Furman Sound Quality Series  2018-2019

Purchase in advance on-line*, by phone or from the Music Office**. Night of the event: box office (ticket table) opens 1 hour prior to start time. 

**Paper tickets available October 1.

Season Tickets – 25% discount!
Set = 1 ticket to each of the 12 events.
$135 Adult Set 
$90 Senior Set 
$45 Student/FU/OLLI Set

Individual Tickets
$15 Adults
$10 Seniors 60+
$5 Students/FU/OLLI

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MUSIC MAJORS: If they are not performing in it, each of our current majors may claim 1 free comp ticket to each of the Sound Quality Series events. 

FURMAN PARENTS: Your student will receive two free 'comp' tickets to each concert in which they perform, so you may not need to purchase tickets. Remind them!  (If the event is ticketed.)

Doors open 30 minutes prior. Late arrivals will be asked to wait in the foyer until first applause and then slip in quietly.  Please do NOT enter or exit while a piece is being performed. 

View the complete Furman Music Calendar of Events.

Children: Events are appropriate for well-behaved children ages six and older. To avoid disruption, please escort them to the lobby if they are unable to remain seated and quiet for the entire performance.

Sound Quality Schedule

October 11
Franz Liszt Festival Concert
David Gross, piano soloist 
Thursday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Singers 
Furman University is honored to host the 2018 American Liszt Society Festival October 11-13. Part of the Festival events but also open to the public, this evening program features Furman pianist David Gross performing the Liszt Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major. Additional selections will be presented by the Furman Singers and the Furman Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Joiner and Hugh Ferguson Floyd, conductors. For more information about the 2018 Liszt Festival, visit www.furman.edu/Liszt-Festival-2018. You do not need to be a member of the Liszt Society to register and attend the conference.

October 22 
Guest Artist Recital: Gilead Mishory, piano 
Monday, 8pm, Daniel Recital Hall
Distinguished Visiting Professor Pianist and composer Gilead Mishory (Professor at Freiburg/ Germany) enjoys an illustrious international career: his works have been performed and recorded widely, and his acclaimed performances and master classes have taken him around the world. Mr. Mishory's recording (Neos) of the complete Préludes by Claude Debussy received critical acclaim for its pianistic subtlety, sensitive phrasing (avoiding all sentimentality), and vivid characterization. He will perform Debussy's Préludes Book I, along with his latest collection of quirky children's pieces Grandma and I.

October 26 
Furman Symphony Orchestra
Friday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
The Furman Symphony Orchestra opens the large ensemble series with masterworks Karelia Suite by Jean Sibelius, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, featuring Furman soprano Alison Trainer, and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 Romantic. Thomas Joiner and student conductor Charlie Baldwin conduct.

November 7
Faculty Chamber Recital
Wednesday, 8pm, Daniel Recital Hall
Furman’s virtuosic faculty showcase their talents as they collaborate in performances of beautiful music for small ensembles. Talk with the performers at the after-recital reception hosted by the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota.

November 30 
Fall Oratorio (Haydn Creation) 
Friday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
Oratorio Chorus, Furman Symphony Orchestra 
Guest Artists: Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano, and Joshua Copeland, baritone 
The Furman Symphony Orchestra, the Furman Singers and Chorales, the Oratorio Chorus and distinguished vocal soloists, under the direction of William Thomas, will present this masterwork by the esteemed classical composer, Franz Joseph Haydn. This production will feature Furman alumni and faculty soloists: Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano; Grant Knox, tenor and Joshua Copeland, bass. Another feature of this concert will be the role of a number of Furman faculty members as principal players in the various sections of the orchestra, including Thomas Joiner as Concertmaster. The evening will also honor the career of William (Bill) Thomas as he conducts his final oratorio performance prior to retirement at the end of this year.

February 1 
Faculty Chamber Recital
Friday, 8pm, Daniel Recital Hall
Furman’s virtuosic faculty showcase their talents as they collaborate in performances of beautiful music for small ensembles. Meet and talk with the performers at the after-recital reception hosted by the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota.

February 14 and 16 
Furman Lyric Theater presents She Loves Me by Bock and Harnick Thursday/Saturday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
Grant Knox, stage director, Dewitt Tipton, music director 
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), She Loves Me was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance.

February 22
Furman Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert
Friday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
The Furman Symphony Orchestra presents the biennial Concerto Concert featuring student soloists selected by competitive audition. Greenville Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music, Edvard Tchivzhel, guest conducts the FSO in well-known concerto movements.

March 11 and 12 
Furman Singers Tour Concert
 Monday/Tuesday, 8pm, Daniel Memorial Chapel 
The Furman Singers return from their spring tour to present back-to-back performances at home of a varied program of choral gems. The program includes sacred and secular music for a cappella choir and in combination with Furman’s stunning Fisk Organ. Furman Singers alumni are invited to join with the Singers at the close of each concert. Hugh Ferguson Floyd, conductor

April 6
Furman Percussion Ensemble
 Saturday, 8pm, Daniel Recital Hall 
The Furman Percussion Ensemble’s Spring Concert will bring together current students and alumni to perform a concert honoring the career of Dr. John Beckford in his final semester prior to retirement. Guests are invited on stage to an instrument ‘petting zoo’ from 7:15 – 7:45pm.

April 12 
Furman Symphonic Wind
Friday, 8pm, McAlister Auditorium 
The Symphonic Winds present their final concert for the academic year featuring compositions by von Suppe, Grainger, Williams, and Resphigi. Conducting the final school year performance of his Furman career, the evening will honor the extensive contributions, both here at Furman and in the national music education community, of retiring Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator, Leslie (Les) Hicken. 

April 26
Spring Oratorio
Faure Requiem and Bizet L’Arlesienne Suites No. 1 & 2 
Friday, 8pm. McAlister Auditorium 
​Furman Oratorio Chorus, Furman Symphony Orchestra, student soloists The Furman Symphony Orchestra, the Furman Oratorio Chorus, and featured student soloists, close the season with inspired music from France, including selections from the charming and popular L’Arlésienne Suites by Georges Bizet and the ethereal Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Hugh Ferguson Floyd, conductor.


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