CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University has released it fine arts calendar for spring and it’s sure to have something for everyone. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no ticket required, and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.
Here is a look at upcoming events:
“Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance”
A chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano & percussion) will celebrate the lives of the great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
SWU Jazz Invitational
The Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Invitational will feature many of the Upstate’s finest middle school, high school and collegiate jazz bands on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This fun and relaxing program will conclude with SWU’s own jazz band. When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
Musica Ecclesia is a choir festival that brings together area church choirs on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. It is an opportunity for the singers and congregations to come together to celebrate Christian unity. Each choir presents favorite anthems and then joins the other choirs, including the SWU Concert Choir, in singing a closing anthem. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.
SWU Jazz and Wind Ensembles
Under the direction of Prof. Greg Day, director of instrumental activities, Southern Wesleyan University’s Wind Ensemble will join the SWU Jazz Ensemble in a varied program of concert and sacred works that will delight listeners of all ages Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The event features students from Southern Wesleyan University as well as area students who have auditioned to be part of the group. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
This year’s SWU student production will take you on a journey with the four Pevensie children through the wardrobe to visit the magical land of Narnia. This family musical is based on the well-loved children’s book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” and features songs such as “You Can’t Imagine,” “Turkish Delight,” and “Deep Magic.” The musical will be held in Folger Auditorium. Call 864-644-5191 for ticket information. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for non-SWU students and seniors; and $5 for children under 12. SWU students are admitted free. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 21, March 22, March 28 and March 29. A matinee will be offered at 2 p.m. March 29.
Music Majors Formal Recital
Southern Wesleyan University music majors are featured in the Music Majors Formal Recital April 4 at 4:30 p.m. The event is part of Southern Wesleyan University’s annual Fine Arts Series at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. When: 4:30 p.m. April 4.
Come listen to an afternoon of inspirational gospel music by some of the area’s finest gospel choirs April 13 from 1-5 p.m. The Gospel Extravaganza will be held in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center and admission is free. This event is a part of a week-long area festival, The Clemson Area Blues Festival. When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 13.
Music Majors Honors Recital
Selected Southern Wesleyan University music majors are featured in the Music Majors Honors Recital April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of Southern Wesleyan University’s annual Fine Arts Series at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. When: 7:30 p.m. April 15.
SWU Concert Choir “Pops” Concert
The Southern Wesleyan University “Pops” Concert is back! Sandwiched between staged medleys of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables,” soloists, duets and small groups will perform many of your favorite Broadway melodies. It will be an evening perfect for the end of the semester. The event is part of Southern Wesleyan University’s annual Fine Arts Series at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. When: 7:30 p.m. April 26.
SWU Jazz and Wind Ensembles
The Jazz and Wind ensembles join forces at the end of the semester to delight the audience with a wide variety of sacred and secular works. The ensembles will help you find “your niche” and won’t leave you unsatisfied. The event is part of university’s Fine Art Series at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the campus in Central. When: 7:30 p.m. April 29.