Music is in the air, and some of it is coming from our youngest performers. There are three children’s concerts this week: one for kids and two where the kids are the stars. It’s what we need to see for the next generation. These inspire a love of classical music at a young age, but as those of us who love it know, music speaks to the soul, no matter what your age.

Spring concert

For today, Charleston Music Fest at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is celebrating spring with a chamber concert fundraiser billed as “Heart Strings II.” The performance will take place at 4 p.m. in St. Luke’s Chapel, 181 Ashley Ave. in downtown Charleston.

The college’s internationally acclaimed faculty and CMF co-directors violinist Lee-Chin Siow and cellist Natalia Khoma will be joined by their students in an exciting and eclectic program featuring works from Bach to Samuel Barber.

Tickets are $25 each ($5 with student I.D.) and can be purchased online at, by calling 953-0935 or emailing

Concerts by kids

The Charleston Academy of Music will present concerts Thursday and Friday. CAM students will perform at MUSC at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Hollings Cancer Center. Young musicians will be featured, including the Kidzymphony Orchestra, Caleb Borick (piano) and Benjamin Halford (violin). This is the second year that the academy has performed at the Hollings Cancer Center. All are welcome to attend this free performance.

Now in its fourth year, Kidzymphony takes elements from the successful Venezuelan program El Sistema, a youth development program that promotes the values of access and excellence through intense, high-caliber music instruction. Under the direction of Madeline Hershenson, 41 second- and third-graders from Meeting Street Academy participate at no cost.

Then strings students from CAM will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cato Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall, 161 Calhoun St. The strings performers are students of instructors Kay Wheeler and Tomas Jakubek and vary in age and skill levels. Again, this is a free event.

For more information on programs and events, visit or contact the office at or 805-7794.

Chamber music for kids

Chamber Music Charleston will conclude its Classical Kids Concert Series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Guest pianist Andrew Armstrong will join cellist Timothy O’Malley and French hornist Debra Sherrill in a 45-minute program of sing-along songs and stories set to music. The highlight of the performance will be “The Scorpion,” set to the music of Kerry Turner.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-16 and free for children 3 and under. Tickets are available by calling 763-4941, online at or at the door.

Contemporary musical

Contemporary music giants Brian McKnight and Angie Stone lead the cast of Hinton Battle’s “Love Lies” at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The musical debuted last summer at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, picking up several awards.

McKnight, a 16-time Grammy Award nominee, and Stone, a multi-Grammy Award nominee, round out an impressive cast that also features film and television star Elise Neal and Kier Spates, funny man and “Steve Harvey Morning Show” regular.

The musical centers on three women who arrive at a funeral, only to discover they were all engaged to the same dead man. In this story of love, lies and betrayal, sparks don’t just fly, they explode as the ghost of the deceased watches on.

Another of the production’s big factors is the LED screen created by the European production company, Clonwerk, best known for the incorporation of the dynamic visual screens used for Beyonce’s 2011 Billboard Award’s performance.

The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. Tickets are $46.50. For more information and tickets, call 529-5050.

And one great play

A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film, “Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her compassionate African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn.

Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions world-wide.

The opening performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday and the play runs through May 5.

Tickets: $20/adults, $18/seniors, $16/students. Call 795-2223 for information at Midtown Productions.

The Charleston Acting Studio & Theatre is at Folly and Camp roads, behind Walgreens.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or