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Arts Management Program to Honor Mark Bryan for a Decade of Teaching and Service to College of Charleston

The College of Charleston Arts Management Program will honor its Artist in Residence Mark Bryan as he concludes his teaching and service to the program at IN THE MIX, the popular music industry series he hosts. The event, “IN THE MIX: Celebrating Mark Bryan” will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.) on the College of Charleston campus. It is free and open to students and the public. For additional information, contact the Arts Management Program at or call (843) 953-6301.

Mark Bryan, Grammy award-winning lead guitarist of Hootie and the Blowfish, has been teaching in the Arts Management Program since fall 2009 when he was hired by former Program Director Scott Shanklin-Peterson. Under the leadership of Shanklin-Peterson and now current director Dr. Karen Chandler, and with the support of School of the Arts Dean Valerie Morris, former College of Charleston Presidents P. George Benson and Glenn McConnell, and Provost Brian McGee, Bryan has worked with the faculty and staff of the Arts Management Program to develop an exciting and industry-based concentration for students who are Arts Management majors. Today, the Music Industry Concentration is one of the program’s fastest growing interests among its students. The concentration offers a full complement of academic and co-curricular programs including IN THE MIX; a roster of courses including audio production, presenting and festival management, legal issues in music and entertainment, artist and band management, and internships; 1770 Records, a student-run record label; and a Global Music Industry Study Abroad Program in Stockholm and Örebro, Sweden. “Mark’s professional contacts in the music business and use of those contacts over the years to assist students in getting internships, and his overall involvement in the development of the music industry concentration have been immeasurable in advancing the curriculum of the Arts Management Program,” says Chandler.

IN THE MIX, the music industry series hosted by Bryan, is a formal component of Introduction to the Music Industry, the class he co-teaches with Ron Mendola who taught in the music program at Georgia Tech University for 32 years before coming to the College of Charleston. The class and its IN THE MIX counterpart introduces students as well as the public to topics and professionals from all corners of the music business. The inaugural session of IN THE MIX was held in January 2014 with Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker, and Cary Ann Hearst, singer-songwriter and vocalist of Shovels and Rope. Through the years, Bryan has successfully developed IN THE MIX and hosted leading professionals in the music business from Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles covering topics from songwriting, touring, digital streaming, and licensing to music publishing. (A full listing of all guests and topics can be found on the Arts Management Program website.)

In December and after ten years of service to the Arts Management Program as its Artist in Residence, Mark Bryan will be leaving the College to focus on his own musical endeavors. To honor and celebrate his contributions to the program and the Music Industry Concentration, he will be the guest of honor at the November 12th session of IN THE MIX. The event will be hosted by and will include an interview of him by Arts Management alumnus John Shields (‘12) of Charleston’s hip-hop-pop-rock duo, Little Stranger (and Long Miles, the popular reggae-rock band he and his College of Charleston classmates started while in school). The event will also feature student acoustic performances, student and community expressions of gratitude, and a few surprises. The event will conclude as it should — with a few tunes by Mark Bryan himself dedicated to his students, past and present.

IN THE MIX events are presented by the Arts Management Program in the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts. For information, visit or call (843) 953-6301.

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Charleston Latin Jazz Collective to Perform for 2nd Monday Series

The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective, a group of seven musicians comprised of faculty members, alumni and professionals within the community. They have joined together to create a unique high-energy sound that captures the essence of traditional Cuban music, as well as contemporary Latin jazz. Musicians include: Ron Wiltrout, percussion; Charlton Singleton, trumpet; Jake Holwegner, bass; David Heywood, arranger/flute/percussion; Gerald Gregory, piano; Gino Castillo, percussion/vocals and John E. Cobb, baritone sax.

The concert will take place on Monday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for all students with school I.D. Admission is free for CofC Faculty and Staff. The Collective will announce the program from the stage.

Gino Castillo (percussion, vocals) has played professionally in Ecuador, Cuba, New York City, and for the last few years in Charleston, S.C. Sponsored by Pearl Drums, he has appeared in concert and recorded with a long list of international artists, many of which can be heard on his latest CD, Ya Llegue. In Charleston, he performs with his own group, The Gino Castillo Quartet. He also appears with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and a number of other local groups. More information can be found at

John E. Cobb (baritone sax) is a native of Charleston from the small town of Parkers Ferry. For nine years, he lived in New York City where he attended college and performed with several local Latin combos, show bands, and big bands in the tri-state area (N.Y., N.J. and Conn.). His instrument of preference is the baritone saxophone. Currently, he is a school administrator and freelance musician with many of the local jazz and party bands. He is considered to be both an accomplished musician and educator. Cobb’s tone is described by many as smooth and warm, and he performs weekly at High Cotton Restaurant with the James Slater Trio. In addition, Cobb has performed with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra during its last eight seasons.

Gerald Gregory (piano) began playing piano at the age of six with encouragement and support from his mom. He moved from his home of Roanoke, Va. to Charleston, S.C. in 2001 and is a 2005 graduate of the College of Charleston with degrees in jazz piano performance and composition. Gregory traveled to Copenhagen for a six week stint in 2006 and played in the Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Toca Toca, a Brazilian inspired ensemble. He is founding member of the group Morimoto, as well as the group Faces for Radio, in addition to being a members of the house bands at the Charleston Grill and Mercado restaurants. He is featured on many stylistically diverse albums ranging from country and rock to jazz and samba.

David Heywood (arranger, flute, percussion) has been an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the College of Charleston since 1999, where he directs the Wind Ensemble and two jazz performing ensembles. As a performer in Charleston, he has appeared with local groups including The New Music Collective, the salsa bands Havanason and Tumbao, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and dozens of other local jazz musicians and groups. He is also a published arranger, and has transcribed or arranged commissions for concert band, big band, and small wind groups for the U.S. Air Force groups based in Ga., Va., Neb., Colo., and Germany, as well as professional groups in Las Vegas, and of course The Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Heywood received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from North Texas State University, and an Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Jake Holwegner (bass) played electric bass with local R & B and funk bands for years before studying upright bass at the College of Charleston with Lee Burrows and Frank Duvall, as well as Charleston Symphony bassist Tom Breznik. His interest in Latin music led him to travel to Cuba in 2003, where he was able to study authentic performance styles and learn from many local musicians. In Charleston, Holwegner has been one of the house players at the Charleston Grill for the last seven years, as well as a regular member of the Lee Barbour Trio, Caravan, and Havanason, Tumbao, and many other local groups.

A native of Awendaw, S.C., Charlton Singleton (trumpet) began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. For the past nine years he has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; a 20 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, S.C. As a performer, Charlton leads his own traditional jazz group (Charlton Singleton Quintet) and a contemporary group (Charlton Singleton Band), as well as the Gullah-inspred group Ranky Tanky. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world.

Ron Wiltrout (drums, vocals) is a percussionist based in Charleston, S.C. He performs regularly throughout the Southeast with ensembles whose styles range from jazz to free improvisation to avant-garde and contemporary classical music. An avid performer of new music, he has premiered pieces by Ted Hearne, Michael Pisaro, Sam Sfirri, Mustafa Walker, Sean Friar, Philip White, and Nathan Koci. Wiltrout is devoted to exploring the use of unconventional percussion and extended techniques. He co-leads multiple jazz groups and is currently co-artistic director for the New Music Collective. Wiltrout has performed with Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout, The Rudy Waltz, the Garage Cuban Band, Lee Barbour, Tommy Gill, Bert Ligon, Brad Moranz, Tumbao, Duda Lucena, Kopaja, Delusion Story, Katrina Ballads, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and the Opposite of a Train. More information can be found at

Housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, CofC Concerts includes five extraordinary series: International Piano Series, Magnetic South, Charleston Music Fest, 2nd Monday Series, and CofC Ensembles (CofC Concert Choir, Opera and Orchestra), featuring international, national and regional artists, as well as the award-winning student ensembles in the College of Charleston’s Department of Music. Visit CofC Concerts at

Charleston Music Fest to Present Chamber Music + Arias

Charleston Music Fest presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty, and local and international artists. Housed in the College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston Music Fest will present internationally acclaimed soprano Zoia Rozkok and esteemed faculty duo Natalia Khoma and Volydymyr Vynnytsky for a night of intimate chamber music and operatic arias. An honored artist of the Ukraine, Rozhok has graced the stage of The National Opera House of Ukraine, State Opera Theatre of Ukraine and the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. She has sung large works with the Chernihiv Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatory and the Lviv Philharmonic. This expansive program will feature works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi.

The performance on Thursday, November 8 will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. General admission is $25 and $10 for all students. Season subscriptions are available for three concerts. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at, by calling (843) 953-6315, or at the door. 

Charleston Music Fest Season:
Zoia Rozhok, soprano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Volydymyr Vynnytsky, piano | Nov. 8, 2018
Natalia Khoma, cello; Volydymyr Vynnytsky, piano | Feb. 11, 2019
Janet Orenstein, violin; Brooks Whitehouse, cello; Allison Gagnon, piano | April 12, 2019

Zoia Rozhok is a laureate of several international competitions and a soloist of the Opera Studio of the National Academy of Music in Kyiv. From 2007 to 2010, she held the prestigious Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky assistantship at the National Music Academy of Ukraine where she studied with Diana Petreneko. Rozhok has graced stages in Poland, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Slovakia, Serbia, France, Kuwait, Malta, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and most recently the United States. In addition to her demanding touring schedule, Rozhok was named Associate Professor of Voice at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in 2014. A recording artist, Rozhok released her solo album “Inspiration” in 2012 featuring works by Strauss, Rossini and Verdi.

Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Vynnytsky Duo is the unique team of two virtuoso soloists from the same city and with a similar background. Both were born in Lviv, Ukraine, studied at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, and won International Competitions. Each has a distinguished career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and has appeared individually and as a Duo with major orchestras and premier chamber music series through the United States and Europe. With performances which have been hailed around the world as “most excellent,” “perfectly controlled and beautifully expressive,” “magical…deeply touching,” “with virtuosity and admirable feeling,” “passion, profundity and poignancy,” “cellist pianist solo soulmates,” the Duo is one of the most electrifying musical partnerships.


CofC Orchestra: Works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Delius

The College of Charleston Orchestra will perform a fall concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto, 1st movement (violin soloist: Tianyu Liu); Debussy’s La Mer; and Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden. Yuriy Bekker is the conductor of the orchestra.

DETAILS: Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. | Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. | FREE / $20 suggested donation for adults

Revel in Renaissance Music at A Yuletide Madrigal Feast

The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present A Yuletide Madrigal Feast, on Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at Circular Congregational Church.

The award-winning College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, will perform sacred and secular traditional holiday season carols in dinner theatre format. Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a feast fit for royalty.

TICKETS: CofC Faculty/Staff $45, General $55, Preferred seating $65

Alcohol can be purchased separately at the venue.

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The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers is an auditioned ensemble made up of students from the College’s Concert Choir that specializes in chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The Madrigal Singers are perhaps best known for their annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast and are also annually featured on the Early Music Series and the Young Artists Series in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. They also frequently have performed and toured with Steve Rosenberg and Charleston Pro Musica, and they function as the community outreach arm of the choral program, performing for various civic functions and charitable organizations.

Robert Taylor, Director of Choral Activities at the College, is also director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston – the Taylor Festival Choir. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University and is an experienced soloist, having sung leading tenor roles in a variety of operas, oratorios and musicals.

Dance Concert to Explore Importance of Standing WITNESS to Life Events

The College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and dance is excited to present Witness, Nov. 16-18, 2018. This fall dance concert features works by distinguished guest choreographers and faculty. Set against themes of social justice and equity, the concert explores the importance of standing witness to life events that shape our world and define our times. Witness is a dynamic exploration of our responsibility to speak out against injustice. Included in the concert is Lynchtown, an iconic piece by the modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman. Created in 1936 as a response to Weidman’s own observations, Lynchtown attacks the complacency of those who observe such horrors. The Dance Notation Bureau, who licenses the use of Labanotated works, granted permission for the Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine to reconstruct the dance. Other works in the concert include choreography by former New York City Ballet dancer and current adjunct faculty member Stephen Hanna, and guest artist Vincent Thomas, who created a dance centered on the music of Marvin Gaye.

The cast includes 35 dancers, four musicians, and a special guest appearance by Dr. Renard Harris, Associate Vice President of the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity.

The performance will run from November 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. Admission is $20 for general public; $15 for senior citizens, College of Charleston employees and non-College of Charleston students; and $12 for College of Charleston students. Tickets are available ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

International Piano Series to Present Jeffrey LaDeur

Praised for his “delicate keyboard touch and rich expressivity” (San Francisco Chronicle) and playing that is “deeply moving, probing, entirely felt as in the moment” (Eduard Laurel), Jeffrey LaDeur performs worldwide from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the San Francisco Jazz Center and from the Shanghai Conservatory to the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. LaDeur will perform the second concert of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, with a dynamic program featuring works by Frederic Chopin, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Johannes Brahms.

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The concert will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20, and free for students and College of Charleston faculty/staff and kids under 18. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE, at the door, by emailing, or by calling (843) 953-6315. More info about the International Piano Series is online at

LaDeur will also offer a master class, free and open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 11:00 to 1:00, in the Cato Center for the Arts, room 237. Students from the Music Department at the College of Charleston will perform.

LaDeur Bio:

LaDeur is pianist and founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio, founder and artistic director of New Piano Collective and the San Francisco International Piano Festival. In 2015, he began a survey of Debussy’s complete solo piano music in the context of his influences and inspirations, culminating in an acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Debussy’s death. His debut album, featuring works by Debussy and Rameau, was released on MSR Classics and has been hailed as “a masterpiece of understatement, simplicity, and ‘old school’ chord-playing where every note sings out with meaning” (Gramophone).

​As soloist with orchestra, LaDeur maintains a repertoire of over forty concerti. Conductors with whom LaDeur has collaborated include George Cleve, Michael Morgan, Barbara Day Turner, Lawrence Golan, and Ming Luke. Recent and upcoming engagements feature LaDeur as soloist with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Benjamin Simon in works by Beethoven and Mozart, the Cambrian symphony in Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Scott Krijnen, and as artist in residence with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur concertizes internationally with the Delphi Trio. The Trio received the dedication of William Bolcom’s first Piano Trio, the world premiere recording of which was released on Triptych (MSR Classics) along with trios by Beethoven and Brahms. He has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Anne Akiko Meyers, Toby Appel, David Requiro, and the Alexander, Telegraph, and Afiara Quartets.

​LaDeur holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance and chamber music, respectively. He counts among his teachers Mark Edwards, Douglas Humpherys, Yoshikazu Nagai and Robert McDonald. LaDeur received his formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.

For the rest of the International Piano Series season, Artistic Director Dr. Paul Sánchez has assembled a stellar roster of performers: Orion Weiss on March 12 and AyşeDeniz Gökçin on April 2. For more information about the 2018-19 season, visit:     

Concert of Opera Scenes/Musical Favorites Led by New Voice Professor

The dramatic art form of opera is a reflection and commentary on the human condition and our shared experiences of emotions. Joy, love, death, loss, illness, and betrayal are universal. These intense emotions transcend social, economic, and national boundaries to touch everyone’s life. Opera is an acoustic, visceral art form in which the human voice coupled with music expresses what mere words cannot. It can touch hearts, change minds, enlighten and bring people together across boundaries by expressing the commonality of shared human experience. The College of Charleston Opera program in the Department of Music trains the next generation of opera artists, and it is proud to produce three productions a year. Charleston’s opera enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate the opening of the 2018-2019 season with “Something for Everyone,” an evening of opera scenes and musical favorites directed by accomplished lyric soprano Saundra DeAthos-Meers, who joined the College’s music faculty earlier this year as Assistant Professor of Voice/Opera, and Amanda Castellone who is the Assistant Director of the Opera Program. The event’s program is a dynamic one, featuring students of all years and music by Sondheim, Mozart, Humperdinck, Puccini and others.

The performance is one night only —  Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are available online or cash/check at the door: $15 general; $10 for College of Charleston students. For more information call (843) 953-5927.

Magnetic South: Contemporary Music Collaboration with Charleston Symphony

Magnetic South, a collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), will present its first contemporary classical music concert of the season on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Magnetic South’s 2018-19 season opening concert features two new works by Charleston composers along with two iconic works from the early 20th century. Béla Bartók’s Contrasts is a trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, one of the first works he performed upon his arrival to the United States. French-American composer Edgar Varèse’s rarely performed Octandre is one of his defining pieces, widely imitated in movie scores and other modernist works in the 20th century. A Cosmos in Stone, Respawning a virtuosic work for large ensemble by Charleston native Nicholas Bentz will be receiving its world premiere. College of Charleston  voice faculty member Kayleen Sánchez will perform The Captive, for Soprano and String Orchestra, composed by Professor Emeritus David Maves. The podium will be shared by College of Charelston faculty member and Magnetic South’s Artistic Director Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and Music Director of the CSO Ken Lam.

The concert on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110, or online at

Edgar Varèse trained in Paris and extended his contacts with artists in Berlin, where he met Ferruccio Busoni and Arnold Schoenberg – both of whom he owed much of his revolutionary ideas. During his career in N.Y, he attracted modern composers such as Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, who later regarded Varèse as a major influence on their work. Varèse is best known for pieces centering on percussion, on electronics combined with acoustic instruments, and for one purely electronic piece, Poeme èlectronique, which best contributed to his being known as the “Father of Electronic Music.”

Nicholas Bentz is a composer-performer who is primarily interested in the intersections of art and alternative modes of perception and expression. His music takes its inspiration from a wide array of sources including visual and cinematic art, anthropology and philosophy, and interactive art. Bentz has received commissions from the Charleston Symphony, Occasional Symphony, Symphony Number One, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and SONAR New Music Ensemble, among others, and has had his music played by the Jacksonville Symphony and the Peabody Modern Orchestra. Bentz was a winner of an EarShot New Music Reading through American Composer’s Orchestra and SONAR New Music Ensemble’s RADARLab Competition as well as the Baltimore Choral Society’s Student Composer Project. He was also a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2014, and was the Composer in Residence for Symphony Number One’s 2016-17 season.

Béla Bartók was born in the Hungarian town of Nagyszentmiklós (now Sînnicolau Mare in Romania) in 1881, and received his first instruction in music from his mother, a very capable pianist; his father, the headmaster of a local school, was also musical. After his family moved to Pressburg (now Bratislava in Slovakia) in 1894, he took lessons from László Erkel, son of Ferenc Erkel, Hungary’s first important operatic composer, and in 1899 he became a student at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, graduating in 1903. His teachers there were János Koessler, a friend of Brahms, for composition and István Thoman for piano. Bartók, who had given his first public concert at the age of eleven, now began to establish a reputation as a fine pianist that spread well beyond Hungary’s borders, and he was soon drawn into teaching: in 1907 he replaced Thoman as professor of piano in the Academy.

Oregonian David Maves began his professional life as a composer in 1963. Fresh out of the University of Michigan with a master’s degree, he was appointed a Ford Foundation Composer-in-Residence in Raleigh, N.C., and was expected to compose for any musical ensembles in the area from primary school classroom ensembles to school or professional groups. After four years of various such postings, he returned to Ann Arbor to continue studies with the much beloved teacher Ross Lee Finney and received his doctorate leading later to a thirty-year appointment as Composer-in-Residence at the College of Charleston. He has had a close, forty-year relationship with the CSO:  he was timpanist for eight years in the late 1970s and early 1980s; he was commissioned by conductor Lucien de Groote to compose a work in honor of Stravinsky’s birthday; he conducted the premiere of his own Third Symphony; and later his Two Piano Concerto for pianists Wilfred Delphin and Edwin Romain was premiered, conducted by David Stahl, and more recently Rob Taylor conducted a performance of his “God’s Grandeur” (text by Gerard Manley Hopkins) with the CSO, featuring the Charleston Symphony Chorus. Retired from the College since 2007, Maves feels he has returned to his first position as “composer-in-residence,” this time in beautiful downtown Ansonborough. The Captive is a recent work, premiered in New York City in February 2017 and recorded there a year later with the North/South Consonance String Ensemble, scheduled  to be released this fall as a CD and on iTunes.

About Magnetic South:

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO). It combines the resources of the two institutions to present contemporary classical music in Charleston in an informative context. The goal of the Magnetic South partnership is to bring to the audiences of the Lowcountry, including students at the College, masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries along with important new works by living composers. The concerts, performed by CSO musicians and conducted by College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director Ken Lam, feature carefully selected works from a variety of aesthetic directions and styles to represent the panorama of the music of our time. Magnetic South was co-founded in 2012 by Vassilandonakis; fellow faculty member Edward Hart; and CSO concertmaster and Principal Pops conductor, Yuriy Bekker.

Early Music Duo BEDLAM to Perform French and English Works

The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present Bedlam, an early music duo dedicated to exploring the rich repertoires of music for voice and lute in the 16th and 17th centuries. Founded in 2013 by Kayleen Sánchez, soprano, and Laudon Schuett, lute, the duo will perform works from the 16th century by French composer Jehan Chardavoine and English composer Thomas Campion.

The concert will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for all students with school I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. Tickets for College of  Charleston faculty/staff are free.

Kayleen Sánchez is an active performer, recording artist and pedagogue. Sánchez’ recent appearances include operatic roles with the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago, an appearance with the Newberry Consort, performances with the St. Charles Singers, and recitals at the Winnetka Recital Series in Winnetka, Ill., the Winterpast Recital Series in Milwaukee, Wis., and recitals at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, S.D. In December 2014, she was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Delta David Gier. She has been a featured soloist in two CDs of Mozart choral works with the St. Charles Singers and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra: St. Charles Singers: MAGNIFICENT MOZART (St. Charles Singers, 2012), and St. Charles Singers: LUMINESCENCE (St. Charles Singers, 2013). Sánchez has recorded songs by composer George Morey, which will be featured in a CD titled Music of George Morey, and her performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.

Sánchez is featured on the CD Magus Insipiens (Soundset Recordings), performing three song cycles composed by her husband, Paul Sánchez. Writing about the CD, American poet Sherod Santos states: “Kayleen Sánchez’ wonderfully sensitive interpretations evoke the full sway of Sappho’s fervent, impassioned imagination. Indeed, Sánchez’ keen technical virtuosity manages to capture the finely shaded gradations of emotion that all three song cycles draw up from the well of human experience. Listen closely and you’ll discover that, long after the final syllable is sung, her voice still thrills along the spine.” She will also be featured on the upcoming CD, West Meets East (Albany Records), and she recently recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang with pianist Johnandrew Slominski on a Viennese-style fortepiano. Their recording has been released on the Soundset label, and features ornamentation and other historically-informed performance practices. Sánchez received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at the College of Charleston.

Laudon Schuett is a Renaissance lutenist and early music specialist. In recent reviews, he has been called “a masterful performer…[and] a brilliant educator” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “immaculate articulation and sensitive phrasing” (Fanfare). In addition to performing and expanding the solo repertoire, he formed the lute song duo BEDLAM with Kayleen Sánchez in 2013. They have since toured the country and recorded two albums, BEDLAM, and Died for Love, both for Soundset Recordings. Laudon has also been a guest lecturer and performer at numerous colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Arizona State University, Baylor University, Wheaton College, University of Kentucky, and Johns Hopkins University. He studied with Paul O’Dette, Frank Koonce, and Chuck Hulihan.

Housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, CofC Concerts includes five extraordinary series: International Piano Series, Magnetic South, Charleston Music Fest, 2nd Monday Series, and CofC Ensembles (CofC Concert Choir, Opera and Orchestra), featuring international, national and regional artists, as well as the award-winning student ensembles in the College of Charleston’s Department of Music. Visit CofC Concerts at