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Sound Quality Series: “Christmas at Furman” Dec. 2

Furman University Symphony Orchestra, the Furman Singers and Furman Men’s and Women’s Chorales will present “Christmas at Furman” Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus.

Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd

Conducted by Furman Music Professor Dr. Thomas Joiner and Furman Singers Director Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd, the concert is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

The Furman Singers and Chorales with the Furman Symphony Orchestra will present Benjamin Britten’s cantata, St. Nicholas. This dramatic work features faculty tenor, Dr. Grant Knox, in the title role and tells the story of the historic 4th century Christian saint and Bishop of Myra whose secret gift-giving led to the traditional role of Santa Claus.

Dr. Thomas Joiner, Director, Furman Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Thomas Joiner, Director, Furman Symphony Orchestra

For the second half of the concert, Joiner leads the FSO in extended excerpts from another holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The FSO will perform passages rarely heard without dancers including “Decorating the Christmas Tree,” “The Battle of the Mouse King,” and “Transformation of the Nutcracker,” in addition to the favorite Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian Dances, and “Waltz of the Flowers.”

Tickets may be ordered online. For more information about the concert, contact the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at


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