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Dance
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FSC|DANCE: Then and Now

Erin LaSala, artistic director

March 23 to March 24
Branscomb Auditorium

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The past seems always to be reflected by the future. In FSC|DANCE: Then and Now, the dance program demonstrates the truth of this statement with a two-act performance that pays homage to the past, as well as to the present. Act I of this fabulous program features the dancers’ talents as they perform an abbreviated version of Marius Petipa’s infamous classical ballet, Swan Lake – followed by innovative original modern and neoclassical choreography by dance faculty and guest artists in Act II. Please come join us!  

Faculty Series
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Hollingsworth Trio Evening

Artists: Paula Parsché, piano; Michael Sedloff, cello; Mark Thielen, violin

March 26 at 7:30 PM
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

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Embracing the classic chamber music combination of violin, cello, and piano, the members of the popular Hollingsworth Trio share an evening of beautiful music designed to engage the listener in every way. Choosing from a potpourri of delightful pieces for the ensemble, these charming musicians are guaranteed to demonstrate and celebrate the supremely collaborative art of the piano trio throughout music history. Come join us to see what they have selected for this special performance!  

Event is Free
Music
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Jazz Extraordinaire

FSC Jazz Ensemble

March 28 at 7:30 PM
Branscomb Auditorium 

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Youth and jazz – what a perfect combination! In this special concert dedicated to all things jazz, the youthful members of the Florida Southern College Jazz Ensemble pool their considerable talents, wonderful instrumental techniques, and unbridled passions to provide us with an evening filled with a variety of jazz genres. Please join this group, their director, and some very special guest artists as they lead us on an energetic, free-wheeling, and exciting journey through the world of jazz. Don’t miss it! 

Music
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Festival Te Deum

FSC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor

April 1 at 7:30 PM
Branscomb Auditorium

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The historic and sacred Te Deum (Thee, O God) text is a beloved annunciation of praise set by countless composers. In this special evening of choral music spanning the centuries, Beth Gibbs and FSC’s Chamber Singers and Concert Choir share several settings of this well-known laud and celebrate the many ways the praise can be sung. From Franz Joseph Haydn in the classical era to Ēriks Ešenvalds during this time period, we will take a musicological journey across time, space, and style in our Festival Te Deum

Faculty Series
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Women of Note II

Artists: Directed by Diane Stahl

April 3 at 7:30 PM
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

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To once again celebrate women composers who have made significant contributions to music, Professor Diane Stahl proudly presents Women of Note II. Encompassing different genres, from voice to chamber music, an impressive group of faculty artists will offer you an evening of total joy as they share music composed by such extraordinary women as Clara Schumann and Libby Larsen.  Among the performers, you will hear the Hollingsworth Trio (Parsché, Sedloff, and Thielen,), Colleen Blagov, Fernando Traba, and Mark Thomsen.  

Event is Free
Theatre Arts
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See How They Run
First Week

By Philip King
Directed by Paul Bawek

April 4 to April 7

Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

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First Week

In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, this play is set in the idyllic English village of Merton-cum-Middlewick during the 1940s. It is World War II, and the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. However, resident spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar's wife is having an affair and she must attempt to expose her. Add an escaped German prisoner of war, a handsome actor, and some meddling neighbors – and hilarious confusion and utter mayhem are bound to result!  

Art Exhibition
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Opening Reception for Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibition

Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibition

April 5 at 7:00 PM
Melvin and Burks Art Galleries

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Our final student exhibition showcases artwork created by Florida Southern’s own senior studio art students. Each senior explores a unique central idea over the course of a year and creates a thematic body of work that conveys the technical and experiential nature of artist expression and creation. The results of their refreshingly artistic individual approaches to studio art production are celebrated at the opening reception, culminating with the presentation of the John R. Reuter Award. 

Event is Free
Art Exhibition
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Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

April 6 to April 26
Melvin and Burks Art Galleries

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Our final student exhibition showcases artwork created by Florida Southern’s own senior students. Each senior explores a unique central idea over the course of a year and creates a thematic body of work that conveys the technical and experiential nature of artist expression and creation. The results of their refreshingly artistic individual approaches to studio art production are celebrated at the opening reception, culminating with the presentation of the John R. Reuter Award. 

Event is Free
Theatre Arts
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See How They Run
Last Week

By Philip King
Directed by Paul Bawek

April 11 to April 14

Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

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Last Week

In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, this play is set in the idyllic English village of Merton-cum-Middlewick during the 1940s. It is World War II, and the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. However, resident spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar's wife is having an affair and she must attempt to expose her. Add an escaped German prisoner of war, a handsome actor, and some meddling neighbors – and hilarious confusion and utter mayhem are bound to result!  

Music
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The Opera Gala: Soirée at Prince Orlofsky’s

Mark Thomsen, Director
Kira Omelchenko, Conductor

April 17 at 7:30 PM
Branscomb Auditorium

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A masked ball takes place at Prince Orlofsky’s Villa in Vienna, and as guests arrive (including Eisenstein, Adele, Dr. Falke, and Rosalinde), many begin to resemble people or characters from other lands or operas. As the energy builds (and the champagne flows), guests begin performing scenes from various operas and operettas by composers that include Mozart, Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Finally, the evening comes to a convincing end as they all waltz off into the night, just as Johann Strauss’ Act II of Die Fledermaus concludes.   

Music
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Reflections

FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor

April 23 at 7:30 PM
Branscomb Memorial Auditorium

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The year 2019 marks the twentieth FSC spring band concert led by Dr. Jo Jossim! Can you believe it?  In this performance, she will pull some musical pieces from previous spring concerts that allow her to look back on past bands and themes, but – because wind band literature is always evolving and changing – she will also program pieces new to her and to this year’s FSC Symphony Band, creating the perfect time for us to look back, reflect, and then plan for the future with this charismatic band conductor. 

Faculty Series
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The Spirit of the Violin

Artists: Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin; Keiko Andrews, piano

April 24 at 7:30 PM
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

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How wonderful to have our last Faculty Artist Series performance of the year be given by violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and her formidable partner at the piano, Keiko Andrews!  Together, these two remarkable musicians have led us through recitals that have engaged, challenged, and even gently humored us. You will enjoy the surprises they have to offer this year – so PLEASE – mark this date on your calendar for a sublime performance of violin/piano music, designed to soothe and excite your souls.  

Event is Free
Art Exhibition
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Opening Reception for Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

The Lakeland Art Guild's annual spring exhibition.

May 10 at 6:00 PM
Melvin and Burks Art Galleries

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For over thirty years, the Melvin and Burks Galleries have partnered with the Lakeland Art Guild to host their annual spring exhibition. Founded in 1952, the Lakeland Art Guild is the oldest local community arts organization in Polk County. We are pleased to exhibit works created by local artists, both established and emerging, and to bring together the members of our community to recognize “homegrown” talent. Join us at the opening reception for the announcement of awards given by select judges.  

Event is Free
Art Exhibition
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Annual Lakeland Art Guild Exhibition

The Lakeland Art Guild's annual spring exhibition.

May 11 to June 7
Melvin and Burks Art Galleries

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For over thirty years, the Melvin and Burks Galleries have partnered with the Lakeland Art Guild to host their annual spring exhibition. Founded in 1952, the Lakeland Art Guild is the oldest local community arts organization in Polk County. We are pleased to exhibit works created by local artists, both established and emerging, and to bring together the members of our community to recognize “homegrown” talent. Join us at the opening reception for the announcement of awards given by select judges.  

Event is Free