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home : news : lakelands & beyond May 3, 2016

8/21/2014 11:48:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church announces 2014-15 FESTIVA Season

First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 season of its FESTIVA Arts Series.

The FESTIVA season will begin on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 4:00 pm with organist Michael Shake. A native of Florence, South Carolina, Michael Shake is a 1998 graduate of Erskine College where he studied organ with Robert P. Glick. He is currently Organist and Associate Director of Music at the 4800-member Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He returns “home” to share a diverse and engaging recital with music from the French Symphonic organ tradition, Johann Sebastian Bach, Erskine professor James Brooks Kuykendall, plus a little jazz and even a favorite hymn.

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 4:00 pm, FESTIVA welcomes Palmetto Brass. The Palmetto Brass is a brass quintet recently founded in the South Carolina upstate by some of the area’s finest brass players. The group is comprised of a variety of backgrounds from freelance musicians to university professors, but all of the members share a strong passion for brass music and a desire to share it with others. Founded in a world where string quartets rule the chamber music scene, the Palmetto Brass was started to bring the sound of a small brass ensemble to festive events and concerts. While the group frequently plays popular brass pieces from the romantic age and more modern brass works, it also seeks to bring an exciting new perspective to classical works written for other small ensembles. Palmetto Brass combines passionate playing with the big sound of brass instruments for a truly unforgettable performance.

On Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 7:00 pm, FESTIVA audiences will experience something out of the ordinary. Greenwood’s own newly-formed Wild Hare Productions, under the direction of Bess Park, will present a musical drama telling the stories of the homesteaders of the Great Plains. Their storytelling was often done through fabric, their histories captured in quilts created by pioneer women. QUILTERS tells the history of a pioneer family – specifically one woman and her six daughters – solely through their quilting. Each quilt block, each square of the quilt, represents an event or a significant series of events. Over the course of the play, 16 blocks are revealed and, therefore, 16 stories are told, with all the characters acted out by the seven women on stage. Please note the time for this performance.

Always a popular FESTIVA event, the Greenwood Festival Chorale will present a concert of sacred music on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 4:00 pm. Since its inception in 1998, Greenwood’s own non-audition community chorale has drawn large audiences to its concerts at Christmas, FESTIVA, and South Carolina Festival of Flowers.

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 3:00 pm, The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir of Atlanta, Georgia, will be in concert. Singing with unmistakable spirit, refinement, and remarkable beauty of tone and expression, all of the outstanding young musicians of Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall Children’s Choir proudly represent the program’s dedication to music education and commitment to artistic excellence. Members receive professional quality instruction in all aspects of vocal production, musicianship, and choral performance. Involvement also enhances their lives, helping to develop self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility, compassion, teamwork, and confidence in their abilities. As cultural ambassadors of the State of Georgia, the Tour Choir has performed to acclaim throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Sweden, Norway, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, and Scotland. They have also professionally recorded four CDs. Dr. Martha Shaw is Artistic Director and Conductor of this choir. Please note the date and time for this performance.

Begun in 2001 as Sundays@Four, FESTIVA is a series of cultural arts events that is offered to the community free of charge. FESTIVA events have included musical performances, dramatic presentations, dancers, comedians, and visual art exhibitions. The series is funded by donations from individuals, organizations, and grants from the Greenwood County Community Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Childcare is provided for preschool children.

For more information, please contact Amy Fennell, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, at 864-229-5814 or

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