Space, Time, and the Art of Stephen Curry

by Peter Ingle
Space, Time, and the Art of Stephen Curry

JUST WHEN IT SEEMED that no one could or ever would assume the mantle worn by Michael Jordan, along came a boyish, brittle-boned phenom named Wardell Stephen Curry II. Talk about spicing things up, Curry has single-handedly ushered in a new NBA era with his breathtaking three-point shots and the panache with which he... Read »

Mark Your Calendar for This Catesby Exhibit

by ChasToday
Mark Your Calendar for This Catesby Exhibit

THE GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART will present a special exhibition of works by Mark Catesby titled Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas. The exhibition will run from May 12 – September 24 and will feature 44 watercolors by English artist, scientist, and explorer Mark Catesby, generously lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection.... Read »

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 years producing in our state. Originally a hit at Piccolo Spoleto in 2001, The Dayporch... 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 of us in the sold-out audience Wednesday night, is nothing short of a miracle. How... 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 inch of their bodies to nearly impossible levels of terpsichorean perfection. New York City Ballet... 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 New York’s Juilliard School of Music and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute. He has performed with renowned... 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 vintage as Collins, but also a few of those in the younger—in some cases, much... 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 a city where both are equally represented. He was young and passionate about his city... 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 musicians, supplemented by several CSO players who teach at the College, played with a bright, tight,... 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 Violin Concerto in D Major. And this past weekend, he served as conductor to the CSO Chamber... 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 in first person about the folk hero, Denmark Vesey (Horace Rodgers) and the 1820s’ black... 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 entered the hall and took their seats. There was none of the usual warming up.... Read »

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