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Upcoming Events - 2013/2014 Season Finale


 Monday May 5, 2014
Kindersymphonie in C major         
                                                Franz Joseph Haydn
“Peter and the Wolf” op. 67                        
                                                Sergei Prokofiev
        Patricia Burkett, Rusty Ray, narrators
Suite for Variety Orchestra 
                                                Dmitri Shostakovich






Order Now!

Order your tickets now for our May Pops Concert on May 5, 2014. It will be our final concert for the 2013/14 season and will be full of fun and excitement. You won't want to miss it! Call or visit the FMU Performing Arts Center box office (843.661.4444) Monday-Friday between the hours of 12PM-5PM to order your tickets!

You can also RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW for our 65th Concert Season! You will find all the upcoming season's information in the 2014/15 Season Brochure below. You can order by downloading and sending in the order-form below or by calling the Florence Symphony Office at 843.661.2541.

2014/15 Season Brochure

2014/15 Order-Form

2014/15 Seating Chart


Symphony Auditions
The Florence Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for prospective members on Monday, May 19, 2014. Experienced string performers, wind performers, brass performers and percussion performers are encouraged to audition. Individuals should have previous orchestral performance experiences. The auditions will be held on the second floor of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center from 4:30pm - 7:00 pm. Audition materials consist of an unaccompanied solo for your instrument and sight-reading.
Individuals that are interested in auditioning should contact send a message to the following e-mail address: markjacksonfso@gmail.com. Please include a current resume, bio, or vita of your experiences in music.
2014-2015 Season Subscription Series



 Music Director - Dr. Terry Roberts
2014-2015 Season Subscription Series
FMU Performing Arts Center

Upcoming Events in 2014-2015


Opening Night- Monday October 13, 2014
Leonore overture no. 3 
         Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano, op. 20
                  Alexander Scriabin 
                Paolo Andre Gualdi-piano
Symphony No. 3                 
Johannes Brahms
Fall Concert- Monday November 17, 2014
Percussion Concerto
                  Jennifer Higdon
                     Shane Reeves-percussion
Symphony No. 5                 
                  Dmitri Shostakovich
Winter Concert- Monday February 16, 2015
Symphony No. 29        
                  W. A. Mozart
Three Songs for Soprano        
                  Osvaldo Golijov
                     Lindsey McKee-soprano
Estancia Suite
Alberto Ginestera
Spring Concert- Monday March 30, 2015
 Orchestral Suite No. 1
                            J.S. Bach
Symphony No. 1        
     Ludwig van Beethoven
Te Deum            
                 Anton Bruckner
                         Masterworks Choir
May Pops Concert- Monday May 4, 2015
Concerto for Saxophone Quartet                               Phillip Glass
                   Assembly Saxophone Quartet
Creation du Monde        
                                Darius Milhaud
Porgy and Bess:
                                                  Symphonic Pictures
          George Gershwin
Holiday Pops Concert- 
Saturday December 13, 2014
Point of Grace











Symphony in the Garden
Join us for an Evening of Garden Scene
Music in the Garden
Friday May 9, 2014
6 PM - Cocktails
7 PM - Concert
(rain date Saturday May 10)
Tables of 8 - $500
(Includes Garden Tour at 5PM)

Seating Area - $75

Lawn - $30
(Open Bar not included, bring lawn chair or blanket)


  • Hors d'oeuvers
  • Beverages (Wine and Beer)
  • Great Music
Moore Farms
Botanical Garden
100 New Zion Rd. Lake City, SC  29560 
Be a Symphony Soloist
Be A Symphony Soloist
Star in the Symphony's May 5th Concert of
Haydn's Symphony in C major - THE TOY SYMPHONY
(No experience or musical training necessary, instrument is provided)
 Cuckoo Pic-Symphony Soloist
 Contribution to play a Solo Instrument or Sponsor a Friend
Toy Trumpet $750.00
Drum $750.00
Ratchet $500.00
Nightingale $500.00




Instrument selection on a first come first serve basis.
To sign up yourself or a friend please call the Symphony Office at 843.661.2541 or email manager@florencesymphony.com.
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Ticket Information
Single Tickets will be available at the FMU Performing Arts Center or by calling 843.661.4444 within one month of the performance.
If you are unable to use your ticket(s) for a concert, we will be happy to issue a tax deductable credit if you call the symphony office 843.661.2541 or the box office 843.661.4444 before 5PM the day of the concert to release your seat(s).
Plan Your Evening

An FSO performance and a nice dinner at one of Florence's many restaurants can make for a fantastic evening. Everything you need is here to make sure you do not miss anything.


News & Press 2013-2014 Season

From: THUMBS Column

MORNING NEWS | Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
...Thumbs up for a marvelous performance Saturday by the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra delighted the crowd with a variety of holiday favorites, and the Performing Arts Center, of course, looked marvelous, too.

Pops Concert brings holiday spirit to Florence

MORNING NEWS | MELISSA ROLLINS - Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Bree Boyce
FLORENCE, S.C. — If you want to make your holiday season pop, the Florence Symphony Orchestra might have just the thing for you. This Saturday, the orchestra returns with its Holiday Pops Concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Director Dr. Terry Roberts said the holiday concert typically appeals to a wider variety of people than traditional symphony shows.

“This is a more let-your-hair-down kind of thing,” Roberts said. “We start off playing traditional Christmas things but then the second half we start to get into more pop-sy stuff. We’ll do a Christmas sing-a-long.”

And former Miss South Carolina and Florence native Bree Boyce is being added to the bill this year, too.

“You don’t need to bring in big names around here,” Roberts said.

“Do the music that people want this time of year and bring in local people. Bree is still very connected to Florence and she is quite talented.”

Roberts said that among the set list for the night will be classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” While he enjoys all of the songs the symphony will be playing, there is one song that brings back fond memories for him.

As a younger man, Roberts lived in Germany where the story of “Hansel and Gretel” was a Christmas tradition, much like “The Nutcracker” is in the United States. Roberts recalls browsing outdoor markets and drinking Glühwein, a hot cider-like beverage, so playing “Dream Pantomime” from “Hansel and Gretel” is especially gratifying for him.

“I was playing the French horn in the (orchestra) pit in Germany and the children would come to the edge of the pit, looking up and looking down at us,” Roberts said. “I just love that music; it is very lush and melodic and sets the tone.”

Playing a holiday show in the middle of the holiday season puts a rush on the symphony’s practices and they will only practice the two days before the concert. Roberts is not worried, though.

“It makes a difference that we know most of the music pretty well,” Roberts said. “It is less stressful. Thursday night we’ll work on things that probably need more work, like ‘Sleigh Ride.’ I don’t think we’ve ever practiced ‘Sleigh Ride.’”

This year, the Symphony is also joining forces with Toys for Tots.

“I’ve always sort of wanted to do something to give back,” Roberts said. “We’re encouraging everyone who comes to bring a toy. It will be fun to contribute back to the community.”

The Florence Lions Club Toy Drive in the PAC lobby will collect new, unwrapped toy to donate to needy families this Christmas.


CHAMBERLINK - November 2013
Kirsten Chavez NewspaperWe are summoning you, our heroes of support, to come see our Fall Concert on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the FMU Performing Arts Center at 7:30 PM. It will be a fantastic night of music!
The night will begin with John Williams classic piece Summon the Heroes. Then later, the Florence Symphony Orchestra will feature guest mezzo soprano, Kirstin Chavez, as they perform Mahler's  Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  The FSO will also be performing Gabriel Faure's dark romance Pelleas et Melisande: Suite, op. 80 and Georges Enesco's Rumanian Rhapsody no. 1, op. 11.           
Kirstin Chavez is a renowned performer who is claimed to be "...easily one of the most riveting and significant young artists performing today..." Chavez has performed in opera houses all over the world and is just as comfortable on the concert stage. Her repertoire lists not only the role of Carmen, but Maddalena in Rigoletto with The Metropolitan Opera and with the Dallas Opera, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, and Baba the Turk in the Rake's Progress with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Chávez has also performed regularly on the concert stage with works such as: Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and she added the Bach B Minor mass to her repertoire with performances in New Mexico in the spring of 2012.

From: THUMBS Column

MORNING NEWS | Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
.....Thumbs up to the return of Florence Symphony Orchestra, which opens its season Monday with a performance at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. Dr. Terry Roberts will be back for his 10th season conducting the state’s only all-volunteer orchestra, which has been delighting Pee Dee audiences since 1949. It’s quite an accomplished group, and one that deserves our support. …