FSC’s “Festival of Fine Arts” Events For February Range From “Superstar” to Ballet, Chamber Music

LAKELAND (February 5, 2019) – The 59th season of Florida Southern College’s “Festival of Fine Arts” series continues with three special performing arts events in February:

THEATRE ARTS

Jesus Christ Superstar

Feb. 14-17 and 21-24, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)

This iconic 1971 rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, follows the final days of Jesus Christ’s life largely through the perspective of Judas Iscariot. Based on accounts from the Gospels, Superstar explores personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, the Roman Empire, and his own disciples. The score includes well-known numbers such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Everything’s Alright.” Directed by James Beck, with musical direction by Christianne Roll. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students. Presented in the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Russian National Ballet: Leon Minkus’s Don Quixote

Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

With its glittering costumes, lavish sets, and sweeping musical score, the Russian National Ballet’s production of Don Quixote is Russian ballet at its most powerful and thrilling. Founded in Moscow, this company brings the beauty and timeless tradition of classical ballet to the production, just as Minkus’s score imparts a vibrant, spontaneous sense of joy. This special event will be presented in Branscomb Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

MUSIC

FSC Chamber Singers: Ballad to the Moon

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
For centuries, the moon’s inspiring beauty has enthralled poets and composers. Please join conductor Beth Gibbs and her gifted Chamber Singers as they explore a variety of musical styles by composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara of Finland and Daniel Elder of the U.S., with poems by Federico García Lorca of Spain and American author Emily Dickinson, all paying tribute to our closest celestial neighbor. Tickets for this presentation in FSC’s Branscomb Auditorium are $8 for adults and $4 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.