Upcoming “Festival of Fine Arts Series” Events Bring Theatrical, Musical, Visual Arts to FSC


LAKELAND (November 29, 2018) – The 59th season of Florida Southern College’s outstanding “Festival of Fine Arts” series continues to delight members of the community with an array of performing and visual arts events. The following offerings will be presented through the end of January:

Kiss Me, Kate
Opened Nov. 15, continues Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)

Passions run high as a leading lady and her actor/director ex-husband battle onstage and off in a production of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, the Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers, Shakespeare and Cole Porter, who provided the music and lyrics. Among the show’s ever-popular numbers are “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “I Hate Men,” and “Brush up Your Shakespeare.” Directed by Paul Bawek with musical direction by Bradley Vieth, the run of this show is being performed at the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.


’Tis the Season: The Christmas Gala

Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
FSC’s Department of Music performs a collection of holiday favorites, featuring choral, instrumental, and string groups, along with other special musical selections. Among the featured seasonal highlights will be “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” music from The Nutcracker (orchestra and a trio of dancers from FSC’s dance program, choreographed by Erin LaSala), “O Holy Night” (three pianists, vocal soloist, and choruses), and “It’s Christmas,” a Christmas carol audience sing-along with FSC’s Symphony Band. Join us for a spectacular evening of traditional tunes and surprises. Tickets for this event at Branscomb Auditorium are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Florida Southern is proud to have Heath Funeral Chapel join the College in presenting this popular event for our community.
Annual All-Student Exhibition

Opened Nov. 16, continues through Dec. 7

This celebration of recent works created by Florida Southern College art majors showcases the exceptional skills of talented freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in all media. It features ceramics, paintings, digital illustrations, prints, and sculptures. This exhibition in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

John Briggs: Casting for the Unknown

Jan. 18-Feb. 22 (Opening reception Jan.18, 7 p.m.)

Delve into the mysterious coastal landscapes of John Briggs in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries. Simultaneously realistic and uncanny, familiar and eerie, the works in the artist’s latest series are inhabited by inexplicably nude fishermen casting nets in open water, inviting viewers to question the simplicity of the paintings. What exactly is going on here? How are the paintings connected? Is there a deeper meaning or symbolic story underlying these intriguing works? This exhibition in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

Florida Dance Theatre Presents: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m.
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the members of Florida Dance Theatre (FSC’s company-in-residence under the direction of Carol Erkes) bring their classic holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Festival of Fine Arts. This timeless holiday masterpiece will be performed by the troupe’s dynamic dancers in a production featuring colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. Bring your family and enjoy the music, dance, and spectacle of this perennial holiday treasure. This special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children under 12.

Imperial Symphony Orchestra presentation: A Night at the Opera, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s unique annual A Night at the Opera project welcomes opera professionals to Lakeland for a two-week rehearsal/performance schedule. It brings nationally and internationally renowned guest singers such as Joshua Kohl, Maria Kanyova, Eric Lindsey, and Teresa Castillo together with local professional, community, and FSC singers, as well as production staff and members of the ISO. Together, they will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) in English, exuding the fantasy and fairy-tale side of the composer in this extraordinary – and magical – opera. This special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are available through www.imperialsymphony.org

Julian Gargiulo, Pianist
Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Last seen at the Festival of Fine Arts in January 2017, this incredible piano virtuoso and Steinway Artist is back by popular demand to share his inimitable style, irrepressible humor, and brilliant musicianship. A delightfully unconventional concert experience that is guaranteed to entertain and educate, this special event will be presented at Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, please visit 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 70+ 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 384 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.