Music

These performances featuring wonderful local musicians are largely paid admission events at traditional indoor venues.  For free concerts in the parks and around town click over to the Festival Traditions tab on the homepage.

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 Hassell 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 (Beaufort performance at 6pm)

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Please join the Charleston Men’s Chorus on Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul as they honor and celebrate in song those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

*NOTE NEW VENUE FOR 2022

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From one of the two creators of Why Is Rock Roll? (Piccolo Spoleto 2016 & 2017), Jay White brings Shaggin’ and Braggin’. Come experience what is 1/2 concert and 1/2 TEDTalk about South Carolina’s music and the fun personalities behind it all! With humorous stories and anecdotes you will be treated to a stage full of musicians driving the sounds of people like Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Hootie and the Blowfish and more. Edgy, as music always is, but appropriate for all ages!

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Young Artist Series at the College of Charleston.  All performances are at noon in the Hill Gallery, 161 Calhoun Street

  • Monday, May 30 Isn’t It Romantic
  • Tuesday, May 31 What’s Opera, Doc?
  • Wednesday, June 1 Back to the Future
  • Thursday, June 2 A Fine Romance
  • Friday, June 3 All That Jazz – CofC Jazz
  • Monday, June 6 To Infinity and Beyond
  • Tuesday, June 7 Mostly Mozart
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The Charlestones Sing Everything. The Lowcountry’s favorite a cappella group performs an eclectic program containing repertoire from nine genres—Renaissance, hymn, spiritual, country, jazz, Broadway, patriotic, barbershop, and pop!

Love Is In the Air. The Lowcountry’s favorite a cappella group performs some of the greatest love songs ever written, incorporating Renaissance, jazz, Broadway, country, barbershop, and pop!

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The Charleston Music Hall is jazzed to present Django A Gogo: The Music of Django Reinhardt featuring The Stephane Wrembel Band on Sunday, May 27th at 8pm. A Belgian-born Romani French jazz guitarist, musician and composer, Django Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Reinhardt’s most popular compositions have become standard within gypsy jazz including “Minor Swing,” “Daphne,” “Belleville,” “Djangology,” “Swing 42,” and “Nuages.” Who better to play the part of Django than the man The New York Times calls “the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today,” Stephane Wrembel. Wrembel is a French born jazz guitarist who is best known for “Bistro Fada,” the theme song from the 2011 Woody Allen Oscar winning film, Midnight in Paris and “Big Brother,” the theme song from Woody Allen’s film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Wrembel will be joined by a full band who will bring Django’s music to life taking us all back to the dance clubs of 1930’s Paris.

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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.

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Now in its 14th 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: https://www.palmettoartsed.org/rising-stars.html

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Charleston Opera Theater and the Summerville Orchestra partner to stage this charming double bill of Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Menotti’s The Telephone and will be hosted at Mercantile and Mash at 701 E. Bay Street. This amusing and immersive performance experience brings the audience into the scenery of the drama at one of Charleston’s most chic cafés.

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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 Piccolo Spoleto. This year’s series is sponsored by the Herzman-Fishman Fund and the Seltzer-Lovinger Endowment for Jewish Cultural Programming.

Feature Film Series in Arnold Hall

Jewish Coffee House: An Evening with ContraForce at Cannon Street Arts Center

Ladino Meets Latino with Susana Behar at KKBE

Jewish Exiles in Hollywood: Chamber Music with Yuriy Bekker and Friends at KKBE

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Hailed as “glamorous on stage, but regular at home” international stars in opera and musical theatre, Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, are thrilled to include you in their journey of laughter, defeat, triumph and most of all, love. In this tale, they trade champagne toasts for changing diapers and reveal that life is never what it seems. Join them for an adventurous evening of story and song!

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PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) keeping presentation concise, fast-paced, and powerful. Charleston Music Hall is proud to be the official venue and producer of PechaKucha Charleston. The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators Charleston Arts Festival and artist liaison Terry Fox, hopes to focus on developing a strong, interesting, and diverse presenter line up from an array of different artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage collaboration, communication, and support in Charleston’s creative community.

– Katie Hirsch, Director and Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
– KJ Kearney, founder of Black Food Fridays
– Lydia Chernicoff, violinist and founder of New Muse Concerts
– Vince Graham, builder and civic artist
– Jacquie Berger, Executive Director, Lowcountry Local First
– Ben Towill and Charlie Layton, The Dreamboats Project and Basic Kitchen
– Hanna Raskin, Food journalist
– Earl Newell, DJ and entertainment facilitator via The Dance Doctors

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Celtic and Choral Arts Series

Taylor Festival Choir: Reaching for the Light
The Taylor Festival Choir, led by founder Rob Taylor, performs a program of inspiring spiritual music featuring two settings of the Miserere liturgical text: one being Allegri’s famous setting that was for centuries only heard in the Sistine Chapel; the other by Sir James MacMillan, one of today’s classical scenes greatest composers. Also featured is “His Light Still Shines,” a rousing work by Moses Hogan celebrating MLK’s life and enduring impact. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus will perform with the TFC in one additional work on the June 1 concert.

Taylor Festival Choir Soloists
This concert features several of the professional singers in the TFC as they perform works from the classical, Broadway and folk genres. Whether it is an aria by Mozart or Verdi, a Sondheim or Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite, or an Irish air–there is something for all tastes, delivered by the exciting professional singing talent that comprises the Taylor Festival Choir.

Celtic Variety Show
Renowned Charleston-based Celtic artists come together for an evening of toe-tapping jigs and reels and poignant Celtic airs. Featured artists will include Tea and Whiskey (Karin McQuade and Andrae Raffield), Karl Byrne, Bart Saylor, and Mary, Kiri and Rob Taylor.

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Gary Levinson, violin
Yuriy Bekker, violin

CSO String Quartet
Yuriy Bekker, violin
Micah Gangwer, violin
Jan-Marie Joyce, viola
Damian Kremer, cello
Julia Harlow, harpsichord

Jean-Marie Leclair, Sonate for Two violins, op.3 no 5 in e minor
Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R
Francesco Geminiani Concerto Grosso No 12 D minor “La Folia”
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for two Violins in A minor, RV 522
J.S. Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

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Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers performs a cappella, spirituals indigenous to the Lowcountry.

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Charleston Academy of Music Faculty

Irina Pevzner, piano; Yun Hao Jiang, cello; Philip Lipton, clarinet; Nina Sandberg, violin; Ulyana Machneva, guitar; Jonathan Kammer, saxophone.

The program includes the following pieces (out of order): Beethoven Trio Op. 11 (1st movement). Ulyana Machneva’s “Ukrainian Fantasy” for guitar (was featured on Post and Courier’s ‘Intermission’ series during the pandemic). C. Franck Sonata for Cello and Piano (1st and 2nd mvmts). Jean Matitia’s ‘Devil’s Rag” for saxophone and piano. S. Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘African Dances’ for violin and piano. H. Rabaud’s Concert Solo for clarinet and piano and a Romance by Schumann (saxophone/piano).

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Natalia Khoma and Volodymyr Vynnytsky

College of Charleston Department of Music, cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky, are featured soloists in the U.S. tour of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU). Hailing from Ukraine, both Vynnytsky and Khoma, who are a couple, are honorary professors at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, otherwise known as the Kiev Conservatory, as well as Lviv State Academy of Music and the Odessa State Music Academy. They have made a name for themselves as “solo soulmates.”

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Chamber Music Charleston concludes their 15th Anniversary Season with a performance of music for strings. The accomplished students of the CMC TWO program along with guest professional musicians of CMC will perform Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet, Boccherini’s String Quintet in C Major, and a movement from Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor, “Souvenir de Florence.”

More information online at www.chambermusiccharleston.org

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The New South Festival Singers (formerly William Baker Festival Singers) have delighted capacity audiences at Piccolo annually since 1989 with their signature blend of dramatic classical works, spirituals and gospel songs. Music Director Lynn Swanson leads the 2022 program entitled “Feeling Human, A Journey Through the Soul” that will include works from Gregorian chant to Faure to Beethoven to Sacred Harp hymns to rousing spirituals and gospels. The program includes the Charleston premiers by distinguished composers Sean Sweeden, Carolina Mallonee and Daniel Sabghabaei. Early arrival is recommended for best seats.

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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.

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How are would you like to learn more about Gullah/Geechee Culture? Come purchase some unique gifts and meet and greet our families from the diaspora to connect for the good of all. Listen to some good music and enjoy yourself!! Cum support family and friends local artist, crafters and organizations. GullahGeecheeangelnetwork, Destiny Community Cafe, Lowcountry Juneteenth Week, Wineglass Gullah/Geechee Production, Communiversity and Ready for Jamaica Jamaica 7days will be in the house and many others . Food ,History,Culture and Art jus fuh hunnuh!! May 29 Sunday12pm to 5pm Gullah/Geechee Connecting Wid Da Diaspora! Cannon Street Art Center 134 Cannon Street Charleston SC I am Elder Carlie Towne ! I am so excited to meet you!! Cum on thru!! E Gwine be ah Tyme!! Gullah/Geechee connecting wid Diaspora African Drumming and dancing

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Terzettino by Theodore Dubois (1837-1924) 5 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Ben Weiss, viola; Vonda Darr, harp;

Arabesque by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 5 minutes – Vonda Darr, harp

Soliliquey by Lowell Libermann (b. 1961) 5 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute

Entracte by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) 5 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Vonda Darr, harp

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Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 10 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Vonda Darr, harp

Doppler Effect by Adrienne Albert (b. 1941) 6:35 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Ben Weiss, viola; Vonda Darr, harp

Dance of the Woods (world premiere) by Herman Beeftink (b. 1953) 6 minutes – Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Ben Weiss, viola; Vonda Darr, harp

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Soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, with jazz musicians Robert Lewis (saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano) collaborate for a one-of -a-kind performance of original compositions and arrangements by the ensemble members. 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.

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Palmetto Bronze, the Lowcountry’s premiere auditioned community handbell ensemble, returns to Piccolo Spoleto, presenting “SCORE!”, an entertaining concert for all ages featuring music from classic and contemporary movies, as well as other music, on 5+ octaves of handbells and handchimes. We are excited to be performing live music again after 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions!

Come out celebrate the arts with your neighbors in the historic landmark Hampstead Square featuring the band Charleston Jazz Momentum.  Check back for local community partners and businesses that will be participating.

  • June 10 at 5:00pm, Hampstead Square

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The Bach Society of Charleston is pleased to be able at last to present its Young Musicians concert once again. This is an opportunity for the Society to encourage the finest high school musicians from our community to learn Baroque repertoire and performance practice. Several of the players showcased today had been invited, after auditions across the greater Charleston area, to perform two years ago in the spring Charleston Bach Festival, but could not because of the pandemic. On today’s program, they perform music by Bach and his Baroque contemporaries, on flute, violin, cello, harpsichord, and piano.