printed.
Oct. 6-29 – “200 Miles of Art: A Juried Invitational Exhibition for High School Seniors and Juniors.” Promising young artists who are currently juniors or seniors from high schools throughout central Florida were invited to submit work to this exhibition. Works were selected by Florida Southern College art faculty and the director of the Melvin Gallery and juried by Ken Rollins, Director of the Tampa Museum of Art.
Nov. 2-26 – “AIGA Presents 50 Books/ 50 Covers.” Each year AIGA, the professional association for design, reviews hundreds of international entries to select 100 examples of the most progressive book and book cover design. The winners are published in the annual AIGA publication “365: AIGA Year in Design” and their books become a part of the AIGA Design Archives.
Nov. 30-Dec. 11 – Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Show. Join us for the exhibition of current work from Florida Southern freshman, sophomore, and junior art majors. These talented students confirm why Florida Southern’s Department of Art and Art History has gained the reputation as one of the strongest in the Southeast. Awards will be announced at the opening, including the highly anticipated Florida Art Award, which is given to a junior each year.
Jan. 11-Feb. 13 – Craig Kucia. Step into the vivid world of up and coming artist Craig Kucia, who is represented by the Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami. Kucia, whose work is often compared to that of American artist Dana Schutz, creates luscious fantastical narrative images tinged with sadness. Kevin Bruk will speak at the opening.
Feb. 22-March 24 – Selected Artists from the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston ranks as one of the top art schools in the country. Florida Southern alum Nicole Kita, now a master of fine arts candidate of the Museum School’s program, co-curates this exhibition of her peers to bring refreshing and innovative work from top young artists.
March 28-April 11 – Senior Studio Show. Each year, several of our seniors go on to top graduate programs. We believe you will be delighted both by the creative freshness and the polish of their work. The John R. Reuter award for the outstanding studio artist will be announced at the opening reception.
April 18-May 4 – Senior Graphic Design Show. Florida Southern’s senior graphic designers bring creativity and professionalism to their work in both print and digital media. The senior graphic design awards will be announced at the opening reception.
May 10-30 – Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition. Once again, as it has for more than thirty years, The Melvin Art Gallery is pleased to host this annual exhibition for The Lakeland Art Guild. Founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1956, the Guild is Lakeland’s oldest community arts organization. Awards will be announced at the opening.
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