HARVIN COLUMN: Popular tunes take to the stage this week
Lots of familiar tunes are on tap this week, from 1950s rock 'n' roll to Leonard Bernstein. All you have to do is pick your favorites.
Brad and Jennifer Moranz present “You're the One That I Want: A 50s Rock and Roll Revue” at the Charleston Music Hall for four performances Friday-Sunday. The show follows seven characters through their romantic ups and downs and uses dialogue and songs to tell the story. Says Brad Moranz, “It'll be like seeing television's 'Happy Days' live onstage, but adding in all the fun of 'Grease.' ”
The show will feature the greatest hits of the 1950s, including classics such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “That'll Be the Day” and “Summertime Blues.” The all-professional cast of singers and dancers include many who have been on the national tours of such shows as “Rent,” “Les Miserables” and “Hair.”
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. March 10 at 37 John St. Ticket prices range from $16 to $34. Tickets are on sale online at etix.com or by calling 800-514-3849. For information, call 416-8453.
Celebrating 20 years, the Charleston Men's Chorus will present “From Britain to Ireland to America: A Journey in Folk Song” at 3 p.m. March 10 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Traditional folk songs such as “Danny Boy,” “Greensleeves,” “Shenandoah” and “Wait for the Wagon” will take the audience on a multicultural experience. Proceeds from this as well as the chorus' other concerts benefit music scholarships for students studying vocal performance and/or choral conducting at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University.
The Charleston Men's Chorus is a nonprofit group of about 70 experienced and talented male singers who perform and are devoted to promoting choral music in the Lowcountry. The chorus is best-known for its annual Christmas at the Sottile concert and annual Memorial Day performance.
Tickets for the concert are available from all chorus members and at www.cmchorus.com, Monster Music & Movies (West Ashley), Royall Hardware (Mount Pleasant) and the box office the day of the concert if available. Admission is $15 plus a $1 surcharge and free to ages 6 and under. Call 720-8505 or visit the website or the chorus' Facebook page.
Watercolors and oils
Watercolors by Dayton Colie and oils by Michael Fowler will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery through March 30. The artists will host a free public reception at the gallery 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
When Colie walks out of his classroom where he teaches art at R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston, he encounters music. The marching band, steel drums class and chorus can be heard right down the hall. The rhythms and melodies created by the students permeate his soul on a daily basis.
As a musician, he appreciates the impact of the positive musical energy that radiates in his direction. As a painter, he does his best to depict the essence of the music and the spirit of these young musicians with his brush.
In “Band of Blue,” Colie presents a collection of watercolor paintings created over the past two years as he's followed the music makers at the high school.
Along with Colie will be “Recent Huescapes” by Fowler, who presents a collection of landscapes in oil, painted from memory and imagination. These lyrical paintings are crafted with a formalist approach, focusing on color and shape relationships. Fowler's artistic response in contemplating nature is to capture something of landscape's pleasantness.
The North Charleston City Gallery is in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free during regular convention center operating hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 740-5854.
Students from the Charleston Academy of Music will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Simons Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. The piano, strings and vocal performers vary in age and skill levels and will present pieces by various composers. The event is free.
CAM is in downtown Charleston. For information on its programs and events, visit www.charleston music.org or call the office at 805-7794.
'Night With Bernstein'
“Late Night With Leonard Bernstein,” an intimate journey into the life of the charismatic conductor and composer, was a smash hit at the Lincoln Center last year.
Now, Music From Copland House is presenting this portrait hosted by his daughter, Jamie Bernstein, at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Church of Our Savior, Johns Island. This is a program of Bernstein's most intimate (and favorite) music, including works by Copland, Confrey, Coward, Schubert and Chopin, along with personal stories, and audio and film clips of the maestro.
The “Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas” exhibit will be featured at the Edisto Island Museum during March and April.
One of the most feared pirates of all was Blackbeard, who was said to weave lit fuses into his beard for battle to increase his fierce countenance. The story of Blackbeard, who blockaded Charleston Harbor in 1718 prior to his death in North Carolina, can be found in this exhibit, along with the stories of many other pirates who sailed the waters of both Carolinas. The exhibit features 42 hanging scrolls as well as a life-size pirate mannequin.
The Edisto Island Museum is at 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Jazz and Wando High
The Wando High School PTSO Big Bash and Benefit is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside Blvd., in the Motley Rice building. It features food, a silent auction and raffles.
There is also a cash bar for beer and wine. The cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple. Tickets are available at the door. It promises great fun with live jazz music and a gorgeous location overlooking the Cooper River.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at email@example.com or 937-5557.