Festival of Fine
Arts presents 43rd season
LAKELAND, Fla. (August
23, 2002) - Florida Southern's Festival of Fine Arts presents its
43rd season of art, music, dance, and theater. The season begins
Sept. 12, with the opening of the Melvin Art Gallery, and runs through
"The roster juxtaposes campus-generated events with guest attractions
of national and international format," said Robert MacDonald, the
Festival Director. Some of the guest events are encores, he added,
special favorites that audiences have singled out through the years,
such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, River North Dance, and
the Count Basie Orchestra.
The schedule of events is listed below. All events are in Branscomb
Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at the
Branscomb Auditorium ticket office Monday through Thursday from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FSC students are admitted free of charge and non-FSC
students pay half price. The Melvin Gallery is open during intermissions
of Festival events and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission
to the gallery is free. For more information, please call the ticket
office at 863-680-4296.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30
MILESTONES IN MUSIC
From Beethoven to William Walton, from Schubert to Richard Rogers,
the 2002-03 season brings a rich array of composers' anniversaries.
To celebrate them, our music department's soloists and ensembles
combine vocal and instrumental talents in a fitting tribute to all.
October 10-12; 17-19, 7:30 p.m.
& Matinees 13, 20, 2:30 p.m.
"THE SHADOW BOX"
Our campus theatre season begins with playwright Michael Cristofer's
Pulitzer Prize-winning account of three terminal cancer patients'
anxieties as they individually come to grips with the finality of
their conditions. This 1997 Tony Award-winner is directed by James
F. Beck. Buckner Theatre: Cost: $15.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
DENIS MATSUEV, PIANIST
Last season, this exciting young Russian virtuoso-newest Gold Medalist
in the Tchaikovsky Competition-took Branscomb by storm as soloist
with the Russian State Symphony. Now he returns to us with a full
recital program on his first U.S. solo concert tour. Cost: $15
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The college's Symphony Band and Jazz Band take turns in a delight-fully
upbeat evening of music perfectly suited to the beautiful Pipkin
Bandshell. Conductors Jo Jossim and Brian Brink share the podium.
Admission is free with open seating. Rain cover: Branscomb Auditorium.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
THE PHILADELPHIA QUARTET
With a former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra as violinist,
this talented ensemble makes a welcome return visit to our series.
Their repertoire of works for piano and strings is considered by
many the most instantly enjoyable in all of chamber music. Cost:
Nov. 14-16; 21-23, 7:30 p.m.
& Matinees 17, 24 2:30 p.m.
Like the classic Aristophanes original, this updated comedic battle
of the sexes finds its heroine leading a host of other wives in
a war of celibacy, thus to end their husbands' warring ways. Result:
victory for the women and hilarity for the audience! Adapted and
directed by Mary T. Albright. Cost $15.
Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
THE STANISLAVSKY OPERA IN "LA BOHÈME"
Bringing to Puccini's masterpiece the method-acting techniques of
their namesake Stanislavsky, this prestigious Russian opera company
sets out to achieve a perfect balance between acting and music.
The production is costumed and fully staged with orchestra. Cost:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Each season the inspirational sights and sounds of Christmas are
ours to enjoy when music department soloists and ensembles combine
their forces in performance. From sacred to secular, from nativity
scenes to chestnuts roasting on an open fire, yuletide joys abound.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG ICE BALLET
IN "THE NUTCRACKER"
To welcome the Christmas season, the Festival proudly presents Russia's
renowned St. Petersburg Ice Ballet in what is possibly the most
entertaining of Tchaikovsky's ballets. Cost: $20.
Feb. 13-15; 20-22, 7:30 p.m.
& Matinees 16, 23, 2:30 p.m.
This Broadway favorite turns to the eighth century to find its affable-but-malcontent
hero, Pippin, eldest son of Charlemagne. With music and lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz, it makes an ideal choice for our all-campus musical.
Directed by James F. Beck. Buckner Theatre. Cost $15.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
VOICES RAISED IN SONG-A CHORAL FEST
A richly varied vocal evening can always be expected when the college's
versatile Larry Sledge leads his choral ensembles through their
vocal paces. On such festive occasions we are reminded, after all,
that in the beginning was the voice. Cost: $15.
Monday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
BOBBY MCFERRIN IN CONCERT
The road to success has brought countless accolades to this uniquely
talented vocal-instrumental artist. From his earliest years with
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" to present-day international stardom, audiences
of every age and taste have made him a legend in his own time. Truly
a high point in the Festival! Cost: $25.
Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA
The legend lives on! "The Count," who appeared personally on our
Branscomb stage in years gone by, passed away in 1984; but his orchestra
members, led by jazz great Grover Mitchell, still share one goal:
to continue in the best Basie tradition. Cost $25.
Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
THE TEN TENORS
Fresh from their native Australia on their first American tour,
this captivating group of ten-yes, count them!-youthful male soloists
sing repertoire ranging from "La Traviata" to "West Side Story"
to "Danny Boy" and invariably leave their audiences asking for more.
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
STUTTGART CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Having delighted us in our 1996-97 season, this distinguished ensemble
returns to bring us some more exciting chamber repertoire. American
conductor Dennis Russell Davies ensures that their world-wide tradition
of excellence is well served in both avant-garde and traditional
music. Cost: $20.
Saturday, March 29 (Wall Plaza) 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 (Branscomb Auditorium) 2:30 p.m.
"CHILD OF THE SUN" JAZZ FESTIVAL
FLORIDA SOUTHERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jazz meets the classics this year when festival host Larry Burke's
outdoor Saturday lineup of international jazz artists is followed
Sunday afternoon in Branscomb by Arthur Pranno and his talented
young symphony players. And the perfect "bridge" is jazz pianist-composer
Larry Willis, guest soloist in the premiere of his own FSC Orchestra-commissioned
work for piano and strings. Admission is free with open seating
for both events. Rain cover on Saturday: Branscomb Auditorium.
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY OF IRELAND WITH JOHN O'CONOR, PIANO SOLOIST
For its initial tour of the United States, this long-established
and prestigious orchestra includes in its repertoire some of the
greatest world classics, along with sounds endemic to the Emerald
Isle. And pianist O'Conor is considered one of the top keyboard
virtuosi of our day. Cost: $25.
April 3-5; 10-12, 7:30 p.m.
& Matinees 6, 13, 2:30 p.m.
"THE ROADS TO HOME"
From talented Southern author Horton Foote comes this trilogy of
one-act plays as our theatre's season closer. In "A Nightingale,
"The Dearest of Friends," and "Spring Dance," we view with poignancy
and good humor the lives of Texas friends and neighbors. Buckner
Theatre. Cost: $15.
Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN SYMPHONY BAND
There could be no more fitting way to finish the concert season
than with a performance by this talented student ensemble. Each
program, honed to a fine point by gifted conductor Jo Jossim, endears
them to an enthusiastic audience. Cost: $15.
The Melvin Art Gallery Schedule
Sept. 12 - Oct. 3
Michael Auerbach, Installation -"The Administrator." Michael Auerbach,
Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University, is a nationally renowned
sculptor whose work is shown throughout the country and appears
regularly in national and international art publications.
Oct. 15 - Nov. 8
Umarid "Tony" Eitherong, Drawings and Paintings-One Person Show.
Thai native Eitherong is an up-and-coming Florida artist whose exquisite
drawings and paintings are winning many art shows and are attracting
ever growing attention in art circles.
Nov. 12 - Dec. 6
Florida Southern College All Student Art Show. Students display
a variety of media from painting to ceramics to graphic design.
Jan. 9 - 31
John Briggs, Paintings-One Person Show. Renowned Florida artist
John Briggs is known especially for his large, awe-inspiring Florida
landscapes. He is represented by a top New York gallery, and his
murals adorn many of the finest public buildings in Florida.
Feb. 6 - 28
Lucas Michael and James Yamada-Two Person Show. Two cutting-edge
videographers/photographers are bringing their work from New York
and Los Angeles to Florida Southern.
March 4 - 28
Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition. Each year the gallery is pleased
to present new works from Lakeland's community of artists.
April 8 - 15
FSC Senior Graphic Design Show. The design work done both in print
media and in web design by our Florida Southern seniors will be
April 16 - 25
FSC Senior Studio Art Show. Florida Southern's senior art majors
will display their paintings and drawings.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.