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My Charleston Weekend: Beer, Beethoven and bagpipes

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Sample lagers from craft breweries based in the Lowcountry and as far afield as Germany at Land of Lagers on April 30 at Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. in Charleston. File/Staff

From classical favorites to a world premiere, theatergoers will enjoy this weekend's roster of plays and concerts. For those looking for a daytime outing, try sampling lagers from around the world or head to James Island to hear Scottish traditional musicians compete for top prizes.

'Honoria' World Premiere

Be among the first to see Clifton Campbell's new play "Honoria Quietly Drawing Strength from her Truth" at PURE Theatre. The play tackles themes of privilege and legacy through the collisions between a social activist, a Vietnam vet and a progressive theater artist as they each vie for a valuable piece of property donated by an affluent Southern family with a complicated history.

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PURE Theatre core ensemble member Sullivan Hamilton plays the title role in "Honoria Quietly Drawing Strength from her Truth" by Clifton Campbell, which premieres April 27. David Mandel/Provided

The premiere performance on April 27 will run on a "pay-what-you-can" basis. On April 29, mingle with cast, crew, designers and theater staff at a reception after the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Shows will continue on select dates through May 14 at a cost of $28-$40. The playwright, Clifton Campbell, is the writer of 16 full-length and short plays as well as a writer/producer on "White Collar," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (the TV show, not the movie) and more. 

To learn more about showtimes or purchase tickets visit

Land of Lagers

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Beer samples from 25-plus breweries will be available at Land of Lagers on April 30. Nik Heeter/Provided 

Make this weekend lager than life at Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. If you need a way to relax this weekend, check out the Land of Lagers Festival on April 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. and sample some of the best lagers from the Lowcountry to Germany. Participating breweries include Blackberry Farm, Evil Twin, Highland, Trillium Brewing, Westbrook and many more.

This is a 21+ event and advance purchase is required. Tickets to the festival are $65 and include a tasting glass and unlimited samples of craft beers. Food will be available from Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. and Rancho Lewis. 

To view a full list of participating breweries or purchase tickets visit

CSO Masterworks: Beethoven's 9th

Hear one of the most iconic classical pieces performed by the singers and musicians of Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center. The CSO Chorus joins the orchestra for a concert featuring choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Beethoven, culminating with "Ode to Joy."

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Ken Lam conducted a "Beethoven's Beginnings" Masterworks program during CSO's 2020-21 season. On April 28 and 29, Lam will conduct a program featuring Beethoven's final symphony. File/Charleston Symphony/Provided

The chorus will be joined by four solo singers including local artists and Met Opera alums. Baritone Mark Delavan, known for his portrayal of Wotan in "Der Ring des Nibelungen" in operas around the world, will also perform in Williams' "Five Mystical Songs." This set of spiritual poems set to music heavily features the baritone soloist.

Tickets for the concert range from $29 to $104, and there will be two performances on April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Tartan Day & Scottish Music

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Award-winning fiddler Mari Black and other musicians will compete in categories for fiddle, harp and bagpipes at the Scottish Performing Arts Classic on April 30, part of the Robert Burns Society's Tartan Day festivities. Robert Burns Society of Charleston/Provided

Celebrate the Scottish American community this weekend with the Robert Burns Society of Charleston with two events, the Scottish Performing Arts Classic and the National Tartan Day Dinner. 

On April 29, dine at the black-tie Tartan Day dinner featuring Scottish music, hors d'oeuvres, haggis and a plated dinner. The event takes place at Daniel Island Club and tickets start at $125. 

Continue the festivities with Scottish music on April 30 at Saint James Anglican Church on James Island. The Scottish Performing Arts Classic is a full day of competitions in harp, fiddle and bagpipes that runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20-$30.

Scottish nobleman Godfrey James Macdonald, eighth Lord Macdonald, and Scottish cook and author Dr. Claire Macdonald, OBE, will be present at both events.

For more info visit

On the Road with Charleston Concert Band

Pack your bags for a musical road trip around the country with the Charleston Concert Band. The band, comprised of around 80 volunteer musicians from all walks of life, promotes the musical heritage of the U.S. with seasonal concerts. Join the band as they perform songs from Appalachia to the West Coast, including a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and works by John Philip Sousa. The concert will end back at home with "Charleston Harbor Celebration" by Robert Sheldon.

The concert will be held at Christ Church in Mount Pleasant. Showtime is at 7:30 on April 29. All performances by the band are free to attend. For more info about this and future concerts, visit Charleston Concert Band on Facebook.

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