Off-Broadway Cast of ‘Fun Home’ to Perform on April 21


Hailed by The New York Times as a “beautiful heartbreaker of a musical, ‘Fun Home’ finds a shining clarity that lights up the night” in one of the best-reviewed productions of the year

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will host an evening of music from the Off-Broadway musical and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, “Fun Home,” after its successful run at New York’s Public Theater.

Two performances of the concert will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, April 21 at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. For mature audiences only.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE or at the door up to 30 minutes prior to showtimes. 

***After purchasing and printing your online ticket VOUCHER, you must turn it in for an actual TICKET. To avoid waiting in line for entry on Monday night, please consider picking up your ticket ahead of time, during business hours, at the Department of Theatre and Dance, room 322 of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts (161 Calhoun St. – corner of St. Philip and Calhoun Streets).

Adapted by Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical score) from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 memoir of the same name, the concert-style performance will include the majority of the acclaimed musical’s repertoire and will be presented by the original cast: Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Bechdel’s father, Bruce; three-time Tony Award-nominee Judy Kuhn as Bechdel’s mother, Helen; Griffin Birney as Christian Bechdel; Roberta Colindrez playing Joan; Noah Hinsdale as John Bechdel; Sydney Lucas as Small Alison; Beth Malone playing Alison; Joel Perez portraying Roy; and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison.

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‘Music Gone Viral’: Connect With Music Industry Leaders

“Music Gone Viral” features industry leaders from
ReverbNation, Universal Music Group and SoundExchange sharing their secrets to success

 “In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges” is a monthly series connecting musicians and College of Charleston students to industry leaders. Arts Management adjunct instructor Mark Bryan will moderate this month’s discussion about online mass distribution of music with famed music executives: Luke Lewis (Former CEO of Universal Music Group and Founder of Lost Highway Records), Mike Doernberg (CEO and co-founder of ReverbNation), John Simson (Former Executive Director of SoundExchange).

Presented by the Arts Management Program in the College of Charleston School of the Arts, and sponsored by Borboleta Audio Mastering, the series’ fourth and final session for the academic year will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Click here for FREE tickets and more info.

Successful musician and Music Industry Advancement Leader at the College of Charleston, Mark Bryan, expresses: “The ‘In the Mix’ series is off to a great start this spring, with several experienced professionals and even a few moguls providing our students and local musicians with unprecedented insight into various aspects of the music industry.”

“In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges” has connected over 500 students, musicians and music professionals and alumni to Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, Frank Rogers, Producer of Darius Rucker and founder of Sea Gayle Music, Dan Hannon, Producer of Manchester Orchestra, Duda Lucena of Borboleta Audio Mastering, Jerrod Wilkins, Manager of Duncan Sheik and NY Dolls at Gold Mountain Entertainment  and Dolph Ramseur, Manager of Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops at Ramseur Records covering the secrets to success in songwriting, producing/mastering, and touring.

Starting in fall 2014, the College’s arts management majors who are aspiring musicians or interested in music management, can pursue a music industry concentration. Courses include Introduction to the Music Industry, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, Music in the Marketplace, and more. For information visit or call (843) 953-6301.

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From Baroque to the Romantics

Charleston Music Fest (CMF), presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, will stage its season finale, From Baroque to the Romantics.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Individual tickets are $30. Tickets can be pre-ordered ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6575.

A stellar collection of musicians will join cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky for the conclusion of the CMF season in a concert which includes excerpts from the very popular Seasons by Tchaikovsky, the virtuosic Passacaglia for violin and cello from Handel’s Suite No. 7 in G minor, and the beautiful Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, Op. 21, by Chausson.

“The Chausson sextet presents a challenge to musicians due to its intricacy, forcing performers to ’drop notes.’ For that reason, it rarely is performed,” Vynnytsky comments.

Khoma adds, “This group of musicians are of the very few in the world who are able to take on such a piece. There will be no ‘dropped notes’ for this performance!”

The concert will feature special guest violinist Elmar Oliveira, who remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition, and is the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1983 (more about Olveira) (video of Olveira); Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Micah Gangwer and Tomas Jakubek, violins; Sandra Robbins, viola.

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. 

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‘She Kills Monsters’ Delves Into Imaginary World of Adventure

The Department of Theatre and Dance will end its 2013-14 season with “She Kills Monsters” by playwright and pioneer of “geek theatre,” Qui Nguyen. The cast and crew of students and faculty, will bring the show to life through the creative use of special effects, stage combat and puppetry. The production will feature original music composed by students of the College’s composition professor, Dr. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and performed by the College of Charleston Contemporary Ensemble.

Winner of the American Alliance for Theatre Education’s 2013 Distinguished Play Award, “She Kills Monsters” is a farce packed with drama. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre, Evan Parry, this lively play tells the story of Agnes Evans following the death of her “weirdo” teenage sister, Tilly. Upon her discovery of Tilly’s fantasy role-playing in a “Dungeons & Dragons” notebook, Agnes becomes enveloped in the game of imaginary adventure and danger, revealing her sister’s emotional insights and adolescent struggles. The clever story touches the inner geek in everyone, as audiences cheer on Agnes through her challenges in the game tied to her personal discoveries.

Numerous creature characters have been created through a combination of puppet techniques, original artwork and costumes as well as an extensive projection design, which includes video, artwork and animated creatures.

The College’s production will take place Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15 in the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. except Sunday at 3 p.m. only. For mature audiences only.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling (843) 953-5604 or visiting the box office in the lobby of the Simons Center for the Arts.

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ExCEL Awards for Outstanding SOTA Individuals

The School of the Arts (SOTA) congratulates the following SOTA individuals for receiving 2014 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards:

Outstanding SOTA Student of the Year:  Corinne Williams (Theatre major)

Female Student Athlete of the Year:  Alyssa Frye (Arts Management major)

Outstanding SOTA Faculty of the Year:  Evan Parry (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance)

Diversity Service of the Year Award:  Karen Chandler (Associate Professor, Arts Management Program)

The 2014 ExCEL Awards honored more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. The winners were chosen from more than 125 nominations.

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School of the Arts Interactive Garden Series

Bring your lunch or drop by the Barnet Courtyard to enjoy a FREE arts showcase, while soaking in the predicted sunny weather and temps in the 70s! 

The College of Charleston School of the Arts (SOTA) is hosting a new Garden Series from Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 2. The Series, free and open to the public, will run daily 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Barnet Courtyard at 58 George Street, between the Sottile Theatre and the Communications Museum. Performances range from 15-45 minutes to allow for casual viewing for students, faculty, staff and the downtown Charleston community.

SOTA Dean Valerie Morris shares her excitement about the Garden Series:

Communication students at the College have developed this series to highlight some of the exciting things that are happening at the School, and we are delighted to have friends of the College joining us. Enjoy the performances, discussions, visual art, and the beauty of Barnet Courtyard… and then come back for more!

The Series will feature an array of musical and artistic talent from members of the SOTA community. Singer/Songwriter Mark Bryan, a SOTA instructor in the Arts Management Program, will be the guest emcee and performer on Monday to kick off the Series.

Musical artists will include: Musician and professor Frank Duvall, jazz singer Joseph Tan, and the College’s Ukulele Club.

Artists involved in the series are Tommy Fox, Victoria Honick, Nikki Scioscia, Hannah Shepard, Kyle Victory, Sabrina Gutknecht, Kate Ritchie, Taylor Epps, Heather Thornton, Susanna Brylawski, Lea Cockerham, Paul Nyguen, Cara Fischer, Elizabeth Koury, Ashley Stanol and Blakely Grinrod.

In addition, costume designs by Anna Todisco will be featured for the upcoming SOTA theatre performance She Kills Monsters.

Attendees will have a chance to interact through caricatures, live art, taking part in an audience paint masterpiece, perusing/purchasing inexpensive art from students and faculty, and Q&A with the performers.

Jeff McCarragher, the 2014 South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year, will introduce acts for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

The Garden Series is managed by a group of senior capstone students in Communication at the College of Charleston. All of the performances for the Garden Series are affiliated with the School of the Arts.

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Performance by Acclaimed College of Charleston Concert Choir

The nationally recognized College of Charleston Concert Choir will present a performance on Monday, April 21 as part of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ Monday Night Concert Series. The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 98 Wentworth St.

This concert will feature a performance of the 20th century masterpiece Psalm 90 by Charles Ives as well as a new edition of a Regina Coeli setting by Renaissance composer Pierre de Manchicourt. Other music will include Tafellied by Johannes Brahms, Abenlied by Josef Rheinberger, Dawn and The Sounding Sea by Eric Barnum, All That Hath Life and Breath by Rene Clausen along with musical tributes to the late Nelson Mandela.

The Concert Choir will be conducted by Mr. William Bennett, Assistant Director of Choirs at the College of Charleston, who is filling in for Dr. Robert Taylor who is on sabbatical. The choir will be accompanied by Jack Cleghorn on organ and piano.

The College of Charleston Concert Choir is one of the nation’s finest collegiate choral ensembles. Directed by Dr. Robert Taylor, its membership represents a wide range of the student population at the College of Charleston. Over the past decade, the Concert Choir has been one of the most decorated collegiate choirs in the nation: appearing in national choral conventions three times, and regional conventions twice. The Concert Choir also regularly performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in performances of  Ralph Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music and Dona Nobis Pacem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Bizet’s Carmen, and many others.

Admission will be $10.00 cash or check (payable to the College of Charleston) at the door.  This performance is FREE for College of Charleston Students with a photo I.D.


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Contemporary Classical Music With a Carolina Connection

***UPDATED NEWS: Contemporary music with ties to South Carolina has received support from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) through the One-Time Grant Awards program. “The Carolina Connection II,” the second and final event of this season’s Magnetic South concert series, is the recipient of the award, which will help offset visiting composers’ expenses and the purchase of instruments.

“Magnetic South is a pioneer in bringing contemporary music to this community. I am beyond thrilled to have received this award from the SCAC, as it validates and echoes my excitement in connecting Carolina composers with their audience and the contemporary scene at large,” comments Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, Artistic Director and Conductor of Magnetic South.


Magnetic South, a collaborative project between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music, continues to present contemporary classical music to Charleston audiences. The next concert, ”The Carolina Connection II,” will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-concert discussion panel, led by Chair of the Department of Music and Magnetic South co-founder, Edward Hart, will start at 7:30 p.m.

Yuriy Bekker is concertmaster. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis will conduct.

The concert will honor and promote local and contemporary music creation. “The Carolina Connection II” specifically will feature composers with close ties to S.C. and Charleston –  Ayala Asherov, Jon Schwabe and Andrew McKenna Lee. 

Ayala Asherov, an Israeli-born composer and singer / songwriter, lives and works in Charleston. Her music ranges from songwriting to music in the concert hall, and to multimedia including film, museum exhibitions and dance. Her new piece, “‘Beh-Rehsheet’ -In the Beginning,” is a Magnetic South commission and world premiere.

Jon Schwabe received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina and is Professor of Theory and Composition, and chairs the composition and theory area at the University of Northern Iowa. His piece, ”Morning of the Curious Hoarfrost,” is commissioned by Magnetic South where it will make its world premiere.

Andrew McKenna Lee was born and raised in downtown Charleston. Having recently received his Doctorate degree in Composition from Princeton University, he is known as “an astoundingly virtuosic guitar player… and far more importantly… a thoughtful and original composer.” (Jayson Greene, eMusic) His new piece, “Harlan Variations,” is a Magnetic South commission and world premiere.

Lee’s latest cd with neo-psychedelic band The Knells will be available for purchase at the concert.  The CD’s cover is the work of SC native and Andrew’s childhood friend, Shepard Fairey.

“The Carolina Connection II,” will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $25.00 general admission and $10.00 for students. Call the CSO at 843.723.7528 or purchase tickets ONLINE


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International Piano Series Presents Konstantinos Papadakis


Piano virtuoso Konstantinos Papadakis of Greece, is hosted by the College of Charleston International Piano Series (IPS) for a performance on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. He will perform sonatas by Chopin and Scarlatti, excerpts from “Petrushka” by Stravinsky and will premiere Edward Hart’s “Blue Impromptu” a virtuosic “spur of the moment” piece inspired by Chopin and influenced by Jazz.

Edward Hart, Chair of the Music Department at the College of Charleston, entrusted him with his Impromptu because “if [he] were a pianist, [he] would like to play like Konstantinos.”

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Individual tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. Purchase tickets ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6575.

[Watch a video of Papdakis]

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 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. He makes regular solo appearances with Boston’s Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and 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. He has recorded several works especially written for him by contemporary composers, many of which have been broadcast on radio and television. Papadakis teaches at the New England Conservatory’s Pre-College Division and recently joined the piano faculty at the Boston University.

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

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