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Festival Events

In-Person
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Music

Bouquet of Clarinet Music

Feb
6

Event Start: 7:30 PM

Featuring Stacey McColley, Clarinet

With Guest artists

  • John McColley, Harp
  • Abbie Allison, Piano

Performance to include pieces by Paul Reade, Johannes Brahms, Mikhail Glinka and more. Stacey is the Principal Clarinet player with Punta Gorda Symphony, Clarinet with Southwest Florida Symphony, and clarinet instructor at Florida Southern College. She is a Buffet Group USA Artist and Artist Clinician of Vandoren Paris as well as Artist Faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy.

Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Cost: Free

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
Music

A Celebration of Black Jazz Composers
Volume 2

Feb
15

Event Start: 7:30 PM

In honor of Black History month, the Florida Southern College Jazz Program will feature classic compositions by the greatest Black Jazz Composers. The concert will highlight all of FSC’s Jazz Ensembles. Several world premiere arrangements will be performed, directed by Jeffrey Benatar.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free Admission, no ticket required.

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
Theatre Arts

Something Rotten
Director: Mary T Albright, Music Director: Christianne Roll

February 17 - through18

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

February 19

Event Start Time: 2:30 PM

February 23 - through25

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

February 26

Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.

Location: Buckner Theatre

Cost: $10 children / $20 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
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Music

The FSC Studio Orchestra Returns
Directed by Martha Placeres and Jeffrey Benatar

Feb
22

Event Start: 7:30 PM

The FSC Studio Orchestra highlights the talents of the FSC Orchestra and the FSC Jazz Ensemble. Selections will combine the worlds of Jazz and Classical music. The program will feature world premiere arrangements specifically created for this large ensemble.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $5 children (under 18) / $10 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
lighthouse
Music

Sing Your Way Home
Directed by Beth Gibbs

Mar
2

Event Start: 7:30 PM

Home can mean different things to each of us, but at its core, home is a place of belonging and acceptance. This evening’s choral music performed by the FSC Chamber Singers will feature music from all over the world, highlighting different cultures, as we explore the true meaning of home.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $5 children (under 18) / $10 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
Fen-Fang Chen and Christy Sallee
Music

Eternal Feminine
Piano Duets Celebrating Women in Music

Mar
14

Event Start: 7:30 PM

In honor of Women’s History Month, you are warmly invited to join Fen-Fang Chen and Christy Sallee for an evening of piano duets that celebrate women in music. Consisting of selections written by notable women composers, the program will feature rarely heard gems, such as Sonata for Two Pianos by Germaine Tailleferre and Six Valses-Caprice, Op. 87 by Mel Bonis, as well as perennial favorites by Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn and more.

Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Cost: Free

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
charles pillow
Music

Jazz Spectacular!

Mar
23

Event Start: 7:30 PM

Featuring FSC Jazz Ensembles with Woodwind Instrumentalist and Saxophonist Charles Pillow

Jazz Spectacular! features Charles Pillow, one of the world’s premiere woodwind instrumentalists and saxophonists, with the FSC Jazz Ensemble (big band). Pillow has appeared on over 100 CDs with Jazz and pop artists such as Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, David Sanborn, Jay Z, Paul Simon, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider and Bob Mintzer. Pillow’s performance will feature his music as an innovative composer, arranger, and performer on multiple instruments. Directed by Jeffrey Benatar.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $5 children (under 18) / $10 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
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Dance

FSC Dance
Reshaping Boundaries
FSC Dance Artistic Director: Erin LaSala

March 31 - throughApril 1

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

April 2

Event Start Time: 2:30 PM

Join us for an exciting performance of modern and experimental dance performed by the talented students of the FSC Dance Program. This concert also features a reimagined performance of the one-act ballet “The Firebird” set to the infamously challenging compositions of Igor Stravinsky. The second act of this performance features original modern and contemporary choreography by FSC Dance faculty and guest artists. Join us for this special performance that celebrates the art of dance.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $10 children / $20 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

In-Person
Music

The Spirit of Spring
Directed by J. Jossim

Apr
5

Event Start: 7:30 PM

We invite you to join the FSC Symphony Band, whether you are a new audience member or someone who has been on this musical journey before, as we celebrate the spirit that keeps us moving musically forward.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $5 children (under 18) / $10 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
moon over city
Theatre Arts

Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo
Directed by Paul Bawek

April 7 - through8

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

April 9

Event Start Time: 2:30 PM

April 13 - through15

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

April 16

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac (the "revised, one nostril version") and Noel Coward's Private Lives. On the brink of a disastrous split-up, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. “By far, Broadway’s funniest, most enjoyable lighthearted play.” – Entertainment Weekly

Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Location: Buckner Theatre

In-Person
Music

Out of the Depths
Directed by Beth Gibbs

Apr
11

Through the ages, the liturgical De Profundis text has expressed sorrow and despair, and allowed us to work through our difficult times with the comfort of music. Featuring settings by Basque Composer Xabier Sarasola, Venezuelan composer Cristian Grases, and American Z. Randall Stroope, join us for an evening of choral music that takes us out of the depths of this sorrow and onto the path of hope.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $5 children (under 18) / $10 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.

In-Person
red potion
Theatre Arts

The Elixir of Love
by Gaetano Donizetti

April 21

Event Start Time: 7:30 PM

April 23

Event Start Time: 2:30 PM

An elegantly charming comedy, The Elixir of Love (L’Elisr d’Amore), is the story of an innocent love between a naïve Nemorino, who hopes to gain the love of Adina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, through a love potion. Nemorino is desperate as his love for Adina seems unrequited. The love potion he hopes to use is guaranteed to be the same love potion used by Tristan on Isolde! This will help him to win Adina, he is sure of it!

Please join the Florida Southern College Opera Theatre directed by Mark Thomsen and the Florida Southern Opera Orchestra, directed by Martha Placeres for the telling of this tale.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: $10 children / $20 adults / Free to FSC Faculty, Staff & Students with ID

This event is open to the public.