5 ANSWERS: The Florence Symphony Orchestra does Broadway | Entertainment
FLORENCECS – The Florence Symphony Orchestra will wrap up its 2021-22 concert season on Monday with “Broadway By Request.”
Broadway singers Teri Hansen and Destan Owens will join the orchestra on stage during the performance of 18 songs.
The Florence Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1949 and has already scheduled its 2022-23 concert. For more information on tickets, visit www.fmupac.org or visit the FMU Performing Arts Center box office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Representatives of the Florence Symphony Orchestra answered these five questions to give a little more information about Monday’s concert and the upcoming season.
1 How were the songs chosen for Broadway By Request and which songs will be featured in the concert?
The Florence Symphony Orchestra will perform “Broadway by Request” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Francis Marion University Center for the Performing Arts. The selections for this concert were voted on by subscription holders of the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The lineup includes hits from ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Cats’ and many more. Eighteen songs will be included in the concert.
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2 Who are the artists who will be featured in Broadway By Request, and tell us about their journey?
Broadway singers Teri Hansen and Destan Owens will come from New York to sing with the FSO. Teri Hansen is an actress, singer and writer. On stage, she performed in “An American in Paris”, “The Sound Of Music”, “Camelot”, “The Music Man”, “Boys from Syracuse” and “Show Boat”. Destan Owenshas has appeared on “Broadway in Chicago”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, and “Rent”.
2 This is the season finale for the Florence Symphony Orchestra. What were the highlights of this season?
This concert is definitely one of the highlights. It was originally scheduled for spring 2020 but the pandemic put it on hold. The Broadway by Request concert will be the first concert without a mask in two years.
4 How is the preparation for next season going?
Next season we have exciting things planned. The opening concert in October features a full orchestra playing the early symphonies of Mozart and Mahler. An all-female brass quintet will join us for the November concert. December is our popular Holiday Pops concert. February will feature pianist MacKenzie Melemed. April will feature a band from Las Vegas called Serpentine Fire, a tribute band to Earth, Wind and Fire.
5 How would someone get tickets or make a charitable contribution or bequest to the Florence Symphony Orchestra?
Tickets for individual concerts are available at the FMU Performing Arts Center box office, noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 843-661-4444. Season passes and contributions can be made by calling the FSO office at 843-661-2541 and speaking with General Manager Pamela Glass. The FSO is a not-for-profit organization and relies on corporate sponsors and community support. Tickets for next season will go on sale June 1.