The Soul of Charleston in Photographs

By Peter Ingle
The Soul of Charleston in Photographs

JACK ALTERMAN’S exquisite new book, My City, captures the majesty and timeless beauty of Charleston in a way that few photographers or painters have ever managed to do. It will undoubtedly stir you to look again—with a keener eye—at very familiar buildings and places. Jack’s resplendent photos, which focus on the lower peninsula, are breathtaking and full of surprises due... Read »

Charleston Stage is Ready!

By ChasToday
Charleston Stage is Ready!

HERE’S NEW BOARD MEMBER, John Dunnan, pictured (at center) with resident members of the Charleston Stage Acting Company. You can learn more about the actors here and get a look at their upcoming season—which begins August 26—here. If you are not... Read »

Library Society Hosts a 1715 Stradivarius

By Peter Ingle
Library Society Hosts a 1715 Stradivarius

AFTER TWO CONCERTS this week at The Charleston Library Society featuring violin virtuoso Matteo Fedeli on a rare 1715 Stradivarius (“Ex Bazzini”), the time may have come to rename this venerable institution The Charleston Library and Music Society. Since... Read »

“When It Rains…” Marks New Class of Modern Theatre

By Peter Ingle
“When It Rains…” Marks New Class of Modern Theatre

CONTEMPORARY THEATRE, with all its good intentions, has been plagued for years with novelty for novelty’s sake: to give a fresh twist to the old, to garner attention, to just be different, or clever, or quirky—all in the name... Read »

Weilerstein and Barnatan Dazzle at Dock Street

By William Furtwangler
Weilerstein and Barnatan Dazzle at Dock Street

THE THURSDAY MORNING Spoleto Festival USA chamber music series offered amazing musical performances. Violinist Daniel Phillips, Kevin Payne, lute, and Christopher Costanza, cello, caught the 18th century spirit of Giuseppe Tartini’s famous Violin Sonata in G Minor “Devil’s Trill.” Phillips mastered the... Read »

Taylor Mac is Back!

By Carol Furtwangler
Taylor Mac is Back!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, the long-awaited return to Spoleto Festival USA (Yikes! Another three years later) of the iconic theater artist “Taylor Mac” generated a warehouse full of avid fans, newbies who just wanted to see what the sequins were all... Read »

Spoleto Chamber Standard Slips with Stamitz Quartet

By William Furtwangler
Spoleto Chamber Standard Slips with Stamitz Quartet

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA’S Chamber Music VIII Tuesday morning in the Dock Street Theatre presented the kind of performances which give chamber music a bad name. While the usual standard of this series is high, if not the highest, some... Read »

A Luminous St. Matthew Passion by Westminster Choir

By Peter Ingle
A Luminous St. Matthew Passion by Westminster Choir

THE WESTMINSTER CHOIR’S production of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Sottile Theater may prove to be one of the brightest lights at this year’s Spoleto Festival. It was a world-class concert featuring two choirs, essentially two orchestras, several fine... Read »

Vietnam’s Golden Dragon Water Puppets

By Carol Furtwangler
Vietnam’s Golden Dragon Water Puppets

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, like those of our three year-old granddaughter, is the ideal way to witness the spectacle the “Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre” presented on Tuesday afternoon at the College of Charleston’s Stern Student Center Garden.... Read »

A Dismal, Discordant Decasia

By William Furtwangler
A Dismal, Discordant Decasia

MONDAY EVENING at Spoleto Festival USA the Sottile Theatre found a nearly full house awaiting the festival orchestra under the baton of John Kennedy in two different compositions, both of them unbelievably loud and pushing discordant sounds way beyond what... Read »

Quintessential Brown Dancing

By Eliza Ingle
Quintessential Brown Dancing

THERE WERE EMPTY SEATS DURING “Proscenium Dances,” Trisha Brown’s retrospective concert, and I knew it was because the dancing was not something that grabbed the audience’s attention, pulling them into an emotional state. “Proscenium” is more of a meditational wash where... Read »


Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all.
~ Liz Forgan

The Purpose of Art is the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
~ Ralph Waldo Trine