Festival of Fine
Arts holds 43rd season opener
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept.
19, 2002) - Florida Southern College opens its 43rd Festival of
Fine Arts season Oct. 3 with a program of music to honor composers'
anniversaries. The opening performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Branscomb
Auditorium on the college campus.
The ensembles and soloists of the music department will be commemorating
the birth and/or death anniversaries of famous composers, with special
emphasis on American composer Richard Rodgers, who was born in 1902.
"With over 900 published songs to his credit and some forty musicals
for both stage and screen, Rodgers is one of our country's most
prolific composers of all time," said Robert MacDonald, the festival's
director. Rodgers' well known works will be performed by the Florida
Southern Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, as well as by the
College Chorale. A special feature of the program will be a group
of Rodgers songs performed by the music department's newest artist
faculty member, Dr. John Thomasson, along with mezzo-soprano Diane
Stahl and accompaniment by MacDonald, FSC's pianist-in-residence.
Tickets are $15. FSC students are admitted free of charge; non-FSC
students admitted at half price. For ticket information, please
contact the Branscomb Auditorium box office at (863) 680-4296.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.