THUMBS: Thumbs up goes global, translation may be necessary
MORNING NEWS | Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 3:00 am
A rousing pollici in su — that could be Italian for thumbs up although when translating the word “thumb” into Italian, one has to be careful — to the Florence Symphony and soloists Greg Jebaily, Nick Townsend and Chrissy Welch for their superb season-ending concert earlier this week. “A Night at the Opera” featured the three local talents on a rousing run through a dozen or so operatic classics and was some of the FSO’s best work. Maestro Terry Roberts and company put an exclamation point on the proceedings with a booming finale from Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” Well done, Il Symfonio. Bravissimo. (We’re making most of that Italian up, but you get the point …)
Local teens take stage with Florence (S.C.) Symphony
In Thursday’s (4/4) Morning News (Florence, South Carolina), Melissa Rollins writes, “The Florence Symphony Orchestra will be joined by some special guests during its April 8 concert. Wilson High School’s Kristy Liao, Jonathan Ma and Olivia Ouyang were the three winners of the FSO’s second annual Young Artists Piano Competition. Liao, who came in first place, began playing the piano when she was just 5 years old. Three years later, she picked up the viola and learned to play that as well. … The first year the Florence Symphony Orchestra held its Young Artists Piano Competition, Liao came in third. She was happy to have placed both years but said that it was really more about the experience. … The three student winners will take part in the concert and play the pieces that they entered the competition with. Liao will perform Schumann’s Concerto in A minor, Opus 54, Movt. I. Ma will perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 25, Movt. I. Ouyang will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, Movt. I.”
Posted April 4, 2013
Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform annual show
MORNING NEWS | From Local Reports | Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Dr. Terry Roberts, performed its annual Young People's Concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
The Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of more than 30 talented students in grades sixth through 12th from the Pee Dee region. They perform this free concert annually for fourth-grade elementary school students in addition to a fall and spring public concert. This will be the ninth year the orchestra has performed a concert for fourth-graders. At last year's Young People's Concert, there were more than 1,300 fourth-grade students present from Florence School District 1. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the individual instruments and the composers who wrote the pieces the orchestra performed. Target, The Florence Symphony Guild and Florence School District 1 help sponsor the event.
Florence Symphony presents new talent at winter show
MORNING NEWS | From Local Reports
Violinist Terris Roberts and violist Elias Latto will be the guest performers during the Florence Symphony Orchestra's winter concert on Feb. 11 at the Francis Marion Univertisty Performing Arts Center.
THUMBS: FSO’s ‘country’ venture was great, where were you?
MORNING NEWS | Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012 1:30 am
Thumbs up to the Florence Symphony Orchestra for stepping out of the box a bit with last weekend's Royal Ladies of Country for its Holdiay Pops concert at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center. Teaming up with three veteran country music performers turned the FSO, for part of the evening, into one of the country's fanciest backup bands and it certainly created a different feel for the symphony's usual crowd. Overall ratings of the concert probably depended upon musical taste, but few could dispute the idea that it was entertaining. The symphony's standard classical fare is a delight. But variety is the spice of life. We hope the symphony will continue to push its envelope from time to time.
HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT NIGHT - 12/15/12
"Wow...! Ava, Leona and I sure had fun tonight." - Becky Hobbs
AMY PORTER THANKS FLORENCE SYMPHONY ON FACEBOOK
Amy Porter FB Status November 13, 2012: “Thank you to Terry Roberts and the Florence Symphony in SC for the moving performance of Daugherty's Trail of Tears last night. I am thrilled the audience loved the piece and I appreciate all the volunteers who played and made it such a special evening. Off to Taipei in one hour and I'm sitting upstairs on the airplane!”