CofC Dance Concert: Embracing Pangaea

The College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present its 6th annual spring dance concert, Embracing Pangaea. The performance explores multiculturalism through dance, and features faculty, student and guest artist choreography.

Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine has re-staged excerpts from August Bournonville’s ballet entitled “Napoli.” Created in 1842, “Napoli” was inspired by the Danish choreographer’s travels and experiences in Italy. McLaine notes, “The technique is extremely difficult, not only with the technical demands required for the intricate and powerful jumps, but also in terms of the nuanced style and coordination inherent in Bournonville’s work. It’s an incredible challenge for the students to work in such an unfamiliar style.”

Guest artist and College of Charleston alumnus Julia Rodriguez is setting a work based on West African, cha-cha, and other folkloric dance styles. Rodriguez founded Buen Aché, a Charleston-based Afro-Latino dance company in 2006 and serves as the Artistic Director and principal choreographer.

Additionally, the concert will present two student works that will represent the college at the 2014 American College Dance Festival regional conference.

The concert will be held Saturday, March 15 through Monday, March 17 in the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the college’s Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St. Performance times are 7:30 PM on Saturday and Monday night, and Sunday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Purchase tickets ONLINE, by email oleksiakm@cofc.edu, or by phone (843) 953-5604.

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Artist Lecture by Aaron Fink

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4 – 5 p.m.
Maybank Hall, Room 100, 165 Calhoun St.

Born in 1955, Aaron Fink received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (1977) and an MFA from Yale University School of Art and Architecture (1979). For the past two decades, he has composed powerful two and three-dimensional compositions that depict quotidian objects such as fruit, vegetables and ice cream scoops on both monumental and intimate scales. To achieve this, the artist works with a wide range of materials, which include such diverse media as oil, prints, monotypes, clay, plaster and fiberglass.

This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Frances Grimball Gaud Endowed Fund.

 

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Rave Review of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ – runs through Feb. 25

The College of Charleston School of the Arts has sparked an exciting connection with England’s historic Bristol Old Vic Theatre (known for its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA, and multiple Tony Award-winning production of War Horse). On February 19 you will see firsthand the early impact of this international partnership on the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance at a special preview of 1992 Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Directed by the Old Vic’s own Miranda Cromwell, a rising star on the British theatre scene, the production is steeped in Irish culture and is regarded as the playwright’s masterpiece.

Set in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1936, this darkly humorous and passionate play – a semi-autobiographical story of the playwright’s childhood – is the story of the five Mundy sisters and is told through the memories of Michael, the love child of one of the sisters.

READ A GLOWING REVIEW ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION

February 20-25, 2014, Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts – MORE INFO & TICKETS

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Performer Change for International Piano Series, Feb. 18

Due to illness, Jon Kimura Parker, originally scheduled to perform for the College of Charleston International Piano Series (IPS) on Tuesday, Feb. 18, will be replaced by elegant and dramatic pianist Di Wu.

Fresh from a spectacular performance with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in January, Wu will grace the IPS stage and perform Debussy Preludes, Book 2; and, Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 with cellist Adrian Daurov.

Watch a video of Wu.

Wu’s concerts have taken her across the globe, charming audiences from East to West with her “charisma, steely technique, and keen musical intelligence” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and her “fire and authority” (Washington Post). 

See more about Di Wu here

We look forward to sharing with you this evening of beautiful music performed by Wu on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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‘Love and Doom’ With Charleston Music Fest

“This is a rare opportunity to see vocal masterworks by Shostakovich and Brahms because of the high level of musicianship required. Happily, these College of Charleston faculty performers are more than up to the task.”

          –Edward Hart, Chair of Music Department, College of Charleston

Charleston Music Fest (CMF), presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, will stage its second concert of the season, Songs of Love and Doom, on February 16. Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker (violin), and College of Charleston Professor Deanna McBroom (soprano soloist) will join CMF co-founder Natalia Khoma (cello), and College of Charleston adjunct faculty member Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano) for an evening of art songs and chamber music that celebrate love.  

Shostakovich   Seven Songs on Poems by Alexander Blok
Brahms           Songs
Brahms           Trio for violin, cello and piano

The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Individual tickets are $30 and can be pre-ordered ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6575, or purchase at the door with cash and check only.

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 Charleston Music Fest, presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is a year-round presenter of chamber music of the highest possible artistic standard and adds to the colorful cultural life of Charleston. The goal of this series is to present the finest classical and contemporary chamber music by world-class artists to Charleston audiences; to develop new and younger audiences for chamber music; and to provide educational activities which encourage, broaden and deepen appreciation of the chamber music art form. CMF is co-directed by College of Charleston music professors Natalia Khoma and Lee-Chin Siow.

Charleston Music Fest is a non-profit endeavor. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students. 

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International Piano Series Presents Jon Kimura Parker

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker is hosted by the College of Charleston International Piano Series (IPS) for a performance at the Sottile Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. General admission is $20, and College of Charleston students and those under 18 may attend for free. PRE-ORDER TICKETS and get more info ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6575.

Parker will perform his own solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. [Watch his video "Doing Rite by Stravinsky"]  His dynamic program also will include pieces by Rachmaninoff and Schubert. It will conclude with Beethoven’s “Appassionata.

A veteran of the international concert stage, Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie.

Some highlights of his extensive list of accomplishments include recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Munich, Budapest, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo; performance with the Tokyo Quartet and Joshua Bell; and performance in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995 at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares. Parker was awarded his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1999.

Parker received his doctorate at The Juilliard School in 1988 under Adele Marcus and he is currently Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 

He will teach a masterclass that is open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the College.
  

The International Piano Series (IPS) at the College of Charleston School of the Arts 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. 

Each year, IPS stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world. While on campus, the guest artists offer masterclasses in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

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In Concert with Ayala Asherov

On Monday, Feb. 3, the Monday Night Concert Series will feature a performance by ASCAP Award winning composer and singer/songwriter, Ayala Asherov. The program will include her own works. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip Street. Admission is $10 cash or check at the door and free for College of Charleston students with I.D.

[Read about Asherov in The Post and Courier, 12/29/13]

Ayala Asherov-Kalus started writing songs at age 16. She studied at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv and then attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received her Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude in composition and film scoring. She went on to receive her Master of Film Scoring at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Asherov’s music ranges from songwriting to music in the concert hall, and to multimedia including film, museum exhibitions and dance. Her songs are published and recorded by many celebrated Israeli artists. Her best known song, lyrics and music, “Le’Orech Ha Yam”  (“Along the Sea”), was recorded by Ofra Haza in 1994, and is one of the most recorded songs in modern Israeli musical history. She also recorded a duet with Israel’s most celebrated singer, the late Arik Einstein. In 2007, she released her debut CD, “Crossing the River,” performing her songs also at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in 2010 and in 2013. She composed the scores for “The Forgotten Founder,” and “The Baruchs of Hobcaw,” both for the South Carolina ETV (PBS) documentary series, Carolina Stories. In September 2013 “Cycles of the Moon,” a solo album of her chamber music works, was released by Navona Records under the Nexus label, with 7 new original compositions performed by an array of international musicians.

She is a 2010 recipient of the Wild Acres Residency, winner of the 2011 Chamber Music Composition Award at the biennial Athena Music Festival, and winner of the ASCA Plus Award in 2011 and 2012. She was a 2012-2013 recipient of the South Carolina Film Commission Indie Grants Award for “PencilPoint,” an animated short film with orchestral score, performed by the College of Charleston Orchestra (under Yuriy Bekker), and was selected as 2013 S.C. Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer.

This year she has started a project which she conceived, “Music Tells The Story,” with Communities in Schools and a grant from the Addlestone Foundation, reaching out as a composer with CSO musicians to challenged public schools to help young students better understand literature and music.

Asherov currently teaches songwriting at the College of Charleston.

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“Too Many Sopranos” by College of Charleston Opera

“Too Many Sopranos” is a new opera that has become hugely popular with professional companies and collegiate opera programs, alike. The College of Charleston Opera program in the College’s School of the Arts will present four performances of this comic opera by Edwin Penhorwood.

Directed by College faculty members Anna Steenerson and David Templeton, the fast-paced two-act opera will be performed in English by vocal students in the music department.

The premise is that the heavenly choir has room for only one more soprano, when a group of four divas show up at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter tells them that they must audition, and all hell breaks loose! After the sopranos audition, a decision cannot be made as to whom the position should be awarded. If only there were more male singers to allow for all of the sopranos to be in the choir. The little known “Redemption Clause” is utilized, allowing the divas to recruit men for the chorus, so they must go to Hell, where they can find all of the tenors and basses.

Performances will take place on Saturday, January 25, Monday, January 27, and Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m., with the final show on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. only. The venue is the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for College of Charleston students and may be purchased online or at the door (cash and check only). For more information call (843) 953-5927.

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Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst ’01 to Talk to Students About Songwriting

In the MixCharleston is becoming a hot spot for musicians locally and nationally, and the College of Charleston Arts Management Program is in the middle of it. A new monthly series, “In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges” will connect musicians and College of Charleston students to industry leaders with intimate conversations about their successes and experiences in the music business. Moderated by Mark Bryan, the series will kick off on January 27, 2014 with guests Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst discussing songwriting. *Event is at full capacity (sold out). VENUE change to Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts

Presented by the Arts Management Program in the College of Charleston School of the Arts and sponsored by Borboleta Audio Mastering, the FREE series takes place Mondays, once a month, at 6:30, January through April on the College’s campus in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts (54 Saint Philip St.) There is limited seating so an RSVP to InTheMixCharleston@gmail.com is required.

Successful musician and music industry advancement leader at the College of Charleston, Mark Bryan, expresses, “I’m excited to inspire and enlighten budding musicians through conversations with some of my peers and heroes.”

[RelatedWatch a video of Mark Bryan performing with his class at the College.]

Bryan has taught music industry courses for the College’s Arts Management Program for five years; he is helping to develop a music industry concentration by generating interest of starting musicians and those wanting to pursue careers in music management. Bryan, along with industry expert and owner of Borboleta Audio Mastering, Duda Lucena, also has seen interest from musicians in the community to further enhance their knowledge of the music business.

Lucena remarks, “I believe this series is very important because it provides musicians with resources that push their music to the highest level.”

Charleston, S.C. is home to its own indie music label (Hearts and Plugs), international live online music series (Balcony TV), its own jazz and symphony orchestras (Charleston Jazz and Symphony Orchestras), more than 300 music venues (including Charleston Music Hall, Charleston Music Farm, Mezz, Awendaw Green), music blog (Metronome Charleston), dozens of music producers, more than six reputable recording studios, newly dedicated audio mastering studio, thousands of aspiring musicians and dozens of signed musicians who tour internationally but call Charleston home. Is there any doubt that Charleston is on the edge of becoming a hub for all things music?

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS

JANUARY 27: “The Song” covers songwriting with:
Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish
Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope

FEBRUARY 24: “In the Studio” covers producing an album with:
Frank Rogers, Producer of Darius Rucker and founder of Sea Gayle Music
Dan Hannon, Producer of Manchester Orchestra
Eric Bass, Bass player of Shinedown and owner of Ocean Industries Studios
Duda Lucena of Borboleta Audio Mastering

MARCH 31: “On the Road” covers touring with:
Jerrod Wilkins, Manager of Duncan Sheik and NY Dolls
at Gold Mountain Entertainment
Dolph Ramseur, Manager of Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops
at Ramseur Records

 

PRESS:

Charleston City Paper

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Special Preview of Tony Award Winning Irish Masterpiece + Reception with Guest Director from Bristol Old Vic (England), Cast & Crew

The College of Charleston School of the Arts has sparked an exciting connection with England’s historic Bristol Old Vic Theatre (known for its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA, and multiple Tony Award-winning production of War Horse). On February 19 you will see firsthand the early impact of this international partnership on the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance at a special preview of 1992 Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Directed by the Old Vic’s own Miranda Cromwell, a rising star on the British theatre scene, the production is steeped in Irish culture and is regarded as the playwright’s masterpiece.

Set in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1936, this darkly humorous and passionate play – a semi-autobiographical story of the playwright’s childhood – is the story of the five Mundy sisters and is told through the memories of Michael, the love child of one of the sisters.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA SPECIAL PREVIEW EVENT

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:45 p.m. – Reception and performance, followed by a dessert reception with the director, cast and crew
Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS

The School of the Arts thanks the event’s host committee for its generous support:

Eve and Norman Berlinsky
Stewart Carter
Nancy and Billy Cave
Leilani DeMuth
Yvonne Evans
Esther Ferguson
Jean and Tap Johnson
Polly and George Kosko
Elizabeth Lewine
Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James
Michael and Susan Master
Marshall Simon
Nancy and Sam Stafford

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