Upcoming Festival of Fine Arts Series at FSC Features Dynamic Performances, Exhibition


LAKELAND (September 20, 2018) – As the 59th season of Florida Southern’s outstanding “Festival of Fine Arts” series takes flight, members of the community will be treated to an exciting array of performing and visual arts events. The following offerings are to be presented through the end of October:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Set in the Mississippi plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, this powerful exploration of a southern family in crisis earned writer Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The play explores themes such as greed, suppressed desires, and sibling squabbles surrounding desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance. This eight-performance run, directed by Mary T. Albright, will be presented at the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Los Trabas … In Concert!
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Sarasota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist and flutist — FSC adjunct professor Fernando Traba and his wife, Betsy Hudson Traba — return to perform an evening of seldom-heard woodwind duets, featuring pieces by composers such as Oleg Miroshnikov and Astor Piazzolla. This free performance will be presented at Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall and is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

Music Under the Stars
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Florida Southern Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble, led by Symphony Band Director J. Jossim and Director of Jazz Studies Jeffrey Benatar, perform a free outdoor. This free event will take place at the L.N. Pipkin Bandshell, with Branscomb Auditorium as the rain location. Listeners are invited to bring chairs or blankets, or to lounge on the grass. Included in this evening of music will be pieces conducted by senior music education majors as they prepare for prospective positions as band directors.

Great Expectations
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Conductor Beth Gibbs leads the FSC Chamber Singers through an evening of choral music at Branscomb Auditorium, defying conventional expectations by presenting remarkable music by composers such as Sydney Guillaume, Adolphus Hailstork, and Rihards Dubra. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

/Dance: Fall into Dance 2018
Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
For Florida Southern’s annual fall dance concert, Artistic Director Erin LaSala showcases an eclectic display of choreography from dance faculty and guest artists. The diverse and innovative program will range from ballet to contemporary dance styles, as performed by talented students from the FSC dance program. Tickets for this event at Branscomb Auditorium are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Sad Tropics
Sept. 21 through Nov. 2
Inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss’s book Tristes Tropiques, this site-specific multimedia installation produced by New Orleans artists and Florida natives Cristina Molina and Jonathan Traviesa examines the psychological landscape of Florida and the tropics through photographs, murals, and videos. The first collaborative exhibition with the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, this installation in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, go to www.flsouthern.edu/ffa, phone 863-680-4296, or visit the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 72 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 382 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.