The Florence Symphony Orchestra continues to enrich our community and bring world class talent to the Pee Dee. The 2019-2020 season features exceptional guest artists, “out if this world” special effects, holiday traditions for the entire family, and an array of toe-tapping favorites from the movies we love. Mark your calendars and get your tickets for this exciting 2019-2020 season. We will see you on the downbeat!
October 14, 2019 “Benny’s Back!”
Dr. Benjamin Woods is a longtime friend of the FSO, having served as Conductor and Music Director from 1996-2002. Dr. Woods is retired from the music faculty at FMU. He remains sought-after as a concert pianist and guest conductor, and has performed in such iconic venues as Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- Piano Concerto No. 5 -Beethoven – Benjamin Woods, piano
- Symphony No. 4 Tchaikovsky
November 18, 2019 “Out Of This World”
Saxophonist Roderick Brown joins the FSO in this lively concert with a contemporary piece by John Williams. Mr. Brown is a multi-talented instrumentalist, composerand arranger, specializing in jazz music. He has been playing professionally for the past 28 years.
Then, it’s lights out for a trip into the solar system. Get ready to experience Gustav Holst’s best known composition “The Planets” like you’ve never seen (or heard) before!
- Russian and Ludmilla Overture — Glinka
- “Escapades” — Williams Roderick Brown, saxophone
- “The Planets” — Holst
December 16, 2019 “Holiday Pops”
This family friendly concert is sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season. The Holiday Pops concert will feature classic holiday favorites and guest soloist Roger Kirby singing with local choirs in Ralph Vaughan-Williams “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”.
February 10, 2020 “FMU Celebrates 50 Years”
Francis Marion University celebrates its 50th anniversary featuring FMU alumni.
- “Lincoln Portrait” Copland Narrator, John Sweeney, 2009
- “Three Sopranos” FMU Alumni Arthenius Jackson 2009, Bree Boyce March 2015, Caroline Starling 2017
- Symphony No. 7 Beethoven
April 27, 2020 “At The Movies With Gershwin”
We pay tribute to the Florence Symphony Guild’s 50 years of service with a concert featuring favorite movie scores from the past 50 years. Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will treat the audience with Rhapsody in Blue.
- Ride of the Walkure from “Apocalypse Now” — Wagner
- Symphony 25, mvt. I from “Amadeus” — Mozart
- Prelude “La Traviata” from “Pretty Woman” — Verdi
- Clair de Lune from “Atonement” — Debussy
- Suite from “Swan Lake” from “Black Swan” — Tchaikovsky
- The theme from Star Wars — Williams
- Schindler’s List — Williams
- Rhapsody in Blue — Gershwin