Moja and Mozart are highlights of the week
CORRECTION: The date listed in this story for the Mozart in the South Festival is incorrect. The event took place last weekend. We apologize for the error.
The MOJA Arts Festival is in full swing this week, and there is a variety of events to attend, everything from gospel singers to a boxing tournament, storytellers, visual artists, jazz and children’s events.
MOJA is the Caribbean and African American-centric festival put on by Charleston each fall to celebrate the city’s extensive cultural connections.
It started Thursday and runs through Oct. 6.
There are too many events to list, but here are a couple that might pique your interest.
Happening today is a production capturing Miles Davis and John Coltrane, two of the most influential and controversial figures in jazz.
This production is set in the 1950s, a time when American society was rapidly changing. Jazz was the soundtrack to a new social revolution, and trumpeter Davis and saxophonist Coltrane partnered to create soundscapes that would make them jazz legends.
For this production, award-winning poets and musicians Concrete Generation and The Stephen Gordon Group articulate the noteworthy shift in music history.
Directed by Quentin Talley, it starts at 7 p.m. today at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $21 for seniors and students.
It’s probably not for the kids since there is strong language involved.
One of the theater offerings is “Five Guys Named Moe” that will open Thursday at the Dock Street.
This is a funny, jazzy, musical tribute to a master that uses upbeat jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and calypso music.
It’s produced by Midtown Productions, a recent winner of 11 Theatre Charleston Awards, and producer of numerous theatrical productions since 1989.
With its script written by Clarke Peters, “Five Guys Named Moe” features the music of Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting greats of the 20th century who was acclaimed by such masters as Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and James Brown.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There also are 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $36 for adults, $33 for seniors/military and for $29 students. To purchase online, go to www.midtownproductions.org, or call 866-811-4111.
Mozart in the South
The final day of the Mozart in the South festival is 3 p.m. today at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.
It features a chamber music finale with Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin.
The historic violin was crafted in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy. Not long after its creation, the instrument seemed to vanish from the radar screen; no one knows where or to whom the violin belonged for more than 200 years.
Its disappearance spawned any number of historians, writers, journalists and critics as well as Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard to speculate on the violin’s mysterious history.
Girard’s imaginative speculations became the narrative for his 1999 Academy Award-winning film, “The Red Violin.”
Pitcairn will join musicians of Chamber Music Charleston in a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in c minor, K. 406, Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro for solo violin and strings and Tchaikovsy’s String Sextet in d minor, “Souvenir de Florence.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org or call 763-4941. Tickets are $10-$35.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@post andcourier.com.