Sasha Starcevich Performs at CAM

By Peter Ingle
Sasha Starcevich Performs at CAM

CHARLESTON ACADEMY OF MUSIC (CAM) is venturing beyond its studio on Rutledge Avenue to wonderful effect. Tuesday night—the time usually reserved for CAM’s Rush-Hour Mini Concerts—guest pianist Sasha Starcevich performed at the Library Society on King Street, playing works of Schubert and Chopin. Interestingly, as Library Society Director Anne Cleveland pointed out, the library... Read »

The Beauty and Thunder of Great Music

By William Furtwangler
The Beauty and Thunder of Great Music

THE AUDIENCE at the Sottile Theatre Tuesday night may never have heard the name of pianist Konstantinos Papadakis, but after his concert it is doubtful they will ever forget it. As part of the International Piano Series of the... Read »

Where Does He Keep Finding Them?

By Peter Ingle
Where Does He Keep Finding Them?

SUPERB CELLIST EDWARD ARRON has been bringing top-flight musicians to Ashley Hall for several years now: to teach and perform for students during the day, then play an evening concert in the intimate Sottile-Thomson Recital Hall—which Mr. Arron calls... Read »

Ken Lam Sparks CSO in Superb Masterworks

By William Furtwangler
Ken Lam Sparks CSO in Superb Masterworks

THE FIFTH MASTERWORKS concert of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra comprised four sterling performances of top-notch classical music under the lively and exacting baton of Ken Lam, who is being considered for the post of music director of the orchestra.... Read »

Playwrights-in-Residence at Threshold

By Carol Furtwangler
Playwrights-in-Residence at Threshold

THE LOCALLY-BASED WRITING TEAM of Thomas & Judy Heath is not so local any more: How ya gonna keep ‘em down in the South after they’ve seen New York? Friday evening, Threshold Repertory Theatre was filled beyond capacity for... Read »

Di Wu Wows IPS Audience

By William Furtwangler
Di Wu Wows IPS Audience

PIANIST DI WU saves the day—again. The third presentation of the College of Charleston School of the Arts International Piano Series in the Sottile Theatre Tuesday, February 18, was an exciting and beautiful concert. Though scheduled to showcase Canadian... Read »

Peter Nero Jazzes the Sottile

By Carol Furtwangler
Peter Nero Jazzes the Sottile

THE BEATLES HAVE NOTHING ON PETER NERO. The legendary pianist appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 11 times, among many other achievements, honors and awards in a long and illustrious career. Nero created his magic for a good crowd... Read »

Roberto Plano Impresses at Sottile

By William Furtwangler
Roberto Plano Impresses at Sottile

THE CofC INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES continued in its successful choice of top caliber concert pianists Monday evening, January 20, in the Sottile Theatre. Italy’s Roberto Plano, with impressive credentials as an orchestral soloist, a recitalist, and a chamber music—not to... Read »

Teralyn Tanner is a Must See at Midtown

By Stan Gill
Teralyn Tanner is a Must See at Midtown

THE WORDS “ONE MAN SHOW” can strike fear in the heart of even the most avid of live-theatergoers. After all, if you’re not taken with the performer who walks onto the stage in the first few moments of the... Read »

Gould and Lewis Shine at South of Broadway

By Carol Furtwangler
Gould and Lewis Shine at South of Broadway

THE WORLD PREMIERE of an original theater piece took place Saturday evening at South of Broadway to a wildly enthusiastic full house, and for all the best reasons. “The Piano Man and the Diva” combined musical comedy, pop, and opera—yes,... Read »

Pianist Di Wu Surprises CSO Audience at Sottile

By William Furtwangler
Pianist Di Wu Surprises CSO Audience at Sottile

THE CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S Third Masterworks concert for the 2013-14 season deserves a hearty bravo for programming, soloist, guest conductor, and orchestra. Thursday evening’s near capacity audience may have been more than a little off-put by the opening of... Read »

An Inspiring Collaboration

By Peter Ingle
An Inspiring Collaboration

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL ballet just set a noteworthy precedent. Three separate arts organizations in town came together this past weekend in a spirit of collaboration that exceeded expectations, delighted audiences, and showed what is possible. Laura Ball (Uned!ted)... Read »

Sean Kennard Plays all-Chopin Program

By Peter Ingle
Sean Kennard Plays all-Chopin Program

SEAN KENNARD and Frederic Chopin are a perfect combination. So much so that it was hard to distinguish between them last Tuesday night in an all-Chopin program at the Charleston Library Society, as part of the Guest Artist Series... Read »

Going ‘Nuts’ Again for Christmas Ballet

By Eliza Ingle
Going ‘Nuts’ Again for Christmas Ballet

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN when mice go to battle, candy and snow dance their hearts out, and a Nutcracker Prince steals the heart of a little girl and takes her on a magical journey. Since its inception... Read »

Get to the Gibbes for This One

By Peter Ingle
Get to the Gibbes for This One

“THE REAL WAR will never get in the books,” wrote Walt Whitman reflecting on the human carnage, physical devastation, and psychological toll of the Civil War. No doubt, it is true of all wars, despite the prolific and horrific... Read »


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