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PICCOLO SPOLETO FESTIVAL MAY 26-JUNE 11, 2017 CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

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IN THE ARTS, WE FIND OUR WINGS.

Through the power of the arts we are all inspired to rise above the ordinary. Boeing is proud to sponsor Piccolo Spoleto and its ongoing mission to support excellence through performing arts and educational programs.

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SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA

MAY 26 – JUNE 11, 2017 CHARLESTON, SC SPOLETOUSA.ORG

EUGENE ONEGIN: Russia’s wintery beauty and Tchaikovsky’s full range of emotions are on display in this grand opera about the tragedy of first love. MURMURS: Aurélia Thierrée returns to the Festival with this dreamlike, largely wordless rumination on a woman’s adventure into a surreal and shifting landscape. OCD LOVE: Performed to deep, pulsing grooves created live by DJ Ori Lichtik, OCD Love explores themes of the heart through the lens of obsessive compulsion. WELLS FARGO FESTIVAL FINALE featuring THE REVIVALISTS: This all-day event at Middleton Place includes picnicking, a beer garden, fireworks, and a performance by The Revivalists. And much more dance, music, opera, and theater. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Available in person at the Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, online at spoletousa.org, or by phone at 843.579.3100.

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SPONSORS

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major sponsors

event sponsors

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with additional support from charleston police weed & seed and these individuals and funders Paul & Cynthia Holzschuher The Nancy D. Hawk Family Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Endowment Fund Herzman-Fishman Charitable Fund Maj. Gen. (ret) Arthur J. Rooney, Jr. & Helen H. Rooney Norma & John Palms Andrea Volpe

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Harriet Ripinsky and Linda Ripinsky Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment of CCF of SC Abigail Walsh & Brendan Sweeney Valeria S. Myers & G. Clinton Myers Charitable Fund Bill Valentine Gordon E. Dehler

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Dear Friends: I am pleased to share the program for this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, our City’s contribution to Spoleto Festival USA . Within these pages are fantastic events that highlight the best of our local and regional talent, while making use of Charleston as a stage for an exciting, ever-changing arts festival . Animating churches, courtyards, and parks, you will find that art sits around every corner in Charleston . Through Piccolo Spoleto, the festival experience is readily available to everyone, from return attendees to a child first discovering the arts . Regardless of what brings you to the festival, we hope that you will be moved, surprised, and delighted over 17 days as we immerse ourselves in Charleston’s unique culture, its vibrant arts scene, and the Lowcountry’s welcoming hospitality . Complementing the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto presents more than 500 performing, literary, and visual arts events, each reflecting the cultural vitality and diversity of our community . Nearly half of Piccolo Spoleto’s events are admission free and others are modestly priced . Locals and visitors alike come together and share in this eclectic celebration of the arts . I want to acknowledge all of the outstanding artists who will participate in this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival . Your talent, creativity, and hard work inspire us all . I also want to thank the Office of Cultural Affairs and the team of dedicated community volunteers and arts leaders who make this festival a stunning success each year . Music, joy, and laughter reverberate throughout Charleston during the festival, filling the Holy City with beauty, comfort, and warmth . You will have the chance to dance with friends in a beautiful park, watch the sunset with your neighbors from the deck of a music-filled harbor cruise, imagine new worlds with your kids at a children’s performance, and above all, create new memories that are certain to last a lifetime . I hope you will join us in celebrating everything that Charleston and Piccolo Spoleto have to offer .

john j. tecKlenburg Mayor

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WELCOME

THEATRE & DANCE

Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Welcome Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 About the Poster Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 About the Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Venue Map & List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Navigating Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Support the Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Sundown Poetry Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Heritage Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Piccolo Fiction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

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VISUAL ARTS

Sunset Serenade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Day at Marion Square . . . . . . . . . . . . Seed & Feed Marching Abominable . . . . . . . Memorial Day Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piccolo Spoleto Finale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neighborhood Pop-ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sand Sculpting Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children’s Programs at the Library . . . . . . .

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Dance Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Theatre Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Stelle di Domani at College of Charleston . . 55 Piccolo Fringe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

LITERARY, HERITAGE, & IDEAS

Visual Arts Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Outdoor Art Exhibition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Outdoor Fine Craft Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

MUSIC

Early Music at St. Philip’s Church . . . . . . . 10 Spotlight Concert Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 A World of Jewish Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 BSBI Concert Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Celtic Arts Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Young Artists Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Youth Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Other Musical Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Harbor Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 L’Organo Recital Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Festival of Churches & Synagogues . . . . . . . 45 The Remington Concert Series . . . . . . . . . 47 Piccolo Spoleto at Bishop Gadsden . . . . . . 48

ABOUT

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All ticket prices include a $1.00 handling fee. Additional convenience fees may apply. Programs, artists, and venues are subject to change without notice.

publisher City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

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STAFF Piccolo Spoleto Festival is produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs city of charleston

John J. Tecklenburg   Mayor city council

F. Gary White, Jr. District One Rodney Williams District Two James Lewis, Jr. District Three Robert M. Mitchell District Four Marvin D. Wagner District Five William Dudley Gregorie District Six Perry K. Waring District Seven Michael S. Seekings District Eight

A. Peter Shahid, Jr. District Nine Dean C. Riegel District Ten William A. Moody, Jr. District Eleven Kathleen G. Wilson District Twelve office of cultural affairs staff

Scott Watson   Director of   Cultural Affairs Mindy Manziano   Associate Producer of   Piccolo Spoleto Festival Harrison Chapman   Farmers Market   Manager

Niki Ohlandt   Cultural Projects   Coordinator Anne Quattlebaum   City Gallery Coordinator Gordon Rooney   Development Manager Ray Swagerty   Production Manager Kelly Walker   PR & Marketing   Coordinator Rachel D. Workman   Finance Manager adjunct staff

Rebecca Gosnell Logistics/Merchandise Louis Trucillo Webmaster

ABOUT JOHN CHITWOOD, 2017 PICCOLO SPOLETO POSTER ARTIST John Chitwood is a Charleston native – having grown up in West Ashley with his parents and two older sisters. He demonstrated artistic ability at an early age, often receiving honors in area art shows for his wildlife drawings. Always supported by his family, John has forged a life in Charleston as a graphic artist and member of the creative community. His hobbies include photography, woodworking, and travel. John married his wife Debbie in 2002. Exactly two years later, on their anniversary, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Katie. Together, they enjoy spending time at Edisto, and traveling with friends. John opened Renaissart Graphic Design in 2000 in a space on upper King Street. Sharing the studio with an architect and a photographer actually inspired the company name. It was truly a Renaissance environment. Renaissart Design has recently relocated to Mt. Pleasant, where it continues to shares space with creative businesses. For more, visit Renaissart.com.

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings. Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, with the balance offered at affordable ticket prices. Piccolo Spoleto was launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, which continues to work closely with an engaged group of volunteers from the Charleston arts community. The working group of arts professionals who serve as volunteer program coordinators for the Festival now numbers nearly forty, with each specializing in a particular discipline, genre, or period. These arts professionals and scholars devote significant time, energy, and expertise to help curate and plan the various series and presentations that comprise the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Their input and guidance is essential to framing this comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts festival program, which is produced and presented by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. Applications for the 2018 Piccolo Spoleto Festival will be available online in the autumn at piccolospoleto.com. For more information, call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305 or email CulturalAffairs@charleston-sc.gov.

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There is magic around every corner as Piccolo Spoleto fills the City of Charleston with performances and exhibits animating local parks and surprising spaces. Build a sandcastle, join the parade with a wild marching band, or just wind down with friends and neighbors in a town where amazing artistry and a warm welcome offer Festival-goers a unique opportunity to celebrate Charleston. Fri., May 26, 8:00pm

Sunset Serenade

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Family Day at Marion Square

Come to Marion Square and discover your inner artist, no matter what age you are! Our South Carolina Federal Credit Union and opening Saturday offers an opportunity to Production Design Associates create, play, and imagine with fun and free Join us at the US Custom House for Piccolo activities for everyone and a special chance Spoleto’s annual curtain raiser featuring the for our younger Piccolo Spoleto fans to steal Charleston Symphony Orchestra under the the show. Get prepared to dance, discover direction of Principal Pops Conductor, Yuriy your hidden musical talent, and express Bekker. This year’s program includes popular your artistic creativity as we prepare for the selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, exciting arrival of the Seed & Feed Marching Bizet, and John Williams, along with classical Abominable community band. In addition to favorites in what promises to be a night the Charleston Farmers Market and Piccolo to remember. Arrive early and enjoy the Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, this exciting festive atmosphere as Charleston gathers to mix of Piccolo Spoleto attractions will celebrate the arts. feature arts and crafts, activities, and free performances for children of all ages. venue US Custom House address Concord & East Bay Streets presented by Aflac & Roper St. Francis admission Free venue Marion Square address King & Calhoun Streets admission Free

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FESTIVAL TRADITIONS CONTINUED Seed & Feed Marching Abominable

Thrilling audiences since 1974, The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable is Atlanta’s wildest community band. Explosive sound and colorful street theater electrify the audiences of this all-volunteer organization. The performers are famous for their highenergy music and fancifully costumed players. Piccolo Spoleto will host this group at two memorable performances at the US Custom House, in addition to their early afternoon performance at Family Day at Marion Square (see above). Sat., May 27, 11:00pm-midnight

Midnight Pajama March

venue US Custom House address Concord & East Bay Streets admission Free Sun., May 28, noon-1:00pm

Patriotic Concert

venue US Custom House address Concord & East Bay Streets admission Free Mon., May 29, 3:00pm

Memorial Day Concert

coordinator Bill Perry presented with additional assistance from Maj. Gen. (ret) Arthur J. Rooney, Jr. & Helen H. Rooney Former Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. narrates the stirring and patriotic Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland as part of this year’s Memorial Day Band Concert. Featuring the Charleston and Columbia Community Bands, this annual favorite includes a program of rousing marches and Broadway show tunes, concluding with a musical tribute to each of the Armed Forces of our great country.

Fri., June 2, 6:00pm

Nighttime at the Museum

See the Charleston Museum come to life! Meet soldiers of the Revolution, Colonial craftsmen, paleontologists, archaeologists, storm troopers, and more. Nighttime at the Museum features dinner, costumed re-enactors, special displays, an exciting scavenger hunt, crafts, and fun demonstrations. The lights will be low, so bring your flashlight. Visit CharlestonMuseum.org for full details and tickets. venue address admission

Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street $25 adults, $10 children, tickets at CharlestonMuseum.org

Sat., June 10, 5:00pm-10:00pm

Piccolo Spoleto Finale

presented by SCE&G Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hampton Park for the Piccolo Spoleto Finale. An evening of friends, family, food, and grooving music is the perfect way to close out another memorable festival. Featuring a knock-out line-up of local and visiting musicians across a range of genres, this year’s finale will bring together groove-tastic original songs and covers of old school classics that will keep you dancing and singing along, shouting for more. venue Hampton Park address 30 Mary Murray Boulevard admission Free

venue Marion Square address King & Calhoun Streets admission Free

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Piccolo Pop-ups: In the Parks and In Your Neighborhood

One thing that has remained consistent over almost forty years of Piccolo Spoleto is the Festival’s ability to seize every opportunity, while celebrating the spontaneous and the unexpected. The arts reside in every corner of Charleston, and part of Piccolo’s magic is its improbable knack in drawing out these hidden gems, new discoveries, and exceptional settings. Throughout the run of the Festival, Piccolo Spoleto will be working to extend the scope of its artistic and cultural offering, partnering with local neighborhood groups and the Charleston Parks Conservancy to create additional special performances and arts events throughout Charleston. Some of these events are listed below, and in the balance of this program guide; others are still taking shape and will be announced in the days immediately prior to the start of the Festival. The City is the stage and Piccolo is excited to pop up all over town! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our email notifications to stay in the know and up to date. As the Festival gets underway, piccolospoleto.com will have all of the latest details, or if you prefer, just follow the sound of drifting music, hearty applause, and contagious laughter as you discover all of the fun there is to be had at the nearest Piccolo popup event! Fri., June 2, 6:30pm

Allan Park Concert

coordinator Michael Varnadore Head to Allan Park for Jazz in the Park featuring the Lyndsey Moynihan Jazz Quintet. Growing up, Lyndsey refined her love of jazz by listening to her parents’ records. The crackling vinyl albums of history’s jazz greats spinning from the family phonograph inspired her. Come enjoy an evening of jazz under the trees with local food vendors on hand for snacks, desserts or dinner. This exciting performance will have you singing and dancing before the night is out! venue address admission

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Sat., June 3, 9:00am-1:00pm

Sand Sculpting Competition

coordinator Chris Tindal Come out to participate in the 29th annual sand sculpting competition at the Isle of Palms Front Beach. Watch artists compete for prizes in six different categories as they take raw sand and water, transforming the beach into beautiful works of art. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, this family-friendly celebration is fun for everyone. venue Front Beach at Isle of Palms address Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms admission Free Sat., June 3, 11:00am

Music for Little Conductors with The V-Tones of Charleston

All aboard! Inspired by the ever-growing genre of American music about trains, the V-Tones of Charleston will get the Holy City’s youngest train enthusiasts working on the railroad songbook with a fun concert full of songs you know by heart (or just forgot you did)! This is one concert where whistling is definitely encouraged. venue

Best Friend Train, adjacent to Charleston Visitors Center

address 36 John Street admission Free Thu., June 8, 5:00pm

Let’s Get Jazzy in the Park

coordinator The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and Residents Advisory Presented by the City of Charleston Housing Authority and Residents Advisory, this community festival and jazz concert promises a fun evening with musical performances and activities for children. venue Robert Mills Manor Courtyard address 20 Franklin Street admission Free

Allan Park

Ashley Avenue, between Huger & Congress Free

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY coordinator Jackie Peters Tue., May 30, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

The Frog Prince

Join beloved local favorite SPROUTS Musical Theatre for a fun and lively performance about a spoiled Princess who meets an enchanted Frog, learns the value of keeping a promise, and discovers that things aren’t always what they seem. Adapted from the Brothers Grimm, The Frog Prince combines song, magic and comedy. venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free Wed., May 31, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

The Three Little Pigs

The College of Charleston Opera, under the direction of David Templeton, presents the classic children’s fable about three little pigs who are building three different houses. Find out what happens when the wolf tries to blow down their houses as the pigs learn a lesson about hard work in this lively and popular production. venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free Thu., June 1, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

Swan

Starting with the classic The Ugly Duckling and drawing from her own experiences in an adoptive world, artist Kristin Ward brings to life the tale of one “strange duck” and her quest for belonging. Join the heartwarming “supporting cast” as the main character learns that beauty is more than what you are born with, and that to find where you belong, sometimes you have to look with your heart. venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free

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Tue., June 6, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

The Three Little Pigs, A Fabulously Fractured Adaptation

Porkchop Productions returns to Piccolo Spoleto with this fast-paced adaptation. When Stanley (the cool pig on the block) is encouraged by his mother to invite Ralphie (the new sheep on the block) over for a camp out, Stanley is less than thrilled. Will a campfire story of The Three Little Pigs send Ralphie running into the night, or will Ralphie turn the tables on his “high on the hog” host? venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free Wed., June 7, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

From the Page to the Stage

The Artistic Director for Annex Dance Company, Kristin Alexander, in collaboration with talented local dancers presents an interactive modern dance performance inspired by words and literary works. Your young artists will watch words come to life and create their own movements during this program. venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free Thu., June 8, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm

Jazzin’ Up the Library

Join the Charleston Jazz Academy for a fun morning of music education for kids. The academy’s new director, David Carter, will lead an ensemble of student musicians as they educate young people about rhythm, music, and the cultural influence of jazz in Charleston. Music lovers of all ages are welcome! venue Charleston County Public Library address 68 Calhoun Street admission Free

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School groups are granted priority access to 9:15am performances; please plan accordingly.

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The sounds of Piccolo Spoleto reverberate through churches, concert halls, and parks as talented musicians from the Southeast showcase a variety of incredible music from early masterworks to contemporary jazz. Travel through history and across the globe without ever leaving your seat as you enjoy a world-class lineup of performances.

EARLY MUSIC AT ST. PHILIP’S CHURCH coordinator Steve Rosenberg

Sat., May 27, 3:00pm

The World of Bach

Chatham Baroque—Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo)—explore the improvisation and virtuosity in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program includes the most famous chaconne of them all, Bach’s Chaconne for Solo Violin. St. Philip’s Church venue address 142 Church Street admission $21 Mon., May 29, 3:00pm

The Virtuoso Violin

Joined by guest harpsichordist Justin Wallace, Chatham Baroque presents a series of incredible violin sonatas by some of the most revered composers of the baroque period- Arcangelo Corelli, George Frideric Handel, and Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21

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Vivaldi’s Venice

Celebrating the city of Venice as a hotbed of musical energy during the Baroque era, this program from Chatham Baroque with guest artists Evan Few (baroque violin) and Justin Wallace (harpsichord) includes fiery works by Venetian composers including Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Dario Castello. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21 Wed., May 31, 3:00pm

The Corelli Effect

The trio sonatas of Corelli were instant hits, emulated by composers across Europe. Chatham Baroque, with guest artists Evan Few (baroque violin) and Justin Wallace (harpsichord), unlocks the musical language that makes these works so extraordinary, delving into Corelli’s sonatas for two violins and continuo as well as works from those whom he inspired, including George Frideric Handel, Jean-Marie Leclair, and William McGibbon. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21

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Espanoleta

Chatham Baroque is joined by guest percussionist Danny Mallon and violinist Evan Few to bring to light a mix of sultry and spunky Spanish and Latin American dances. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21 Fri., June 2, 3:00pm

Bach’s Alchemy for Three

The obscure and the celebrated come together as Chatham Baroque presents works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel, Jean Baptiste Senaillé, and Arcangelo Corelli alongside a newlycomposed work by Chicago composer Jonathan Kohrs. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21 Sat., June 3, 3:00pm

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The amazing acoustics of St. Philip’s set the stage for a presentation of one of the most monumental works of all time. Charleston Baroque, an ensemble including members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, presents these four concertos, each representing a season. Violin soloists are Micah Gangwer and Alex Boissonnault. Performance repeats June 8. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21 Tue., June 6, 3:00pm

A Little Night Music - Totally Mozart

This all Mozart program will include the complete Eine kleine Nachtmusick and other masterpieces for chamber ensemble. Don’t miss an unbelievable performance of works by one of the most beloved composers of all time. Performance repeats June 9. St. Philip’s Church venue address 142 Church Street admission $21

And I Saw a New Heaven: A Thousand Years Wed., June 7, 3:00pm of Glorious Sacred Choral Music Classical Guitar Through The Ages Join Charleston’s The King’s Counterpoint for an afternoon filled with some of the most glorious sacred choral music composed in the last thousand years. With pieces dating from early times up to the modern day, the ensemble presents an exciting and diverse program that explores a multitude of musical textures and colors including compositions by Alfonso X, Paul Mealor, Arnols de Lantins, Edgar Bainton, William Byrd, Edmund William Elgar, Orlando Gibbons, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hildegard, and Johannes Brahms. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21

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Guitar virtuoso Ulyana Machneva presents a historical journey through four centuries of music for classical guitar. Starting in the Renaissance and culminating with the harmonies and rhythms of Spain, this program includes masterpieces by John Dowland, Alonso Mudarra, Luis de Milán, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Legnani, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Isaac Albéniz, and Francisco Tárrega.

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Thu., June 8, 3:00pm

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The amazing acoustics of St. Philip’s set the stage for a presentation of one of the most monumental works of all time. Charleston Baroque, an ensemble including members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, presents these four concertos, each representing a season. Violin soloists are Micah Gangwer and Alex Boissonnault. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $21 Fri., June 9, 3:00pm

A Little Night Music — Totally Mozart

This all Mozart program will include the complete Eine kleine Nachtmusick and other masterpieces for chamber ensemble. Don’t miss an unbelievable performance of works by one of the most beloved composers of all time. St. Philip’s Church venue address 142 Church Street admission $21

Sun., June 4, 3:00pm

A Little Night Music — Totally Mozart, presented in Walterboro

The Early Music Series presents the glory of Mozart in St. Jude’s Church in historic Walterboro, the Front Porch of the Lowcountry. This all Mozart program will include the complete Eine kleine Nachtmusick and other masterpieces for chamber. Don’t miss an unbelievable performance of works by one of the most beloved composers of all time. venue St. Jude’s Church address 907 Wichman St., Walterboro admission $16 in advance; $20 at the door (cash/check only)

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SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES music director Yuriy Bekker

artistic director emeritus Ellen Dressler Moryl presented with additional assistance from The Herzman-Fishman Fund Sat., May 27, 6:00pm

Paul Sanchez and Friends

Director of Piano Studies and professor at The College of Charleston, Paul Sanchez has performed concerts in both North America and Europe, with repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century. He will be joined by his wife, Kayleen Sanchez (soprano), and Charles Messersmith (clarinet) in a concert featuring works by Enrique Granados, Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, and two original compositions by Paul Sanchez himself. venue address admission

Charleston Library Society 164 King Street $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

Sun., May 28, 6:00pm

Polaris Trio with Kenneth Law

The newly formed Polaris Piano Trio is dedicated to performing innovative programs that highlight works by female composers and composers of African descent from the 19th century through the present. Louise Farrenc and Samuel Coleridge Taylor are among the first composers that the trio will present. In March 2006, Mr. Law (cello) was featured on the nationally televised NAACP Image Awards as a member of the Ritz Chamber Players. He is joined in the trio by Laura Kobayashi (violin) and Stephen Buck (piano). venue address admission

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Mon., May 29, 4:00pm

Nancy D. Hawk Memorial Day Concert presents Songs of Peace

Celebrated musicians Wilfred Delphin (piano), Ivan Griffin (bass-barione), Dara Rahming (soprano), and D’Jaris WhipperLewis (mezzo-soprano) accompanied by the Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey in a concert program of traditional spirituals and works by J.S. Bach and Manuel de Falla that will uplift and inspire. Enjoy the perfect clarifying acoustic of the Abbey church followed by a reception under the shady oaks overlooking the Cooper River. venue address admission

Mepkin Abbey 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road Moncks Corner, SC $36, includes reception following concert

Tue., May 30, 6:00pm

Hovhaness Concert with Gary Levinson

sponsored by Dock Street Communities The music of Armenian-American composer, Alan Hovhaness, is filled with exceptional beauty. A small chamber ensemble conducted by Yuriy Bekker will perform Hovhaness’ Majnun Symphony, the libretto of which is based on the well-known love story Majnun and Layla. The concert will also include Hovhaness’ Prayer to St. Gregory and Bach’s reconstructed Violin Concerto in G Minor performed by Gary Levinson. Levinson is the Senior Associate Concertmaster for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. This concert is not to be missed! venue address admission

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 67 Anson Street $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

Charleston Library Society 164 King Street $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

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Thu., June 1, 6:00pm

Charleston Academy of Music Faculty

Established in 2003, Charleston Academy of Music (CAM) prides itself on being one of the leading music education institutions in the Lowcountry. A piano trio of faculty members Tomas Jakubek (violin), Yun Hao Jiang (cello), and Irina Pevzner (piano) will play Dvořák’s well-known Dumky Trio. Katherine Clarkson (soprano) and Stephanie Chevalier (mezzo-soprano) will sing opera duets by Handel and Delibes, and Philip Lipton (clarinet) and Ulyana Machneva (guitar) will perform music by tango master, Piazzolla. venue Charleston Library Society address 164 King Street admission $17 adults, $13 seniors and students Fri., June 2, 6:00pm

Chamber Music Charleston

Chamber Music Charleston concludes their 10th Anniversary season with a program showcasing music for string quartet and flute. The string quartet of Frances Hsieh (violin), Jenny Weiss (violin), Ben Weiss (viola), and Tim O’Malley (cello) will perform Shostakovich’s moving String Quartet No. 8 which is dedicated to “victims of fascism and war.” Flutist Regina Helcher Yost will join these musicians in a performance of Mozart’s Flute Quartet and Hofman’s Rondo for Flute and String Quartet. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church venue address 67 Anson Street admission $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

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Sun., June 4, 6:00pm

Chamber Music with Yuriy Bekker and Friends

Enjoy an evening of consummate chamber music with Charleston’s own Yuriy Bekker (violin) joined by Andrew Armstrong (piano), Natalia Khoma (cello), and special guest Michael Klotz (viola). The diverse program will feature very moving works by Darius Milhaud, Gideon Klein, Leonard Cohen, Hermann Schulenberg, and Dmitry Shostakovich. Presented as a part of A World of Jewish Culture [see page 16/17]. venue Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim 90 Hasell Street address admission $15 Mon., June 5, 6:00pm

Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Woodwinds

Join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s principal woodwinds in an extraordinary performance that will showcase their fantastic woodwind section up close and personal! Accompanied by Ghadi Shayban (piano), CSO members Jessica HullDambaugh (flute), Charles Messersmith (clarinet), Zachary Hammond (oboe), and Josh Baker (bassoon) will be featured in a variety of instrumental combinations in a performance of exciting 20th-century music by Bloch, Francaix, Previn, and others. venue Charleston Library Society address 164 King Street admission $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

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SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES CONTINUED Wed., June 7, 6:00pm

HELLO, SAXOPHONE! presents Voice of the Saxophone Quartet

Lovers of classical string quartets and rock n’ roll alike will enjoy this showcase of electrifying, enthralling quartet music by virtuoso saxophonists Clifford Leaman (soprano saxophone), Neal Postma (alto saxophone), Robert Young (tenor saxophone), and Jonathan Kammer (baritone saxophone). Hear titanic composers played masterfully on saxophone in a concert including works by Bach, Browne, Bozza, Ticheli, Matitia, D’Rivera, Glazunov, Primosch, and Pierné. venue address admission

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 67 Anson Street $17 adults, $13 seniors and students

Thu., June 8, 6:00pm

Rachmaninoff Trio

A special evening with three of Charleston’s most beloved musicians, as Yuriy Bekker (violin), Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano), and Natalia Khoma (cello) perform Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque in D minor, Opus 9, a gorgeous trio written in memory of Tchaikovsky. The Charleston Library Society offers the perfect intimate setting to witness the trio’s passion, virtuosity, and emotion. The concert concludes with Vynnytsky’s own composition, Lost Tango. venue address admission

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Feature Film Series at Arnold Hall

Film screenings of three documentary films in their Charleston debut, each depicting a different style of Jewish music.

presented in partnership with venue Arnold Hall, Sylvia Vlosky the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at Yaschik Jewish Studies Center the College of Charleston at College of Charleston sponsored by address 96 Wentworth Street the Herzman-Fishman Fund with additional admission $8 funding from Mindy Seltzer and Bob Lovinger Sun., June 4, 10:00am coordinators Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Enid Idelsohn, Martin Perlmutter, and Legendary poet, singer/songwriter, and Mark N. Swick alleged ladies’ man, Leonard Cohen, is interviewed in his LA home about his Sat., June 3, 9:00pm extraordinary life and times, interspersed Saffron’s Jewish Coffeehouse with old footage from his private photo Enjoy a wide variety of music from local collection, and elaborately performed Cohen and regional talent in this annual showcase cover songs from a motley crew of fellow of Jewish singer/songwriters. This year’s musicians. Festival programming will highlight the life Mon., June 5, 6:00pm of Leonard Cohen. These performances will feature select songs, including Hallelujah, Body and Soul: An American Bridge alongside multiple genres - from American Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that folk and singer/songwriter to Sephardic, have resulted in the richness of American liturgical, and klezmer. Beer, wine, and popular music, none has been so prominent dessert available for purchase. or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans venue Saffron Café and American Jews. Body and Soul: An address 333 East Bay Street American Bridge aims to tease out the admission $10 strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz Sun., June 4, 1:00pm standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most The Jewish Choral Society and recorded songs in the jazz repertoire.

Congregation Bet Haverim Chorus present Visions of Jewish Music

The Jewish Choral Society of Charleston, under the direction of Madeline List Hershenson, is proud to be celebrating their nineteenth season. Their repertoire of Jewish music includes sacred and secular works from American, European, Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Yemenite, and Israeli traditions alongside concert pieces and contemporary music. For the first time, the JCS will join together with the chorus from Atlanta’s Congregation Bet Haverim in an eclectic concert of Jewish choral music.

Tue., June 6, 6:00pm

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

The Alaev Family, a multigenerational family folk-rock group, has been performing for more than 50 years, blending Eastern European, Jewish, and Roman influences in unforgettable performances. After the fall of the Soviet Union, their benevolent dictator, Papa Allo, moved his clan from their native Tajikistan to Israel. As Papa nears 80, the patriarch’s power begins to slip, calling into question the future of the family business.

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A WORLD OF JEWISH CULTURE CONTINUED Sun., June 4, 3:00pm

Leonard Cohen: A Multimedia Retrospective Professor Jonathan Karp of Binghamton University will deliver a dynamic multimedia presentation on the late Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016). Alongside Karp’s presentation, a selection of Cohen’s most popular songs will be performed live. venue Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim address 90 Hasell Street admission $15 Sun., June 4, 6:00pm

Chamber Music with Yuriy Bekker and Friends

Enjoy an evening of consummate chamber music with Charleston’s own Yuriy Bekker (violin) together with Andrew Armstrong (piano), Natalia Khoma (cello), and special guest Michael Klotz (viola). The diverse program will feature very moving works by Darius Milhaud, Gideon Klein, Leonard Cohen, Hermann Schulenberg, and Dmitry Shostakovich. venue Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim address 90 Hasell Street admission $15

BSBI CONCERT SERIES coordinators Stanley Baker and Joseph Fox Mon., June 5, Wed., June 7, 6:00pm

Amos Lawrence with Nelson Padgett

Join in the ovation to welcome Amos Lawrence, long-time violinist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and current Artist Affiliate at MIT’s Music and Theatre Arts program. He will be joined by esteemed pianist Nelson Padgett, a world renowned artist and Carolina native. Enjoy a wonderful selection of music in a unique listening environment. Each night will be a journey for the audience and a homecoming for the performers in a noted sonorous venue. venue Brith Sholom Beth Israel address 182 Rutledge Avenue admission $15 Tue., June 6, Thu., June 8, 6:00pm

Charleston Academy of Music

Charleston Academy of Music presents two evenings of selected music. Expect to hear a broad spectrum of music, led by Dr. Irina Pevzner and the academy’s high caliber faculty, showcased in a rarely auditioned, yet beautifully resonant, historical synagogue. In addition to featuring their incredibly talented musicians, this concert will support the ongoing work of the Charleston Academy of Music, including their vital scholarship program. venue Brith Sholom Beth Israel address 182 Rutledge Avenue admission $15

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CELTIC ART SERIES coordinators Mary and Rob Taylor Sat., May 27, 7:00pm

Taylor Festival Choir Soloists: Classical and Celtic

Soloists from the professional Taylor Festival Choir sing arias and airs from the classical and Celtic traditions in a concert embodying the values of the Taylor Music Group: that the classical and folk art forms can and should coexist. In this case, in one concert!

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Mon., June 5, Wed., June 7, 7:00pm

Na Fidléiri: Something Old, Something New! Charleston’s beloved Celtic fiddling ensemble presents a program combining old favorites with brand new material, including tunes by legendary fiddler Liz Carroll. Led by Mary Taylor, Na Fidléiri has played to enthusiastic audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since its inception in 2001, including an enthusiastically received 2013 Ireland concert tour. They will be joined by prominent Charleston musicians Bart Saylor (hammered dulcimer and guitar) and Jim Carrier (whistle, recorder and Celtic harp), as well as New York-based, internationally celebrated percussionist Danny Mallon.

venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission $17

venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission $17

Wed., May 31, 7:00pm

Fri., June 9, 5:00pm; Sat., June 10, 6:00pm

The Charleston-based band Good Foot plays a quirky mix of traditional Celtic and American tunes, jazzy improvisations, and sparkling vocals. Members Karin McQuade (vocals, fiddle), Susan Conant (flute, whistle, vocals), and Bart Saylor (guitar, hammered dulcimer) will make your heart sing and leave you dancing on your good foot.

The internationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir, led by Dr. Robert Taylor, presents a program of choral music based around the theme of Hope and Healing. Performed as a benefit for cancer research earlier this year, this program features repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach and his father-in-law Johann Michael Bach, James MacMillan, Herbert Howells, Craig Hella Johnson, and Karen Marrolli. Taylor Festival Choir is a professional choral ensemble, with members stemming from the Lowcountry as well as throughout the USA.

Good Foot in Concert

venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission $17 Sun., June 4, 7:00pm

John Doyle and Oisin McCauley in Concert

Taylor Festival Choir: Hope and Healing

venue St. Philip’s Church Two international stars of Irish music come address 142 Church Street together for an evening of innovative Irish admission $17 traditional music. John Doyle has been called the world’s greatest Irish guitarist, and is a founding member of Solas, the Teetotalers, and has collaborated with the likes of Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Joan Baez, and countless others. Donegal-born Oisin McCauley is bestknown as a member of the Irish super-band Danú. venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission $22

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YOUNG ARTISTS AT THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON coordinators Kathryn Norton and David Templeton Sat., May 27, 12:00pm

College of Charleston Concert Choir

Robert Taylor, Director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston, will lead this outstanding and award-winning ensemble. The College of Charleston Concert Choir has been featured in juried performances at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. The choir returns to Piccolo Spoleto with an invigorating performance of many choral classics. Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul venue address 126 Coming Street admission $11 Mon., May 29, 12:00pm

Get off my Bach!

This performance of the Baroque period’s greatest composer includes Cello Suite no. 4 as well as arias from the St. Matthew Passion. A group of talented musicians bring this renowned composer Bach to life! venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Tue., May 30, 12:00pm

Early Romantics

From the charm of Chopin’s piano to the passion of Schubert’s and Schumann’s lieder, this concert will bring out the romantic in you. Featuring Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor and more, come and hear the intricacies of these masters through the articulation of award-winning performers. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11

Wed., May 31, 12:00pm

College of Charleston Alumni

College of Charleston alumni Diego Suarez (piano) and Fernando Troche (guitar) return to Charleston to demonstrate their ever developing talents. In 2013, Suarez won the Edwin Davis Peacock Award for Excellence in Piano, and in 2014, he won the School of the Art Scholars Award, the Outstanding Student Award, and the Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music. Troche has been teaching guitar at the Charleston Academy of Music since 2008 and has been a part of the academy’s satellite programs at Memminger Elementary School and Mason Preparatory School. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Thu., June 1, 12:00pm

Beethoven to Brahms

Beethoven’s chamber music is prominently featured in this concert as award winning young artists bring to life his Trio in E-flat for violin, cello and piano and his Sonata quasi una Fantasia for piano. Lieder of Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann will be interpreted as well. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Fri., June 2, 12:00pm

What’s Opera, Doc?

Enjoy famous arias and ensembles from the great operas of the repertoire. Included are selections from Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Die Zauberflöte, and many more. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Sat., June 3, 12:00pm

College of Charleston Jazz

Students of the immensely successful jazz program at the College of Charleston perform. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11

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YOUNG ARTISTS CONTINUED Mon., June 5, 12:00pm

Go for Baroque

The music of J.S. Bach and Handel are featured in compositions for piano, chamber music and voice. Selections will include Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 2 in D minor, Prelude & Fugue in C minor from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and operatic arias from various Handel operas. Enjoy an afternoon of music from some of the world’s most renowned composers. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Tue., June 6, 12:00pm

To Infinity and Beyond!

Music of the 20th Century and beyond, into the 21st Century. Included are pieces from Shostakovich, Barber, and College of Charleston’s own, Edward Hart.

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Thu., June 8, 12:00pm

A Day With the Romantics

Enliven lunch hour by spending it with Brahms, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Paganini, and more. This program will feature music for violin, cello, piano, and voice in a series of works by favorites of the Romantic era. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Fri., June 9, 12:00pm

College of Charleston Jazz Alumni

Spend the afternoon listening to the College of Charleston Jazz alumni in a delightful and energizing presentation of a series of jazz standards. venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11

venue CofC Simons Center Recital Hall address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11 Wed., June 7, 12:00pm

Mostly Mozart

The College of Charleston’s regionally and nationally recognized students will perform some of Mozart’s most recognizable operatic arias along with piano sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven. Featured operas will include Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. This program will feature both ensembles and sonatas of Mozart, performed by the young talent at the College of Charleston CofC Simons Center Recital Hall venue address 54 St. Philip Street admission $11

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YOUTH MUSIC Sat., May 27, 10:00am

Cane Bay High School Cobra Chorale

The award winning Cane Bay Cobra Chorale will present a concert of traditional choral music from the Renaissance to today. Comprised of singers from grades 9-12, the Cobra Chorale is the top mixed performance ensemble at Cane Bay High School in Summerville, SC. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission Free Sat., May 27, 10:45am

Caleb Borick

Fourteen-year-old Caleb Borick, a student of Dr. Joseph Rackers, is a local piano virtuoso with numerous awards and scholarships. Since age five, Caleb has performed both nationally and internationally in music festivals, concerts, and competitions across the United States and Italy. He has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Midday with Norman Gilliland” and NPR’s “From the Top.” Charleston Music Hall venue address 37 John Street admission Free Sat., May 27, 12:00pm

Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra

The CSYO, a proud affiliate of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, is one of the premier youth orchestras of the South Carolina Lowcountry, showcasing 73 students, ages 11 to 18, from 18 schools and three counties. venue Charleston Music Hall address 37 John Street admission Free

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Panjamdrum

Panjandrum Steel Drum Band celebrates another year of performing at Piccolo Spoleto. Under the direction of Linda Versprille, Panjamdrum assembles students in grades 6-12 representing Berkeley County (SC) schools. Look for fan favorites such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Stars and Stripes Forever. venue Trinity United Methodist Church address 273 Meeting Street admission Free Sat., May 27, 12:00pm

Belles Canto

Belles Canto, a teenage girls vocal ensemble from Aiken, SC, captivates audiences with their young, fresh voices and youthful energy. Under director Diane Haslam, the ensemble’s program includes an eclectic variety of styles classical through pop, accompanied, and a capella. venue Trinity United Methodist Church address 273 Meeting Street admission Free Sat., May 27, 1:00pm

Burlington Boys Choir

Boys from Burlington, NC have been sharing the gift of their beautiful voices with audiences throughout the world for over 56 years. They join Piccolo Spoleto for the first time this year with a program of 20th century American music by Aaron Copland, Robert Revicki, Daniel Pinkham, Robert Wright, and George Forrest. William Allred leads the choir and Woodson Faulkner is the vocal coach/accompanist. Trinity United Methodist Church venue address 273 Meeting Street admission Free

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Sat., May 27, 2:00pm

Allegro Music School

The mission of the Allegro Charter School of Music is to produce inspired thinkers and creative members of society through the infusion of music into an academically challenging environment. Allegro prepares students in grades 6-12 for the pursuit of creative work in any field, using music as a medium to inspire and foster creativity, coupled with a strong academic program. At this performance, expect to see choral, musical, and smaller band ensembles. venue Trinity United Methodist Church address 273 Meeting Street admission Free Sun., May 28, 1:30pm

Charleston Children’s Chorus

The Charleston Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Charles Benesh, is a select treble choir comprised of Charleston County students who have been identified as artistically gifted and talented through the district’s screening process. This year the Chorus will perform a cappella selections from Mendelssohn, Kodaly, and others. venue Second Presbyterian Church address 342 Meeting Street admission Free Sun., May 28, 2:30pm

North Carolina Boys Choir

North Carolina Boys Choir advocates young men to perform the finest music in the choral tradition. Through training and choral experiences, choristers develop an appreciation for a wide range of choral literature. In their first appearance at Piccolo Spoleto, discover their approach to music in this rousing performance. venue Second Presbyterian Church address 342 Meeting Street admission Free

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Sun., May 28, 3:30pm

Harmonia Children’s Choir

Harmonia Children’s Choir, under the direction of Suzanne and Scott Atwood, is comprised of students in grades 3-8 from Christ Our King- Stella Maris School in Mount Pleasant, SC. They will present a program of timeless sacred classics for treble choir. venue Second Presbyterian Church address 342 Meeting Street admission Free Sun., May 28, 4:30pm

The Treblemakers of Porter-Gaud School

The Treblemakers of Porter-Gaud School, an auditioned children’s choir comprised of students from grades 4 and 5, present an eclectic program of music from the genres of Baroque, spiritual, multicultural, and folk song. venue Second Presbyterian Church address 342 Meeting Street admission Free


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PICCOLO SPOLETO RISING STARS Mon., May 29, Wed., May 31, Fri., June 2, Mon., June 5, Wed., June 7, Fri., June 9 at 4:00pm

Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars

The Rising Stars program is a Piccolo Spoleto series of six performance programs showcasing student-artists ages 9 to 18, presented by Palmetto State Arts Education. The goal of the Rising Stars series is to provide a high profile performance opportunity that focuses on the many artistically gifted students living in the Southeast. Each performance features five to seven individuals or ensembles that are gifted in classical dance, creative writing, classical music, theatre, or visual art, each participating in a highly entertaining conversation and performance format. Visit piccolospoleto.com for each afternoon’s line-up. venue St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Auditorium address 1 Vanderhorst Street admission $6

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OTHER MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS Fri., May 26, Sat., May 27, Tue., May 30, Wed., May 31, Thu., June 1, Fri., June 2, Sat., June 3, Tue., June 6, Wed., June 7, Thu., June 8, Fri., June 9, Sat., June 10, 11:30am

Good Mornin’, Blues

An intimate downhome blues session with pianist/singer Shrimp City Slim, originally from Chicago but now touring worldwide as Charleston’s torchbearer of “Lowcountry blues and original songs.” Crisp shuffles, funky slow-burn ballads, swamp mambos, and roof-raising boogies combine to lift your spirits and get your day off on the right foot. It’s the local blues groove! venue How Art Thou Music Café address 1956 Maybank Highway admission $12, cash only Fri., May 26, 7:00pm

The Charlestones Sing Everything

The Holy City’s premier all-male a cappella quartet has won acclaim for their high level of musicianship, emotional interpretation, tight blend, and their ability to sing a wide variety of genres. The group will present an eclectic program of sacred and secular music drawn from the genres of Renaissance, musical theatre, hymns, African American spirituals, jazz, country, patriotic, and pop. venue St. John’s Lutheran Church address 5 Clifford Street admission $16 Sat., May 27, 9:30am

Sacred Harp Singing

Join traditional singers from around the South for an old-time, all-day singing. One of the longest-lived musical traditions in America, ‘shapenote’ singing features unaccompanied voices, strong rhythms, powerful poetry, and starkly beautiful harmonies. venue Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul address 126 Coming Street admission Free

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Sat., May 27, Wed., May 31, Sat., June 3, Wed., June 7, Sat., June 10, 2:00pm

The Sound of Charleston

Experience the sounds that define Charleston and its unique southern charm, coming to life in the historic Circular Congregational Church. Regular performers include Mayor John Tecklenburg, Ann Caldwell, Lonnie Hamilton III, and many more. The program includes a diverse mix of gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, jazz, Civil War songs, and light classics. Specific program details can be viewed at soundofcharleston. com. venue address admission

Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street $28 adult, $26 senior, $16 student, free for children 12 and under

Sat., May 27, 5:00pm

Women: Honoring Global Sisterhood

Through song and narration, the Charleston Gospel Choir showcases the historical struggles of African-American women here in the US and around the globe. Paying homage to the achievements of these women, the Choir will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of our mothers, sisters, aunts, and family of women. Second Presbyterian Church venue address 342 Meeting Street admission $21 adult, $11 students Sat., May 27, 8:00pm

Women & Parsons: A Tribute to Gram Parsons

Women & Parsons is a tribute show to Gram Parsons featuring a line-up of the area’s best female voices. The evening will consist of local bands The Western Polaroids and the Hungry Monks, backing some of Charleston’s finest women vocalists including: Lindsay Holler, Hazel Ketchum, Lauren Cahill, Delia Chariker, Regina Ruopoli, Beattie Porter, Aisha Kenyetta, and Jordan Igoe. Doors open at 7:00pm. venue address admission

Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street $22 adult, $17 students and groups of 6+

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Sun., May 28, 7:30pm

Charleston Jazz Jam

Don’t miss one of Charleston’s most popular jazz experiences! The Charleston Jazz Jam – set for Piccolo Spoleto at Republic Garden and Lounge – is a place where all jazz artists are welcome to take the stage. Play, sing, listen, eat, drink, dance, and enjoy the American art form that Charleston helped bring to the world. venue Republic Garden and Lounge address 462 King Street admission Free Sun., May 28, 6:30pm; Saturday, June 3 & Friday, June 9, 8:00pm

The Choraliers Music Club of Charleston

As one of the city’s most seasoned choral groups, The Choraliers will present a dynamic one-hour Gullah-Geechee performance of Gullah Folklore including both arranged and unarranged Spirituals, gospel, blues, and excerpts from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. venue address admission

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 18 Thomas Street $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, children under 6, free

Sun., May 28 & Sat., June 3 at 5:00pm; Fri., June 9, 7:00pm

Oh Happy Day Gospel Music Series

The Oh Happy Day Gospel Music Series presents a heartfelt and energy-filled performance for all ages with traditional songs, hymns, and Negro spirituals covering music from Mahalia Jackson, Paul Robeson, and others. With an informative historical narrative, The Bright Family Singers and ensemble captivate the audience with powerful choral and solo renditions. venue address admission

Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street $21 adults, $16 seniors, $13 children under 12

Sun., May 28, Thu., June 2, Fri., June 3, 8:00pm

Camp Meeting

The Mount Zion Spiritual Singers present Camp Meeting, a true depiction of an old fashioned prayer meeting/experience service. This style of service can still be heard today in many churches and meeting houses in rural areas and in some black churches on the Charleston peninsula. The Singers, dressed in 1930s and 1940s attire, will sing the songs in Gullah. venue Mt. Zion AME Church address 5 Glebe Street admission $15 Mon., May 29, 12:00pm

Charleston Men’s Chorus

The Charleston Men’s Chorus presents its annual Memorial Day concert in tribute to fallen military heroes, veterans, and current armed forces members. This solemn yet uplifting concert includes service anthems, patriotic songs, and other inspiring works. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission $25 Wed., May 31, 6:00pm

Manny Houston and Friends

Take Me to Church, an all ages, cabaretstyled, exploration in gospel music and traditional Broadway show tunes. Enjoy an engaging performance, marrying two of America’s most beloved styles of music in a highly entertaining program and leave feeling uplifted, humming show tunes all the way home. City Gallery venue address 34 Prioleau Street admission $16 Thu., June 1, 7:00pm

Love is in the Air

The Charlestones, the Holy City’s premier all-male a cappella quartet, showcase some of the best love songs ever written, including selections from the genres of madrigal, barbershop, musical theatre, jazz, country, and pop. venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission $16

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Thu., June 1, 7:30pm

Grass in the Hall

Back for the third year, this Piccolo favorite promises an evening of “Sounds of the South” in one of the best listening rooms in the city. Enjoy a night of local bluegrass with performances from Southern Flavor Bluegrass Band, River Boy, and The Bluestone Ramblers. Doors open at 6:30pm. venue address admission

Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street $27 orchestra, $22 gallery, $17 students

Thu., June 1 & Fri., June 9 at 7:00pm; Sat., June 10, 2:00pm

The Great American Songbook Live

Entertainers Gracie & Lacy return to the festival after their sold-out run last year. Learn more about their unusual backstory as this sister act celebrates 20 years in showbiz, with a show honoring the Great American Songbook with powerhouse vocals, tap dancing, comedy, and an exquisite array of vintage-inspired costumes! venue address admission

Charleston Museum Auditorium 360 Meeting Street $25 Adult, $20 groups 10+, $15 children 12 and under

Sat., June 3, 4:00pm

Graham Whorley

Enjoy an evening of music with singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist, Graham Whorley. His playing incorporates looping and vocals to create a dense and lush platform for his improvisations. The program will include many styles and genres from gypsy jazz to pop. Visit unitychs.org for full details. Unity of Charleston venue address 2535 Leeds Avenue admission $15 at the door

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Sat., June 3, 5:00pm

Piccolo Spoleto at Nexton

Piccolo Spoleto returns to Nexton for an evening of high energy music in the incomparable outdoor gathering space of Brown Family Park. Bring your chairs and come ready to be entertained, as the groove promises to be irresistible. Bring your appetite, as well- local hospitality will be available from Summerville’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, keeping you refreshed and ready for more. venue address

Brown Family Park Nexton, Summerville, SC Follow directions for parking from Sigma Drive, Exit 199B on I-26

admission Advance booking details on piccolospoleto.com Sun., June 4, 4:00pm

Columbia Choral Society with the Dick Goodwin Big Band

The Columbia Choral Society will be joined by The Dick Goodwin Big Band for a performance of Jasmine Rhythms, a jazz piece set to the words of Camden, SC poet, Paddy Bell. Originally performed in recognition of the Choral Society’s 85th anniversary, this concert celebrates nature’s Southern rhythms in music and verse. Trinity United Methodist Church venue address 273 Meeting Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sun., June 4, 4:00pm

The Lily Project

Lily Roberts, folk dance teacher and protégé of colorful folklorist, Cecil Sharp, immigrated to the US during World War I. Listen to her granddaughter, Susan Conant, tell her story through music, readings and multi-media. Sophia Zimmerman (vocals) and Tom Noren (guitar) will join Conant (flute, recorder) to perform a diverse mix of Baroque, pre-jazz, traditional ballads, and original music. venue Gage Hall address 4 Archdale Street admission $16

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The In-Between with Marcus Amaker

Classical soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, with jazz musicians Robert Lewis (saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano), explores repertoire that resides in and in between classical and jazz genres. They will be joined by Charleston’s Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. The program will include worldpremiere performances of new settings of Amaker’s poetry composed by Robert Lewis, Gerald Gregory, and guest composer David Linaburg. venue City Gallery address 34 Prioleau Street admission $16 Mon., June 5, Wed., June 7, 7:30pm

A’Musing

Fogfish Productions presents, A’Musing, a piece about longing for laughter and life. In this concert version of an original allegorical chamber opera we join Franklin, searching for something new to create and finding himself; and Morning Glory, blending her introspection sprinkled with humorous perception. Their journey is a path towards joy, which always has a price. venue Unitarian Church Charleston address 4 Archdale Street admission Free

Tue., June 6, 6:30pm

Piccolo Comes to Kiawah

Presented in partnership with the Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council, enjoy this delightful evening which combines an impeccably prepared buffet with a festive musical program in a breathtaking setting on the banks of the Kiawah River. Celebrate the cultural bounty and culinary flair of this very special corner of the Lowcountry. A high-energy musical revue will make this magical evening sing! Limited capacity – plan ahead and secure pre-paid reservations for this event that includes a full dinner buffet with oyster roast and cash bar service from 5:30pm. venue address admission

Mingo Point 876 Kiawah Island Parkway $50 adults, $25 children, free for children under 4

Reservations available from May 22

Thu., June 8, 6:00pm

La Femme French Horn in West Ashley

UNED!TED brings West Ashley audiences the rare treat of being the first to discover the outstanding talents of La Femme French Horn in an exciting evening of chamber music dedicated to the versatile horn repertoire. The ensemble, drawn from the faculty of the Charleston Horn Camp, includes Mary Beth Orr, Debra SherrillWard and Jennifer Kummer, with Laura Ball accompanying. venue Holy Trinity Windermere address 95 Folly Road admission Free

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World Music Café

Peter Kfoury, producer of the World Music Café, plays the ancient Middle Eastern instrument called the oud. The oud is the ancestor of the lute and the guitar, and Peter has adapted the instrument in order to perform an exciting Middle Eastern and jazz fusion with a modern, rhythmic groove. Enjoy an evening with Peter and other curated world musicians, with full program details available online at piccolospoleto. com. venue City Gallery address 34 Prioleau Street admission $16 Fri., June 9, 6:00pm

La Femme French Horn

UNED!TED returns to City Gallery with the outstanding talents of La Femme French Horn for an exciting evening of chamber music dedicated to the versatile horn repertoire. Karen Walwyn’s Angels Nine highlights this stirring program of solo and ensemble works for French horn and piano. The ensemble includes award-winning musicians Mary Beth Orr, Debra SherrillWard, and Jennifer Kummer, with Laura Ball accompanying. venue City Gallery address 34 Prioleau Street admission $16 Fri., June 9, 8:00pm

Living Off the Wall: A Night of Michael Jackson

Get ready to dance in the aisles with this explosive tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson! Fresh off of their sold out tributes to Prince last year, Quiana Parler and Charlton Singleton, alongside their amazing Charleston-based band and singers, bring the same energy and fire to their homage to Michael Jackson as Piccolo Spoleto draws to a close. Doors open at 7:00pm. venue Charleston Music Hall address 34 Prioleau Street admission $22 adults, $17 students

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5.27 - WOMEN & PARSONS: A TRIBUTE TO GRAM PARSONS 6.1 - GRASS IN THE HALL: A NIGHT OF LOCAL BLUEGRASS

6.9 - LIVING OFF THE WALL: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON

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SOUTHERN FLAVOR BLUEGRASS BAND, RIVER BOY, & THE BLUESTONE RAMBLERS

FEATURING

QUIANA PARLER, CHARLTON SINGLETON, & FRIENDS

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Soak in a Charleston sunset on the water while you dance the night away to the sounds of the region’s best jazz, blues, and more. Climb aboard for a uniquely local experience where the only thing better than the view is a lively melody and joyful company.

CAROLINA QUEEN HARBOR CRUISES boarding cruising dock admission

6:30pm 7:00pm to 9:00pm 17 Lockwood Drive, #B $27 adult, $23 senior & student

Sat., May 27

Shrimp City Slim

Serving up their version of “world piano blues,” this Chicago-born pianist/singer and his rowdy combo will rock your world with both classic covers and tunes from their latest CD, Star Marina. Shrimp City Slim is the house band of the renowned weekly Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises, now in its ninth season aboard the Carolina Queen. Sun., May 28

Juke Joint Johnny & The Hurricanes

“The Harmonica Beast of the Southeast,” Juke Joint Johnny is a powerhouse player with a reputation for take-no-prisoners blues extravaganzas. His blues swing version of Amazing Grace was used in an awardwinning film and he has performed at many major blues festivals in this part of the USA. Backed by an all-star band, this is a show you can’t afford to miss.

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Sat., June 3

Steve & The Blue Stilettos

A product of the Pittsburgh music scene, guitarist/singer Steve “O.J.” Hardy and his razor-sharp ensemble pull from a huge songbook of blue-eyed soul, Memphis R&B, and old-school funk. Expect classics from the likes of Wilson Pickett, Delbert McClinton, Tyrone Davis, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and more. This performance is guaranteed to turn this little riverboat into a solid-gold dance party! Sun., June 4

Ghost Town Blues Band

Making their Charleston debut, Ghost Town is a big band of soulful road warriors taking their Memphis message to the masses. They play explosive, danceable, horn-driven R&B with a heavy Deep South blues edge and have been building up a following from coast to coast. Get ready for something special when this group rolls into town. Sat., June 10

Andy T and the Alabama Mike Blues Band

Guitar wizard Andy T and his jumping California band have teamed up with bigvoiced Alabama Mike for one of the hottest blues tickets of 2017. They are making their first stop here in South Carolina and promise to show everyone what West Coast swing and Talladega blues is all about. Sure to be a sell-out, we recommend you get on board for this special appearance.

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SPIRITLINE HARBOR CRUISES

boarding cruising dock admission

7:30pm 8:00pm to 10:00pm Harbor Walk Dock at Aquarium Wharf 360 Concord Street $25

Drinks and snacks available for purchase. No backpacks or large tote bags will be allowed onboard. Boat has limited handicapped accessibility; for assistance call SpiritLine Cruises at (843) 722-2628.

Tue., May 30

The Louie D. Project

The Louie D. Project is considered one of Charleston’s most popular jazz-funk bands entertaining both young and old performing all genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop with everything in between! Featuring front-man Louis Dixson (Louie D.) on saxophone and lead vocals with 4-part harmonies and a dynamic rhythm section, you will see why The Louie D. Project is a Charleston favorite!

Tue., June 6

Piccolo Puppet Cruise

This is your captain speaking! Prepare to set sail aboard the Piccolo Puppet Cruise where you will encounter amazing puppetry from far-off lands while being serenaded by a female pirate band! This zany evening will be filled with performances from some of Charleston’s most talented puppeteers. Get ready to laugh and be inspired by these unique displays as you sail around the harbor. Thu., June 8

Contemporary Violinist Daniel D.

Charleston native and contemporary violinist, Daniel Davis, and his band present an engaging, entertaining concert that will have you up out of your seat and moving to the music. A blend of jazz, R&B, pop, inspirational, and more, Daniel D. shows off his skills as a violinist, with bowing across the strings of his instrument, but he also wows the audience with his guitar plucking style!

Thu., June 1

Swing Dance Extravaganza with the V-Tones of Charleston and Stephen Duane Put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away with one of Charleston’s favorite local bands. The V-Tones of Charleston have been entertaining for over a decade at dances, oyster roasts, benefits, art galleries, and all kinds of parties. Stephen Duane will be on hand to keep everyone dancing. Sun., June 4

Lonnie Hamilton and Friends

Spend an entertaining evening of jazz on the water with Lonnie Hamilton and Friends. Lonnie’s band features the voice of Alva Anderson, Jon Thornton on trumpet, Oscar Rivers on keyboard, Paul Gelpi on bass, Tameo Williams on drums, and Charleston’s Jazz Ambassador himself, Lonnie Hamilton III, on saxophone.

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L’ORGANO RECITAL SERIES coordinator Robert Gant coordinating committee Jack Cleghorn, Clara Godshall, Julia Harlow, Nancy Lefter, Jason Pedeaux, and Daniel Sansone Sat., May 27, 2:00pm

David Friddle, Organ; Micah Gangwer, Violin; Damian Kremer, Cello

This trio of local talents will perform romantic rarities from composer Josef Rheinberger combining the sounds of the organ with strings. Dr. David Friddle holds a Master of Musical Arts and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the Julliard School. He is joined by two of the Charleston Symphony’s fine musicians: Violinist Micah Gangwer is Assistant Concertmaster, and Damian Kremer is Assistant Principal Cello. venue Summerall Chapel, The Citadel address 171 Moultrie Court admission Free, offerings accepted Sun., May 28, 7:30pm

Todd Fickley

Mr. Fickley is the associate director of the Cathedral Choral Society and acting conductor of the Washington Bach Consort. He holds the AGO Choirmaster Diploma as well as a Master of Arts in Organ Performance with High Distinction from the University of Wales. The program will include music by Brahms, Distler, Couperin, and Franck offered on the four-manual Reuter organ.

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Paul Thomas

Mr. Thomas is a prize-winning graduate of Furman and Yale universities and the founder of the Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. He earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Certificate in Church Music Studies from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. The program will feature Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Distler, and Wammes, on his home instrument, the beautiful Gabriel Kney tracker organ. venue Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul address 126 Coming Street admission Free, offerings accepted Tue., May 30, 10:00am

William Gudger, Julia Harlow, and Jason Pedeaux

A trio of Charleston’s musical leaders comprised of Dr. William Gudger, Professor Emeritus at the College of Charleston, Dr. Julia Harlow, noted organist and harpsichordist, and Jason Pedeaux, AGO Dean, present a program that features the historic Henry Erben instrument. The trio will play works from Stanley, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Soler. Dr. Gudger will premiere a Sonata on Huguenot hymn tunes that he composed for this occasion. venue French Protestant Church address 136 Church Street admission Free, offerings accepted

venue Grace Church Cathedral address 98 Wentworth Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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Fri., June 2, 10:00am

Katherine Meloan

Tyler Canonico earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Alabama. He is currently organist and Assistant Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, and in July, he will assume the position of Minister of Music and organist at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA. The program will include masterworks on the recently restored Austin console; music by Mozart, Bach, Vierne, Briggs, and Mendelssohn.

Wed., May 31, 10:00am

Dr. Meloan recently joined the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and serves as the Director of Chapel Music at The United States Merchant Marine Academy. She earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed recitals throughout the US and France, and she is also a classical ballet dancer. The program will begin with George Thalben-Ball’s spectacular pedal variations on a theme of Paganini, and continue with music by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Libby Larsen. venue Grace Church Cathedral address 98 Wentworth Street admission Free, offerings accepted Thu., June 1, 10:00am

Brandon Burns

Mr. Burns is a student at Arizona State University pursuing a Doctor of Organ Performance and he is organist at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. He earned a Master of Sacred Music in Organ at the University of Notre Dame where he was also organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. His program on the fine Kenneth Jones tracker organ includes music of Arvo Pärt, Raison, Bach, Frescobaldi, and Rheinberger. venue St. Michael’s Church address 71 Broad Street admission Free, offerings accepted

Tyler Canonico

venue St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church address 405 King Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sun., June 4, 7:30pm

Joby Bell with Zach Bowyer, Andrew Byrd, Jacob Hill, and Rodney Ward

Students from the organ department at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC highlight the martial sounds of the thrilling new Trompette Militaire stop on the Zimmer organ at Summerall Chapel. The student organists will present music by composers J.S. Bach, Vierne, Mendelssohn, Hampton, Howells, Guilmant, and Dupré. The program closes with Daniel Burton’s Rex, King of Instruments, with narration from Dr. Bell. Summerall Chapel, The Citadel venue address 171 Moultrie Court admission Free, offerings accepted Mon., June 5, 10:00am

Jennifer McPherson

Early music enthusiast, Minister of Music, and Organist Jennifer McPherson presents a varied program on her home instrument by Ontko & Young. She holds a Master of Music in Historical Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has performed abroad in Ireland and Prague, and widely in the US, including at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C venue First (Scots) Presbyterian Church address 53 Meeting Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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Fri., June 9, 10:00am

Virtuoso Clara Gerdes is a current student and fellow at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Her program, played on the restored Austin console, includes music of J.S. Bach, Naji Hakim, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and Vierne. Philadelphia trumpeter Caleb Wiebe will be joining her on a transcription of Trumpet Concerto by Oskar Böhme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Noah Vancina, a rising senior at Bob Jones University, has performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe as accompanist to the Bob Jones University Singers. His energetic program will include works by J.S. Bach, de Grigny, Duruflé, Franck, Rorem, Purvis, and Carolyn Hamlin on the A. E. Schlueter organ.

Clara Gerdes, Organ; Caleb Wiebe, Trumpet Noah Vancina

Bethel United Methodist Church venue address 57 Pitt Street admission Free, offerings accepted

venue St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church address 405 King Street admission Free, offerings accepted Wed., June 7, 10:00am

Daniel Sansone

Daniel Sansone holds a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the University of Notre Dame. He is a past recipient first-prize winner of the Arthur Poister National Organ Playing Competition. He will play the Symphony No. 5 by CharlesMarie Widor on the Cavaille-Coll style instrument built by Gene Bedient. venue Cathedral of St. John the Baptist address 120 Broad Street admission Free, offerings accepted Thu., June 8, 10:00am

Jason Pedeaux

American Guild of Organist–Charleston Chapter Dean Jason Pedeaux is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of North Texas and a seasoned local performer. The program will include the music of Guilmant, Bach, and Vierne alongside several familiar hymn preludes by Seth Bingham and Gordon Young, showcasing the enhanced acoustics of the restored sanctuary. venue St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church address 405 King Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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Tue., May 30, 6:00pm

Theatre, p. 50 The Biscuiteater, correct pricing: $16 Adults; $11 Students

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of modern jazz icon and innovator John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie in Cheraw, SC, Piccolo Spoleto presents the Dizzy Gillespie Centennial 2017 Jazz Book Party, highlighting Gillespie’s music and his classic memoir, To Be or Not to Bop, coauthored in 1979 by Charleston native and jazz historian, Dr. Al Fraser. The book has remained perennially in print for 38 years.

Music, p. 23 Rising Stars, correct pricing: $8 Music, p. 25 Camp Meeting, correct dates: Sun., May 28, Fri., June 2, Sat., June 3, 8:00 PM Theatre, p. 55 CANCELED: Stelle Di Domani, The Taming

ADDITIONS

Tue., June 6, Wed., June 7, 6:00pm; Thu., June 8, 8:00pm; Sat., June 10, 4:00pm

The Gentleman Pirate

Before you catch the return of Jack Sparrow this summer, make some time for the trial of Charleston's favorite Gentleman Pirate, Stede Bonnet. PURE's multiple City Paper Grade "A" Winner gets its own revamp and reimagination for PURE's stage by its sauciest maverick director and co-founder Sharon Graci. Bigger, badder, with twice the pathos, twice the fun, and well...we can only hang him once. Sail along with the story of a gentleman planter who found himself on the "account" with some of the greatest pirates of the Golden Age including the most infamous of all...Blackbeard. venue PURE Theatre address 477 King Street admission $21

Dizzy Gillespie Centennial 2017 Jazz Book Party

The party takes the form of montuno, an Afro- Cuban combination of drums and horns, in a medley featuring Dizzy’s classic compositions, Salt Peanuts, Manteca, Kush, Night in Tunisia, Tin Tin Deo, etc. performed by a sextet led by Ecuadorian percussionist, Gino Castillo, with augmented African djembe rhythm, seasoned by excerpts read by the author from To be or Not to Bop. Refreshments will be served and it’s all free with autographed (University of Minnesota Press paperback), books for sale. Long live the King of Bebop! venue City Gallery address 34 Prioleau Street admission Free


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10:00 pm Fringe: Let’s Make a Website!

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Theatre: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Music: Taylor Festival Choir Soloists Music: Shrimp City Slim

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10:00 am Traditions: Family Day at Marion Square Other: The Charleston Renaissance Music: Cane Bay High School Cobra Chorale Music: Panjamdrum

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7:00 pm Dance: Emerging Artists Dance Concert Music: Juke Joint Johnny & The Hurricanes Fringe: The Have Nots! Comedy Improv Co. Theatre: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

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Music: The Roaring 20’s Music: Rising Stars Music: Nancy D. Hawk Memorial Day Concert

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Music: The Virtuoso Violin Traditions: Memorial Day Concert Music: Lynn Swanson Festival Singers

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6:00 pm Music: Polaris Trio with Kenneth Law

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4:30 pm Music: The Treblemakers of Porter-Gaud School

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7:30 pm Theatre: Frederick Douglass - No Turning Back

8:00 pm Music: The Louie D. Project Theatre: Under The Lights Fringe: Reformed Whores

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9:00 pm Other: Bowen’s Island Blues the Movie

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10:00 am Other: The Charleston Renaissance Music: Katherine Meloan (Organ)

10:45 am Traditions: The Three Little Pigs

11:30 am Music: Good Mornin’, Blues

12:00 pm Music: College of Charleston Alumni

12:15 pm Traditions: The Three Little Pigs

1:00 pm Other: Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson

2:00 pm Music: Sound of Charleston

3:00 pm Music: The Corelli Effect Theatre: Staged Readings

4:00 pm Music: Rising Stars

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6:00 pm Music: Charleston Academy of Music Faculty

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7:00 pm Other: All the Time in the World Fringe: Reformed Whores Music: The Great American Songbook Live Theatre: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Music: Love is in the Air Theatre: When I First Remember

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8:30 pm Fringe: Mary Kay Has a Posse

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Other: The Charleston Renaissance Music: Tyler Canonico (Organ)

11:30 am Music: Good Mornin’, Blues

12:00 pm Music: What’s Opera, Doc?

3:00 pm Music: The Cecilia Ensemble Music: Bach’s Alchemy for Three

4:00 pm Music: Rising Stars Theatre: Why is Rock and Roll?

6:00 pm Music: Chamber Music Charleston Traditions: Nighttime at the Museum Dance: Trinity Theatre: Seeger

6:30 pm Traditions: Allan Park Concert Literary: Peter Makuck

7:00 pm Fringe: Improv Riot Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing

7:30 pm Theatre: Princess Diana, The Musical

8:00 pm Theatre: tick, tick…Boom! Music: Camp Meeting Theatre: The Southern Charmer Theatre: Buyer & Cellar

8:30 pm Fringe: The Defiant Thomas Brothers

9:00 pm Theatre: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

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7:00 pm Theatre: Between Us Music: John Doyle and Oisin McCauley Theatre: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Music: Ghost Town Blues Band

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15 - charleston performing arts center 873 Folly Road, James Island 16 - charleston visitor center 375 Meeting Street 17 - circular congregational church 150 Meeting Street 18 - city gallery 34 Prioleau Street 19 - dock street theatre 135 Church Street 20 - first scots presbyterian church 53 Meeting Street 21 - footlight players theatre 20 Queen Street 22 - franke at seaside 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant 23- gaillard center 95 Calhoun Street 24 - gibbes museum of art 135 Meeting Street 25 - grace church cathedral 98 Wentworth Street 26 - halsey institute of contemporary art 161 Calhoun Street 27 - hampton park 30 Mary Murray Drive 28 - holy trinity windermere 95 Folly Road, West Ashley 29 - how art though music cafe 1956 Maybank Highway, James Island 30 - french protestant church 136 Church Street 31 - isle of palms 32 - kahal kadosh beth elohim 90 Hassell Street 33 - marion square 34 - mepkin abbey 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner 35 - mt. zion ame church 5 Glebe Street 36 - mother emanuel ame church 110 Calhoun Street 37 - musc basic science auditorium 173 Ashley Avenue 38 - nexton/summerville 39 - old bethel united methodist church 222 Calhoun Street

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NAVIGATING CHARLESTON Because the Charleston peninsula comprises a small area which is filled with beautiful historic homes, many residents must park on the street. To avoid parking fines, festivalgoers are strongly urged to strictly observe parking limits or utilize convenient parking garages. This is an abbreviated list of available parking garages that are convenient to festival venues. Visit piccolospoleto.com for a full map of parking garages. ‡ Aquarium Garage, 24 Calhoun St. Charleston Place Hotel Garage, 85 Hasell St. ‡ Charleston Visitor’s Center Garage, 63 Mary St. ‡ Cumberland & Concord Garage, 1 Cumberland St. ‡ East Bay Garage, 25 Prioleau St. ‡ Francis Marion Hotel, 399 King St.

Gaillard Garage, 32 Alexander St. Majestic Garage, 211 King St. St. Philip St. Garage, 75 St. Philip St. ‡ Queen Street Garage, 93 Queen St. ‡ Wentworth Garage, 81 Wentworth St.

‡ Garages with public restrooms available

public transit New this festival season, visitors can easily get around town on the recently upgraded free to ride DASH shuttles featuring noticeable improvements in comfort, safety and efficiency. The free DASH shuttles offer convenient service along downtown loops, with handy stops near parking garages. Festival visitors are encouraged to use our full public transportation system, which includes both the DASH shuttles and CARTA buses. They follow convenient downtown routes near major festival sites, and all are ADA compliant and handicapped accessible. The regular fare is $2.00 for the CARTA Metro Buses with multi-ride passes starting at $7.00, while the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttles), are free for all residents and visitors. For more information, call DASH and CARTA at (843) 724-7420. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street; or by visiting www.RideCARTA.com. ride a bike Visitors and locals alike enjoy riding bicycles to get around town. We encourage you to visit our website, piccolospoleto.com for an interactive bike map of the City of Charleston and to learn more about the West Ashley Greenway. The following businesses offer bike rentals in downtown Charleston: b’s bikes 250 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 452-5326

affordabike 573 King St Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 789-3281

the bicycle shoppe 280 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 722-8168

public restrooms Parking garages marked above have public restrooms. Additional restrooms are located in the following public buildings: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St.; City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St.; Charleston City Hall, 80 Broad St.; Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. Temporary restrooms will be located at all major outdoor Piccolo Spoleto events. Patrons with accessibility concerns should call or email the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843-724-7305 or CulturalAffairs@charleston-sc.gov. The Office of Cultural Affairs is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

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Sun., May 28, 5:00pm

FESTIVAL OF CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES

The Trey Clegg Singers is a new, multicultural choral ensemble based in Atlanta that embodies the city’s international population representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds and performing a wide range of musical genres in an effort to bring hope, peace, and joy to audiences. The choir is under the direction of Trey Clegg, an instructor of music at Spellman College and singer in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

coordinator William Schlitt

coordinating committee Scott Atwood, Mark Bebensee, Clara Godshall, Jo Hethcox, Katie Holland, Emily Remington, Porter Remington, Robin Shuler, and D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis. Sat., May 27, 1:00pm

Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers

Comprised of alumni, faculty, and current students of Mars Hill University, the ensemble is known for its focus on the music of the southern Appalachian region, namely folk songs, hymns, and spirituals. Making their twelfth Piccolo Spoleto appearance, the ensemble presents these traditions alongside a selection of time-honored choral music including works from Charles Stanford, James Biery, Z. Randall Stroope, and John Rutter. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sat., May 27, 4:00pm

South Carolina Worship Choir

The choir features over one hundred South Carolina Baptist worship leaders including the South Carolina Singing Churchmen, SeraphSong, instrumental accompaniment, and hand bells. Touring regionally and internationally, the choir performs all styles of music including urban gospel, traditional choral music, hymns, and spirituals representing South Carolina’s cultural diversity. venue Ashley River Baptist Church address 1101 Savannah Highway admission Free, offerings accepted

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venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission Free, offerings accepted Mon., May 29, 2:00pm

Atlanta Schola Cantorum

Specializing in the performance of Renaissance choral music, Atlanta Schola Cantorum is the oldest independent chorus in Atlanta and has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for over twenty years. Beautiful harmonies, creative repertoire, and engaging performances are hallmarks of Schola concerts. The program features the extraordinary and timeless beauty of sacred church music of the Renaissance alongside later choral masterpieces. venue Grace Church Cathedral address 98 Wentworth Street admission Free, offerings accepted Mon., May 29, 3:00pm

Lynn Swanson Festival Singers

Performing at Piccolo Spoleto since 1989, the ensemble (formerly the William Baker Festival Singers) is recognized for their regional performances of spiritual and gospel songs. The choir is under the direction of music director Lynn Swanson, and the program features modern works by John Tavener, Rosephanye Powell, and René Clausen. venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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The Cecilia Ensemble

The ensemble presents The Last Great Impressionist, focused on the music of Maurice Duruflé. The program will include his suite: Prélude, Sicilienne, Toccata (Op. 5), Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain (Op. 7), Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens (Op. 10), and Fugue sur le theme du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons (Op. 12). Duruflé’s beloved Requiem (Op. 9), completed in 1947, will be the centerpiece of the program. The ensemble is collaborating with organist Anna Orlova, a diploma artist at the Moscow State Conservatory, on her first concert tour of the United States. venue Bethel United Methodist Church address 57 Pitt Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sat., June 3, 11:00am

Friendship Community Choir

The Athens, Georgia-based ensemble presents a premier performance of Llibre Vermell de Monserrat. This manuscript of pilgrim songs and dances from fourteenthcentury Spain is brought to new life in a modernized setting for choir, harp, recorder, and percussion. The colorful tunes reflect different cultures of the Mediterranean. venue Circular Congregational Church address 150 Meeting Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sat., June 3, 2:00pm

Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers

The chamber singers present Eine Feier des Liedes: A Celebration Song, a program that celebrates the heritage of choral music in Germany, Austria, and the US. The program will feature Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder as well as pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, and American composer Shawn Kirchner. venue Bethel United Methodist Church address 57 Pitt Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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Trinity UMC Chancel Choir

This group of 20 singers primarily performs a cappella music with an emphasis on Southern folk-oriented compositions and is returning to Piccolo Spoleto for their eighth performance. Under the direction of Charles Haraway, the singers present Baroque and Bluegrass, a program exploring the differences and surprising similarities between two genres of music separated by three hundred years. venue St. Philip’s Church address 142 Church Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sun., June 4, 4:00pm

Palmetto Bronze

This nationally recognized community handbell ensemble from the Lowcountry presents It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Ring, an entertaining concert of music including jazz, swing, pop, and show tunes on 7+ octaves of bells and 6 octaves of handchimes with added percussion instrumentation. This high energy performance includes well-known tunes from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles. venue Bethel United Methodist Church address 57 Pitt Street admission Free, offerings accepted Sat., June 10, 4:00pm

Shandon UMC Chancel Choir

Returning to the festival, this 30-voice chancel choir from Columbia, SC performs the music of Mozart. Under the direction of Eddie Huss, the program includes Coronation Mass, K. 371, Regina Coeli, K. 276, and Laudate Dominum, from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339. venue Bethel United Methodist Church address 57 Pitt Street admission Free, offerings accepted

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Thu., June 1, 3:00pm

Chamber Music Concert

venue Franke at Seaside, Rodenberg Hall address 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant admission Free, offerings accepted

Charleston Symphony Orchestra members Zachary Hammond (oboe) and Regina Helcher Yost (flute) join Charleston Southern University Professor of Piano Bradley Parker in a program that promises a virtuosic presentation including works by Dring, Ibert, and Demersseman. This program also features the famous William Tell Duo Brillante, with its acrobatic display of brilliance among the instruments.

Sun., May 28, 3:00pm

Sat., June 3, 3:00pm

Enjoy a rousing performance from Dr. Will Jones (tenor) and Dr. Barry Pate (baritone) accompanied by Janet Elshazly (piano). This popular duo of doctors from Asheville, NC present a program including opera and oratorio arias, lively duets, and songs from Broadway shows, including a scene from Master Class with Nancy Stedman joining the group as Maria Callas.

A professional chamber choir based in Charleston will present a program of choral music from J. S. Bach to James MacMillan. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals. They are known for their excellence in a wide variety of choral music, especially new music and folk music. Personnel in the ensemble represent conductors, educators, performers, and professionals from states throughout the US.

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The Singing Doctors

Tue., May 30, 3:00pm

Charles Fugo

Taylor Festival Choir

Acclaimed pianist, Dr. Charles Fugo, professor of piano from the University of South Carolina, will perform a solo recital including music of Schubert, Brahms and Chopin. Dr. Fugo received his Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Performance from Indiana University. The recipient of the 2008 Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award given by the School of Music, he was also a staff member of the Anderson (SC) Piano Performance Camp and the summer honors program of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, serving in the latter capacity for 13 years.

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venue Bishop Gadsden address 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, James Island admission Free Sat., May 27, 3:00pm

Nina Sandberg and Chee-Hang See

In this delightful performance, the duo of Nina Sandberg (violin) and Chee-Hang See (piano) present Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin. The chamber music concert will explore Beethoven’s Sonatas 2, 4, and 5, concluding their Beethoven cycle which began in November 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. This performance takes place at the Chapel. Sun., May 28, 4:00pm

Porto Seguro present Choro and Bossa Nova with a Twist

Charleston-based quartet Porto Seguro plays instrumental music from Brazil including choro and bossa nova. Unwind with friends to the sounds of this fun, laid-back, rhythmic, and soulful music! Porto Seguro is comprised of Tom Noren (guitar), Susan Conant (flute), John Holenko (mandolin), and John Kennedy (bass). This performance takes place at Palm Court.

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The Lucia Ensemble presents Grateful: Celebrating the Joy and Beauty of All Things

The Lucia Ensemble, a young women’s ensemble from Augusta, Georgia who range in the age from 15 to 22 years old, is honored to return to Bishop Gadsden. This year they will be accompanied by a string quartet, presenting music that celebrates the blessings of life. Composers include Mozart, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, and Rutter alongside songs from popular and folk traditions. This performance takes place at the Chapel. Wed., June 7, 4:00pm

Contemporary Violinist Daniel D.

Daniel D. is a classically trained contemporary violinist who began performing live at age 12. A graduate of the Charleston School of the Arts, Daniel has been highly sought to celebrate many worthy occasions with dignitaries and icons playing a wide range of music from jazz to inspirational, and more. A seasoned entertainer at the young age of 28, he leads the audience on an engaging musical journey like no other. This performance takes place at the Chapel.

Mon., May 29, 4:00pm

The Roaring 20’s

The Faculty of the Horton School of Music at Charleston Southern University presents a lively chamber music showcase, featuring a worldwide musical tour of the 1920’s. Musicians Jill Terhaar Lewis (soprano), Jennifer Luiken (mezzo-soprano), Shanelle Woods (mezzo-soprano), Regina Helcher Yost (flute), Charles Messersmith (clarinet), and Brad Parker (piano) perform selections from Gershwin, Milhaud, Puccini, Korngold, and more! This performance takes place at the Chapel.

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Whether you are looking for classical ballet or avant-garde experiments in movement, the Piccolo Spoleto dance series has something to offer. Highlighting the best of community performance ensembles and local professional troupes, this year’s dance lineup is sure to delight.

Sun., June 4 at 5:00pm

Great Gig Dance Ensemble

Great Gig Dance Ensemble is the performing company of Great Gig Dance Co. in Kennesaw, GA. Under the direction of Tammy Everhart, the Ensemble is a preprofessional performing group of 50+ young dancers specializing in jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. In their return visit to Piccolo Spoleto, the Ensemble presents a performance that will inspire dancers of all ages. venue address admission

Footlight Players Theatre 20 Queen Street $16 Adults, $13 seniors & students

Fri., June 2, Sat., June 3 at 6:00pm

Wed., June 7, Thu., June 8, 7:00pm

Charleston City Ballet

Charleston City Ballet presents Rumpelstiltskin, a new ballet based on an old fairytale. A foolish milliner promises the King that his daughter can spin straw into gold. In this delightful performance, follow the familiar tale as the milliner’s daughter makes a bargain with a mischievous man. Will upholding her father’s promise to the King cost her an enormous price or will she discover the name of her rogue helper in time to save her child? venue address admission

Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street tier I $30, tier II $26, children under 10 $16

Annex Dance Company

Annex Dance Company and The Atlas Trio present Trinity, an evening of modern dance and music. Inspired by the sights and sounds of the Holy City, artistic directors Kristin Alexander and Laura Ball present an intimate concert of music and movement featuring abstract arrangements by composers Cowell, Ives, and Barber.

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Take your seat and get ready to enjoy a diverse collection of theatrical pieces with a distinct attention to personal discovery as talented actors recount meaningful stories and explore old worlds alongside new ideas. Fri., May 26, Sat., May 27, Fri., June 2, Sat., June 3, Fri., June 9, Sat., June 10, 8:00pm; Sat., May 27, Sun., May 28, Sat., June 3, Sun., June 4, Sat., June 10, 2:00pm; Sat., May 27, Sat., June 3, Sat., June 10, 5:00pm

Kellar O’Neil, The Southern Charmer

The Southern Charmer, Kellar O’Neil, performs Masterpieces of the Mind showcasing intimate miracles of mind reading, mystery, and magic. Drawings are duplicated, predictions revealed, objects bend, and multiple drinks are poured from his ‘Mystic’ Kettle. Delight in seeing magic before your eyes in this Victorian parlor. venue Palmetto Crescent Parlor address 48 Archdale Street, #1F admission $26 Fri., June 2, Sat., June 3, 6:00pm; Fri., June 9, 8:00pm; Sat., June 10, 2:00pm

Seeger

In this compelling account, America’s beloved folksinger and activist Pete Seeger returns to tell the story of his personal struggles for free speech in America while on the Blacklist. Using music to advocate for free speech in Cuba, Seeger played for a benefit in Washington, DC using his now famous tunes If I Had A Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and more. venue PURE Theatre address 477 King Street admission $26

Sat., May 27, Thu., June 1, Fri., June 2, Wed., June 7, Thu., June 8, Fri., June 9 at 7:30pm; Sun., May 28, Sun., June 4 at 4:00pm; Mon., May 29 at 5:00pm; Wed., May 31 at 6:00pm; Sat., June 3 at 5:30pm

Princess Diana, the Musical

Marking the Southeast Premier of Princess Diana, the Musical, from creative team Karen Sokolof Javitch and Elaine Jabenis, this is the story of Charles and Diana their courtship, marriage, and inevitable divorce - as told from Diana’s perspective. In this intimate, cabaret-style production, follow the evolution of young Diana into the intelligent, mature woman who became the most famous woman in the world. venue address admission

Charleston Performing Arts Center 873 Folly Road $40 VIP, $30 GA

Sun., May 28, 4:00pm; Sat., June 3, 8:00pm; Sun., June 4, 5:00pm; Fri., June 9, 6:00pm; Sat., June 10, 8:00pm

The Biscuiteater

Nationally-touring solo performer Jim Loucks draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a small-town policeman. The character is loosely based on his granddaddy, who was haunted by his shooting of an African-American in the line of duty. Told in Loucks’ distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor, he examines the changing attitudes around violence and guns, and what it means to be a man. venue PURE Theatre address 477 King Street admission $26

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Fri., May 26, Wed., May 31, 8:00pm; Mon., June 5, 6:00pm

Snowblind

Trapped in a community center basement as a snowstorm rages outside, a group of recovering addicts are forced to face their demons head-on. The arrival of a cynical newcomer might be just what it takes to push them over the edge. Charleston-based 5th Wall Productions presents this brand new play from award-winning playwright Laura King, first premiered at their home space in West Ashley and now remounted downtown at PURE Theatre for Piccolo Spoleto audiences. venue PURE Theatre address 477 King Street admission $26 Sat., May 27, Thu., June 1, Fri., June 2, Wed., June 7, 8:00pm; Thu., June 8, 6:00pm; Sun., May 28, 2:00pm

Buyer & Cellar

Alex, an out of work actor from Los Angeles, moves to Malibu to begin a new job, working in the basement of beloved mega star, Barbra Streisand. In this outrageously funny production from PURE Theatre, find out what happens when the lady herself comes downstairs, as the play follows Alex as he discovers the price of fame and the real meaning of friendship.

Sun., May 28, Sun., June 4, 12:00 noon

A Heartfelt Look at Romeo and Juliet

HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company was created in 2014 to address the need for stimulating activity programs for adults with developmental disabilities in Charleston. With the support of PURE Theatre and Charleston Stage Company, these talented local actors and theatre artists present a delightful abbreviated production of the Shakespeare classic in a multi-media, music-filled staging. As with past HEART shows, this take on Romeo and Juliet will remind you of theatre’s boundless capacity to inspire. venue PURE Theatre address 477 King Street admission $15 Sat., May 27, Sun., May 28, 2:00pm & 5:00pm

Bye Bye Birdie: Young Performer’s Edition

This musical comedy is performed by an all-youth cast from the Musical Theater Center in Mount Pleasant, SC. The show is set in 1958 and centered on Conrad Birdie (an Elvis-type) and his adoring teen fans. Specially tailored for elementary school and middle school-aged children, this production is perfect for an afternoon of family fun! Footlight Players Theatre venue address 20 Queen Street admission $24

PURE Theatre venue address 477 King Street admission $26

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Mon., May 29, Wed., May 31, Thu., June 8, 5:00pm; Thu., June 1, Fri., June 2, Sun., June 4, Fri., June 9, Sat., June 10, 8:00pm

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Jon, an aspiring composer, finds himself facing his 30th birthday without the Broadway success he had always imagined. His friends try to help him through his quarter life crisis with his girlfriend suggesting a move to Massachusetts and his best friend trying to get him a gig in consulting. In this enthralling rock musical, Jon is holding fast to his dreams through life’s difficult moments. Produced by Footlight Players. venue address admission

Footlight Players Theatre 20 Queen Street $26 Adults, $21 Seniors & military, $15 Students

Sat., June 3 & Thu., June 8 at 8:00pm; Fri., June 9, Sat., June 10, Sun., June 11 at 4:00pm

The Amen Corner

Directed by Art Gilliard, The Amen Corner reveals the story of Sister Margaret and her experiences in her storefront church in glorious Harlem. Presented by Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., this adaptation of the classic James Baldwin-based gospel music drama addresses the role of a church in an African-American family and the effect of a poverty born of racial prejudice on an African-American community. venue address admission

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Wed., May 31, Wed., June 7, 8:00pm

Mark Twain’s Final Tour

According to Mark Twain, his life was an unswerving regularity of irregularity. Born in 1835, the year of Halley’s Comet, he was fond of saying that he expected to go out when it came again. Sure enough, in the April of 1910 he did just that. The 75 years in between gave us one of the rarest, richest, and raciest personalities that America has known. Stan Gill has portrayed this humorist all over the world for 40 years and is returning to Piccolo Spoleto with this signature performance. venue Footlight Players Theatre address 20 Queen Street admission $26 Sat., June 3, 2:00pm; Sat., June 10, 1:00pm

The Emperor’s New Clothes

SPROUTS Musical Theatre presents a musical based upon the famous tale, in a wild and timely ride about an Emperor who thinks more about his appearance than anything else. Two con artists tell the Emperor that they can make him a suit of clothing like no other! As they go to work on the invisible cloth, naturally no one will admit that they don’t see the clothes, and the crazy fun begins—with chilly consequences. Footlight Players Theatre venue address 20 Queen Street admission $13

Footlight Players Theatre 20 Queen Street $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & students

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Thu., June 1, Fri., June 2, 4:00pm

Why is Rock and Roll?

Jay White and Jim Algar return following a triumphant SRO run at Piccolo Spoleto last year with a performance that at once entertains and educates its audience about this revolutionary and redefining music genre. Part storytelling, rock concert, and theatrical play, the show takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the history of music. This exciting performance includes pieces of over 40 songs, covering everything from Bill Haley and the Comets to Elvis, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, the Who, Jim Morrison, the Supremes, and many, many more. Two nights only in Charleston’s historic Footlight Players Theatre. venue Footlight Players Theatre address 20 Queen Street admission $26 Fri., May 26, Sat., June 10, 9:00pm; Sat., May 27, Sun., May 28, 3:00pm; Sun., June 4, Sat., June 10, 12:00 noon, Fri., June 9, 7:00pm

Mind Games with Illusionist Howard Blackwell

Illusionist Howard Blackwell puts his spin on some of the classics of magic while demonstrating incredible mental feats. This theatrical performance features mental illusions woven with stories of the past. In his fourth appearance at Piccolo Spoleto, Blackwell tests the limits of intuition and abilities of the mind in this captivating and engaging performance. venue address admission

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Threshold Repertory Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street $25 Adults, $22 Seniors & children

Sun., May 28, 12:00 noon; Sat., June 3, Sun., June 4, Sat., June 10, 3:00pm; Sat., June 3, 8:00pm; Thu., June 8, 7:00pm; Fri., June 9, 9:00pm

Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Passionate, brilliant, and defiant; genius, physicist, philosopher, card shark, collaborator and lover of Voltaire; Emilie, La Marquis du Chatelet is the featured presentation of South of Broadway Theatre Company, remounted from its 2016-2017 season. This highly theatrical, fast, funny, and sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women allows her to defend her life and loves, posing questions and challenges for her time and for all time. venue Threshold Repertory Theatre address 84 1/2 Society Street admission $26 Sat., May 27, Sun., May 28, Thu., June 1, Sun., June 4, 7:00pm; Fri., June 2, 9:00pm

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche

The ladies of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are hosting their annual quiche breakfast while preparing for a potential nuclear invasion. But when mistakes are exposed and the communists strike, chickens get forgotten, quiches become scarce, and the lady-sisters are forced to deal with their desperate love for quiche and perhaps each other. A highlight of Charleston’s always inventive What If? Productions’ latest season, served up fresh for Piccolo Spoleto. venue address admission

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Fri., May 26, Fri., June 2, Sat., June 10, 7:00pm; Sat., May 27, 9:00pm; Sat., June 3, 6:00pm

Every Brilliant Thing

Full of joy and sorrow, this one man show explores the ups and downs of everyday life. From depression and suicidal thoughts to finding solace in things we should live for…. “ice cream, Kung Fu movies, burning things, laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose, construction cranes, me.” Following its local premiere in 2016 at Spoleto Festival USA, Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing (as produced by the UK’s Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company) continues to tour the world and has recently been featured in an HBO documentary. Charleston’s own Threshold Repertory Theatre now takes aim at this acclaimed script with its own, completely new production mounted for Piccolo Spoleto. venue address admission

Threshold Repertory Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street $21 adults, $16 seniors, students & military

Tue., May 30, Sat., June 3, Thu., June 8, 7:30pm; Sun., June 11, 3:00pm

Fredrick Douglass - No Turning Back

The Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina features Kyle Taylor in this one-man play replicating the life of Frederick Douglass. Taylor presents the journey from Douglass’ youth as a slave to his life as one of the greatest orators and philosophers in history. It reveals his tremendous gift of human observation, his passion to be free, horrific struggles, relationships with friends, wry humor, and decades as a free American writer and newspaper editor. venue address admission

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Thu., June 1, Thu., June 8, 7:00pm

When I First Remember

Queen Atterberry of Lady in White Production Company and an ensemble of talented performers blend music, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of the inception of Gullah-Geechee culture, which is unique to the Lowcountry. The evening continues with a marketplace where attendees can meet the actors as well as purchase artisan crafts, goods, and cuisine from local GullahGeechee vendors. venue address admission

Old Bethel United Methodist Church 222 Calhoun Street $21

Sat., June 10 at 7:00pm Anthropomorphic ages 12+ only The one-hour concert of Anthropomorphic: The Musical features 10 originally orchestrated songs with book and lyrics by Tim Young and orchestrations by Aaron Latina. The concert will infuse shadow and Bunraku-style puppetry performed by 10 puppeteers over a 6- foot table top stage, showcasing the story of a teenage boy, Westley, who is thrust onto a journey where he discovers posthumously that he is someone to be loved. venue St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church address 67 Anson Street admission Free, offerings accepted

Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street $21 Adult, $16 Seniors & students

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STELLE DI DOMANI AT THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON coordinator Todd McNerney

Mon., June 5, 8:00pm; Tue., June 6, 5:00pm; Thu., June 8, 6:00pm; Fri., June 9, 7:00pm; Sat., June 10, 9:00pm

17 Hours: An Acoustic Musical

17 Hours is a new American musical written by and featuring Nashville recording artist, South Carolina native, and College of Charleston Alumna Rachel Troublefield. Told acoustically through original songs, 17 Hours follows three individuals whose lives are intertwined as they find themselves, each other, and their own sense of home in unexpected places. venue CofC Chapel Theatre address 172 Calhoun Street admission $18 Sun., June 4, 7:00pm; Mon., June 5, 5:00pm

Between Us

The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance proudly supports its fourth annual collaboration with Annex Dance Company. This concert, the culmination of a residency with Annex, presents students and professionals performing company repertory that explores relationships between dancers in a series of duets. venue CofC Chapel Theatre address 172 Calhoun Street admission $16 adults, $13 students and seniors Fri., May 26, Mon., May 29, Tue., May 30, Wed., May 31, Thu., June 1, Sat., June 3, 8:00pm

Under the Lights

This perennial Piccolo favorite highlights original College of Charleston student works. A series of 10-minute plays, Under the Lights features winners of the Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. venue CofC Chapel Theatre address 172 Calhoun Street admission $16 adults, $13 students and seniors

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Sat., May 27, 5:00pm; Sun., May 28, 12:00 noon & 7:00pm

Emerging Artists Dance Concert

The Emerging Artists’ Dance Concert showcases the creative spirit of both current students and alumni from the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance. This concert promotes creativity between professional and emerging dance artists. Enjoy unique choreography and impressive performances from a group of talented dancers. venue CofC Chapel Theatre address 172 Calhoun Street admission $16 adults, $13 students and seniors Tue., June 6, 8:00pm; Wed., June 7, 7:00pm; Thu., June 8, 9:00pm; Fri., June 9, Sun., June 11, 3:00pm; Sat., June 10, 6:00pm

The Taming

A conservative senator’s aide, a liberal blogger, and a beauty queen walk into a bar… In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “powerplay” written by Lauren Gunderson and inspired by Shakespeare, beauty contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. Presented by The Catamounts of Boulder, CO and featuring College of Charleston Alumna, Laura Lounge. Contains mature language and content. CofC Chapel Theatre venue address 172 Calhoun Street admission $25 adults, $20 students and seniors Wed., May 31, Thu., June 1, Wed., June 7, Thu., June 8, 3:00pm

Staged Readings

Free staged reading of the 2017 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest winner and runner-up. Previous winning plays have come from such notable playwrights as Caridad Svich (lifetime Obie award winner), James Still, William Missouri Downs, and Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Visit piccolospoleto.com for additional details. venue CofC Theatre 220 address 54 St. Philip Street admission Free

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Fri., May 26, Fri., June 2, 7:00pm; Fri., June 9, 8:30pm

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Two acts of the funniest improv to be seen anywhere. Theatre 99 is Charleston’s year-round home for improv comedy where audiences come to laugh until it hurts. Bring suggestions for the quick-witted Theatre 99 ensemble members who will take your suggestions and rock out hilarious unscripted scenes. Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Theatre 99 280 Meeting Street above the Bicycle Shoppe $16 General Admission

Sat., May 27, Sat., June 3, 7:30pm; Sun., May 28, 7:00pm; Sat., June 10, 9:00pm

The Have Nots! and Friends

Absolutely unscripted! This high-energy comedy improv show is entirely based on audience suggestions so every show is different, even after running for 21 years. The Have Nots! perform their unique brand improv comedy and you never know who will join them on stage. Come find out why critics say “The Have Nots! have it!” Tue., May 30, 8:00pm; Wed., May 31, 8:30pm; Thu., June 1, 7:00pm Reformed Whores ages 18+ only If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby, you’d get the delightfully twangy & hilariously filthy musical comedy duo Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC-based, Katy Frame & Marie Cecile Anderson have been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, and many other three-letter networks. Last summer the girls opened for their comedy idol “Weird Al” Yankovic! Sat., May 27, Sat., June 3, 4:00pm; Sun., May 28, 3:00pm; Wed., May 31, Wed., June 7, 7:00pm; Sat., June 10, 6:00pm

The Complete History of Charleston for Morons Experience over 300 years of Lowcountry history in just 60 minutes! A comedic history lesson accessible enough for everyone to enjoy, while forever answering the hardto-ask questions like: which is better – mustard-based or vinegar-based barbeque? And why did it take Mel Gibson so long to join the Continental Army?

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Improv Riot

Fri., May 26, 8:30pm; Sat., May 27, 6:00pm; Sun., May 28, 9:00pm Stuckey and Murray ages 18+ only Since erecting their empire 15 years ago, comedy-music duo Stuckey & Murray have won the affection of millions by becoming semi-finalists on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and appearing on HBO’s Funny as Hell, The Chelsea Handler Show, and Cash Cab. Their live show is a blend of the Smothers Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, and Tenacious D, featuring well-crafted, hilarious songs. Fri., May 26, 10:00pm; Sat., May 27, 9:30pm; Sun., May 28, 5:00pm Let’s Make a Website! ages 18+ only Coming straight from a hugely popular run at UCB Theatre in NYC, join rock-star computer programmer Mark Vigeant as he takes audience suggestions and builds and launches a completely new original website onstage. That is, if he can overcome his ego. The show is a fast-paced, high-energy, high-tech comedy whirlwind that features non-stop laughs. Thu., June 1, Wed., June 7, 8:30pm; Sun., June 4, 5:00pm Mary Kay Has a Posse ages 18+ only They’re back! Charleston’s original all-female improv comedy group! Part talk-show format, part long form improv, all funny! Bitingly witty, unpredictable, and politically incorrect, the ladies of “Posse Talk” break all the rules. Don’t miss what the Charleston City Paper calls an “unforgettable night of laughing ’til your face hurts.” If you are easily offended or feel that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, stay home.

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Fri., June 2, 8:30pm; Sat., June 3, 9:30pm; Sun., June 4, 6:30pm

The Defiant Thomas Brothers

Thu., June 8 at 9:00pm; Fri., June 9 at 7:00pm; Sat., June 10 at 4:00pm

The Fowler Family Radio Hour

Various members of the Fowler family, including octogenarian patriarch Calvin Coolidge Fowler and his sisters Essie May and Fannie Lou, present original songs, live commercials, the latest episode of the soap opera “Holly Springs Eternal,” and plenty of local color. The Fowler Family Radio Hour features an ensemble of six writer-performers, all of whom were born and raised in the south. The Fowler Family Radio Hour features an ensemble of six writer-performers, all of whom were born and raised in the south: Matthew Bivins, Fri., June 2 at 10:00pm; Sat., June 3 at 6:00pm; Joe Burton, Shelby Burton, Robert Cass, Jeff Sun., June 4 at 8:00pm Gandy, and Sarah Mobley. ages 18+ only Known for their commitment to character and timing, commanding stage presence, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Seth and Paul Thomas roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child. They were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.

Improvised Seinfeld

Direct from their run of sold out shows at the UCB theatre in New York City, the hilarious comedy group Bellevue will improvise an entirely new episode of Seinfeld. That’s right Seinfeld fans – it’s like watching a live taping of the show based on your audience suggestion. You have to see it to believe it! This show is real, and it’s spectacular! Thu., June 8, Sat., June 10, 7:30pm; Fri., June 9, 10:00pm

Grampa, Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days

ages 18+ only This show is a completely improvised trip down memory lane! Matt Horgan and Tim Stoltenberg play a man in his twilight years, looking back on all his mistakes in life, and his college age grandson who still has all of his life ahead of him. With the help of audience suggestions, Grampa will maybe teach Junior a valuable life lesson, educate him about the family curse, warn him about the deadly danger of redheads, or any other completely made up nonsense. Those who forget history are doomed to improvise it!

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Immerse yourself in the literary and heritage programs at Piccolo Spoleto, celebrating the richness of Charleston’s culture and history. Enjoy poetry readings in an enchanting courtyard; uncover the secrets of the Charleston Renaissance; and discover new and seasoned fiction writers.

SUNDOWN POETRY SERIES coordinators Barbara G.S. Hagerty and Susan L. Meyers

venue Dock Street Theatre Courtyard address 135 Church Street admission Free Tue., May 30, 6:30pm

Alan Michael Parker

Poet, squeaky wheel, and raconteur, Alan Michael Parker is the author or editor of sixteen books, including eight collections of poems. He has sung in TOSCA behind Richard Tucker, danced with the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, lectured at the Sorbonne, and written for both The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He was named Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and is also a faculty member at the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.

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Wed., May 31, 6:30pm

Michele Reese

Michele Reese will be reading poems from her recent collection about global agriculture. Expect to hear stories about peaches, pineapples, and tomatoes. She is the author of Following Phia (WordTech Editions, 2006). Her poems have also appeared in the Paris Review, Prairie Winds, Smartish Pace, and other journals. Reese teaches at the University of South Carolina Sumter. Thu., June 1, 6:30pm

Claire Bateman

Claire Bateman’s poetry is known for transcending other realms. Bateman will read from her body of work including her most recent collection of poetry, Scape. She has published eight books of poetry: The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), Coronology (and other poems) (Etruscan Press, 2010), and Locals (Serving House Books, 2012). She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a Surdna Fellowship.

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Wed., June 7, 6:30pm

Peter Makuck

A native of Columbia, SC, DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of Weary Kingdom (University of South Carolina Press, 2017) and her debut collection How God Ends Us (University of South Carolina Press, 2009), which was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. DéLana holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

Fri., June 2, 6:30pm

Peter Makuck will read from his book Mandatory Evacuation (BOA Editions Ltd., 2016), a collection of pieces including poems about flu season, a power outage, red foxes, a father’s death, a dog, a cat, and a hurricane. Several of these poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR and were featured on the website Poetry Daily. He has authored several books of poetry including Where We Live (BOA Editions Ltd., 1982), The Sunken Lightship (BOA Editions Ltd., 1990), Against Distance (BOA Editions Ltd., 1998), and Off-Season in the Promised Land (BOA Editions Ltd., 2005). His book Pilgrims (Ampersand Press) won the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for the best book of poems by a North Carolinian in 1989. Long Lens: New & Selected Poems (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Tue., June 6, 6:30pm

Ginger Murchison

Ginger Murchison will read from a scrap of linen, a bone (Press 53, 2016), honored by the endorsements of David Baker, Thomas Lux, and Eleanor Wilner and further honored by Garrison Keillor as well as by Ted Kooser. Whatever else it is, a scrap of linen, a bone is both dedicated to and a celebration of the craft of poetry. Twice a Pushcart nominee and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, Murchison has poems in Atlanta Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Horticulture, Terminus Magazine, and Poetry Kanto as well as several anthologies. Her first chapbook, Out Here, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008.

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DéLana R.A. Dameron

Thu., June 8, 6:30pm

Morri Creech

Morri Creech, author of three collections of poetry and finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, will read from his collection The Sleep of Reason (Waywiser Press, 2013), as well as selected new work. He is the author of Paper Cathedrals (Kent State University Press, 2001), Field Knowledge (Waywiser Press, 2006), which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize, and The Sleep of Reason (Waywiser Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He is the writer in residence at Queens University of Charlotte. Fri., June 9, 6:30pm

Cathy Smith Bowers

Cathy Smith Bowers is the author of six books of poetry including The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53, 2013), recipient of the 2014 SIBA Award in poetry. Bowers’s collections of poetry include The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas (Iris Press, 1992), Traveling in Time of Danger (Iris Press, 1999), A Book of Minutes (Iris Press, 2004), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (Iris Press, 2009), and Like Shining from Shook Foil (Press 53, 2010). For many years, Bowers was the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens, as well as at Wofford College. From 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.

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May 27 - June 2, 9:00am-12:00pm; 2:00pm5:00pm daily

May 27, 30, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10:00am

The purpose of building a Sand Mandala by a qualified Tibetan Monk is to purify negative energy and promote healing. The construction uses a geometric design of a specific healing nature. The design is filled in with grains of colored sand. Take in this unique artistic experience as it comes together and is finally consecrated and released into flowing water.

Doin’ the Charleston: The Charleston Renaissance

In the early 1900s, Charleston experienced a renaissance fueled by artists, writers, musicians, poets, and preservationists. Learn more about the lives and artistic work of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, and Alfred Hutty as you stroll through Charleston with your guide. This series of walking tours provides Piccolo Spoleto guests an opportunity to experience firsthand the art, music, and places that embodied the Charleston Renaissance. venue Preservation Society of Charleston address 147 King Street admission $30, includes tour and light refreshments. Advanced booking is required. Thu., June 1, 7:00pm

Film: All The Time in the World

In search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages ten, eight and four, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, TV, phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches. Presented by the Charleston chapter of the Sierra Club. venue MUSC Basic Science Auditorium address 173 Ashley Avenue admission Free

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address 205 Calhoun Street admission Free Tue., May 30, 9:00pm

Film: Bowen’s Island Blues, the Movie

Visit one of Charleston’s favorite local joints and enjoy a film screening in a rustic waterfront setting. A presentation of this beautiful filmed concert includes original music by three different blues ensembles and soaring aerial views of the Lowcountry wetlands and rivers. venue Bowen’s Island Restaurant address 1870 Bowen’s Island Road admission Free


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Sat., June 3, 5:00pm Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street Free

The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites three local authors to present brief short stories. This year’s reading will again be held in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley...” Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of SC writers, with stories broadcast by SC Public Radio’s “Your Day,” and published in the Charleston City Paper.

featured piccolo fiction authors

Julia Elliott is the author of the story collection The Wilds, chosen by Kirkus as one of the Best Books of 2014 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, was published by Tin House books in October 2015. She lives in Columbia. Benjamin Brandenburg is a former Columbia University graduate student and current bookstore clerk living in Charleston. His stories are sometimes published online, most recently at Hobart and Monkeybicycle.

Cinelle Barnes writes memoirs and

personal essays on trauma, growing up in Manila, Philippines, and being a mother and immigrant in America. In 2014, she was nominated for the AWP Journal Intro Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She has an MFA from Converse College and teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop. Her debut memoir, Monsoon Mansion (Little A Publishing, 2018), is set for an upcoming release.

Aaron Wood was born in Raleigh, NC. He and his wife moved to Charleston in 2013 to escape the winters of Appalachia. His fiction has been published in Charleston City Paper. A sous chef for a local caterer, when he’s not working on a collection of short stories, he spends time with his wife and dog or fishing the local waters.

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In Charleston, visual artists find their inspiration in the Lowcountry’s enchanting natural light, the Holy City’s historic streetscape, and the countless quirks and idiosyncrasies that delight natives and visitors alike. Discover the vision and talent of those who mine this rich aesthetic terrain, alongside visiting artists and artisans whose practices embrace various styles and media. And by all means, ask that plein air painter or exhibiting artist at Marion Square for their personal recommendations – nobody will ever claim to know more about Charleston than a local.

2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition

The annual juried art exhibition highlights the recent work of artists across South Carolina featuring painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Artworks receiving prizes are presented alongside a limited selection of pieces identified by the juror as meriting display. This year’s juror is Charleston artist Becca Barnet, whose precision and passion for replicating textures and preserving animals has helped her create an array of museum displays including creating work for the American Museum of Natural History, the South Carolina Aquarium, and the Charleston Museum. She is currently, under the aegis of her company, Sisal Creative, focusing on creating exhibits and custom art installations. on view venue address admission

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May 27–June 11 10:00am-4:00pm daily City Gallery 34 Prioleau Street Free

Yo Art Project coordinator Gene Furchgott This dynamic exhibition features posters and photos created by children ages 7-15 from local Title One Schools. The works represent the student’s unique insight into their community and highlight the process of discovery fostered by the Yo Art program. These young artists work directly with local artists to refine their creative skills and develop their artistic gifts through media art workshops, exhibitions, and public arts projects. on view venue address admission

May 26 - June 11 Mon.-Thu., 9:00am-8:00pm; Fri. & Sat., 9:00am-6:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm-5:00pm Charleston County Public Library 68 Calhoun Street Free

In addition to the exhibitions and artists talks listed in this guide, convenient online directories and calendars are available to orient you to the many galleries and studios that are open to the public during the Festival season. For more information on commercial galleries, visit charlestongalleryassociation.com, and for art event listings, visit The Art Mag’s calendar at artmag.com/events.

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Gibbes Museum of Art Artist in Residence, Charles Williams

coordinator David Diana This award-winning exhibition celebrates the vitality and courage of the human spirit recognizing the talent of people who live with mental illness and the role that creative outlets play in the recovery process. Presented by The South Carolina Department of Mental Health, The Art of Recovery showcases a talented group of artists and serves as an educational anti-stigma project. Consisting of over 90 original pieces of artwork, these colorful and beautiful pieces reflect the breadth of skill and range of experiences of individuals who live with mental disorders.

coordinator Gibbes Museum of Art Visiting artist Charles Williams creates landscapes and figurative works inspired by personal experience and historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement. During his two-week residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Williams invites the public to collaborate on a new series of paintings. Open studio hours and special programs enable community engagement and discussion with the artist. For more information, visit gibbesmueum.org/events

The Art of Recovery

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May 26 - June 11 11:00am-7:00pm daily Upper Lance Hall at Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street Free

Wed., May 31, 1:00pm

Artist Talk with Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson coordinator Gibbes Museum of Art Complementing the exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art, which focuses on a very special type of portrait: artists painted by other artists, Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson will engage in a spirited artist talk. These poignant paintings document friendship, respect, and deep admiration shared among fellow artists. Come and experience this exhibition and gain added insight from their conversation. For full details, visit GibbesMuseum.org/events venue address admission

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The Gibbes Museum of Art 135 Meeting Street $25, tickets at GibbesMuseum.org/events

venue The Gibbes Museum of Art address 135 Meeting Street admission Free to visit ground floor studios

Positional Ambivalence coordinator Redux Contemporary Art Center Visiting artist Gabriel Lovejoy’s work is featured in Positional Ambivalence, an exhibition that attempts to celebrate the medium of paint, in many forms, as a vehicle for communicating complex ambivalence. The artist explores the concept of “truths” and the uncertainty found in today’s world. The work examines a culture driven by media and the flood of information as it defines a new reality. Come discover this work in the new home of Redux Contemporary Art Center. on view venue address admission

May 26-June 11, Tue.-Fri., 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat., 12:00pm-5:00pm; Sun., Mon., Closed. Redux Contemporary Art Center 1056 King Street Free

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A Perspective on Portraits Theus and Charleston June 8 at 11 am Explore 18th century Charleston through the eyes of portrait painter Jeremiah Theus. This curator led tour will explore the collection of original works displayed within the Charleston Museum’s Heyward-Washington House. Tickets available at charlestonmuseum.org. Limited spots available.

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PICCOLO SPOLETO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION coordinators Vicki Ellis, Lesley Johnson dates May 26 – June 10, June 11 (optional for artists) Monday – Thursday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Friday – Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm venue Marion Square address King & Calhoun Streets admission Free

Marion Square is transformed into a beautiful open-air market, as some of the finest and most creative local artists exhibit and sell their work, with daily demonstrations and over 80 artists on hand to personally answer questions and show their artwork. artist/event date/time demonstration THE GREAT PAINT OUT Spontaneous demonstrations throughout the day sunday, may 28 monday, may 29 Lu Bentley 11:00am Shape Making in acrylics Amelia Rose Smith 2:30pm Red, White & Blue in oil tuesday, May 30 Ron Rocz 11:00am Capturing African American History in Charleston Nancy Rushing 2:30pm Capturing the Lowcountry in Pastel wednesday, May 31 Dianne Munkittrick 11:00am Underpainting Magic in Oil 2:30pm Stephanie Hamlet & Kelly Jacobs One View, Two Paintings thursday, June 1 11:00am Colleen Wiessmann Contemporary Abstract Painting in Mixed Media 2:30pm Scott Penegar Charleston Architecture in Acrylic friday, june 2 11:00am Carla Johannesmeyer Painting Boldly from Life! 2:30pm Kevin LePrince Oil painting - 100 degrees saturday, june 3 11:00am Laurie Meyer Figure in the Landscape in Oil 2:30pm Kathy Clark Palette Knife Painting in Oil Sunday, june 4 THE GREAT PAINT OUT Spontaneous demonstrations throughout the day monday, june 5 11:00am Joyce Harvey Charleston Sails in Palette Knife Oils 2:30pm Diane Dean Floral Painting with Acrylics tuesday, june 6 11:00am Sandra Roper The Joy of Watercolor 2:30pm Victoria Platt Ellis All Around the Town II in Mixed Media wednesday, june 7 11:00am Sheryl Stalnaker Palette Knife Water & Sky in Oil 2:30pm Monnie Johnson From an Impressionist’s Perspective in Oil thursday, june 8 11:00am James Pratt Monsieur James in Oil with Palette Knife 2:30pm Ryoko Miller Mandala Art, Light in You in Mixed Media friday, june 9 11:00am Lisa Willits Painting Skies and Clouds in Oil

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38TH ANNUAL PICCOLO SPOLETO FINE CRAFT SHOW coordinators Dorinda Harmon, Vicki Vigneault, and Kasey Briggs dates May 26 - 28; June 2 - 4; Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm venue Wragg Square address Meeting Street, between Charlotte Street & Ashmead Place $3 adult, free for children & senior, $1 adult on Sundays admission

Over six days, some of the finest crafts artists and artisans in the country present and make available for purchase exquisite jewelry, one-of-a-kind wearables, unique art objects in clay, glass, metal and wood, photography and prints, and special gift items. Please visit finecraftshowscharleston.com for more information, including a full roster of exhibitors for each weekend. The artists listed below will give craft demonstrations in their booths according to the following schedule: demonstration artist date/time friday, may 26 “Upcycling” at it’s best! Cynthia McFadden 11:00 am Woodcarving pine Jane Ann Sweeny 12:00 pm Carving tree pots Renee Rawl Duffy 1:00 pm Sculpted flowers and leaves Chatchakorn Sonday 2:00 pm Lost wax casting of glass Kathy Oda 3:00 pm Filigree technique jewelry fabrication Galo Arias 4:00 pm Saturday, may 27 Art from ordinary things Deane Bowers 11:00 am Cold forging-moving metal jewelry Jo Ann Graham 1:00 pm The art of weaving metal Mike Merritt 2:00 pm Stained glass mosaic Rachel Jones 3:00 pm Working with metal John Donehue Jr. 4:00 pm sunday, may 28 Making bath bombs Kelly Damiano 12:00 pm Creating a mosaic gazing ball Karen Earnhardt 1:00 pm The ancient practice of wood carving Wilson Lee 2:00 pm Mimi Hay 3:00 pm Shibori, Japanese tie dyeing and texturing friday, june 2 Galo Arias 12:00 pm Filigree technique jewelry fabrication Renee Rawl Duffy 1:00 pm Carving tree pots Joshua Davis 2:00 pm Earthenware clay Ruben Corzo 3:00 pm Micro-macramé jewelry John Donehue Jr. 4:00 pm Working with metal saturday, june 3 Jo Ann Graham 1:00 pm Cold forging-moving metal jewelry Deane Bowers 2:00 pm Art from ordinary things Kelly Damiano 3:00 pm Making bath bombs Karen Earnhardt 4:00 pm Creating a mosaic gazing ball Sunday, june 4 Cynthia McFadden 12:00 pm “Upcycling” at it’s best! Caroline Harper 1:00 pm Dyeing a handkerchief with natural indigo Chatchakorn Sonday 2:00 pm Sculpted flowers and leaves

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38th piccolo spoleto fine craft shows M a y 26- 28 a n d June 2-4, 2017

friday and saturday 10-6, sunday 11-5 admission $3 adults. children 18 and under and seniors 65+ free. sunday $1. wragg square park at Meeting & charlotte streets

finecraftshowscharleston.com | facebook: piccolo spoleto crafts shows | twitter: @pscraftshows

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SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL Become a friend of Piccolo! It goes without saying… We already consider you a valued friend of the Festival and a supporter of the arts based simply on your past and continuing attendance of Piccolo Spoleto events and exhibitions. In fact, our audiences do something absolutely essential that the Festival cannot: you sustain the artists and ensembles that participate in Piccolo Spoleto through your ticket purchases, your volunteer service, your gifts, and your support in countless other ways, both during the Festival and throughout the year. We encourage you to remain a tireless champion of those artists and arts organizations you value most, and we also invite you to consider supporting our collective efforts to promote the arts and culture in the Lowcountry as a Friend of Piccolo with a gift of annual support at the level most comfortable to you. Your Friends of Piccolo contribution will do much more than just help us bridge the gap between earned revenues associated with ticket sales and the cost of producing an ambitious, multi-disciplinary arts festival. Your support will allow us to renew and expand our ongoing outreach efforts to make the Festival experience accessible to all. This includes bringing artists into schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as providing tickets to area groups that serve students, seniors, veterans, and others who might not be able to otherwise attend and participate. Individual gifts are critical to Piccolo Spoleto’s ability to continue to think creatively and to create a Festival that is inclusive, sustainable, and supportive of our diverse community of artists and audiences. Your support as a Friend of Piccolo will equip us with much-needed resources that allow us to more readily say “Yes” to artists and their inspired proposals for creative premieres and innovative collaborations. In acknowledgment of your gift, we are pleased to offer recognition and premiums at a range of giving levels, from $50 to $5,000. Complete details are available online at our website piccolospoleto.com, or you can call our office at (843) 724-7305. No matter the level of your support, we will work tirelessly to make sure every dollar is utilized to mount a vibrant, artistically-excellent Festival and to keep the arts vital in Charleston year after year. We hope you will consider joining the Friends of Piccolo. Giving is easy and whatever level of support you select, your gift will be deeply appreciated.

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