Franklin College talent on display: Concerts, exhibits showcase student work

Franklin College students will show off their creative talents this week with year-end concerts and an art exhibit — all are free and open to the public.

The Franklin College Music Department will host its spring choral concerts at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and its spring instrumental concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. All concerts will be held in the Clarence E. and Inez R. Custer Theatre in Old Main.

Approximately 100 students will perform, featuring the FC Singers, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus. The concert will specially feature music from Broadway shows.

The instrumental concert will feature the wind ensemble and string ensemble. Approximately 50 students will participate in the concert, conducted by director of instrumental studies, Michael Black, D.M.A.

The instrumental concert will feature musical competitions that tell stories, Black said in a statement.

“Listeners will travel to ancient churches, relive the story of Odysseus, and march into battle with ancient soldiers. For the first time in recent history the concert will also feature a guest artist, clarinet virtuoso Michael Robinson,” he said.

Next week, Franklin College Art Department will host a student art exhibit opening reception at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branigin Atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, located at the corner of Branigin Blvd. and Grizzly Dr.

Students involved in all levels of studio art classes will display a selection of their work completed during the spring semester. Student art awards will be presented.

The art department will showcase student work from Tuesday through May 16 in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts. Exhibit hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.