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FSO, “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” Oct. 16

Dr. Cecilia Kang
Dr. Cecilia Kang

The Furman University Music Department announces its Sound Quality & More Music Series for the 2015-2016 season.

The Furman Music Department presents more than 220 public events each year. Sixteen of those events are spotlighted in the 2015-16 Sound Quality & More series including student ensemble performances, Hartness organ recitals, faculty chamber music collaborations and a costumed opera production with orchestra. All Sound Quality events start at 8 p.m. and are located on the Furman University campus where parking is free.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Season sets are $150 and include all 16 performances. Individual event tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, with the exception of opera The Magic Flute, Feb. 25 and 27 (see listing).

Opening the Sound Quality ensemble series is a performance by the Furman Symphony Orchestra Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. The concert, “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” is conducted by Furman’s Thomas Joiner, D.M., and celebrates the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. The concert also introduces faculty clarinetist Cecilia Kang, D.M.A., who will perform Debussy’s Première rhapsodie. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

In addition to the Oct. 16 concert, the Sound Quality & More Music Series also features these events:

Thursday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
Hartness Organ Series
Douglas Cleveland, Organ
Daniel Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
Faculty Chamber Music Series
Daniel Recital Hall

Saturday, November 21, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Furman Percussion Ensemble
Daniel Recital Hall

Friday, December 4, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Handel’s Messiah
McAlister Auditorium

Friday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Faculty Chamber Music Series
Daniel Recital Hall

Thursday, January 21, 8 p.m.
Hartness Organ Series
Charles Tompkins, Organ
Daniel Memorial Chapel
Part of the annual Church Music Conference

Thursday, February 11, 8 p.m.
Hartness Organ Series
Caroline Robinson, Organ
Daniel Memorial Chapel

Friday, February 19, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Furman Bands with Cecilia Kang, Clarinet
McAlister Auditorium

Monday, February 22, 8 p.m.
Faculty Chamber Music Series
William Preucil, Violin
Daniel Recital Hall

Thursday and Saturday, February 25 & 27, 8 p.m.
Opera—The Magic Flute
McAlister Auditorium
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students

Monday and Tuesday, March 14 & 15, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Furman Singers Tour Concert
Daniel Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Guest Artist Recital
Ann Schein, Piano
Daniel Recital Hall

Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Furman Jazz Ensemble and Combos
Daniel Recital Hall

Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Furman Chamber Choir with Charles Tompkins, Organ
Daniel Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.
Sound Quality Concert Series
Spring Oratorio: Bernstein & Borodin
McAlister Auditorium

For more information and to order tickets visit www.furman.edu/MusicTickets  or contact the Furman Department of Music at (864) 294-2086, email FurmanMusic@furman.edu.

About Dr. Cecilia Kang

South Korea-born clarinetist Cecilia Kang, D.M.A., joined the Furman music faculty this fall. Dr. Kang, who grew up in Los Angeles and Toronto, is internationally active as a performer and educator. She previously held teaching positions at North Dakota State University (Fargo) and Concordia University (Mich.) and during the summers, she served as clarinet artist faculty at Grumo Music Festival in Italy, Luzerne Music Center (N.Y.) and Bayview Chamber Music Festival (Mich.).

A dynamic chamber musician, Kang has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), IMPULS Contemporary Music Festival (Austria), Castleton Festival (United States), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), and Banff Centre (Canada).

The Vandoren USA Performing Artist has presented recitals and master classes at institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, South Korea and China. Kang holds a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan.

 

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