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Marina Lomazov to Perform for International Piano Series

Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, she has given performances throughout North America, South America, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and in nearly all of the fifty states in the United States. 

On February 28, Lomazov will bring her talent to the College of Charleston International Piano Series to perform “Kreisleriana” by Robert Schumann, Piano Sonata in F Major by W.A. Mozart and Piano Sonata by Rodion Shchedrin.

Before moving to the United States in 1990, Lomazov studied at the Kiev Conservatory where she became the youngest First Prize Winner at the all-Kiev Piano Competition. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades. Learn more about Lomazov.

DETAILS:  The concert will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20, and admission is free for all students and College of Charleston employees. Purchase tickets online, by emailing, by calling (843) 953-6315, or at the door. 

Master classes with professional artists give piano students at the College opportunities for one-on-one instruction. Lomazov will offer a master class, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m., at the Sottile Theatre. Students from the College’s Department of Music will perform.

CofC Children’s Opera Generously Supported by Arts, etc. Organization

The 3 Little Pigs sing happily together before the Big Bad Wolf arrives in the College of Charleston Opera production of Mozart’s music arranged for children.

The College of Charleston Opera Program, directed by Professor David Templeton, features voice majors who stage operas and musical revues for the public. In addition, the Opera Program infuses the arts and an appreciation of opera into local schools. Over the past seven years, they have performed over 100 performances of children’s stories such as Billy Goats Gruff, which addresses bullying, and Little Red Riding Hood, which addresses lying and not talking to strangers. By the end of spring 2016, the Opera Program had reached more than 40,000 students, many of whom attend underserved schools in local communities.

The Opera Program’s children’s opera initiative receives funding from Arts, etc., an organization of Kiawah and Cassique women committed to supporting the arts. The group’s main fundraiser is the acclaimed Kiawah Art & House Tour, which raised over $80,000 last year. The 2017 Tour will take place on Friday, April 7. Tickets are currently for sale and proceeds will benefit the College’s Opera Program and other arts opportunities for children. 

To learn more about events by the Opera Program and other College of Charleston School of the Arts events, view the 2017 spring calendar of concerts, theatre and dance performances, exhibits, scholarly lectures, and much more. Also, follow the School on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

CofC Opera to Perform ‘Die Fledermaus’ Set in 1970s Charleston

The College of Charleston Opera will present a full production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. The operetta, written in Vienna in the 1870s, will be updated to a setting of Charleston in the 1970s. Complete with 1970s attire, phrases and even a touch of its music, this production promises to be theatrically entertaining as well as musically meaningful. This production of Die Fledermaus (The Revenge of the Bat) is careful to bask in the glorious music of Strauss while taking the audience back to reminisce about a modern decade gone by.

DETAILS: The performances will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3:00 p.m., at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for College of Charleston students and 18 and under, available online or at the door (cash and check only).

Premiering in 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria, Die Fledermaus was Strauss’ third and most famous operetta. It is one of the most popular operettas currently in production and has been adapted numerous times for the cinema and for television.

Directed by faculty members David Templeton and Amanda Castellone, the all-student cast features Bates O’Neal and McKenzie Anderson in the leading roles of Eisenstein and his wife, Rosalinda, respectively. Laura Owens and Courtney Pourciaux portray the role of Adele, the maid/aspiring actress, while Brooks Hawkins and Josh Overby play the stereotypical operatic tenor, Alfred. Jordan Scott, cast as Dr. Falke, otherwise remembered as “the bat,” manipulates the cast throughout the show as they each intend to attend the same party, unbeknownst to each other. The cast is rounded out by Madison Anderson and Catherine Rizzuto in the role of Prince Orlavsky; Stavro Najjar and Trevor Walker as Prison Warden Frank; Caleb Ballard as Mr. Blind, the stuttering lawyer; and Katherine Kuckelman and Sarah Milowic as Sally. Jon Ford plays the drunken prison guard Frosch.

Music faculty member Robert Taylor will conduct a live orchestra of student musicians.

The College of Charleston Opera is a program in the Department of Music at the College’s School of the Arts.

‘Silent Sky’ Pays Tribute to Lesser-Known Woman Astronomer

Presented by the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance, Silent Sky is based on the true story of an intrepid, hearing-impaired woman astronomer, Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Written by Lauren Gunderson who was recently named the most produced living playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine, the play takes place in the early twentieth century in which Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries – when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. 

The backdrop of the suffragist movement brings Leavitt’s choice to pursue astronomy into political focus. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications. The play was coincidentally scheduled for performance as current cinema box office hit, “Hidden Figures” also shares the obstacles and triumphs of lesser-known, vital pioneers of modern astronomy.

DETAILS: The production will run Thursday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 20. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19. 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; $12 College of Charleston students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (843) 953-6306. 

***Learn more about the historical information and the production process for Silent Sky.

The College’s production is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Vivian Appler, who writes, “The turn of the twentieth century was explosive in terms of scientific discovery and social change. Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky is inspiring because it dramatizes the intersection of scientific innovation and discovery with women’s suffrage. Einstein’s theory of relativity radically altered notions of how the universe is constructed, and suggested that it is much larger than it was previously thought to be. Leavitt, traditionally understood as having been an amateur astronomer because of her gender, conducted independent research that proved that the universe was indeed much larger than the Milky Way. Gunderson’s energetic script playfully asserts the importance of inclusivity and diversity to the scientific process. It is a delight to direct this smart, funny, science play at the College of Charleston.”

The design team includes students Kate Condon for costumes, Rebekah Rast for scenic design, Garret Bell for lighting, and Horry Kerrison and Mo Dannels as sound designers.  The characters include Jennifer Asouzu as Leavitt, Laighton Cain as Annie Jump Cannon, Michelle Sullivan as Williamena Fleming, Katte Noel as Margaret Leavitt, and Matthew Walker as Peter Shaw.

Moscow Conservatory-trained Khoma/Vynnytsky Duo to Perform

The 2nd Monday Series will host Charleston Music Fest for a night of intimate chamber music. Graduates of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, faculty duo Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano) will present a romantic concert of Beethoven’s Variations in Eb-Major from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 for cello and piano.

Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Vynnytsky Duo is a 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 that 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. Learn more about the artists.

DETAILS: Charleston Music Fest presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty, and local and international artists. The performance on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 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. 

A Gentrified Neighborhood Causes a Young Couple to Confront Uncomfortable Truths in ‘BUZZER’

buzzer2Buzzer” is a dark yet comic drama by playwright Tracey Scott Wilson. Personal transformations in a changing neighborhood may cost more than the rent. When home is part of a newly gentrifying neighborhood, what needs to change to insure one’s comfort? As in most of her plays, Wilson proffers many questions as answers in this fast-paced race-, class- and privileged-laced play. 

Jackson, a young African-American man, has just bought an apartment in a transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood – formerly the mean streets of his childhood. Joined by his white girlfriend Suzy and also his privileged, addiction battling friend Don, Jackson and his roommates are challenged by tensions and their responses to new life in an old place, a place not always inviting but one that is now home. 

Wed./Jan. 25 – Sun./Jan. 29 and Wed./Feb. 1 – Sat./Feb. 4
7:30 p.m., plus 2:00 p.m. show on Jan. 29
Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St.
A talkback will occur after the show on opening night.
$15 for general public; $10 for senior citizens, College of Charleston students + employees. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call 843.953.6306.

The College’s production is directed by Associate Professor of African American Theatre and Performance, Joy Vandervort-Cobb“This is the second Tracey Scott Wilson piece I’ve tackled and just like the last one, THE STORY, just when I think I’ve found the bottom layer, something else unfurls. It’s worse than peeling an onion… At least with an onion, you expect to cry. With BUZZER,  you are suddenly so impacted by an unintended micro-aggression, you gasp and choke back a tear. These people are supposed to love one another. Some days, I sit with my student Assistant Directors, seniors Clyde Moser and N. Leon Williams, and just shake my head and grunt. And to think this gentrification is at the hands of the African American character, an attorney, whose plan is to get in on the ground floor of the change – forgetting that in his reclaiming home, he’s displacing the people he thought he’d permanently left behind… This piece. Well. I can’t wait to talk about it with an audience.”

Arts Abound | Spring 2017 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 industry, theatre + 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.

View our spring 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.


Revel in Renaissance Music at A Yuletide Madrigal Feast

Photo by Sara Grant

The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present A Yuletide Madrigal Feast, on Thursday, Dec. 1, Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 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, such as Coventry Carol, Once in Royal David’s City, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a feast fit for royalty. The Renaissance menu will consist of Cornish hen, haricot vert, wild rice, apple caramel tart, coffee and wine. Wassail will also be served.

TICKETS: Tickets range from $30 to $60, 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.

Magnetic South: The Finnish Line

Magnetic SouthMagnetic 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 during the 2016-2017 season. The fall concert, “The Finnish Line,” is an evening of music from Finnish composers.

College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director Ken Lam will conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis and alto Jennifer Luiken. Yuriy Bekker is concertmaster.

Vassilandonakis describes the program as “a very colorful echo of the 1950s and 1960s, but the latest in orchestral composition that is commercially successful and very playable. This is new music that’s both intellectual and visceral.”

The program includes Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Catch and Release, a harmonic piece composed in 2006 from material developed in the course of composing his other orchestral works. Magnus Lindberg’s Corrente, composed in 1992 as a commission from the Swedish Literary Society of Finland for its annual festival, and Grammaire des Reves (1988) by Kaija Saariaho, a Grammy award-winning operatic composer, complete the evening of contemporary music.

DETAILS: The concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30pm, at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts (54 Saint Philip St.). Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling 843.723.7528, ext. 110.

The spring Magnetic South concert, “Ambiguous Symmetries,” will be on Friday, April 7, 2016. This concert will feature works by Mario Davidosky, Kurt Rhode, and John Allemeier, as well as a performance of the winning composition from a Call for Scores administered by the College of Charleston’s Music Department.

About Magnetic South:

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music. 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, 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.

Classic American Play “Stage Door” | Nov. 17-20

Plucky. It’s a word you don’t hear much now. But in 1934 it might have been a perfect word to describe the determination and wit of the women in the play, “Stage Door.” Pulitzer prize-winning author Edna Ferber teamed up with George S. Kaufman in 1936 to write this classic American comedy. Presented by the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the play takes audiences inside a rooming house for aspiring actresses near the heart of the New York theatre scene. Through the eyes of these actresses, the audience is given a view of the live theatre as an arena of great honor which inspires passionate devotion, while the story contrasts this with a view of the then upstart movie industry as crass and commercial. 

Director and faculty member, Mark Landis, says, “This play certainly has clever, witty dialogue, but, badinage is not its main characteristic. Ferber depicted the very real strife of women who wanted to build independent lives for themselves in a time when all around them were images of women staying along the conventional path toward marriage and motherhood.”

Nov. 17-20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 20 | Emmett Robinson Theatre/Simons Center for the Arts. A talkback will occur after the show on opening night.  

$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: or (843) 953-6306

Following its Broadway success, “Stage Door” was later adapted into a movie starring Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball. In the film version, Ferber and Kaufman’s harsh view of Hollywood was so blunted as to be nearly invisible.