Michael Rice's Legacy at FAC

To All Who Miss Michael:

Those who loved Michael Rice know of his love for the Fine Arts Center, its students, and its faculty.  I have been told of the many expressions of grief posted to the Facebook group. We thank you for your love of Michael and for what he meant to you as a teacher and a man.  To say that this has been a difficult time for us would be an understatement: Michael was a colleague for many of us for more than 25 years. Certainly our students occupy our time, but when alone or in the lounge with our colleagues, the loss is palpable.  Those who loved Michael also know how fiercely he protected his privacy and, even in death, his final requests reflected this wish for privacy.  The Fine Arts Center, respecting that wish and the wishes of his family, has been very careful not to rush to any kind of recognition that would compromise that privacy. There was a brief memorial service attended, at his request, by his family and his Fine Arts Center family. I recently met with his mother and his sister to discuss the various forms of recognition the Center wished to do in his honor, including naming the voice studio after him, establishing a scholarship for a deserving student in the voice program, the composition of piece by composer-in-residence Dr. Jon Grier, and authorizing a special edition of our newsletter dedicated to Michael. The family approved these plans, along with an article that Bing Vick and I authored for The Greenville News.  We are awaiting a date when the article will appear. 

I understand that a memorial concert was suggested but, obeying the wishes of his family and their concern regarding the sheer number of those wishing to participate and the difficulties and potential disappointments associated with selecting performers, they thought it best, again, to keep the recognition limited to those efforts listed above. 

Michael Rice and his legacy will live on in this school and in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him, working with him, and studying with him.  I leave you with a story his mother told me when I was leaving the family home.  I wasn’t clear if it appeared on Facebook, or if it came from a friend, but it is pure Michael:  “Michael is in heaven conducting the angel choirs — and correcting their diction!”

Dr. Roy Fluhrer, Director of the Fine Arts Center


Winter Student Showcases on Friday, December 16th

The Golden Globe nominations  may be announced today,  but we're announcing the line up for the Fine Arts Center Winter Student Showcases, so who's got the inside scoop? That's right, you heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen, and you didn't even need a press badge!

The Morning Showcases will begin at 9:15 am, and the Afternoon Showcases will begin at 1:30 pm.  Music and Voice performances will take place in the Recital Hall. Theatre and Dance performances will take place in the Black Box Theater. Student work in the non-performing arts departments will be on view throughout the building.

How's that for stealing Hollywood's thunder? Scroll down to see the schedule of performances by venue and time.


Winter Showcases: Morning Music and Voice in the Recital Hall

"A La Samba" by Mitchell PetersAustin Cartee, xylophone and bells; Josh Hill, marimba; Grant Lockridge, maracas; Blake Andrews, guiro; Paul Mitchell, cowbell and triangle; Quinn McNamara, bongos; Josh Tate, timbales; Tiana Thomas, timpani

"A Stitch in Time" by Jon Grier
Kayla Coggins, Julia Babayan, and Mary Stone, violins
Jansen Fink and Rachel Cooke, violas
Jordan Bartow and Hannah Anderson, violoncellos
Emily Karns,  double bass

"Per la gloria d'adorarvi" from Griselda by Giovanni Bononcini
Mary Allison Hoover, soprano

"Roxie" from Chicago by John Kander
Sam Lynagh, soprano

"I Whistle a Happy Tune" from The King and I by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Arieona Edley, soprano

"Liebe schwärmt auf allen wegen" by Franz Schubert
Vivian Tompkins, soprano

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter by Frank Loesser
Hannah Peeples, soprano; Matthew Burr, bass-baritone

"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington
Bremond Byrd, soprano

"A Change in Me" from Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken
Haley Burton, mezzo soprano

"His Name's So Sweet" arranged by Hall Johnson
Mya Machen, soprano
Marion Sprott, piano (all selections)

"Girl From Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
J.J. Wheeler, alto sax; Josh Barua, tenor sax; Omar Richardson, Ellis Hendrix, guitars; Chloe Van Til, piano; Richard Harbson bass; Ian Thomas, drums

"Take the A-Train" by Duke Ellington
J.J. Wheeler, alto sax; Josh Barua, tenor sax; Markus King and Cameron Hepola, guitars; Lydia Davis, piano; Nathan Dominey, bass; Alan Thomas, drums


Winter Showcases: Morning Theatre and Dance in the Black Box Theater

Sonnets by William Shakespeare
#44 - Madeline Mulkey
#35 - Caroline Hamilton
#147 - JP McLaurin
#119 - Brianna Rodriguez
#116 - Julia Britt

Choreography:  Rebecca Lee
Music by Daft Punk (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Thomas Bangalter) and Moby (Richard Melville Hall)
Dancers:  Cannon Cobb, Caitlin Drummond, Breanna Hice, Briana Hunter,  Margaret Manning, Sydney Parker, Madeline Polson, Kendall Roberson, Kayla Sameski, Kaitlyn Schultz, Georgia Seay, Carley Tomlinson, Andreia Wardlaw


Winter Showcases: Afternoon Music and Voice in the Recital Hall

"Improvisation No. 1" by Whitney Tustin/arr. Robinson
Amanda Dara, flute; Layna Frankovich, clarinet;  Andrew Fink, saxophone; Corinthian Johnson, horn; Kyler Hall, bassoon

"Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble" by Ney Rosauro
David Wilson, solo marimba; Lucas Russell, xylophone; Malcolm McMillan, vibraphone; Tom Broyles, bass marimba; Trevor McCurdy, drumset

"String Quartet in D Major, K. 575" by W. A. Mozart
I. Allegretto
Paul Aguilar and Reagan Bachour, violins
Preston Barbare, viola; Maria Parrini, violoncello

"If I Loved You" from Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Lisa Louw, soprano

"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" arranged by Harry T. Burleigh
Deondré Pendergrass, tenor

"Art Is Calling For Me (The Prima Donna Song)" by Victor Herbert
Katherine Buchanan, soprano

"Lasciatemi morire" from Ariana by Claudio Monteverdi
Terah Gamble, soprano

"Therapy" from tick, tick...BOOM! by Jonathan Larson
Maddy Wulf, soprano; Geoffrey Starling, tenor

"Hear My Prayer, O Lord" by Antonin Dvořák
Alexandra Mauney, soprano

"Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss
Sarah Adams, soprano
Marion Sprott, piano (all selections)

"The Next Step" by Kurt Rosenwinkle
Reed Miller, Syler Hill, guitars; Jacob Jones, piano; Brandon Brousard, bass; David Wison, drums

"3rd Degree" by Chuck Loeb
Zan Greene, Austin Waits, guitars; Anna Sorochak, piano; Keara Miller, bass; Tom Broyles, drums


Winter Showcases: Afternoon Theatre and Dance in the Black Box Theater

"The Hate Song" from The Mad Show
Keith Jones
"96,000" from In the Heights 
Kavon Barger
"Adam" from The Shape of Things
Trey Snow
"Ron" from Recent Tragic Events
Samuel Farnsworth
"Master Wix" from Cirque du Freake 
Mitchell Smith
"Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress 
Anna Barry

Mi Corazon Esta en Fuego
Choreography:  Brian McGinnis
Music:  Martin Lass
Dancers:  Charlotte Brown, Elizabeth Byouk, Jacqueline Calle, Lael King, Rhiannon Laymon, Nikki Morath , Kara Nightingale, Coryn Owens, Samantha Patterson, Lauren Pittman, Maren Trofatter, Mattison Williams, Hannah Winton

Technical Production:
Jessica Green, Thomas Fernandez, Alex Quintana


Dancers Travel to FSU for an Extraordinary Weekend

The dancers of the Fine Arts Center's afternoon dance class traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to visit Florida State University’s Dance Department and to attend two evening concerts. Joyce Fausone, the Dance Department’s Coordinator of Special Events and Community Relations, arranged a tour of the Dance Department and scheduled an opportunity for the dancers to observe a contemporary class taught by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and a ballet class with Rick McCullough. Patty Phillips, the co-chair of the department, spoke to the dancers about the curriculum and Joyce Fausone spoke about special programs such as FSU in NYC, Dance in Paris and the summer program in Valencia, Spain. For more information about the FSU Dance Department, please visit www.dance.fsu.edu
Dirk Holleman, the FAC Technical Theatre teacher, acted as chaperone and driver was instrumental in managing the bus and navigating Tallahassee and the FSU campus. Dirk is an alumnus of the Fine Arts Center and of FSU.

Photo taken in front of the Westcott Building at the main entrance into the campus. Pictured
are Dirk Holleman, Maren Trofatter, Lauren Pittman, Rhiannon Laymon, Beth Byouk, Jacki Calle, Kara Nightingale, Hannah Winton, Samantha Patterson, Nikki Morath, Coryn Owens, Jan Woodward, Charlotte Brown, Tiffany Bunch (theatre student).

Following the tour of the Dance Department, Larry Gerber, Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Program in the College of Music, gave a tour of the Music building and facilities along with graduate student Heather Stuyverson. Larry Gerber was the first voice teacher at the Fine Arts Center and was Karen Parks’ first voice teacher. Karen Parks is the current voice instructor at the Fine Arts Center.
The FAC students visited Annie Fox’s dorm room and asked her questions about being a dance major at FSU and what college life is really like. Blake Ulmer, an FAC graduate and current FSU dance major, helped set up the dorm visit and talked with the FAC dancers, too.
Jan Woodward, the current FAC dance teacher, earned her M.F.A. in dance from FSU. She had time to speak with Patty Phillips, co-chair of the department and one of her professors in graduate school, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, who is the Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women and was named FSU’s 2011-2012 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest award granted to FSU faculty.
Amanda Porter performed in both of the evening concerts of the Days of Dance, which were two different programs. Amanda performed in Rick McCullough’s Cool Tunes! on Saturday evening and the student-choreographed Awakening on Friday night. Gerri Houlihan, who has been a guest artist at the FAC and is a professor of dance at FSU, also had a lovely piece of choreography performed at the Friday concert.
View more photos of the trip here or find out more at the FAC Dance blog.

Holiday Metals Sale 2011

The Metals students have been hard at work creating extraordinary wearable artwork in time for the holidays. Don't miss this opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece while providing the student artists with an opportunity to learn about the business aspects of their trade. For each piece sold, the artist will receive 50% of the sale price. The remainder will go toward supporting the Fine Arts Center Metals department. The photos here show just a sample of the work available. Don't wait to purchase one of these beauties -- the sale only lasts until December 15th, and the inventory is moving very quickly. Nowhere else will you find such gorgeous, original work for such a steal! Stop by FAC or contact superb Metals Instructor Katy Cassell at 864-355-2671. Click on any of the images to see more detail of the item.

Umbrella Earrings: $26
Cuff Bracelet
Round Pendant: $20
Keychain: $14

Carved Wood Necklace: $16
Sun Pendant

Strings Chamber Music Concert on December 8th

The strings chamber music students are ready to knock your socks off with their outstanding talent! Join them on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center recital hall for Hear Now, a concert featuring selections by Jon Grier, Joseph Haydn, Benedikt Brydern, Charles Ives, Georg Telemann, Antonín Dvořák, and Friedrich Kummer.

A Taste of the Fine Arts Returns in February

Last year's fundraising gala, A Taste of the Fine Arts, was so much fun and such an excellent success that we've decided to make it an annual event. Please plan to join us on Friday, February 3rd, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Fine Arts Center. The event will include silent and live auctions, hors d'oeuvres, live music, performances by FAC students, and an opportunity to see the non-performing arts students in action in their respective studios. We'll be detailing the event in more depth over the coming months, including giving you a sneak peak at the auction items!

In the meantime, you may purchase tickets in person at the Fine Arts Center office or online at facgala2012.eventbrite.com

Donations for auction items are also being accepted until January 30, 2012. New items, service offers, and gift certificates, etc. are needed and welcome. All donations are tax deductible. Please bring donations to the FAC office, where you may complete a donation form for your item.

Coming Monday to a Stage Near You: The Art of the Monologue

The first Theatre Department performance of the school year will take place on Monday, December 5th, at 7:00 pm. "The Art of the Monologue" will showcase the best individual performances of the Fine Arts Center Theatre Ensembles as well as take a look at the background and necessity of the monologue in theatrical performance. Come out to support the Theatre students in their first performance by being part of the audience and increase your knowledge and understanding of theatrical conventions.

Last Chance to See "Shifting Plates" at FAC!

Tomorrow is the last day to see "Shifting Plates: A Printmaker's Print Exchange" in the Francis Sheffield Wood gallery at the Fine Arts Center. This exhibit includes the work of several of South Carolina's prominent printmakers and encompasses a wide variety of print media.  The exhibit also includes a large, three-panel folding screen, entitled Tempest, that was donated to the permanent FAC collection by artist Phil Garret. Tempest will remain on display after "Shifting Plates" ends tomorrow.
Come take a stroll through the gallery if you have not already!