2015 – 2016 Season Schedule Preview

Continuing a tradition of more than fifty years, the Festival of Fine Arts has planned a new season filled with vibrant events showcasing the arts. Whether it be music, dance, theatre, or art – there will be something for everyone. In anticipation of the upcoming season, let us share a sneak preview of what’s in store for you in 2015 – 2016.

Special Events

ROMANCE, LIES, AND OPERA
Featuring Maria Kanyova, soprano; Mark Thomsen, tenor; and James Caraher, piano
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

FLORIDA DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS:
TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.  
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

IMPERIAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS:
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA:  Die Fledermaus (in English)

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN WITH JULIAN G
Featuring Julian Gargiulo, piano

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET PRESENTS:
TCHAIKOVSKY’S Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, February 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium
 

Music Events

ABOUT TIME
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor; FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director
L.N. Pipkin Bandshell (rain location: Branscomb Auditorium)

BANDTASTIC IV: BAND DAY ENCORE
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Bands and Guest Performers, Jo Jossim, Artistic Director
Branscomb Auditorium

TRADITIONS OF SOUTH AMERICA
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

SYMPHONIC SOUNDSCAPES
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.   (Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: THE CHRISTMAS GALA  
Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
FSC Music Department
Branscomb Auditorium

A MUSIC FACULTY SHOWCASE: LEAP DAY EDITION
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Music Faculty
Branscomb Auditorium

FINDING THE LIGHT
Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

FSC’S RADIO OPERA HOUR PRESENTS …
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Opera Theatre, Mark Thomsen, director
FSC Opera Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

OUR GREAT JOURNEY
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

JAZZ IMPRESSIONS
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director
Branscomb Auditorium

THE WINDS OF CHANGE
Thursday, April 5, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

SYMPHONIC CELEBRATIONS
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.  (Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 p.m.)     
FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium
 

Faculty Artist Series

LOVE, LOST; LOVE GAINED: MUSICAL THEATRE LOVE SONGS
Christianne Roll, mezzo soprano

Sunday, September 20 – 2:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

THE SAXOPHONE: VERSATILITY UNLEASHED!
Valerie Gillespie, alto saxophone

October 26, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

HOMAGE TO THE GUITAR
Mark Switzer, classical guitar

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

TREASURES FOR THE VIOLIN
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

BRASS SYNERGY
The FSC Faculty Brass

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

PIANO, TIMES TWO
Fen-Fang Chen and Paula Parsché, duo piano

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall
 

Theatre Arts and Dance Events

ALMOST, MAINE
By John Cariani
Directed by Paul Bawek
October 1-4; 8-11, 2015
    7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

INTERVIEW: A FUGUE FOR EIGHT ACTORS
(a second stage production)

By Jean-Claude van Itallie
Directed by Mary T. Albright
November 5-8, 2015
    10:00 p.m. (Sunday at 7:30 p.m.)
Frank Lloyd Wright Theatre-in-the-Round

CHESS
Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Richard Nelson
Directed by James Beck
November 19-22; December 3-6, 2015
     7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Mary T. Albright
February 18-21; 25-28, 2016
     7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Bawek
April 7-10; 14-17, 2016
    7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

FSCDANCE: NEW BEGINNINGS
Erin LaSala, artistic director
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium
 

Art Exhibitions

ROBERT VICKREY: MASTER OF MAGIC REALISM
September 4 through November 4, 2015     
     Opening Reception: Friday, September 4 – 7:00 p.m.
     Melvin Art Gallery

ALL STUDENT EXHIBITION
November 13 through December 7, 2015
     Opening Reception: Friday, November 13 – 7:00 p.m.
     Melvin Art Gallery

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGN THESIS EXHIBITION
March 18 through March 31, 2016
     Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
     Melvin Art Gallery

SENIOR STUDIO ART THESIS EXHIBITION
April 8 through April 28, 2016
     Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
     Melvin Art Gallery

ANNUAL LAKELAND ART GUILD EXHIBITION
May 13 through June 17, 2016
     Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
     Melvin Art Gallery

The Festival of Fine Arts has been bringing the arts to Polk County for more than 50 years.

From classical music to Broadway-style theatre, you'll enjoy a diverse array of exciting performances and exhibits.

 

Special Ticket Information!

Season and single event tickets will go on sale in mid-July.

We are happy to announce that this season, in addition to ticket purchasing in person using cash or credit card, by telephone at 863.680.4296, and by mail, online ticketing will also be available.

Go ahead and mark your calendar now for a year of special events in the arts at FSC.

See Ticket & Seating Info  

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.

Single admission ticket prices are as follows:

Music Events $8 adults and $4 students
Theatre Events $18 adults and $9 students
Special Events See event listing for details
Music Faculty Artist Series and Art Show events are free of charge.

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.

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 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Venues

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 at 1085 Johnson Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803-1309, just off Lake Hollingsworth, the Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center is easy to get to.

Parking

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 the Christmas Gala. Please call 863.680.4125 on the day of the performance to reserve a handicap parking space.


For Branscomb Auditorium rental information, please contact the auditorium director at ccorrigan@flsouthern.edu or call 863.680.4295.