A Taste of Music

The weather, in keeping with our musical expectations for the holidays, has been a bit frightful lately, but we have a sweet treat in store for you on Thursday night! Join us at the Fine Arts Center at 7:00 pm on December 1st to experience A Taste of Music with the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. Hear music performed by some of the most talented young artists in the Upstate and enjoy dessert in our inviting atmosphere. What a great way to kick off December!

Visit the GCYO website for more details or contact information.

Remembering Michael Rice

The Fine Arts Center lost Michael Rice, a beloved retired teacher this past weekend. The following is an open letter from Dr. Roy Fluhrer, Director of the Fine Arts Center:
To Michael’s students, to Michael’s friends, and to all those who loved him —

This is one of those times when I wish I was more in touch with what is called “social media” but, as I am not, I have asked others to help me with this message. I am told that there are hundreds of posts about Michael’s passing, many seeking more information, others asking what they can do and if there is going to be a ...memorial concert for him, or a scholarship in his name. I don’t have a firm answer about a concert or a scholarship, the faculty here is considering what would be an appropriate way to honor his many years of teaching. Regarding his passing, I have heard many rumors, innuendos, and gossip, and wish to make it clear that I do not, and will not, honor any of it with any comment, I want to preserve “my” Michael, the one who, at his morning coffee in our lounge, always had a witty and tangential observation about the world, or the teacher who could create magic with young voices, or the colleague who was always there when you needed him, or the Michael at Awards Day with his limericks celebrating his graduating students. I will hang on to that, honor that, remember that, cherish that — all the rest is speculation.

I ask that you honor him with remembrances, stories, and events in which Michael made a difference in your lives, post them, and when we issue a special edition of our newsletter (the one thing I am certain that we will do), we will select some to be included for all of us to enjoy.

Immortality also rests in the memories of those who follow us, keep this special man alive there.


The Fine Arts Center Jazz Recital

Another great performance will be taking place at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:00 pm. The afternoon Jazz students will be performing a selection of songs that they have been perfecting this year. In fact, they have recorded a CD of the music they will be playing at the Wednesday night recital. If you find that it's the best thing you've heard all week, you can take home a copy of your very own to listen to again and again!

The Fall Voice Recital: One Night Only!

The Fine Arts Center Fall Voice Recital will take place on Thursday, November 10th, at 7:00 pm in the black box theater. This is a milestone performance that you will not want to miss. The students will perform five genres of music in five languages, with opening and closing numbers from classical and musical theater pieces that will feature students from the Fine Arts Center dance classes. Students from the Fine Arts Center Jazz Band have formed a special group to accompany this particular performance and will take part in the Pop and Jazz segments of the recital. In addition, Technical Theatre students have participated in the lighting and sound design of the show. This level of collaboration between the Voice class and the other departments is a first, and the students are very excited. You should be excited, too! Where else are you going to find this kind of entertainment on a Thursday night, for FREE? A reception will follow the performance.  

Well Worth the Effort

Saturday morning's tree planting went very well. We had a great volunteer turnout; students, parents, and faculty members all worked together to plant a dozen trees in approximately two hours. Although it felt like Chicago (40 degrees and very windy) on the hill beside the school, everyone pitched in and got the job done. Thanks to everyone who participated, and thanks again to Trees Greenville for donating the trees to beautify our grounds. We're excited about watching them grow alongside our FAC students!

That Awkward Stage Theatre Project: Antigone

Frederick Leighton: Antigone
With a wittily-worded moniker and a determination to stage Greek tragedy with teenage aplomb, That Awkward Stage Theatre Project will present Antigone in the Fine Arts Center's black box theater this weekend only. The show will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 3:00 pm on Sunday. 

Have an all-out arts weekend (take a look at the previous post for ideas) and plan to see Antigone as a way of encouraging these ambitious (and probably not-so-awkward) teens in their theatrical ventures while brushing up on your Greek classics. If nothing else, being able to nonchalantly reference Sophocles in casual conversation come Monday will give you major nerd cred.

"More"vember Is Here

The arts are alive in Greenville in November; just take a look at the Fine Arts Center Events calendar!

We'll be planting trees on the Fine Arts Center campus this Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am, thanks to Trees Greenville and all of the volunteers who will come out to help. (You know you want to be there.) 
This weekend will be an eventful one off-campus, as well: Greenville Open Studios will be taking place all over Greenville County. Fine Arts Center students are encouraged to visit the artists in their studios to get a glimpse of the visual arts in process. There are more than 120 artists in various media involved in this year's event!

In addition, Fine Arts Center and ARMES performing arts students will be showcasing their talents this month in several recitals. Come listen!

November is also the month when prospective Fine Arts Center students will have an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Center to observe classes and learn more about the curriculum. Interested students should visit the home page for more information.

No doubt events will continue to be added to the calendar as the month progresses. What more could you ask for?

Keeping Track of FAC Events

Slowly but surely we are working toward building a resource for FAC parents, students, and other interested individuals. You'll notice a link on the right to a calendar of events taking place at the Fine Arts Center throughout the school year. We'll be continually updating this calendar, so it might be a good idea to keep an eye on it, and don't hesitate to send us a message if you know of an event that we have not yet added!