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Call for Student Art Entries

College of Charleston Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

2nd Annual Sustainability Literacy Expression of the Year

2018-2019: Social Justice and Fair Distribution

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

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

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

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An Enemy of the People

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

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

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

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

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

The production will run Thursday, Feb. 22 through Monday, Feb. 26. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 25. A talkback will occur after the show on opening night. Performances will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is $20 for general public; $15 for senior citizens, College of Charleston employees and non-College of Charleston students; and $12 for College of Charleston students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

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

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


Igor Lipinski — Magician at the Piano

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

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

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

Learn more about Lipinski.

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

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

CofC Composers Nathan Michel, Edward Hart, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis

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

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

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

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

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

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. It combines the resources of the two institutions to present contemporary classical music in Charleston in an informative context. The goal of the Magnetic South partnership is to bring to the audiences of the Lowcountry, including students at the College, masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries along with important new works by living composers. The concerts, performed by CSO musicians and conducted by College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director Ken Lam, feature carefully selected works from a variety of aesthetic directions and styles to represent the panorama of the music of our time. Magnetic South was co-founded in 2012 by Vassilandonakis; fellow faculty  member Edward Hart; and CSO concertmaster and Principal Pops conductor, Yuriy Bekker.

Stellar Cello/Piano Faculty Duo to Perform

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

Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Vynnytsky Duo is the unique team of two virtuoso soloists from the same city and with a similar background. Both were born in Lviv, Ukraine, studied at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, are International Competitions winners. Each has a distinguished career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and has appeared individually and as a Duo with major orchestras and premier chamber music series through the United States and Europe.  With performances which have been hailed around the world as “most excellent”, “perfectly controlled and beautifully expressive,” “magical…deeply touching,” “with virtuosity and admirable feeling,” “passion, profundity and poignancy,” “cellist pianist solo soulmates,” the Duo is one of the most electrifying musical partnerships.

Charleston Music Fest presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty, and local and international artists. The Monday, February 12 performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. General admission is $15 and $10 for all students. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (843) 953-6315, or at the door. 

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

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

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

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

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

The show contains adult language.

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

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


Concert Choir Holiday Candlelight Concert

The College of Charleston Concert Choir, conducted by Robert Taylor, will present its annual Holiday Candlelight Concert featuring music celebrating the holiday season, and ecumenical readings performed by Theatre faculty member and renowned actor Evan Parry.  The performance will take place on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. General admission is $10 at the door and free for College of Charleston students.

The College of Charleston Concert Choir is the premier touring choral ensemble at the College of Charleston. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Taylor, the Concert Choir has toured throughout the United States, Ireland and the UK, and has performed at national, regional and state American Choral Directors Association Conferences, three National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences, regional American Guild of Organist conferences, and multiple SCMEA conferences. The Concert Choir’s membership is comprised of both music majors and non-majors, representing a wide representation of the College of Charleston’s student population. The Concert Choir is part of the College of Charleston Department of Music, housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Its director, Robert Taylor, serves as Director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston, the Founding Artistic Director of the professional Taylor Festival Choir and Taylor Music Group, and the Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Revel in Renaissance Music at A Yuletide Madrigal Feast

The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present A Yuletide Madrigal Feast, on Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., in the Alumni Memorial Hall of Randolph Hall.

The award-winning College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, will perform sacred and secular traditional holiday season carols in dinner theatre format. Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a feast fit for royalty.

TICKETS: Tickets range from $40 to $70, sold in advance until two days prior to each performance. Alcohol can be purchased separately at the event. Seating is limited, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Reservations: online at or by calling 843.953.8231.

The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers is an auditioned ensemble made up of students from the College’s Concert Choir that specializes in chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The Madrigal Singers are perhaps best known for their annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast and are also annually featured on the Early Music Series and the Young Artists Series in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. They also frequently have performed and toured with Steve Rosenberg and Charleston Pro Musica, and they function as the community outreach arm of the choral program, performing for various civic functions and charitable organizations.

Robert Taylor, Director of Choral Activities at the College, is also director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston – the Taylor Festival Choir. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University and is an experienced soloist, having sung leading tenor roles in a variety of operas, oratorios and musicals.

REALIGN Dance Concert to Explore Sustainability Themes

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will showcase REALIGN directed by Kristin Alexander and choreographed by the College’s dance faculty, guest artist Michael Nickerson-Rossi, and senior dance major Anna Brown. The College’s dance students comprise the cast.

With a campus-wide initiative to educate and create a more sustainable community, “Realignexplores the theme of sustainability through historical authenticity and necessary shifts in our thinking and doing. Some of the choreographers have used the College’s focus of water sustainability, allowing for the arts and sciences to intersect as they creatively investigate environmental themes, and promote cross-disciplinary expression and discussion of topics relating to the broad theme of a sustainable future.

Guest artist Michael Nickerson-Rossi, founder and artistic director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company, spent the last weekend in August setting his piece, “Us and Them” about the divide between communities, with specific reference to environmental racism and how water quality is socioeconomically driven. Alexander collaborated with marine ecologist/photographer and National Geographic grantee Clare Fieseler, in a work about ghost forests. Alexander hopes that the dance will be a beautiful and haunting interpretation of the changing landscape on the East Coast because of the rising sea levels. Through special permission granted from the Doris Humphrey Foundation for Dance, Dr. Gretchen McLaine is reconstructing Humphrey’s iconic work, “Soaring.” Using a written system of movement analysis known as Labanotation, McLaine’s reconstruction sustains the legacy of the artist, preserves a written system of recording movement, and supports our dance history and heritage.

The three-day run will take place Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (Sunday show at 2:00 p.m. only) at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $20 for public admission; $15 for senior citizens, College of Charleston students, employees and non-College of Charleston students; and $12 for College of Charleston students. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-5604. Presented with support from the College’s Sustainability Literacy Institute.

*Check out the behind-the-scenes blog, created by Dance student Victoria Kabernagel, that shows the research an creative process for each dance piece. 

Four Hands, Two Pianos: Duo Piano Concert by Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung

Pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung — acclaimed as soloists, with first prizes at the Leeds, Hamamatsu, and Stravinsky International Piano Competitions — are also a renowned duo. Describing the artistry of the husband-and-wife team, the UK magazine Music and Arts states: “Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.” They have released four highly praised albums as a duo featuring music of Poulenc, Stravinsky, Brahms and Piazzolla on the Signum Classics label, and Ligeti on the Dynamic label.

This dual piano concert of the 2017- 2018 IPS season will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The program will include Mozart Sonata K. 521 in C major for 4 hands, Shostakovich Concertino for 2 pianos, Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme of Paganini for 2 pianos, and Rachmaninov Suite no. 2 for 2 pianos.

The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for all students and College of Charleston employees. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or by calling (843) 953-6315.

The real life marriage of concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, with their abundant artistic chemistry, passion, and stunning virtuosity, has led to one of the most appealing and impressive piano duos of our time.

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and a winner of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle. His much-lauded discography includes a 2015 album of Russian favorites by Scriabin and Mussorgsky, Mozart Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595, Alessio Bax Plays Brahms, Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (an American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice”), Bach Transcribed, and Baroque Reflections (a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”). Most recently he released the collection Lullabies for Mila on Signum Classics, which also features Chung and is dedicated to their young daughter, born in 2014. Bax will be making the most out of his Charleston visit as he will play alongside famed violinist Joshua Bell at the Gaillard Performance Hall on November 9th.

First-Prize winner of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Lucille Chung has been celebrated by Gramophone for her “stylish and refined” performances. She was born in Montreal, and made her debut at the age of ten with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, after which Charles Dutoit invited her as soloist on the orchestra’s tour to Asia. She has since performed with orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Seoul Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as all the major orchestras in Canada, among them the Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver Symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She has appeared with conductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Spivakov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Vasily Petrenko. Her solo discography includes the first volume of her recording of György Ligeti’s complete piano works on the Dynamic label, as well as Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Transcriptions, Mozart & Me, and a 2016 all-Poulenc album for Signum Classics.