Talking Classical Music with Sandra Nikolajevs

By Peter Ingle
Talking Classical Music with Sandra Nikolajevs

Note: this interview first appeared in the October 2017 issue of The Charleston Mercury. SANDRA NIKOLAJEVS is President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Charleston which hosts its Ovation Series at The Dock Street Theatre and house concerts throughout the Charleston area. Sandra is also Principal Bassoonist of the Savannah Philharmonic, a position she... Read »

THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL

By Stan Gill
THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL

THEY MAY BE CREEPY, kooky and all together ooky, but The Addams Family—now playing at Footlight Players Theatre—are one of America’s most loved comic strip creations. I’m proud to say that even before the TV Series of the 1960s,... Read »

Comparing Church Steeples

By Peter Ingle
Comparing Church Steeples

CHARLESTON’S TWO MOST ICONIC IMAGES have a lot in common. It is well known, for example, that the congregation of St. Philip’s (“the oldest congregation in South Carolina”) built its first wooden structure in 1681 on the site where... Read »

Church Gates of Charleston

By Peter Ingle
Church Gates of Charleston

A LARGE PART of Charleston’s charm is its endless array of vignettes, each unique, yet each nestled in a harmony of textures, colors, and styles which offer more beauty in close proximity than perhaps any American city. In historic... Read »

Call me ‘Bo’

By Peter Ingle
Call me ‘Bo’

I GREW UP with his children as our families regularly beached, sailed, hunted, and socialized together. To us, he was always ‘Mr. Morrison’, which is how I greeted him after being away from Charleston for more than 30 years.... Read »

Miss Smith’s Spectacular Watercolors

By Peter Ingle
Miss Smith’s Spectacular Watercolors

ALICE SMITH was an artist who saw a scene she liked and painted it. Simple as that. Yet, behind her simplicity looms a charm of ethereal beauty that renders her work as elusive as the artist herself. Of course,... Read »

Vanderbilt Tradition Still Beckons at Biltmore

By Peter Ingle
Vanderbilt Tradition Still Beckons at Biltmore

THE LIST OF THINGS TO SEE and do at Biltmore House and Gardens is extensive, and all of it worthwhile. Combining magnificent architecture, glorious landscapes, and worldly seclusion, there is nothing quite like it on the east coast, perhaps... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Corn Snake

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Corn Snake

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SNAKE. It is so colorful and bright and well painted that you almost forget it’s a snake. Almost. One thing that makes you not forget is its characteristic way of moving in a series of... Read »

Roger Federer | Inside the Art of Tennis

By Peter Ingle
Roger Federer | Inside the Art of Tennis

HOW IS IT THAT ROGER FEDERER, about to enter his thirty-seventh orbit around the sun, continues to be such a formidable opponent? His feline grace, precise strokes, and unruffled demeanor certainly help, but they’re not enough to explain his... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Wild Pine and Locusta Caroliniana

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Wild Pine and Locusta Caroliniana

A LARGE PART of Mark Catesby’s appeal is how his watercolors reveal and revel in the majesty of Nature. This is especially true of his paintings of flora which are typically brimming with life and movement. This simple rendering... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Chatterer and the Magnolia

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Chatterer and the Magnolia

THE CHATTERER, with its dynamic mask and bristly tuft of hair, is front and center in this composition, but the Magnolia steals the show. It’s one of the few instances (in this exhibit) where Catesby combined fauna and flora... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

CATESBY OBVIOUSLY had a fond admiration for this “Small Parrot” of Carolina, which may be why this watercolor wins the prize for best combination of most beautiful and most pleasing to look at in this exhibit. But, why is it... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

MANY PIECES in this exhibit jump out and impress you with their color, drama, and power. This one invites you in, and the more you linger the more there is to appreciate. The main thing, of course, is the... Read »

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It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
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