Beth Levin to Perform All-Beethoven Piano Concert

CofC Concerts at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present an “All-Beethoven Concert” performed by Beth Levin for the International Piano Series.

Levin made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a child prodigy, at age 12. She was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman and Paul Badura-Skoda.

With performances described as having “warmth as well as blinding light” (The Boston Globe), Levin has been a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. For her Charleston debut, she will perform an all-Beethoven program dedicated to the late sonatas opp. 109, 110, and 111.

The performance will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street.

General admission tickets are $20 per person (free for all students with school I.D.). Purchase tickets and subscriptions here or by calling (843) 953-6575.

Watch a video of Levin’s impeccable technique

Levin also will offer a masterclass, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St.

The International Piano Series will resume its season on Feb. 3, 2015 with Stephen Beus, and conclude on April 7, 2015 with Anne-Marie McDermott. Click here for more information on the  2014-15 season of the International Piano Series.

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‘Assassins’ – Dark Comical Revue-Style Musical to Be Staged

AssassinsThe Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present five-time Tony Award winner, “Assassins.”

Stephen Sondheim (music/lyrics) and John Weidman (book) examine the motivations of the men and women who have killed – or attempted to kill – U.S. Presidents throughout history. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley and others meet and interact in this darkly humorous revue-style musical. The notorious characters share with the audience their stories, motives and psychological problems through music and various scenes. 

The setting of the play is “a limbo world of their making” according to director Brent Laing, and the play travels through different decades between the 1860s to the 1980s, with the characters observing each other as they attempt to carry out their crimes. 

DETAILS: The production is for mature audiences and will take place Nov. 20-24, 2014 at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m., with two shows on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. A talkback will take place on opening night. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees. Tickets are available online at theatre.cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-5604.

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‘Out of Control’ Dance Concert

OutOfControlThe Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will showcase “Out of Control,” directed by Gretchen McLaine and choreographed by the College’s dance faculty and guest artist Ashlee Ratigan for the Charleston County School of the Arts. The College’s dance students comprise the cast.

What makes this production “Out of Control”? Just one example includes the interaction of audience members to vote on what music, from opera to rap, will be chosen for one of the pieces. Having no idea of the song choices given to the audience, the dancers will have to quickly adapt their performance to represent the music selected.

The Dance program collaborated with the Department of Computer Science for part of the performance. [Learn about the collaboration and the growing Computing in the Arts program.]

DETAILS:  The event will run from Oct. 23-26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., except on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. only, in the Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students & employees and $15 for public admission. Season subscriptions are still available. Purchase tickets online at theatre.cofc.edu, by emailing [email protected] or by calling (843) 953-5604.

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CofC Faculty Jazz Ensemble to Perform

Students, alumni and the public love to see our jazz professors take stage. Toes tapping, heads nodding to the beat – at the end of the concert you’ll leave with melodic arrangements still on your mind.

The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts presents the CofC Faculty Jazz Ensemble on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014:  Robert Lewis (saxophones), David Heywood (flute), Tyler Ross (guitar), Gerald Gregory (piano), Quentin Baxter (drums) and Frank Duvall (bass). The group will perform jazz standards, arrangements and originals.

Directed by Robert Lewis, Jazz Studies in the College’s Department of Music is one of the most prominent music programs in the area and includes instruction by some of the best jazz performers of the South.

DETAILS:  The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is $15 general / $10 students. Reserve tickets by calling (843) 953-6575 or purchase tickets at the door. More information is available online. This concert is a popular event among the Charleston musical community; early arrival is advised, as seating is first-come, first-served.

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CofC Theatre Stages Award Winning ‘Bread & Circuses’ by Recent Alumnus

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present “Bread and Circuses” by young alumnus Edward Precht ’14. The play is not a slice of realism, but rather is a broad comedy that speaks of young love and one man’s hysterical journey to find it. Along the way, he discovers some things about not only the art of theatre, but also about himself.

The production won the David L. Shelton Playwriting Award at the 2014 Region IV Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and went on to win the NAPAT National KC/ACTF award for playwriting. As the winner of the Shelton award, this production of “Bread and Circuses” has already received an invitation to be presented at the 2015 KC/ACTF Regional Festival in February.

Director and theatre faculty member Todd McNerney states, “Working on the development of a new play is an exciting opportunity for our department and for our students – in this case doubly so since it was written by a student. In my roughly 20 years here, only one other time was a student’s original piece presented as part of our department’s mainstage season.”

He adds, “There are some unique elements within the production, and the structure of the play requires an imaginative approach to the realization of the world – a world that highlights how life is full of possibilities that most of us have yet to discover.”

Edward Precht is a recent graduate of the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a multiple award-winning playwright and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. This is his first full-length play.

DETAILS: The production will run from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 with a second run from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. It will be staged in the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday shows at 3 p.m. only. 

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are still available. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 953-5604.

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New Director Ran Dank to Open Piano Series

The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts is pleased to welcome Ran Dank as its new Director of Piano Studies. Described by The New York Times as “thriving in his career” and giving “ tour-de-force accounts of stunning piano pieces,” Mr. Dank will open the 2014-15 season of the College’s International Piano Series (IPS), on Sept. 30. The Juilliard graduate will perform an exhilarating program of Chopin and Liszt that will mark his Charleston debut after almost a decade of living, performing and teaching in New York City. [Learn more about Ran Dank.]

IPS is Charleston’s longest-running program with a pure focus on piano, and for the remainder of the season Mr. Dank has assembled a stellar collection of pianists that includes Beth Levin, Stephen Beus and Anne-Marie McDermott. [Learn more.]

CONCERT DETAILS:  Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. | $20 general admission (free for all students) and $70 season subscriptions for four concerts – Purchase advance tickets and subscriptions online or by calling (843) 953-6575. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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A Modern Take on a Classic Greek Tragedy

The BacchaeThe Dept. of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will stage a modern interpretation of Euripides’ “The Bacchae.” This new translation written by Irish poet Derek Mahon follows Dionysus on his quest to reveal himself as a God to his hometown of Thebes, which has banned the worship of the diety.

Director David Lee Nelson helms this exciting production. “I was really attracted to this play, because I love the challenge of taking classics and finding what about them is still relevant. This play was written in 500 B.C. That’s before Christianity. That’s before Islam. Yet this is a play about gender, power, and punishing people who spread rumors about their mom. That’s something people can relate to forever.”

DETAILS: Thursday, Sept. 25 -Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 • 7:30 p.m., with shows on Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7:30p.m. • Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. • $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are available. Purchase tickets online at theatre.cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-6306.

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Orlando Jones Comedy Show to Benefit College of Charleston Theatre & Dance

Orlando Jones

Jones currently stars in FOX’s hit television series “Sleepy Hollow” with a second season premiering on Sept. 22.

***EVENT POSTPONED***

The Department of Theatre and Dance will postpone the Orlando Jones Comedy Show. At the last minute, the “Sleepy Hollow” television show has required Mr. Jones to film on the same day as the comedy show, originally scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 4. The box office will issue refunds for those who have purchased tickets. 

The department is working on rescheduling the comedy show for a later date (mostly likely in the spring) and will announce it as soon as details are confirmed. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is pleased to bring back former student thespian Orlando Jones to the Emmett Robinson stage – the very stage where he discovered his acting talent and the joy of engaging audiences.

In his Hollywood career, audiences have seen Orlando Jones move from drama to comedy, from behind the camera to lead roles, with startling dexterity. From his portrayal of Clifford Franklin in the classic football film “The Replacements” to the hugely successful “Drumline” and singing and dancing in the Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” Jones continues to thrill and entertain audiences.

In the spring of 2012, Jones kicked off his comedy tour, which touches on various topics, from family life to pop culture and current events. He looks forward to returning to campus, having studied at the College from 1985 to 1990 and having performed in a handful of theatre productions. Learn more.

Department Chair Janine McCabe expresses, “It is refreshing to have a former student who has garnered great success, to not only share his talent on our stage, but also to support the Department of Theatre and Dance by donating part of the event’s proceeds.”

The show also will feature Alex Scott, whose comedy has been described as “the most relatable comedy in America,” as he deftly talks about growing up, careers, relationships and his six years in the military. Opening for the show is 21-year-old Reid Clark, a new comedian from Wilmington, N.C., who was discovered by Jones.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Part of the proceeds will benefit the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-5604. For mature audiences.

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Baritone David Templeton Opens 2nd Monday Series

2nd Monday Series

The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston, formerly known as the Monday Night Concert Series, opens its 2014-15 season of music with baritone David Templeton and pianist Robin Zemp.

Robin ZempDavid Templeton On Sept. 8, 2014, this talented faculty duo will present a powerful performance of Robert Schumann’s best-known song cycle, Dichterliebe, Maurice Ravel’s triptych Don Quichotte et Dulcinee, and Giuseppi Verdi’s emotional Eri tu? (from Un ballo in maschera). The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is $15 general / $10 students. Reserve tickets by calling (843) 953-6575 or purchase tickets at the door. More information is available online at music.cofc.edu/concerts

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Introducing…CofC Concerts

CofC Concerts

The Department of Music is pleased to begin its 2014-15 concert season with exciting improvements, including a new start time of 7:30 p.m. for most performances. In addition, the Department has established a new entity, CofC Concerts, which coordinates its professional series and student ensembles from a central office and website. Now, at one place, patrons can obtain information and purchase season subscriptions and tickets for most of the following:

 

International Piano Series (Charleston’s longest running program with a pure focus on piano)

 

Magnetic South (New classical music concerts in collaboration with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra)

 

Charleston Music Fest (Intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty and local and international artists)

 

CofC Ensembles (Student ensembles including the CofC Concert Choir, CofC Opera and CofC Orchestra)

 

Also included in CofC Concerts is the 2nd Monday Series, formerly the Monday Night Concert Series, which will feature faculty and guest artists on the second Monday of each month.

 

Learn more online or by calling 843.953.6575.
 
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