Students shine in local performances
This week, there are a number of accolades and concerts aimed at young audiences, and it’s always wonderful to see young artists taking center stage.
Community performances are where the next generations of stars are born, and some of our local talent is amazing.
Deeply involved in Charleston’s music life — in fact, music is their life — young concert artists Caleb Borick, Benjamin Halford, Jenny Yao, Ashley Yoon and Justin Yu will perform music by the masters at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.
The young musicians, ages 7-15, are students of the Charleston Academy of Music and were selected to perform for their virtuosity in addition to their community involvement. Popular with audiences for their performances at residential facilities for the elderly and other outlets, these performers also are recognized by their teachers for their hard work, dedication to their craft and high achievements.
The evening includes music by Bach, Chopin, Vercini, Moszkowski and Beethoven. After the concert, join the young musicians, their families and teachers at a reception with light refreshments. All are welcome to this free concert.
Orchestra sets record
The Middle School Orchestra at the School of the Arts in North Charleston recently returned from the All-State Orchestra auditions in Columbia for the 2013 Orchestra. Preparation and practice paid off.
A record 16 students from the school achieved All State status for the 2013 Orchestra. It is the highest number of students to make it into All State in the history of SOA.
Likewise, it is the most students to make it from any one orchestra program in the state, including any high school orchestra.
Nanako Shirai, an eighth-grade student, earned the top violin score and was designated concertmaster. The assistant concertmaster position went to Lila Berle, also an eighth-grader at SOA.
Andrew Englehardt, cellist, and Zach Kontenakos, bassist, earned the second highest score in their sections as well.
Students are individually judged in a number of categories including intonation, rhythm, tempo and the ability to correctly play their assigned music. The competition includes students from across the state in public and private music instruction programs.
The All State Orchestra will take the stage Feb. 22-24 at the Koger Center for Performing Arts in Columbia.
‘Snow White’ returns
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? You know the answer: Snow White. It’s hard to believe Disney’s animated “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is turning 75 this year. It’s become a beloved children’s classic.
To celebrate, the professional dancers of the Charleston Ballet Theatre and selected students of the CBT Center for Dance Education continue their familiar Children’s Series with a revival of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
The performances are at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday at the Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston.
Tickets are available at www.charlestonballet.com or by calling the CBT box office at 723-7334.
Tickets: adults $24, children $12.
Pitching a cappella
For the third year, Charleston HALOS and the Charleston Jewish Federation will host the Duke University Pitchforks to raise funds for local abused and neglected children.
Founded in 1979, The Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. They have sung the national anthem at Chicago Bulls and Duke basketball games and performed before the Queen of Jordan.
New this year, the School of the Arts High School Singers will be the opening act. The concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Circular Congregational Church. All ticket proceeds will go to HALOS.
Tickets are $25 in advance ($10 for students) or $30 the day of the show and at the door; they can be purchased at www.charlestonhalos.org/events.php.
HALOS provides assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers.
Chamber times two
Chamber Music Charleston will bring two exciting programs of music to Memminger Auditorium on Saturday.
At 1 p.m., CMC will present “Peter and the Wolf” as part of its popular Classical Kids Concert Series. The program begins with an introduction of the musicians and the instruments of a wind quintet, followed by a number of sing-along songs. The musicians then will be joined by a narrator to perform Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf.” The audience may meet the musicians at the post-concert cookie and punch reception.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-16 and free for children ages 3 and younger.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday CMC will bring the spirit of France to Memminger.
Guests can take in the preconcert French bistro atmosphere inside the auditorium. Guests can enjoy fine French wine and Bistro Boxes while vintage French songs of the 1940s waft through the air. At 7:30 p.m., musicians of Chamber Music Charleston take the stage to perform a program of music by leading French composers of the Romantic period.
The concert opens with a chamber version of “La Vie en Rose,” made famous by French chanteuse Edith Piaf in the 1940s. This innovative version will feature oboe, piano and strings.
Tickets: $40 bistro table; $25 general seating; $5 students. Bistro Boxes must be ordered in advance. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.chambermusiccharleston.org or call 763-4941.
Wanted: Wearable art
Designers and wearable art artists ages 18 and up are invited to participate in a Wearable Art Exhibit and Pop Up Shop, presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival on May 3-11.
Designs juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $500. The deadline for the free pre-jury process is March 4. An entry fee will be applied to accepted entries. Applications may be downloaded from the Applications page at NorthCharlestonArts Fest.com.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or email@example.com.