Community Series 13/14

CSO Spiritual Ensemble (1) 4-5-09

November 3, 2013 - 3:00pm        
CSO Spiritual Ensemble - No Trouble at the River: The Perilous Story of the Underground Railroad

$5 Adult/$5 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on October 3, 2013

Director David A. Richardson will lead the Ensemble in a moving tribute to the escape network of fugitive slaves known as the Underground Railroad which formed in the early 19th century and peaked the mid-­-1800’s, consisting of meeting points, secret routes, transportation and safe houses provided by abolitionist sympathizers.  Escaped slaves would move north along the route from one way station to the next. "Conductors" on the railroad came from various backgrounds and included free-­-born blacks, white abolitionists and former slaves themselves.

 FMCS 2013

December 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Florence Men's Choral Society

$5 Adult/$5 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on November 20, 2013

Florence Men’s Choral Society is a 501c3 male choral organization consisting of approximately 25 men and is open to young males and adults ages 15 and older.  A volunteer choral society, F.M.C.S was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Julian M. Young and exists to provide exceptional male choral performances in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.  Mr. Young serves as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving at Francis Marion University.  Ms. Betsy T. Johnson serves as Assistant Director and Accompanist for the Choral Society.  Auditions are held in August and January with two major performances held in the Fall and Spring of each year.  This performance is an addition to their annual concerts and will include a wide selection of holiday-themed music.

In January 2014, FMCS will be performing Randal Thompsons’ “Testament of Freedom” as part of a concert series promoted by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) involving just over 200 men from the US and Canada.  In addition to “Testament of Freedom”, the concert will feature “The Gettysburg Address” written by Mark Hayes.


January 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
Robert Sims

$5 Adult/$5 Student
Single tickets will go on sale on December 9, 2013


Robert Sims, Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition, has been hailed by critics for his rich tone, energetic performances, and convincing stage presence.

Mr. Sims has been highly praised for his moving interpretations of African American spirituals, and has given numerous recitals of them throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has appeared with many orchestras in the U.S., and toured Japan with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra where he was featured in a nationally televised performance of Bernstein's Opening Prayer. In 2005, Sims made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall and was invited by Jessye Norman to participate in Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy at Carnegie Hall in March of 2009. He recently appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and made his debut in the United Kingdom with the Gibraltar Philharmonic. He has performed in concert at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Savannah, Grant Park, and Big Arts summer music festivals, the Latour de France International Music Festival, and the celebrated American Church in Paris.  Under the auspices of Canti Classics, Community Concerts, and Live On Stage Series, Sims has performed more than 150 recitals throughout the United States.


March 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
Bishop Michael Blue presents: The Tribe

$5 Adult/$5 Student
Single tickets will go on sale on February 3, 2014

The TRIBE is an aggregation of men and women who have ministered in various musical entities under the directorship of Michael A. Blue, Sr., in Marion / Dillon Counties and in the Greater Pee Dee Region, over the past thirty plus (30+) years. The Palmetto Lights, The Sellers Community Choir, The Marion High School Black History Choir, The Chosen Generation, The Gathering, The Marion High School Gospel Chorus, and The Voices of Hope Sanctuary Choir share kinship: they have each been blessed to uniquely lift up their voices in the artistic expression and the exclusive medium designed to convey the Message of The Lord Jesus Christ. Together, representatives of these past and present choirs join forces to take their musical aspirations to the next level, for the present and for future generations.

PAC14-Army Band Poster

April 27, 2014 - 3:00pm
Fort Jackson 282nd Army Band

Tickets to this performance are free to the public
Single tickets will be available on March 27, 2014

The 282nd Army Band’s prestigious history dates to 1869 when it was organized as the Band, 21st Infantry, Richmond, Virginia.  Serving with distinction in the Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection and World War II, the band earned battle streamers for these actions.

From 1914 to 1941, the Band went through many reorganizations and redesignations, serving in Washington, Hawaii, and Korea, where it was deactivated in Seoul, in 1949.  In 1956 the 282nd was reactivated and assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  The primary mission of the band is to promote readiness and perform music that maintains the morale and esprit de corps of the soldiers stationed at Fort Jackson.  The band also supports the local community and surrounding area in parades, by presenting concerts, and participating in ceremonies throughout the Carolinas.  The band is comprised of 40 dedicated professional soldier/musicians capable of performing virtually any music style.