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“Arts, etc.” Supports College of Charleston Programs through Kiawah Art & House Tour

The Bully in the College of Charleston Opera production of “The Billy Goats Gruff” for area elementary schools.

Arts, etc., a charitable organization of Kiawah and Cassique women committed to supporting the local arts community, is presenting the acclaimed Kiawah Art & House Tour. The 2018 Tour will feature five fabulous Kiawah Island homes and art collections, on Friday, April 6. Tickets are currently for sale, and proceeds will benefit projects involving several areas of the College of Charleston:

College of Charleston Opera Program
Each spring, opera students at The College of Charleston Department of Music perform a children’s opera at schools throughout Charleston County. Operas are created and set to existing classical scores, and familiar children’s stories are adapted to focus on matters that have educational value for elementary school students. Performances are planned at Johns and Wadmalaw elementary schools; following each performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the singers and learn more about the art and craft of producing an opera.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Halsey Institute is organizing a multimedia exhibition titled Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South; the exhibition presents 56 photographers’ visions of today’s new south, and will be on view from October 2018 – March 2019. In conjunction with this groundbreaking exhibit, Arts, etc. will support the Institute in providing a program to Haut Gap Middle School and St. John’s High School students on the art of story-telling through photography and video. The project fosters an appreciation for photography as a vehicle for self expression and an understanding of photography’s role in documenting history and culture.
College of Charleston Camp Inspire
The mission of Camp Inspire is to actively involve children in the learning process through artistic activities and lessons. With the arts as the basis, children become researchers in academic subjects such as social studies, science, and technology. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for underserved elementary students from our community in grades 3 and 4 for this 2-week camp As they experience hands on learning through nature at the 864 acre Dixie Plantation, these students will increase their sense of wonderment and create art as they explore science and ecology.

Learn about all of the beneficiaries of the Kiawah Art & House Tour here

We Without Walls | Staged Readings

The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance will present “We Without Walls,” staged readings of scenes by renowned Cuban-American playwright María Irene Fornés. Fornés perhaps is best known for her play “Fefu and Her Friends,” originally written and produced in 1977. As part of the College’s “Cuba en el Horizonte” celebration, the Department shares the work of one of the most famous women playwrights who is highly absurdist, richly feminist and richly political.

“Cuba en el Horizonte” is a College-wide celebration of the recent shift in Cuban-American relations as they pertain to politics, education, and the arts. “We Without Walls” is also a part of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s educational outreach initiative that offers opportunities for in-depth explorations of theatre history and dramaturgy to our students and members of the community in which we live, learn, and create.

“We Without Walls” will highlight scenes from Fornés’s more recent work: What of the Night?, Manual for a Desperate Crossing, and Letters from Cuba. Each night, the readings will be followed by a face-to-face talkback in which interested audience members might discuss their reactions to the work with the students involved with this project.

“We Without Walls” will run Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. on March 10 and 11, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. Open discussion will follow each performance. The readings will take place at the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. Admission is FREE. For more information, call (843) 953-6306.

Irish Pianist Barry Douglas to Round Out IPS Concert Season

World renowned pianist and Gold Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano competition, Irish pianist Barry Douglas will perform the final concert in the 2017-2018 season of the International Piano Series (IPS) at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Hailed for his extreme musicality, melting lyricism and powerful playing, Douglas brings with him an expansive repertoire and the “ability to put his own artistry totally at the service of the composer.” His program will include an impressive body of repertoire featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Modest Mussorgsky. Learn more about Douglas’ accomplished career.

Paul Sánchez, Artistic Director of the IPS, says, “It is an honor to host Barry Douglas on the International Piano Series. Mr. Douglas is a legendary musician, and is a hero for the generation of pianists who have grown up impacted by his artistry.”

The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for all students and College of Charleston employees. Buy tickets online, at the door, or by calling (843) 953-6315.

Watch videos of Douglas.

Barry Douglas also will offer a master class, free and open to the public on Wednesday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Cato Center for the Arts Room 234. Students from the Music Department at the College of Charleston will perform.

Housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the International Piano Series is Charleston’s longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School’s mission, IPS plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Concert: Soprano Deanna McBroom | Pianist Robin Zemp

Described as having a “genuinely beautiful and exciting voice,” soprano faculty member Deanna McBroom will present a concert of works by Strauss, Debussy, Puccini, Villa Lobos plus a host of other works in dedication to her family and friends. Robin Zemp will perform on piano, and Natalia Khoma will join on cello.

Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts
$15 general / $10 CofC students

McBroom is the Director of the Voice Program and Professor of Music at College of Charleston, the Singing Voice Specialist for the Evelyn Trammell Institute of Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of SC, and Minister of Music at Providence Baptist Church.  Learn more.

Call for Student Art Entries

College of Charleston Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

2nd Annual Sustainability Literacy Expression of the Year

2018-2019: Social Justice and Fair Distribution

Theme: Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st Century Problems CofC Sustains/Solves theme of the year: “Social Justice and Fair Distribution”

To be awarded:  The winning student artwork will receive up to $2,000 to cover all materials, labor and installation and will be displayed on the College of Charleston campus.

Description of Entry Sought: The Sustainability Literacy Institute (SLI) is seeking independent or collaborative student submissions or proposals for the second annual QEP Visual Art Project of the Year.  The proposed expression should help raise awareness about sustainability literacy, broadly, by focusing on the triple bottom line of sustainability (social, environmental, and economic systems); and the CofC Sustains/Solves 2018-2019 theme of the year, social justice and fair distribution. To learn more, visit the College of Charleston’s portal for sustainability literacy.

READ MORE guidelines here.

An Enemy of the People

Although Henrik Ibsen wrote the play 125 years ago, An Enemy of the People is still shockingly relevant today. For those familiar with the water issues in Flint, Mich., the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and water access problems in the west, the conflicts between citizens and shareholders, science and business, and media and government dramatized in An Enemy of the People will seem as current as this morning’s news.

This month, the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance will stage a new version of the play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, which premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London in April 2008 and endured a successful Broadway run in 2012.

When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers that the much-heralded local baths may cause serious health problems for the tourists and townspeople who use them, he assumes that his news will be met with thanks by his neighbors. Instead, his brother Peter (mayor of the town), and eventually the local media and citizens, try to convince him that the economic needs of the town are more important than the potential threat of germs of which only science is aware. Dr. Stockmann becomes “an enemy of the people.”

The play directly relates to the College’s initiative on Sustainability Literacy, which has a specific focus this year on water quality and accessibility; it also echoes the theme of the College’s theatre and dance season, “Sustain This!”

The production is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Susan Kattwinkel: “An Enemy of the People is one of Ibsen’s most powerful plays. Its central character reflects the conflicts and biases that have accompanied the rise of social activism over the last 150 years. This production tries to draw attention to the connections between race, class, and environmental issues that are often ignored in discussions of activism.”

The production will run Thursday, Feb. 22 through Monday, Feb. 26. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 25. A talkback will occur after the show on opening night. Performances will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint 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 can be purchased online at or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

Students and a special guest alumnus comprise the cast: Douglas Scott Streater (College of Charleston class of 2000) as Dr. Thomas Stockman, Charlotte Leinbach as his wife Catherine Stockmann, Averyona Gainey as daughter Petra Stockmann, and Brett Leach as his brother/town Mayor Peter Stockmann. The all-student production crew includes scenic designer Carrie Ferrelli, costume designer Margaret Lavigne, lighting designer Ryan C. Miller, and stage manager Victoria Leatherman.

Learn more about the play’s history, the design process and the production team’s sustainability efforts at


Igor Lipinski — Magician at the Piano

Described as the “Magician at the Piano” and the “next Victor Borge,” pianist Igor Lipinski enchants audiences with his unique musical talent and sleight-of-hand artistry. Lipinski will present his intriguing recital program “Piano Illusions” for the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series (IPS). “Piano Illusions” unifies two of Lipinski’s passions: classical music and sleight-of-hand magic. As the winner of the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway, Lipinski performs his innovative program of music and magic in recital halls and with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Teller, of Las Vegas magicians duo Penn & Teller, calls Lipinski an original: “He thrills you on the piano. He mystifies you with magical illusions. And he keeps you laughing with his impudent, charismatic charm.” Lipinski has prepared a versatile and impressive program for Charleston, featuring works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Janáček, Scriabin, Shostakovich, and Grünfeld.

The concert will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for all students and College of Charleston employees. Buy tickets online, at the door, or by calling (843) 953-6315.

Watch a video of Lipinski’s magic at the piano.

Learn more about Lipinski.

The 2017-18 season of the International Piano Series will conclude on March 13 with renowned pianist Barry Douglas.

Works by CofC Composers to Be Performed by Chas. Symphony Orchestra

CofC Composers Nathan Michel, Edward Hart, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis

Magnetic South, a collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will present its second contemporary classical music concert to Charleston audiences during the 2017-2018 season.

The spring concert will focus on new music from College of Charleston faculty composers: Edward Hart’s song cycle The Caged Bird Sings based on poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and featuring tenor Rodrick Dixon (recent performer for Charleston’s Colour of Music Festival); a new chamber orchestra work, …thought I was awake, by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis that explores the sonification of fluid dream states; and a sextet titled Shelter by Nathan Michel, who is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist making all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, from pop to experimental and classical. The program will also include a performance of a composition by Kirsten Volness, the winner of the annual Call for Scores administered by the College of Charleston’s Music Department.

Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director, Ken Lam, will conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Hart expresses, “It is very rewarding to feature our own compositions as part of Magnetic South after seven seasons. Of course, having your music performed by friends is always the best. I am particularly excited to have acclaimed tenor Rodrick Dixon return to Charleston to sing my music. He is rapidly becoming a well-known star in our music scene.”

The concert on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., Charleston, SC 29401. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110, or online at

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Stellar Cello/Piano Faculty Duo to Perform

The 2nd Monday Series will host Charleston Music Fest, both part of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, for a night of intimate chamber music on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Graduates of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, faculty duo Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano) will present a versatile concert spanning from Baroque to Romantic to 20th century repertoire for cello and piano. This expansive program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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, are International Competitions winners. 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.

Charleston Music Fest presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty, and local and international artists. The Monday, February 12 performance 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 $15 and $10 for all students. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (843) 953-6315, or at the door. 

CofC Theatre to Explore Subtle Racism, Interracial Friendships and White Privilege in ‘Chore Monkeys’ Production

Presented by the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance, the world premiere of Chore Monkeys “takes a look at subtle racism facing young men trying to work and the challenges of maintaining interracial friendships in a world of white privilege and racial discrimination,” according to playwright Patrick Gabridge. “This is a play that I hope moves fast and tight, and like a razor it cuts you before you even know what happened. While you’re still laughing.”

Dante is a young black man, trying to make his way as a handyman on the Chore Monkey website, but has found it nigh impossible to get customers to look past his profile photo and hire him. So he turns to Peter, his best friend in high school who happens to be white to become the face of his Chore Monkeys team. They use Peter’s white face as the key to land jobs—Peter gets them in the door and Dante does the physical labor. It is almost a perfect situation – until it isn’t.

Just as the audience thinks it has it figured out, Gabridge offers another jaw-dropping moment — either through laughter or pure shock — and hopefully for long moments after leaving the theatre, some echoing moments of truth and complacency… if not complicity… that might change the way we view those with whom we interact.

The production will run Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 28, with a second run Wednesday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 3. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 28. A talkback will occur after the show on opening night. Performances will take place at the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. Admission is $15 for general public; $10 for senior citizens, College of Charleston students and employees. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

The show contains adult language.

The College’s production of Chore Monkeys is directed by Associate Professor of African American Theatre and Performance, Joy Vandervort-Cobb. “Having the honor of working on a world premiere with a group of student actors, student designers and a student technical director, while also interacting on a daily basis with the playwright has been incredibly exciting. Working with a playwright can go two ways – a perfect collaboration or a hot mess. Luckily for me, Patrick has been the consummate collaborator. He has embraced our students and we’ve had a blast going through the script, wrestling with certain moments and then coming up with either mini-changes or a clearer understanding of the moment to moment work. I truly am the luckiest. Chore Monkeys is exactly the kind of work I love to do and having Mr. Gabridge in the room – either physically or through Skype or via email – has just added to the gift.”

The design team includes Charlotte Leinback, Costume Designer; Kirstin McWaters, Scenic Designer; Dexter Mitchell, Sound Design and Jordan Maria Benton, Lighting Designer. The acting company includes Caroline May, MaryKate Kelly, Sabrina D’Andrea, Kara Shannon, Frankie Stofan, Elizabeth Lawson, Javaron Conyers and Sean McAlister. There are two Assistant Directors on the project as well, Dexter Mitchell and Ariel Zambrano.