The performances 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 at the door and free for College of Charleston students with I.D.
The performances 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 at the door and free for College of Charleston students with I.D.
The College of Charleston Opera program in the College’s School of the Arts will present ”American Gothic,” which will celebrate operatic and Broadway ensemble pieces written by American composers. This musical journey encompasses everything from the macabre of Sondheim’s ”Sweeney Todd,” to the iconic Americana of Marc Adamo’s “Little Women” and Ned Rorem’s “Our Town.” Performances will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and may be purchased online or at the door (cash and check only).
The production is directed by music faculty members Anna Young and David Templeton; Musical Direction is by Irina Pevzner. A cast of 24 singing-actors include: Madison Anderson, Josh Avant, Patricia Cooney, Gabriel Curl, Clare Elich, Ashley Fabian, Hannah Garrett, Abbie Geddings, Tatiana Hoover, Shelby Irvin, Dexter Jenks, Nathan Matticks, Samantha Mazzola, Sarah Milowic, Laura Owens, Courtney Pourciaux, Cat Richmond, Catherine Rizzuto, Alan Roberts, Savannah Shelby, Cherise Sickles, Joseph Tan, Kiri Taylor and Justin Watkins.
After the successful 2012 production of Arlene Hutton’s “Letters to Sala,” the Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present her powerful and thought-provoking play, “As It Is in Heaven.” In 1838 an orderly Shaker village at Pleasant Hill, KY is changed forever when a non-believing newcomer sees angels. Illustrated with rousing Shaker hymns and dances throughout the show, “As It Is in Heaven” is a story of community ties and spiritual mysteries.
The play is directed by Beth Lincks, who wrote “As It Is in Heaven” under the pen name, Arlene Hutton. The production takes place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., and runs Thur., Oct. 3,-Tues., Oct. 8, 2013. Show times are 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday show at 3 p.m. only. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for Senior Citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are available. Purchase tickets by calling (843) 953-6306.
“As It Is in Heaven” premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001, directed by Lincks, and played off-Broadway at the 78th Street Theatre Lab and the ArcLight theatres and, recently, in a revival at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Hutton wrote the play after two years of research, including retreats at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY, now a museum.
The intriguing Shaker lifestyle and beliefs are explored in this story, in addition to human emotions that translate across all communities: jealousy, goodness, faith and reason.
Commonly known as “Shakers,” the religious sect is actually named the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing. Their ecstatic form of worship consisted of song, dance, shaking and speaking in tongues. The Shakers’ doctrine of “hands to work, hearts to God” ensured they lived in immaculate, “heavenly” conditions, making and using everyday items of the finest quality and living in complete purity. The play’s title comes from the Shaker song “The Saviour’s Universal Prayer (Our Father Who Art in Heaven),” a Shaker rendition of “Lord’s Prayer.”
“Lori Phillips, … in the role of Brünnhilde, was in excellent voice, pouring out high notes of thrilling quality and exhibiting a graceful ease throughout her middle register…”
- Melinda Bargreen, Special to The Seattle Times, 8/10/13
As part of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ Remington Master Artists Series and the Monday Night Concert Series, soprano Lori Phillips will deliver an exciting performance, accompanied by pianist and College of Charleston faculty member, Robin Zemp. UPDATE: Bass-Baritone Jay Baylon will sing in select pieces. They will present works by Franz Schubert and Richard Wagner, beginning with songs and progressing into opera selections (repertoire listed below). The event will take place on Mon., Sept. 16, 2013 at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is $10 at the door and free for College of Charleston students with I.D. Listen to clips of Phillips performing.
Soprano Lori Phillips is widely acknowledged as possessing one of the most exciting and expressive dramatic voices in opera. In 2010, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Senta in “Der Fliegende Holländer” which was broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio. Also in 2010, Phillips made her role debut as Brünnhilde in “Die Walküre” with Hawaii Opera Theater. Opera News praised, “Soprano Lori Phillips was a terrific Brünnhilde: her voice started out in excellent form and kept getting better, her clarion upper register sending chills down one’s spine.” In 2013 she performed Senta in “Der fliegender Holländer” with Michigan Opera Theater and Arizona Opera and covered Brünnhilde in “The Ring Cycle” at both the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera. Read Phillips’ extensive bio here.
Winner of the 1996 George London-Kirsten Flagstad Memorial Fund Award, bass-baritone Jay Baylon has won critical acclaim for both operatic and concert appearances. His commanding vocalism and thoughtful musicianship allow him to pursue a broad repertoire, ranging from the cantatas of JS Bach to the music dramas of Richard Wagner. He is known to opera and concert audiences throughout North America with performances at the San Francisco Opera, The Washington National Opera, Arizona Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, New Orleans Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Knoxville Opera and Sarasota Opera. Concert appearances include Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Verdi’s Requiem.
Pianist Robin Zemp made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 to both public and critical acclaim. “The New York Times” praised his “intriguing coloristic effects” and “strong, firm, and secure” playing. In constant demand as both soloist and ensemble player, he performs over 30 different programs each season. On the faculty of the College where he teaches piano and vocal coaching, he also maintains a private studio. His students have won many state and regional competitions and awards. He has served in many capacities with the South Carolina Music Teachers Association including President and Vice-President for Conferences. Director of Music/Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church, he is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.
The Remington Master Artists Series
The Remington Master Artists Series endowment was established in 1987 to bring the finest musicians and teachers to the College of Charleston for a public performance and at least one master class for students majoring in their disciplines. Master Classes provide students with unique learning opportunities to broaden their perspectives and to work with artists other than the College’s own resident faculty members. The series also serves as a showcase for these artists to provide the College and the greater community with a sampling of outstanding musical talent from throughout the country.
The Series is named after Emily Remington, who has epitomized the concept of master artist/teacher throughout her distinguished career and has given pleasure to music lovers for many years.
In 1976, she came to live in Charleston from Augusta, GA. She served as Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church from 1977-1996. She organized the “Singers Guild of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra” in 1978, which is now known as the Charleston Symphony Chorus. The chorus was known for the many concerts in area venues, but principally by the colorful Christmas Concert and Songs of the South in the Ashley Hall Garden.
At the College of Charleston, Ms. Remington was Adjunct Professor, an later an Assistant Professor; she taught piano, music appreciation, conducting and served as accompanist in the vocal studios, for the College Choir and for many of the college concerts. In addition, she was accompanist for Menotti operas and other recitals during the first two years of the Spoleto Festival. She was the first coordinator for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Churches, and is now a member of the committee.
Remington retired from public performance in 1996 at the age of 80 and now resides at Franke at Seaside.
The Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence to His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales for outstanding work in traditional architecture, urban planning and historic preservation. The event will take place on Wed., Sept. 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. A reception will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.
HRH The Prince of Wales regrettably will not be able to attend the ceremony; however, an acceptance letter for the award will be read by Ralph Muldrow, the Simons Professor of Architecture and Preservation at the College of Charleston. Afterward Dr. Richard John, Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and former Director of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture, will deliver a keynote address, “The Contribution of HRH The Prince of Wales to Traditional Architecture, Community Planning and Historic Preservation.”
HRH The Prince of Wales notably created in 1987 his “Vision for Britain,” which according to his Foundation’s website “first presented in a dedicated BBC documentary on modern architecture in Britain, has evolved into charity committed to engaging, educating and empowering communities across the world.” It has taught traditional architectural design and traditional trades and later was known as the “Prince of Wales Institute.”
Another project steered by The Prince was his staunch push for a contextual and attractive design for an addition to the National Gallery of England, thus scuttling the initial proposed design by Richard Rogers, which he called “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”
Also, The Prince conceptualized a new town, Poundsbury, which included all economic levels amongst its residents and exemplified a civic ideal for a town that utilizes traditional town planning and traditional architecture in Dorset, England.
Dr. Richard John
Richard John is a Professor of Architectural Design, History and Theory at the University of Miami. He was previously the Director of the Prince of Wales School both in England and America in the 1990s. John is educated broadly in all aspects of Traditional Architecture and Urban Design. He studied at Cambridge University and Oxford University as well as Columbia University and the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He is a frequent lecturer and juror at architecture programs across the country and abroad. John has published a number of books and articles about architecture and urban design and has been the editor of “The Classicist,” the prestigious journal of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art.
The Simons Medal
The Albert Simons Medal of Excellence was established in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the College’s School of the Arts. Albert Simons pioneered the teaching of art at the College in 1924, with a longstanding course in art history. Years later, a general department of fine arts was established and grew to become the School of the Arts, which is on the cusp of its twenty-fifth anniversary and currently offers studies in seven major areas. The Simons Medal honors individuals who have excelled in one or more of the areas in which Simons excelled, including civic design, architectural design, historic preservation and urban planning. Prior Simons Medal recipients include Mayor Joseph P. Riley, John D. Milner, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Allan Greenberg.
The College of Charleston School of the Arts announces its 2013-14 Season of the International Piano Series. Four concerts have been scheduled featuring Pavel Kolesnikov, 2012 Honens Prize Laureate -Russia; Roberto Plano – Italy; Jon Kimura Parker – Canada; and Konstantinos Papadakis – Greece. Season tickets for all four concerts are $70 and individual tickets are $20. Pre-order tickets (general seating) online or by calling (843) 953-6575. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. All concerts take place at 8:00 p.m. in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
The International Piano Series (IPS) 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.
Pavel Kolesnikov, 2012 Honens Prize Laureate – Russia • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 [buy tickets]
Pavel Kolesnikov wowed audiences at the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series this year. Now Charleston has an opportunity to hear him in a full-length solo performance.
The Telegraph (London) describes Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing as having “brilliance, but also a caressing, almost sly intimacy.” Kolesnikov made his recital debut in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 2008 and has since played both as soloist and collaborator throughout Russia and Europe. Recent and upcoming engagements include festival appearances at Spoleto Festival USA, Ottawa International Chamber Music and Banff Summer Arts Festivals (Canada), and Plush Festival (United Kingdom). He will soon make debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. His first studio recording—an all-Tchaikovsky disc—will be released on the Hyperion label in 2014. A live recording of his winning Honens Prize performances is available now on the Honens label. Kolesnikov studies at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires. He calls London home.
Roberto Plano – Italy • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 [buy tickets]
Italian native Roberto Plano performs regularly throughout North America and Europe – notably at Lincoln Center, and Sala Verdi. He has appeared with orchestras all over the world under the direction of renowned conductors Sir Neville Marriner, and Pinchas Zuckerman, and been a featured recitalist at the internationally acclaimed Chopin Festival, the Portland Piano Festival, and many others. Plano performs with some of the finest chamber music groups in the world, including the Takács, the Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg, the Vogel and the Henschel String Quartets. He has won the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia Competitions and 15 First Prizes in National Competitions in Italy. He has recorded CDs for Sipario, Azica, Arktos, and he recently released a World Première CD on the Concerto label with music by Andrea Luchesi (1741-1801) that received with 5 out of 5 stars in the music magazine “Musica”. In February 2013, Plano gave the world premiere of two Luchesi piano concertos with the Busoni Chamber Orchestra in Trieste, Italy. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole Normale “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. He is Founder and Director of the Music Association “Alfred Cortot”; his masterclasses, taught at his own music academy and worldwide, are in high demand.
Jon Kimura Parker – Canada • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 [buy tickets]
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the major orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and throughout Canada. 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 is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He received his doctorate at The Juilliard School in 1988 under Adele Marcus.
Konstantinos Papadakis – Greece • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 [buy tickets]
Konstantinos Papadakis has performed in recitals and collaborated with chamber ensembles and orchestras in the world’s major concert halls and famous artistic centers from Russia and Southern Europe to the United States and Canada. He has recorded several works especially written for him by contemporary composers, many of which have been broadcast on radio and television. He has won several prizes and distinctions at international piano competitions, including the prestigious Yannis Vardinoyannis Award, given for the first time to a pianist, as well as the Esther & Albert Kahn Award. In addition to repeated solo appearances with Boston’s Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Papadakis holds the prestigious Motoko and Gordon Deane Principal Chair as the Orchestra’s pianist. From 2006 to 2011, he was the “Samuel Barber Artist-in-Residence” at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Papadakis teaches at the New England Conservatory’s Pre-College Division and recently joined the piano faculty at the Boston University.
College of Charleston theatre students Kathryn Teska, Samantha Dahabi, Corinne Williams, and Shelby North are working as assistant set designers and stage managers for professional theatre companies this summer to gain excellent connections as well as insight into what the field of scenic design entails outside of the College of Charleston campus. All four students have declared a major in theatre with a concentration in design and technology.
Both Teska and Dahabi are working with Charlie Calvert, College of Charleston scenic design professor, to research period styles and influences, make models, and draft technical drawings for professional theatres. Teska, a rising senior at the College, is working with Calvert on the acclaimed musical, “Next to Normal” directed by Julian Wiles, for Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre throughout the duration of the summer and the fall semester; “Next to Normal” runs from February 14, 2014 to March 2, 2014. Teska is exceedingly grateful to Calvert for giving her the opportunity to work with him.
“This experience is more than I could have ever dreamed of,” Teska says. “I could think of nothing better that a mentor could have done to help me with my future career. I’ve had to build one of the most complex models he’s ever made while learning the process of design and I’ve learned about so many other scene designers while also having my eyes opened to the realities of design, such as financial restrictions.”
Dahabi is working with Calvert on a production titled “Our Town,” directed by Joseph Discher, which will be presented later this year by the well-known Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Calvert has worked with this company several times in the past, and has received positive reviews from The New York Times as a result.
“There is an art form in and of itself for working with directors and designer so that the shared vision is able to come to life,” Dahabi says. “I’ve learned a lot of great little tricks and the importance of the model we build. It is what we use to house all of the scenery and helps the rest of the production team understand what the space will look and feel like.”
Real-world opportunities will hopefully continue to be accessible for College of Charleston theatre students. Calvert is already planning to work with students next summer on a production at the Olney Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Shelby North and Corinne Williams are spending their summer as stage management interns at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Heritage Theatre Festival, respectively. Both have completed coursework in this area with faculty member Joy Vandervort-Cobb and have stage managed productions for the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“A large scale professional theatre is so different compared to academic theatre,” North explains. “After this experience, I find myself equipped to handle what I will have to face after I graduate. Living in a strange place and working as often as I have this summer has made me realize how much I love theatre,” says North, who like Teska, can’t help but give some credit to Calvert.
“In theatre,” explains North, “it is so easy to become consumed with the productions that we put on at the College. Professor Calvert makes sure that his students see the big picture, encouraging us to take internships and learn from as many people and as many places as possible.”
For further information about internship opportunities for College of Charleston scenic design students, contact Charlie Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: College of Charleston News
Guest director Adam Knight (Signature Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre) leads a stellar cast of faculty, students, and alumni from the College, featuring alumnus David Lee Nelson (Hamlet), Evan Parry (Claudius), Joy Vandervort-Cobb (Polonius), Glenda Byers (Gertrude) and Ryan Gunning (Ophelia). The production takes place at the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun Street, and runs from August 8-11 with a second run August 22-27. Show times are 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday shows at 3 p.m. only. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for Senior Citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are available. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 953-6306.
The pairing of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is natural and clearly not a new idea. Most recently, the Acting Company has taken productions of both on a national tour. “Hamlet” is arguably the greatest tragedy ever written and explores many universal themes – “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” explores many of those same themes with a comic tone and by turning “Hamlet” inside out. The opportunity to see both of them together only magnifies their themes. The show runs August 15-18 with a second run August 29-September 3. Show times are 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday shows at 3 p.m. only, in the Emmett Robinson Theatre (Simons Center for the Arts), 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for Senior Citizens and College of Charleston students, faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are available. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 953-6306.
THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Founded in the summer of 1997, the Shakespeare Project at the College of Charleston has presented 28 productions, which includes productions of 23 of Shakespeare’s plays. It is the oldest and longest running theatre group in Charleston regularly producing Shakespeare and has the long-term goal to eventually present at least one production per summer for free and outside on the College’s Cistern yard.
Valerie B. Morris, Dean of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is one of twelve winners of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business awards for 2013. The annual awards recognize local women who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in their careers and community service. A luncheon will be held for the winners, and they will be featured in a special section of the Business Journal.
Dean Morris has overseen the School of the Arts since 1998 and also has taught in the School’s Arts Management Program. Prior to joining the College, she was the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, D.C., where she was the founding director of that institution’s Arts Management Program.
Dean Morris is involved in several national, state-wide and local organizations. She is a member of the Steering Committee for South Carolina’s Arts in Basic Curriculum program, serves on the board of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and the Arts Schools Network, and is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. She is a board member of the Charleston Concert Association, the Charleston Jazz Initiative, and the Free Enterprise Foundation. She is a past member of numerous other boards and committees.
Dean Morris has received various awards and distinctions, including the YWCA Greater Charleston’s “Tribute to Women of Influence” and a “Women of Distinction” award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Most recently Charlie magazine included her in its 2013 list of people to watch in conjunction with its list of the Fifty Most Progressive people in Charleston.