SWU Spring Fine Arts Series set to start on February 17

CENTRAL — The Fine Arts Division of Southern Wesleyan University is offering a series of events this spring ranging from jazz to opera, and everything in between. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, open to the public, and will take place at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. For details, visit or call (864) 644-5408.

Upper Region Honor Choir Concert – Friday, January 20, 7 p.m.

SWU Wind Ensemble Pops Concert – Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.

Musica Ecclesia: A Festival of Sacred Music And Giving – Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

SWU Jazz Invitational Concert – Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.

Smokey Joe’s Café – Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Matinee, March 18, 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

This year’s student production, a dessert theater, will be held in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Auditorium. Smokey Joe’s Café is a song and dance celebration of 50s and 60s Rock and Roll music, written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. For ticket information and details, call (864) 644- 5408.

C.S. Lewis on Stage – Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tom Key’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis on Stage captures the personality and fiction of the author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Screwtape Letters.” Key has performed this show internationally including appearances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Harvard University, Yale University and at Oxford University (by invitation of C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham).

Jazz Ensemble Concert • Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.

Music Majors Formal Recital – Friday, April 7, 4:30 p.m.

Music Majors Honors Recital – Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

SWU Wind Ensemble Concert – Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.
This program explores “Past Times” with challenging selections that explore things that have been, recalling memories, events, and lifestyles. This Sunday afternoon program will be a wonderful spring event, featuring guest soloists, as well as student soloists, performing with the Wind Ensemble.

An Opera In Disguise: Verdi’s Requiem – Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Experience this thrilling choral masterpiece performed by the SWU Concert Choir and the Chorale of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC). The performance will be at Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, in Anderson. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. SWU students with student I.D. are admitted free. Call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6174 to reserve your ticket.