North Florida Community College is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 North Florida Community College Artist Series season featuring seven highly entertaining shows. The season begins Sunday, Sept. 20 and continues through March 2016. All performances are held at Van H. Priest Auditorium, located on the NFCC campus in Madison, Fla.
Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and music director Howard Hsu welcome guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi to perform the exquisite Sibelius Violin Concerto, a work that hides a fiery passion under an icy exterior. During this season openers, patrons will enjoy Ives Variations on America, Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 featuring Jennifer Frautschi on violin, and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68. The Brahms First Symphony marks the emergence of Brahms from the smothering shadow of Beethoven. Desserts will be served at intermission during this Sunday matinee performance.
Larry McWilliams Big Band Show “An Evening with Friends” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. A night of swing, jazz and popular big band tunes with our friend, Madison County native and highly acclaimed trumpeter, Larry McWilliams and his 17-piece orchestra. It will be a night to remember, so bring your friends and enjoy the show.
War Bonds: The Songs & Letters of WWII on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Award winning artists David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt fill the stage with wartime memories and tunes in this musical journey through a war that redefined the world. Their multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the front and headline news of the period, providing a warm reminiscence and a harrowing reminder of a time when the whole world seemed upside down. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
A Tennessee Christmas, featuring Meagan Taylor and Jason Coleman on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Guitarist Meagan Taylor and pianist Jason Coleman bring some of Tennessee to town in this holiday concert highlighting Meagan and Jason’s vocal harmonies as well as the fingerstyle guitar and “slip note” piano made famous by Meagan’s uncle, Chet Atkins and Jason’s grandfather, Floyd Cramer. Backed by drums, bass and keyboard, Meagan and Jason share heartwarming photos and videos of their most cherished Christmas memories.
The Second City on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Fresh, fast and spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues. This irresistible new show “Fully Loaded” features classic material made famous by comedy superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto. A must-see evening of comedy. (This show may contain adult and mature content; recommended for ages 18+)
Caladh Nua Irish Music on Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. “Irish Music at its Best”- Danny Matheson, Celtic Music Radio. Caladh Nua, a tightly-knit, vibrant band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland, features five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments – from fiddle to banjo, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion. Don’t miss this show! Their NFCC appearance is one of only three shows in Florida during Caladh Nua’s U.S. tour.
Cirque Zuma Zuma on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Americaʹs Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma is non-stop action. Featuring live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs pole and aerial acts, dance, acrobatics, tumbling and South African contortionist feats. Cirque Zuma Zuma performers are trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Many describe the show as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. Fun for the whole family. The NFCC Artist Series presented its first program in 1959. Since that time, it has continued to grow and bring excellent performing arts and arts education events to the community at affordable prices. This season is no exception. Season pass holders can enjoy the entire season, all seven performances, for only $65 (reserved seating) and are granted admission to the 2015-2016 NFCC Community Theatre performances as well as the 2015-2016 Live! At Dowling Park Artist Series performances in Dowling Park. Individual tickets for NFCC Artist Series performances are $15 for adults; $8 for NFCC students; and $8 for children ages 17 and under. NFCC and children season passes are $45. Those wishing to further support the arts and arts education can also become an Artist Series Angels sponsor. Sponsorships include season passes and additional perks for individuals and businesses.
More information is available from the NFCC website at www.nfcc.edu or by contacting the NFCC College Advancement Office at (850) 973-1653 or ArtistSeries@nfcc.edu.