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Furman Symphony Orchestra presents “Russian Masterworks” Oct. 27

Last updated October 5, 2017

By Tina Underwood

The Furman Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will present a concert Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus.

The Cultural Life Program performance, “Russian Masterworks,” is a Sound Quality Concert Series event and is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada; Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 48; and the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. As described in program notes by Bruce Gbur, “The Firebird, or Zhar-Ptitsa, is based on a Russian fairy tale and involves the magical bird of the title, a young prince, a captive princess, and a terrible ogre who cannot be killed until the secret location of his heart is found.”

The FSO, nearly 70 members strong, is conducted by Thomas Joiner, Professor of Violin and Orchestral Activities at Furman. Throughout the academic year, he conducts the FSO in orchestral, operatic, and oratorio performances. Now entering his 20th season, Joiner is Music Director and Conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. For 31 seasons he was a member of the Artist–Faculty of the Brevard Music Center, holding the Dr. & Mrs. William J. Pendergrast, Sr. Artist Chair and serving as a concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. He was honored in 2009, along with his wife, violist Anna Barbrey Joiner, with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

He previously performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, and served as Professor of Violin and Orchestral Activities at the University of Georgia School of Music, past president of the South Carolina American String Teachers Association, and member of the national board of directors of the Conductors Guild.

Joiner holds degrees from Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Florida State University.

Tickets may be ordered online. For more information about the concert, contact the Furman Music Office at 864-294-2086, or email the department at


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