Music Events2024-05-17T15:07:25+00:00

Music Events

Charleston’s Premiere High Voices choir Cantores Charleston presents Angel Voices Ever Singing – choral music that reaches to the very heavens!  The King’s Counterpoint’s chamber ensemble Cantores Charleston is excited to bring audiences a concert of heavenly vocal music that spans the centuries, with glorious selections dating from the Medieval period right up to today.  And as our program features music composed for soprano, alto and countertenor choir, this is without a doubt music for Angel Voices! Admission: $10-$25

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Experience the magic of timeless chamber music masterpieces that have been touching the hearts of listeners around the world for decades and centuries. Talented faculty performers from Charleston Academy of Music are delighted to present a vibrant concert consisting of various ensembles and featuring works from different styles for everyone to enjoy.
Performance: Thursday, June 6 at 6:00pm
Venue: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street
Admission: $20, PURCHASE TICKETS

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Charleston Gospel Choir celebrates and performs gospel, spirituals, and sacred music for annual concert events including a Palm Saturday weekend performance, Charleston Gospel Christmas, and regional events throughout the Southeast with numerous engagements internationally including Paris, London, Rome, Prague, and Ghana, West Africa.

Charleston Gospel Choir presents a Tribute to the Queen of Soul & Gospel: Aretha Franklin Concert as part of Piccolo Spoleto 2024.

Performance: Saturday, June 8 at 6:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe Street
Admission: $12-$25, PURCHASE TICKETS

Please join the Charleston Men’s Chorus on Memorial Day as we honor and celebrate in song those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Performance:  Monday, May 27 at 12:00pm, St. Philip’s, 142 Church Street

Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

The Sound of Charleston, featuring music of Charleston’s history, from gospel to Gershwin, has been a Festival favorite for eight years. This year we have expanded the series to include concerts featuring artists from The Sound of Charleston performing gospel, jazz, and Gershwin selections reflective of this city’s rich musical heritage.  All concerts at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. Admission: $16-$28, PURCHASE TICKETS

The Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestras showcases nearly one hundred young musicians ages 9-18, from over twenty schools throughout the Lowcountry. CSYO and CSYS engage and inspires young musicians in a collaborative environment, where students strive for excellence with the highest quality performing arts education and offers unique opportunities for growth through mentorship from Charleston Symphony musicians. Free to attend.

Performance: Sunday, May 26 at 5:00pm; Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
Admission: Free

The Charlestones: New Year’s Eve 1979 is a brand new Charlestones concert experience. It is the last night of the 1970s and a DJ (played by upstate actor Reed Halvorson) is spending the last hour of the grooviest decade counting down the biggest hits of the 70s. The Charlestones sing their way through hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Still the One”, “Let It Be”, and many others, even providing some 70’s era jingles and radio calls, as the DJ colorfully introduces each song and provides some humor.

Performance: Monday, May 27 at 5:00pm, Gage Hall, 4 Archdale
Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

The Charlestones Sing Everything, in which the quartet presents a 90-minute concert program of eight musical genres: Renaissance, musical theatre, hymns, African American spirituals, jazz, country, patriotic, and pop, all performed with our trademark “flawless intonation, crystal-clear harmonies and head-turning solos” (The Post and Courier).

Performance: Friday, May 31 at 7:00pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford Street
Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

The Charlestones were formed in 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  An a cappella quartet consisting of Todd Monsell (bass), Brink Norton (tenor), William Purcell (lead), and Stephen Spaulding (baritone), they have quickly made a name for themselves with their trademark flawless intonation, rocksteady camaraderie, and wide variety of vocal styles.

Christopher Laughlin, Classical, Flamenco, and Fingerstyle Guitar – Guitarist Christopher Laughlin performs a wonderfully varied program of music for classical, flamenco, and fingerstyle guitar, including timeless classics by Albeniz and Tarrega, fiery and sensuous flamenco solos by Paco de Lucia and Paco Pena, and inventive arrangements of popular music for guitar and special effects by Guns ‘N Roses, U2, Billie Eilish, The Beatles, and more!

Performance: Thursday, June 6 at 12:00pm
Venue: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street
Admission: $15, PURCHASE TICKETS

This concert is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ voices both past and present! Featuring the Singers of Summerville, the Palmetto Peace Choir, soloist Gary Powell, and a String Orchestra, with conductor Ryan Pagels.

Performance: Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm
Venue: The Unitarian Church, 4 Archdale Street
Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

Requiem means “rest”. Typically, requiems focus on the departed with the hope that they find rest. Dan Forrest creates a five-part masterwork that mostly follows the traditional structure and text of a requiem, but focuses the prayers on the living – those who are living with the reality of a lost loved one. In so doing, Forrest creates an uplifting prayer of light, peace and rest for the survivors of loss. The 50-member Columbia Choral Society is most pleased to bring this exquisite composition to Piccolo Spoleto and share this beautiful music and its message of rest.

Performance: Sunday, June 9 at 3:30pm
Venue: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Charleston Folk welcomes everyone to a slice of Americana in the historic Lance Hall of Circular Congregational Church.  Contra dance is easy to learn and loads of fun! Children welcome. No partner required. Tea and Whiskey (Andrae Raffield and Karin McQuade) play an upbeat collection of Celtic, Appalachian, jazz, klezmer and popular tunes – perfect for dancing! Tom Macklin will teach beginners at 7:30 and then lead us all into a floor stomping good time.

Venue: Circular Congregational Church
Address: 150 Meeting Street
Admission: $15, PURCHASE TICKETS

Howie Carillon Thematic Concert Series.  Michael Varnadore, carillonneur will play the 59 Bell Carillon – one of the largest instruments in North America.  On the campus of The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street.  All concerts at 10:30am.  Outdoor seating – rain or shine.  Chairs on a first come basis or bring a blanket and sit under the great oak trees.

  • Saturday, May 25 – Patriotic Music
  • Tuesday, May 28 – Familiar Favorites
  • Thursday, May 30 – Music by the Beatles
  • Saturday, June 1 – Music for Children
  • Tuesday, June 4 – Hymns & Spirituals

The Poet Sings. Music set to the poetry of Mary Baker Eddy for Soprano, Tenor and Piano.  A wonderful offering of familiar hymns and new compositions.  Hälis Rünk, soprano & Brett Hunter, tenor with Michael Varnadore, piano.  First Church of Christ, Scientist, 137 Moultrie Street.

  • Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00pm – The Poet Sings

DISTANCES: A bold duo of classical saxophone and piano blurs the boundaries between musical styles and genres with unique self-made arrangements, works influenced by folk music from around the Mediterranean, as well as standards of the classical saxophone repertoire. Works by John Anthony Lennon, Fazil Say, Shai Maestro, Daniele di Bonaventora, Laura Mvula/Will Healy, & Kishi Bashi. Caroline Leigh Halleck, saxophone; Greg Hankins, piano.  Admission: $15-$25, PURCHASE TICKETS

Since 1986 the Early Music Series has been a major part of Piccolo Spoleto. This year the series moves to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 89 Hasell St, Charleston.

Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart  are the composers that will be featured in this years’ series. The stunning acoustics and intimate setting of Old St. Mary ‘s will make these concerts memorable events.

All concerts 3 pm – one hour in length.  Admission: $30, PURCHASE TICKETS

The GSYO features 60 of the most highly advanced high school musicians from across North Carolina, including strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Free admission.

  • Saturday, May 25 at 7:30pm; West Ashley High School, 4060 West Wildcat Boulevard

Guitar Series at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street

Admission: $20, PURCHASE TICKETS

Michael Lindsey – Accomplished classical guitarist Michael Lindsey performs selections from Bardenklänge, a monumental collection of character pieces written for classical guitar by Romantic composer J.K. Mertz. JK Mertz was in the first generation of composers to write music specifically for the instrument, with Bardenklänge (Bardic Sounds) enduring as his most important contribution to the classical guitar repertoire. This monumental collection of Romantic character pieces was inspired by the style of the piano music of the era. The audience will have the opportunity to hear a live performance of lesser-known classical guitar music and gain an appreciation for classical guitar music in one of its earliest styles.

Christopher Laughlin, Classical, Flamenco, and Fingerstyle Guitar – Guitarist Christopher Laughlin performs a wonderfully varied program of music for classical, flamenco, and fingerstyle guitar, including timeless classics by Albeniz and Tarrega, fiery and sensuous flamenco solos by Paco de Lucia and Paco Pena, and inventive arrangements of popular music for guitar and special effects by Guns ‘N Roses, U2, Billie Eilish, The Beatles, and more!

Alejandro Rowinsky –  Classical guitarist, composer, arranger and actor. He auditioned and was selected by the Disney Company to be part of the show “Elena’s Royal Welcome” at Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, and from there he toured throughout the USA, playing at prestigious venues, Festivals, Theaters, Films, TV series and commercials.

Harmonia Children’s Choir, under the direction of Scott and Suzanne Atwood is an ensemble comprised of students from Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. They will present a program of time-less sacred classics by classical composers as well as African American Spirituals and Folk-tune inspired hymns and songs

Performance: Sunday, May 26 at 4:00pm
Venue: Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 990 Etiwan Park Street
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Housing Authority of the City of Charleston presents Bill Wilson Band. Free admission.

  • Thursday, May  30 at 4:30pm; Enston Homes, 900 King Street

The In-Between ensemble opens communication between the two art worlds of classical and jazz music to highlight the shared qualities and enjoy exploring the differences. Soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, with jazz musicians Robert Lewis (saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano) collaborate for a one-of-a-kind performance of original works by the ensemble members and arrangements of an eclectic mix of genres and a truly unique chamber music experience. The concert program will include new premiers of original songs as well as some additional favorites carefully curated for this festival.
Performance: May 30 at 6:00pm
Venue: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street
Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

Awendaw Green presents The Journey of a Song: Piccolo Songwriters in the Round. Lowcountry songwriters Danielle Howle, Sam Rae and Mike Kaufman present their songs (and the stories behind them) in the historic Circular Church. Each of these seasoned performers is known for drawing audiences in close, creating community through the shared experience of music.

Performance: Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00pm
Admission: $20, PURCHASE TICKETS

Keys for a Cause- Benefiting Meals on Wheels of Charleston.  This dueling piano event is music with a mission. Help us as we battle senior hunger.  A unique and fun entertainment experience featuring your requested songs performed by some of the coolest and funniest piano players anywhere. Enjoy beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and some amazing BBQ from Swig-N-Swine. Sing-along and join in the fun. In fact, don’t be surprised to find yourself and your friends as part of the act as the dueling pianists bring volunteers up on stage for some good-natured jokes. Too shy for the stage? Just sit in the back and laugh at others making a fool of themselves.
Venue: Meals on Wheels of Charleston, 259 Meeting Street
Admission: $40-$50, PURCHASE TICKETS
Chamber Music at St. Stephen’s presents “Music, She Wrote: An Exploration of Music by Women Composers.” This special event will showcase the incredible contributions of women in the musical field which will include the works of Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Jeanine Tesori, St. Hildegard von Bingen, Undine Smith Moore, Joan Szymko, and more. Free to attend
Performance: Sunday, May 26 at 5:00pm
Venue: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 67 Anson Street
Admission: Free
Lowcountry Voices presents “By The Rivers of Babylon: Honoring the African American Spiritual” with special guest artist, Clarissa Newby-Phillips.
Performance: Saturday, May 25 at 5:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe Street
Admission: Free, donations accepted
The New South Festival Singers, created as Gwinnett Festival Singers and known from 1998-2015 as William Baker Festival Singers Atlanta, have performed to capacity audiences at Piccolo Spoleto annually since 1989. Now led by Music Director Lynn Swanson, the 40-voixce Atlanta-based chorale will sing classics by Brahms, Sibelius and Faure, along with works by contemporary African American composer, including Linda Twine and Rosephayne Powell, in addition to their signature spirituals and gospel songs. The Festival Singers have been featured on national radio programs including “The First Art,” “The Sounds of Majesty” and National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Their two dozen nationally released recordings have brought national acclaim, including their newest album, “Legacies of Light,” recorded live at Piccolo Spoleto in 2023.

Performance: Monday, May 27 at 3:00pm
Venue: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
Admission: Free to attend, donations accepted

Oscar Rivers is a living Lowcountry legend and an esteemed jazz instrumentalist on both saxophone and piano. Oscar has been a vital part of the Charleston and Chicago jazz scenes for over half a century, and is an inductee of the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame. Having mastered the saxophone at an early age, Oscar’s education took him from Burke High School to South Carolina State College to Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where hear earned his Masters in Music.  His decades-long career as a musician and music educator has included playing sax with musical legends Sonny Stitt, Quincy Jones, Melba Moore, BB King, Stevie Wonder, the Tempations, the Jackson Five, and he was also part of the house band for the legendary Regal Theater. In 1979, Oscar moved back to Charleston, where he continued to perform professionally, but also taught music, math and science. Looking for a musical challenge, Oscar decided to learn classical piano as an adult. In addition to performing jazz and rhythm and blues locally, including a standing Monday night gig at Barsa Tapas Lounge on Upper King Street, Oscar proudly leads and accompanies the Morris Brown AME Church’s gospel choirs. Oscar received the “Tip of the Hat” award for jazz contributions in Charleston this year. The quartet performing this afternoon features Oscar Rivers on piano, Kat Keturah on vocals, Paul Gelpi on bass and Donald Fields on drums.

Performances: Thursdays, May 30 and June 6 at 7:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center, 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $25, PURCHASE TICKETS

THE PEACOCK & THE SNAKE: Collaborative performance between music and visual art. Caroline Leigh Halleck, saxophone & electronics; Alessandro Roma, visual art.

Performance Dates:
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm (doors at 6:00pm), Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King Street

Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm (doors at 6:00pm), Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King Street

Admission: $30, PURCHASE TICKETS

Internationally renowned recording artists and pianists, Gregory Thompson and Meisha Whitlock, will present some of the most major piano solo and piano duo works written by Florence Price (1887-1953).  Thompson was praised in his Carnegie Hall debut, by the NY Times for his “intuitive playing” and his ability to “make a melodic line sing and inflect it with delicate rubato effects.”  As the winner of the Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition, Whitlock’s experiences have led to performances across the United States and abroad including Australia, the United Kingdom, Africa and Italy. Albany Records produced her historical album of classical piano duo works by African-American composers entitled Piano Duo Project.  Based on spirituals, the foot-stomping blues, jazz-influenced lusciousness and the gospel sound, the classical piano compositions of celebrated Black composer, Florence Price, will tell a rich story in this unforgettable performance!

Performance: Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00pm
Venue: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
Admission: $20, PURCHASE TICKETS

Now in its 16th year, Palmetto State Arts Education will host its Rising Stars Series will showcase young actors, dancers, musicians, writers and visual artists in the high-profile venue as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

A series of six programs, each program will feature 6 young artists and/or ensembles in a conversation and performance format. All programs are presented at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church across from Marion Square on King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston. Schedule of performers:

Performance Dates:

  • May 27 at 11:00am and 3:00pm

Venue: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Auditorium, 405 King St.

Embark on a musical journey to the vibrant streets of Brazil with Charleston-based, Porto Seguro. With Alva Anderson’s soulful voice as the centerpiece, backed up with impressive instrumentals and solid grooves, the band delivers a heartfelt tribute to Brazilian bossa nova, samba, choro, and MPB tunes. The rest of the band comprises Susan Conant on flute, John Holenko on mandolin, Tom Noren on guitar, John Kennedy on bass, and Bryce Waldron-Noren on drums. Their program of Brazilian favorites and lesser-known but equally terrific tunes will make your toes tap and your heart sing.
Performance: Saturday, June 1 at 3:00pm
Venue: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street
Admission: Free, donations accepted

The Classic is composed of three separate world-class competitions with competitors coming from Canada, Scotland, and the United States.  First, the Piobaireachd competition (Scottish Bagpipe) (Friday, 4 pm to 7 pm) for The Joseph MacDonald Memorial Prize.  Secondly, the Senior Scottish Fiddle competition (Saturday, 1 pm-3:30 pm) for The Dan R MacDonald Memorial Prize.  Finally, the Senior Clarsach (Harp) competition (Saturday, 4 pm to 6 pm) for The Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize.

Both days promise to be full of beautiful music with incredible international competitors.  Each competition will have four candidates who will individually compete before a world class judge. 

Performance: Friday, May 31 at 4:00pm
Venue: South Carolina Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street
Admission: $30, PURCHASE TICKETS
Teacher and musician John Cusatis has been performing popular music around Charleston for three decades. For this show he has recruited approximately forty classically trained School of the Arts students and a dozen Academic Magnet Students to perform a tribute to the 1990s, which will include a chronological narrative of the decade interwoven between the performances to provide a cultural context for the songs. The set list with be representative of the whole decade and songs will be performed by a variety of bands, ranging from two to ten members. Free to attend.  Please bring blankets or chairs.
Performance: Sunday, May 26 at 7:00pm
Venue: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: Free
Want to know in whose hands is the future of music performance? The students of Charleston Academy of Music will show you in this concert that it is in theirs. See for yourself how their young performers’ hands and fingers are shaping their way to great artistry and technical mastery. Witness a full display of dedication and passion as these musicians perform classical masterworks along with contemporary selections in solo and ensemble setting. This enjoyable and inspiring performance will surely uplift your hope for the future generation.

Performance: Sunday, June 2 at 3:00pm
Venue: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street
Admission: Free

May 25 – June 4, 2024
A World of Jewish Culture at Piccolo Spoleto
Inaugurated in 1998 as a joint project of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, in cooperation with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This year’s series is sponsored by the Herzman-Fishman Fund and the Seltzer-Lovinger Endowment for Jewish Cultural Programming.

Saturday, May 25, 7:00 PM
Celebrating 200 Years of Reform Judaism, Its Music and Spoken Word (75 min)
As part of its 275th Anniversary Celebrations and in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Reform Judaism in America, please join the KKBE community in welcoming students and faculty from The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College for a performance charting the evolution of Reform Judaism through music and spoken word. KKBE’s volunteer choir, Koleinu, will participate along with musicians from the Charleston community.

VENUE Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
ADDRESS 90 Hasell Street
ADMISSION $36
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Sunday, June 2, 2:00 PM
Baklava Express (75 min)
Baklava Express is a NYC based Middle Eastern fusion project, led by Oud player and composer Josh Kaye. The band performs original music, heavily influenced by both Mizrahi and Ashkenazi traditions as well as those traditions of the broader Middle East and Easter Europe. The eclectic influences and vast differences in the musical backgrounds of its members have created a group whose style is distinct, yet genre defiant. Performing members include Josh Kaye, Davide Laura, Daro Behroozi, Max O’Rourke, and Jeremy Smith.

VENUE Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
ADDRESS 90 Hasell Street
ADMISSION $20
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Sunday, June 2, 6:00 PM
The Amernet String Quartet (75 min)
Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The Amernet actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming, which features a focus on composers of the Jewish diaspora and ‘re-imaginations’ for quartet by composer Jeffery Briggs of the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven. Performing members include Michael Klotz, Misha Vitenson, Avi Nagin, and Jason Calloway.

VENUE Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
ADDRESS 90 Hasell Street
ADMISSION $25
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Charleston Jewish Filmfest Feature Film Series at the College of Charleston
VENUE: Thaddeus Street Jr. Education Center, Room 118
ADDRESS 25 St. Philip Street
ADMISSION $10 each

Monday, June 3 at 6:00 PM
The Way to Happiness
Saül Birnbaum is a “hidden child”, separated from his parents at the age of 6 to escape the upcoming Shoah. He travelled by a Kindertransport abroad, from Vienna to Brussels. In 1986, Saül is on the road to resilience, he tries to reinvent his life. On the stage of the Délicatessen he owns, the 7th Art triumphs every day. With his protégé Joakin, a young Chilean director who fled Pinochet, they decide to write the story of Saül’s childhood and make a film of it. But love comes knocking on his door and confronts him with his past.
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Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 PM
The Nita Zita Project
This is the extraordinary story of outsider artists, Nita & Zita, who blazed a trail to international stardom, then became eccentric recluses, weaving their mythology into the very fabric of New Orleans. The Nita & Zita Project is a tale of marginalized women who lived by their own rules. Nita & Zita were Jewish immigrants on the fringes of society, burlesque dancers, and trailblazers. Join us for a tale of mystery, intrigue, glamour, stardom, poverty, loneliness, and most of all, the extraordinary love and devotion of sisters.
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Emerging artists from the College of Charleston showcase their artistry and mastery of the many genres and disciplines of music throughout this series.  All performances are at noon at the Hill Gallery, College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun Street.  Admission:

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Monday, May 27 – Isn’t It Romantic
Repertoire includes Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20; Violin Sonata A Major by Cesar Franck and art songs by Duparc, Faurè and Schubert which includes selections of Die Schönemüllerin.

Tuesday, May 28 – What’s Opera Doc?
Scenes and arias from Rossini’s La Cenerentoa, Massent’s Werther, Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Floyd’s Sussanah, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Romberg’s Desert Song and Korngold’s Die Todt Stadt are all included in this concert.

Wednesday, May 29 – The Great American Songbook
Jazz classics that make up America’s greatest artistic contribution to the world. The Great Amerian Songbook is the canon for all jazz musicians.

Thursday, May 30 – Mostly Mozart
This year’s Mostly Mozart concert features Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K. 310, arias from Die Zauberflöte and Le Nozze di Figaro and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31.

Friday, May 31 – I’ll Take Romance
Selections from Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and art songs by Brahms and Fenzi are featured on this concert as well as the Cello Sonata in E Minor by Brahms, Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in a minor (1st movement) and Etude Tableaux No. 9 in D Major, Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff.

Monday, June 3 – An Operatic Affair
Scenes and arias from Gounod’s Romeo et Julliette are featured here as well as arias from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

Tuesday, June 4 – My Romance
The concert of music from the Romantic Period includes Schumann’s composition for cello, Fantasiestücke, Op. 73; the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58; selections from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, lieder of Brahms and songs of Rachmaninoff.

Wednesday, June 5 – To Infinity & Beyond
This exciting concert features composers of the 20th & 21st centuries. Music performed on this concert included Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28, Rags for the Piano by William Bolcom, Songs by Copland, Amy Beach, Tom Cipullo, and the first movement of Terzetto, Op. 74 by Dvorak.

Thursday, June 6 – Go For Baroque
Featured music on this concert include arias from J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah as well as Cello Suite no. 3 in C Major BWV 109, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A Flat Major, BWV 862 and Handel’s Pasacaglia for two violins.

Friday, June 7 – CofC Jazz All-Stars
Original compositions and arrangements by the College of Charleston’s top jazz combo.

Music at Noon

All events at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street.  Admission: Free, donations accepted

Monday, May 27
Peter Kfoury & Kurt Lamkin

Tuesday, May 28
The Mike Fritz Trio

The Mike Fritz Trio specializes in the  Great American Songbook–but they are so much more!  Led by vocalist/pianist Mike Fritz, this highly acclaimed quartet can easily navigate the far reaches of American jazz, whether it’s swing, stride, bebop, modal, fusion, or jazz funk.  All members are alumni of different music colleges and have been performing professionally in the metro Charleston area for many years. They currently play at Brew Lab, CharlesTowne Fermentory and Commonhouse Ale house, to name just a few venues.

Wednesday, May 29
Jonathan Kammer

Jonathan Kammer is saxophone fixture in Charleston who regularly is featured on Picollo Spoleto’s Spotlight Concert Series and Circular Congregation’s Jazz Vespers, and performs with Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Stage, Charleston Symphony Orchestra and many more regional ensembles. Come listen to Kammer joined by one of Charleston’s central gigging guitarists, Noah Jessup, for an hour of swinging jazz standards for saxophone and guitar.

Thursday, May 30
Lime and the Coconuts

As the Sierra Club Oyster Roast band on Bowen’s Island for 15 years, Lime and the Coconuts brings a joyful hip swaying sound to the Lowcountry. The Coconuts are professional musicians: bassist Jeff Narkiewicz and percussionist Matthew Masie attend rhythms, clarinetist Matt Sciarro and saxophonist Keith Nam swing leads, ukulele and banjo and guitarist Noodle McDoodle brings a vintage melody to the mix. Mary Edna, the Lime, is a singer songwriter playing accordion, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Captivating lyrics move from 1910 to current concerns while music dances with horns, from The Charleston to swampy Alligator Pond.

Friday, May 31
Alva Anderson

Let’s Duet, The Magic of Two!  Jazz and circle song duets featuring Alva Anderson and Brett Belanger.  After attending years of Circle Song workshops with Bobby McFerrin and members of his Voicestra, Alva Anderson became interested in the smaller circle song of two!  With the help of 25 five other willing singers, we’ve created twenty-five improvised works. All I said was, ‘Will you duet with me?’  For this concert Anderson asked her friend and bassist Brett Belanger that same question and am expecting great musical travels!  We will also include some of our favorite jazz standards.  https://www.facebook.com/alva.anderson.5/

Monday, June 3
Lindsey Pasko

The word “vicino” in Italian means close or neighbor. Italian-American singer-songwriter Lindsey Pasko is inviting you to come close as she bravely shares an intimate performance with you, free of frills and distraction, without guard or pretense, Lindsey and her guitar. Known for her ethereal sound and honest lyric, Lindsey is not afraid to pull from the deep places when she writes and she takes her audience with her into those spaces when she performs. Using intricate guitar picking and interesting vocal texture and range, she leads her audience by her own vulnerability.

Tuesday, June 4
Top Notes

The Top Notes Piano Quartet performs 8-hand music ranging from Bernstein to Beethoven enlivened with wit, humor and commentary.  The musicians, all life-long pianists and music educators, have enjoyed playing for audiences throughout South Carolina where many people comment that they’ve never heard 8-hand piano music before.  It’s an exciting sight with so many hands to watch.  The Circular Church will be the perfect venue for these arrangements which  create a full rich sound for this special concert experience.  

Wednesday, June 5
Demetrius Doctor

A journey of introspection and motivation through solo piano.  A solo piano performance of original compositions and arrangements by Demetrius Doctor. This performance is designed inspire introspection and motivation to be the best version of one’s self.

Thursday, June 6
Ann Caldwell

Songs and Stories of the Lowcountry – Ann Caldwell, Jazz and gospel vocalist.  Ann Caldwell, a native of Denmark, SC, is a singer, song writer and story teller. She has the quiet energy of a windmill yet the soulful voice and power of a locomotive.  Ann’s rich, organic sound wraps around a  note, then takes it and the listener to a different space in time. Ann brings a unique rhythm to every, beat and word. https://www.anncaldwell.net/

Friday, June 7
Leah Suarez

Vocalist Leah Suárez  sings and swings her take on Favorite jazz standards from the American Songbook, inspired by recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae.