Pianist Soyen Kate Lee at IPS

By William Furtwangler
Pianist Soyen Kate Lee at IPS

THIS YEAR’S International Piano Series at College of Charleston ended with a splendid concert by Korean-American pianist, Soyen Kate Lee, who displayed remarkable insight and technique, coupled with a model of programming. For the first part of her performance, Lee stuck to the twentieth century, mainly with works by the Russian mystic, Alexander Scriabin. Among five Scriabin... Read »

“THE DAYPORCH” Comes to Threshold Rep

By ChasToday
“THE DAYPORCH” Comes to Threshold Rep

FOR SOME, the past comes with mixed emotions. However, the folks at award-winning Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina are thrilled with their revival of the comedy/thriller, The Dayporch, which is playing through May 7. They chose it to celebrate twenty... Read »

Joan Baez Triumphs at the Music Hall

By Carol Furtwangler
Joan Baez Triumphs at the Music Hall

TO HAVE THE CHANCE to see and hear a live performance by Joan Baez, whose music-making and dedication to righting wrongs have spanned over 55 years, and who started her stellar career at about the same time as many... Read »

The Splendor of “NY City Ballet Moves”

By Eliza Ingle
The Splendor of “NY City Ballet Moves”

WHEN YOU SEE the New York City Ballet for the first time in a long time, or even for the first time, you are immediately aware of the excellence these dancers have attained through impeccable training, which has honed every... Read »

Pianist Robert McDonald Performs at CofC IPS

By William Furtwangler
Pianist Robert McDonald Performs at CofC IPS

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES of the College of Charleston Department of Music continued last Tuesday night with another of its remarkably talented guest performers: Robert McDonald, an artistically astute pianist and inspiring teacher. McDonald is on the piano faculty at... Read »

Judy Collins at Charleston Music Hall

By Carol Furtwangler
Judy Collins at Charleston Music Hall

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL is a wonderful venue for virtually any production, but seems particularly well-suited to the likes of Judy Collins who performed there live in concert on Tuesday evening. The sold-out crowd comprised plenty of folks of the same... Read »

Cuba — Island of Contrasts

By Eliza Ingle
Cuba — Island of Contrasts

OUR GROUP OF 22 AMERICANS stood together in the hot, pungent, laundry-strewn courtyard of an apartment building in the center of bustling Havana, Cuba. We had assembled to listen to a local city planner talk about the gems and eyesores of... Read »

The Gaillard Welcomes CofC Orchestra

By Peter Ingle
The Gaillard Welcomes CofC Orchestra

THE CHANCE TO PERFORM in The Gaillard Center is now something very special, and it showed Monday night when the College of Charleston Orchestra, under the direction of Yuriy Bekker, debuted there with a wonderful, hour-long (free) concert. The full orchestra of 55-plus... Read »

Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

By Peter Ingle
Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

YURIY BEKKER is making the rounds. Last month, he sat as concertmaster for the CSO at the gala opening of the new Gaillard Center. Ten days ago he was a soloist with the Missoula (Montana) Symphony where he performed Beethoven’s... Read »

Sai ya Kai yay!

By Ty Collins
Sai ya Kai yay!

BLACK CULTURE is about freedom of expression and the gospel voice gives that free expression a vitality that surrounds and enfolds an audience, a community, and the world. Look What A Wonder is Walter Robinson’s gospel folk opera told... Read »

Pepe Romero Quartet & The Munich Symphony

By Peter Ingle
Pepe Romero Quartet & The Munich Symphony

THE POLISHED ELEGANCE of the Munich Symphony Orchestra was apparent from the start of Saturday night’s concert in the Gaillard Center. Mainly because they were not there. Unlike most orchestral performances, the orchestra was not on stage as patrons... Read »


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