SC Chamber Music Festival back at PAC for seventh year

February 11, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival returns to Florence and the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center for its seventh season and a full week of classical chamber music beginning on Monday, Feb. 25.

The South Carolina Chamber Music Festival is produced by Francis Marion University piano virtuoso Paolo Gualdi and is a unique musical event that brings world-class musicians from around the world to community.

The festival is a week-long event. All of the events will be held at the PAC’s Black Box Theater. Seating at the Black Box is limited, and entry is not permitted once the performance has begun.


Tickets are only available through the FMU Performing Arts Center ticket office. Ticket reservations can be made by calling 843-661-4444 or by visiting the ticket office in person at 201 S. Dargan St. in downtown Florence. The ticket office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $5 for the general public. FMU students are admitted free to all events with a valid student I.D., but they are required to reserve a ticket as well.

The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 as violinist Sinisa Ciric teams with Gualdi on piano to present “Masterworks for Violin and Piano.”

On Tuesday, Kirsten Chavez will collaborate with FMU asociate professor of music technology Brandon Goff for a live recording session at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Chavez will return at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to pair with Gualdi to perform “Pasión,” combining her mezzo-soprano vocals with piano.

“The Invalid’s Sonnet,” performed by composer Mark Snyder, soprano Charly Ann Roper and percussionist Tony Steve, headlines the festival’s penultimate performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The Chamber Music Festival will close with “Woman to Woman,” a collection of works written by female composers. It will be performed by violinist Qiao Chen Solomon and pianist Hyunjung Rachel Chung at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

For more information on the artists or individual performances, visit facebook.com/SCCMF/.