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Arts Abound | Fall 2018 Events Calendar

With events ranging from fully-staged, professional dance and theatre productions to scholarly lectures on art and architectural history, the College of Charleston School of the Arts offers numerous public arts experiences for well-seasoned patrons and curious novices alike.

Throughout the academic year, the school presents a robust season of CofC Concerts, arts management sessions on navigating the music industrytheatre + dance performances, studio art exhibits and lectures, historic preservation/community planning lectures, plus the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s unique exhibitions, lectures and films. Season subscriptions and memberships are available for several series and programs.

View our fall arts calendar for a listing of this semester’s arts opportunities. Events are added as the semester progresses, so be social with the School of the Arts for the latest news.


Piccolo Spoleto Festival: College of Charleston Young Artists Series

The Young Artists Series features some of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ most accomplished music students and alumni. Tickets are $11 (FREE for kids 12 and under) and available for purchase(up to 2 hours before performance) at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office in the Charleston Visitors Center, by calling 1-(866)-811-4111, online, or at the door. All concerts take place at 12:00 noon in the College’s Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, except for May 26 at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.


Saturday, May 26 – College of Charleston Concert Choir [tickets]
Under the direction of Robert Taylor, conductor, this outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performances at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast.
This concert takes place at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Monday, May 28 – A Day With the Romantics [tickets]
Concert will include Sebelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 performed by TianruiHu; Lieder of Brahms & R. Strauss performed by Kiri Taylor and Jasmine Crowder and rarely performed songs of Rachmaninoff by Bates O’Neal.

Tuesday, May 29 – Back to the Future: Music of the 20th Century [tickets]
Program consists of the 1st movement of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 46 performed by Jin Hui; Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasy” by Tianyu Liu on violin; Rodrigo’s songs for guitar and voice, performed by Fernando Troche and Omar Valencia; Songs of Barber and Copland performed by Michael Owens and Katherine Kuckelman.

Wednesday, May 30 – Beethoven: The Bridge to Romanticism  [tickets]
This concert of all Beethoven will include the 1st movement of String Quartet no. 4 in A minor, Op. 18, performed by Tianyu Liu, Hui Jin, Tianrui & Maria Savelyeva; Violin & Piano Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2, performed by Tianyu Liu & Caleb Brock and Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69, performed by Maria & Anna Savelyeva..

Thursday, May 31 – Early Romantics  [tickets]
Concert will consist of Schubert lieder, including Gretchen am Spinnrade performed by McKenzie Anderson; Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Piano Sonata, No. 21, Op. 53 performed by Anna Savelyeva; Cesar Frank’s Violin & Piano sonata in A Major performed by Gloria Lee and Paganini’s Variations on One String on Theme by Rossini for Cello & Piano performed by Maria & Anna Savelyeva.

Friday, June 1 – Mostly Mozart  [tickets]
This all Mozart concert will include his Adagio in B minor, K.540 for piano, performed by Eleni Kamaratou and concert & operatic arias from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro performed by McKenzie Anderson, Jasmine Crowder, Mary Ott, Laura Owens, Michael Owens and Kiri Taylor.

Saturday, June 2 – Isn’t It Romantic  [tickets]
This very eclectic concert will feature Spanish composers Rodrigo and Albeniz. Rodrigo’s Plegaria de la infanta de Castilla for piano will be performed by Eleni Kamaratou; Albeniz’ compositions for guitar will be performed by Fernando Troche; Songs by Donaudy, Ravel & Schumann will be performed by Harper Mobley, Mary Ott & Laura Owens and Caitlin Tarver will perform the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Monday, June 4 – Charleston Jazz  [tickets]
The ever popular jazz combos comprised of the successful alumni of the College of Charleston will be on display. The combo for this performance is Maxx Bradley, piano, Lauren Johnson, bass, Miller Boone, drums.

Tuesday, June 5 – Get Off My Bach  [tickets]
This all J.S. Bach concert will feature Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen “The Ascention Oratorio,” BWV 11, performed by the College of Charleston Madrigal Singers and portions of Bach’s cellos suites Nos. 3 & 4, performed by Caitlin Tarver and Zachery Litchfield.

Wednesday, June 6 – What’s Opera, Doc?  [tickets]
This concert will feature the rarely performed one-act opera(11 minutes in its entirety) by Samuel Barber & Gian-Carlo Menotti, titled A Hand of Bridge, which premiered at the original Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. Performers will be McKenzie Anderson, Mary Ott, Bates O’Neal & Chris Prohaska. Arias from operas by Verdi, Douglas Moore, Donizetti, Mozart & Massenet and the Love Duet from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde are featured.

Thursday, June 7 – To Infinity & Beyond  [tickets]
Concert will include Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, 1st movement, Op. 107 performed by Maria Savelyeva; Heggie’s Friendly Persuasions, performed by Bates O’Neal; Edward Hart’s Dunbar Songs performed by McKenzie Anderson, Argento’s Elizabethan Songs, performed by Mary Ott and Torroba’s Sonatina for classical guitar, performed by Fernando Troche.

Friday, June 8 – College of Charleston Jazz   [tickets]
Students of the College of Charleston’s successful jazz program play many of your favorites. The combo for this performance is Maxx Bradley, piano, Lauren Johnson, bass, Miller Boone, drums.

Piccolo Spoleto Stelle di Domani Theatre Series

Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival present a 17-day feast of the arts featuring some of the most talented artists from the School of the Arts, from the local area and from around the world. The cultural adventure begins on Friday, May 25 and continues through Sunday, June 10.

Stelle di Domani series features students, faculty and alumni from our award-winning Department of Theatre and DanceYou’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel the power of dance and the theatre in five professionally produced events.

CHORE MONKEYS –Recently having its world premiere as part of the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance season, 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 (Gabridge).” Just as you think you have it figured out, Gabridge offers you another moment to drop your jaw – either in laughter or pure shock – and hopefully for long moments after you leave the theatre, some echoing moments of truth and complacency… if not complicity… that might change the way you view those with whom you interact.. [more info and tickets]

ENTER THE UNDERWORLD – Enter the Underworld is an autobiographical solo show about a young woman who, having lost her mother to cancer at age fourteen, now works as a drama therapist in inpatient pediatrics with acutely ill children. As she attempts to guide her patients and their families through the unpredictability of sickness and the profound experience of grief, she must also come face to face with her own demons. What will it take to transform trauma into empowerment? Into healing? Enter The Underworld is a true story of self-discovery created from actual patient care experiences exploring the depths of what it means, from both a personal and clinical perspective, to unearth the soul. It is an attempt to fill a hole in the heart. It is a mother’s love. It is a daughter’s love. It is slowly healing. It’s learning how to not be afraid of the dark. [more info and tickets]

ONE WHO SEES – The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance proudly supports our fifth annual collaboration with Annex Dance Company. This concert, the culmination of a residency with Annex, presents students and professionals performing an evening-length work based on people watching to music selected by the audience via a pre-show poll. [more info]

UNDER THE LIGHTS –This perennial Piccolo favorite highlights original College of Charleston student works. A series of 10-minute plays, Under the Lights features winners of the Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. Spend an evening celebrating the voices and ideas of the next generation of writers. [more info and tickets]

STAGED READINGS – Free staged reading of the 2018 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest winner and runner-up. Previous winning plays have come from such notable playwrights as Caridad Svich (lifetime Obie award winner), James Still, William Missouri Downs, and Donnetta Lavinia Grays. FREE admission. [more info]

O.N.E. –The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance presents this staged reading of a current work in progress by student playwright Nathan Cooper. “Thoughts are composed of fluid, evolving connections between differing parts and sections of the brain. What happens when these connections and pathways are disrupted? |O.N.E.| is a physical and metaphorical representation of a person’s being, one person split into three parts of consciousness, represented by three characters in a state of limbo, the result of repeated brain trauma.” FREE admission. [more info]

2017-18 School of the Arts Awards

The School of the Arts honors the achievements of a select group of students who have demonstrated excellence in their respective disciplines. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 10 recognizes those who have set a standard for their peers as well as those who will follow in their footsteps.

The School also acknowledges illustrious alumni:

Award of Achievement
Robert Condy ’99
Margaret Furniss ’00
Kevin Hamilton ’95

Award for Philanthropy
Matthew Kennedy ‘00

Award for Service 
Gregory Joye ’95

Young Alumnus Award
Ashley Fabian ’13

School of the Arts Scholars
Alana Marie McDonald
Madison Rae Moga
Madeline Meriwether Stauss
Charles Richard Paine

Outstanding Student Award
Madeline Grace Hickey

Dean’s Excellence Award
Brittany Alyce Marino

School of the Arts Scholars
Madison Rae Moga
Ellison Drew Whittle
Flannery Hudson Wood
Hunter Gray Macdonald
Elliot Slovis
Anna Catherine Carroll
Victoria Catherine Futrell
Charles Richard Paine

Outstanding Student Award
Elizabeth Kingsley Crimmins
Ashley Nichole Davis
Madeline Claire Petty
Elliot Louis Slovis
Madison Rae Moga
Charles Richard Paine
Anna Catherine Carroll

Dean’s Excellence Award
Alison Kathleen Deyo

School of the Arts Scholars
Caitlin Billard
Peter Brokaw
Jenna Eberhardt
Olivia Gawler
Alexander Hunter
Victoria Kabernagel
Alana McDonald
Cameron Mills
Jordan Nolte
Emma Penny
Carter Rice
Tyler Sim
Chloe Spellman
Madeline Stauss
Allie Stubbs
Caroline Tweedy
Ariel Zambrano

Outstanding Student Award
Shiclasia Brown
Sean Colby
Macie Farley
Amber Fuchs
Parker Galvin
Olivia Gawler
Alexander Hunter
Carter Rice
Shannon Roudebush
Chloe Spellman
Elizaveta Talantova
Katherine Wilson

Dean’s Excellence Award
Victoria Kabernagel

Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award
Emma Penny

Dr. Norton M. Seltzer Prize in Arts Management
Ariel Zambrano

School of the Art Scholars
Maxx Bradley
Anna Galura
Le’ah Griggs
Mary Ott

Outstanding Student Award
Maxx Bradley
Anna Galura
Le’ah Griggs
Mary Ott
Bates O’Neal
Mengting You
Kiri Taylor

Dean’s Excellence Award
Bates O’Neal

Mary Stewart Allan Award for Violin
Taylor Holloway

Marguerite Elfe Erckman Vocal Award
Jasmine Crowder
McKenzie Anderson

The Deborah and John Zeigler String Award
Anna Galura

The Melvin H. & Virginia Peacock Goodwin Award for Instrumental Performance
Lauren Johnson

Edwin Davis Peacock Award for Excellence in Piano
Eleni Kamaratou

Reba Kinne Huge Award in Music
Tianyu Liu
Jessica Shamble

Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music
Tianyu Liu

The Music Department Alumni Award
Maxx Bradley

Bunnie Monger Memorial Award
Bates O’Neal

Robert and Pamela Dickson Outstanding Achievement in Violin Award
Tianyu Liu

School of the Arts Scholars
Drew Whittle
Jordan Poole
Madison Fabian
Fran Palazuelos
Marissa Dixon

Outstanding Student Award
Hunter Sturgill
Madison Fabian
Klair Davis
Hope Morgan
Calder Jose
Fran Palazuelos

Dean’s Excellence Award
Michael Wiser

The Artists and Craftsman Award
Amy Hill Hyman

Brian and Kathryn Rutenberg Studio Art Award
Alexa Hennessy
Andy Carver
Elijah Collins
Natalea-Rae Gibbons

The Corrie McCallum Award for Printmaking
Jessi Davison

The Laura M. Bragg Memorial Award
Dontre Major

Dr. Norton M. Seltzer Prize in Studio Art
Hope Morgan

Dr. Norton M. Seltzer Prize for Young Contemporaries
Dontre Major

Summerville Artists Guild Award in Memory of Detta Zimmerman
Sydney Lovice

The Tyzack Prize
Drew Whittle

School of the Arts Scholars
Jennifer Bettke
Carrie Ferrelli
Ashleigh McGaha
Kathryn Noel
Abriana Quiñones
Victoria Kabernagel
Christina Mahaffie

Outstanding Student Award in Theatre
Carrie Ferrelli
Gibson Carter
Jenny Bettke
Jennifer Asouzu

Outstanding Student Award in Dance
Bailey McFaden

Dean’s Excellence Award (Theatre)
Jennifer Asouzu

Dean’s Excellence Award (Dance)
Victoria Kabernagel

Arthur McDonald Award for Theatre
Josiah Albright

Center Stage Award
Gibson Carter

Eliza Ingle Dance Honor
Christina Hughes

Faculty Award of Merit – Theatre & Dance Faculty Award
Felise Horne
Flynn Valentine
Nathan Cooper
Kenya Gadsden
Mattie Rogers
Sylvie Lexow

Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting Award
Brent Dorwart

Future Teacher Award
Ashleigh McGaha

Hannah Strickland Award for Excellence in Design
Ceili Hesselgrave Enron Set Design

Kathryn Norton Award for Service
Bailey McFaden

Maria Alicia Elfe Award for Theatre
Abriana Quiñones

Dr. Norton M. Seltzer Prize in Theatre
Brent Dorwart

Valerie Morris Award for an Outstanding Performance
by an Actor or an Actress in a Play
Abriana Quiñones – The Trojan Women
Javaron Conyers – Chore Monkeys

Jean W. Johnson Study Abroad Awards
Abigail Dentler | Academic Programs Int’l – Florence Italy (fall 2017)
Hailey Wilson | SAI: Florence University for the Arts, Florence Italy (fall 2017)
Emma Penny | College of Charleston in Spain (spring 2018)
Anna Schuldt | American College of Greece (spring 2018)
Anna Drechsler | American College of Greece (spring 2018)
Abby Foss | University of Leeds (spring 2018)
Elizabeth Alexander | Burren College of Art in Ireland (spring 2018)
Rosie McWilliams | University of Westminster (spring 2018)
Christina Hughes | CofC Performing Arts in Cuba (spring 2018)
Bailey McFaden | CofC Performing Arts in Cuba (spring 2018)
Emily Tran | CofC Performing Arts in Cuba (spring 2018)
Maxx Bradley | 4th Summer Music Performance Program at Anatolia College, Greece (summer 2018)
Celeste Caldwell | CofC in Sweden: Studio Art (summer 2018)
Sabrina De’Andrea | IES Abroad: Dublin Summer Intensive Acting Program (summer 2018)
William Goss | 4th Summer Music Performance Program at Anatolia College, Greece (summer 2018)
Savanna Heim | CofC in London + Paris: Architectural History and Urban Studies (summer 2018)
Eleni Kamaratou | Obidos International Piano Masterclass and Festival, Portugal (summer 2018)
Callista Milligan | Arts Management in Sweden (summer 2018)

The Wattle and Daub Travel Award
Anna Drechsler
Abby Foss

Scott Shanklin-Peterson Internship Awards
María Carillo-Marquina | fall 2017
Sessalie Gore | fall 2017
Sachiko Higaki | fall 2017
Caroline Tweedy | fall 2017
Caitlin Billard | spring 2018
Anel Khasiyetova | spring 2018
Shannon Roudebush | spring 2018
Hailey Wilson | spring 2018

ExCEL Awards (Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership Awards)
Omar Valencia & Ninerveh Williams | Outstanding Student of the Year, School of the Arts
Shiclasia Brown | Outstanding Female Student Athlete of the Year
Ariel Zambrano | Outstanding Bonner Leader Award

South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Auditions
Chris Prohaska | qualified for both Musical Theatre and Classical categories
Jessica Shamble | qualified for and then won both Musical Theatre and Classical categories; advances to National YouTube Round
Kayla Moog
India Foster
Harper Mobley
Zahdriq Graves
Eli Major-Wright
Taylor Moody
Mary Ott | regional winner
Allie Crawford
Lucy Mulkeen
Jasmine Crowder | regional winner
Michael Owens
Bates O’Neal

Theatre Awards
Nathan Cooper | The Legacy Award for unrealized project Set Design for Macbeth, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Kirstin McWaters | 1st place for David Weiss Regional Design for her set design of unrealized project for Macbeth
Carrie Ferrelli | Southeastern Theatre Conference Undergraduate Scenic Design Award (3rd Place)
Ceili Hesselgrave | Southeastern Theatre Conference Undergraduate Scenic Design Award (1st Place), Student Choice Award for Set Design of Enron, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Natasha Cox | Southeastern Theatre Conference Undergraduate Costume Design Award (1st Place), Honorable Mention for Costume Design of Enron, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

“Into the Woods” — An Adult Fairy Tale Musical

Everyone thinks they know the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. But in the hands of Stephen Sondheim (music/lyrics) and James Lapine (book) and their Tony award-winning musical Into the Woods, we see our favorite childhood storybook characters as never before. This adult fairy tale takes us on the journey of a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family by ridding themselves of the witch’s curse preventing them from doing so. Through wit, humor, wisdom, and an amazing score, the musical explores the loss of innocence, the true cost of getting that for which you wish, and what happens after “happily ever after.”

The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music will stage Into the Woods, April 12-17, 2018. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Todd McNerney with music direction by Associate Professor of Voice/Opera David Templeton, the musical includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen,” “Agony,” “Giants in the Sky,” and “No One Is Alone.”

The production will run Thursday, April 12 through Tuesday, April 17. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., except for the show on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. only. 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. 

Into the Woods debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway in 1987, where it won several Tony awards include Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason). The popular film adaptation of “Into the Woods” by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Anna Kendrick, and was critically and commercially successful. Already in the top five of the most successful movie musical adaptations ever, it was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

This wildly inventive ensemble piece at the College features versatile student actors/musicians including Regan Pelicano as the Baker’s Wife, Haydn Haring as the Witch, Katherine Kuckelman as Cinderella, Patrick Lyons as Jack, Bates O’Neal as the Narrator, and Brooks Hawkins as the Baker. The design team includes faculty lighting designer Jesse Portillo and the following student collaborators – scenic designer Felise Horne, costume designers Sophia Koetters and Jacob McCubbin, and stage manager Samantha Buckley.

Chapel Moves Dance Concert Choreographed by Students

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present the dance concert, Chapel Moves. The annual performance features original dances by some of the department’s most talented students. These future professional choreographers and aspiring dance artists will showcase pieces selected for inclusion in the American College Dance Association’s southeastern regional conference.

Exploring how the body, mind, and spirit can be challenged and influenced by the world around us, the choreographers have created an evening of dance showcasing the diversity and strength of the dance students. The choreographers have challenged their casts with technical movement phrases and complex music, pushing the performance of the dance pieces both physically and emotionally.

The performance will run April 5-8, 2018 and will take place at the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees. Tickets can be purchased online at, by emailing, or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

***Short video interviews show the inspiration, meaning and process for the student choreographers and dancers in Chapel Moves. (Click here, and scroll down past the event info.)

Cuba en el Horizonte Performance

Cuba! A source of historic controversy, the island sits tantalizing close to the United States, just 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. But, for more than 50 years the island has been shrouded in mystery to most Americans who were prohibited from going there. As a result of recent political change, Cuba is now on our horizon.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the College of Charleston has delved into the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba, and explored the rich history and culture of Cuba through academic courses, art, dance, film, music and theater. This ambitious project, Cuba en el Horizonte, will culminate in a finale concert featuring the College of Charleston Orchestra led by Yuriy Bekker, Otro Sur (the College’s Latin American Ensemble led by Michael O’Brien), the College of Charleston Concert Choir led by Robert Taylor, and dancers led by Kristin Alexander from the department of theatre and dance. Performances will include classic son and salsa repertoire: “Caramelo a kilo” and “Bilongo,” a couple of trova tunes from singer-songwriters Silvio Rodriguez and Luis Barbiera, and two pieces that show Cuba’s influence on popular music styles across Latin America (a Cuban-ized arrangement of Mexican bolero “Sabor a mi” and the Afro-Peruvian “Toro mata,” which later became a warhorse in Celia Cruz’s repertoire).

The event will take place 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Admission is $15 cash or check at the door / FREE for College of Charleston students and employees.

Sponsors include several areas at the College of Charleston: Academic Affairs; School of the Arts; School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs; Department of Music; Department of Theatre and Dance; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Office of Institutional Diversity; and Multicultural Student Services and Programs.

“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.