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The Spoletians are Coming!

by Eliza Ingle

SPRINGTIME in Charleston is as close to perfection as it gets, unless of course your allergies make you miserable, the tourist traffic throws you into a rage, or the Blue Angel’s air show leaves you with an earache. But for me it means that the Spoleto Arts Festival is right around the corner and,... Read »

What Was Whistler Thinking?

by Peter Ingle

THAT’S THE QUESTION I kept asking myself as I gazed into the intimate world of James McNeill Whistler’s etchings at the Gibbes (until May 16, 2010). When you look at oil paintings you are generally aware of standing in front of them looking at them. But with etchings, especially good ones, you somehow step... Read »

Bach Keyboard Extravaganza

by ChasToday

THE FANTASTIC FINALE to the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston is coming next Tuesday night. It features an all Bach program for multiple pianos accompanied by a string ensemble of members from the College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorenzo Muti. And all of the... Read »

Huguenot Church

by Peter Ingle

GOTHIC WAS ONE of the latest styles introduced in antebellum Charleston, and decorative details of the Gothic style pervade the Huguenot Church at 136 Church Street. The highlights include pointed windows, pier buttresses (the extending supports on the outside of the church) with pinnacles, and simulated vaulting. Even the cast iron fence has Gothic... Read »

St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church

by Peter Ingle

THE CURRENT BUILDING at 146 Church Street is the third St. Philip’s Church. It is from an 1836 design by Joseph Hyde which partly replicates the second St. Philip’s that was constructed c. 1721–1733, but which burned in 1835. The exterior of the building closely follows the c. 1721 design, although the interior was... Read »

The Churches of Charleston

by Peter Ingle

WHILE CHARLESTON’S historical homes and buildings continue to enchant residents and dazzle tourists, the city’s churches merit special attention and study. You can easily gaze at their designs and details for hours at a time and not see everything. Which is why repeat visits for repeated gazing always yield new treasures. But how is... Read »

Observing Art… With Kids!

by Eliza Ingle

ON A RECENT TRIP to the Big Apple with my eleven- and seven-year-olds, I was faced with the realization that viewing art with children is never as satisfying as you dream it will be. Something like, “the best laid plans go to waste” came to mind. I’m not saying the experience was not beneficial... Read »

Sprouts Children’s Theatre

by Peter Ingle

IF YOU DON’T KNOW about this already, get yourself (and your children) to the next performance of Sprout’s Children’s Theatre at Creative Spark in Mount Pleasant. This weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun), Sprouts will be staging The Emperor’s New Clothes, a delightful musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. And in May they will perform Jack... Read »

Enrique Graf, piano mentor

by Peter Ingle

AS PROMISED, below is part 2 of our interview with Enrique Graf, Artist in Residence at the College of Charleston, who will be performing next Tuesday night at the Sottile Theatre. The interview speaks for itself, but here are a few more interesting things you might want to know about Enrique’s background. He was... Read »

Enrique Graf, pianist

by Peter Ingle

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES at the College of Charleston just keeps getting better—largely due to its founder and chief nurturer, Enrique Graf, who will perform next week in the series’ fourth solo concert this year. CharlestonToday sat down recently with Enrique (see the video below) to get more insight into his upcoming concert and... Read »

Landscapes for Music

by Peter Ingle

THIS IS JUST ONE of the stunning photos by Michael Kahn (it’s huge) at Martin Gallery on Broad Street. And the serenity of his work could hardly have been better complemented than by a recent performance in the gallery by Chamber Music Charleston. I had heard four of the five musicians before, so I... Read »

Music Medley at Martin Gallery

by Peter Ingle

THERE IS SOMETHING about combining classical music and fine art that brings out the best in both. The syncopation of visual and audio impressions. The mutual sharpening of eye and ear. And simply the elegance of two rich experiences at the same time that enables you to savor the moment in a deeper way.... Read »

Micah Mania

by Peter Ingle

THE EVENING of Wednesday, Feb. 10 started with a buzz of of anticipation. Outside, the sidewalk was overflowing. Inside, the Sottile Theatre was filling to the brim—a first for the International Piano Series this season. On the stage, a solitary grand piano stood passively in front of a large sound board. The much awaited... Read »

Melding Music & Wine

by Peter Ingle

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT about what red Bordeaux sounds like? Did you know that Madeira was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite wine, or that it was used to toast the signing of The Declaration of Independence? How about a Charleston Madeira party with 6 men and 6 bottles? Ever been to one of those? And speaking... Read »

A Prodigy Among Us

by Lindsay Koob

ANY FAN OF THE PERFORMING ARTS is fascinated by a “prodigy”—a word that my dictionary defines as “a person endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities, especially a precocious child.” Close enough, I suppose—but I think the Germans have a better word for it, namely “Wunderkind,” translatable as “wonder-child.” This term implies a miraculous level... Read »

The New AT&T is Getting Old

by Hattie Nuff

THEY CALL THEMSELVES the new AT&T. But what they don’t tell you is that it stands for Aggravating, Terrible, & Tedious. Aggravating because of the trouble it takes to get service from them. Terrible because of the quality of service you finally do get, and tedious because of the way you are treated by... Read »

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