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HARVIN COLUMN: Classical music plus “The Hobbit” take to the stage

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HARVIN COLUMN: Classical music plus “The Hobbit” take to the stage

Alex Agrest will lead the Summerville Community Orchestra as it celebrates its 10th anniversary year.

This week is all about the music, most of it classical, but the pieces are ones that you likely will recognize.

These are from several organizations that are teaching and inspiring local community members and young musicians through interesting performances.

When the Summerville Community Orchestra started, there was some question as to whether there was enough talent and interest in the Charleston area for two orchestras.

But Conductor Alex Agrest has proven that taking local talent and instilling passion are major paths to success.

The SCO celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a four-concert subscription series that may be one of the best musical deals in town.

One $35 ticket gets you into all four performances. Or if you want to attend just one, each concert is $10. What a great deal for classical music.

And the fact that there are two locations for the series allows you to choose where you want to attend the concerts, which is another great touch.

The first concert of this season is “From Bach to Broadway.” It’s at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwood Baptist Church and 7:30 p.m. Friday at Summerville Baptist Church.

The music will be Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue” from “Fantasia,” “Swan Lake (Suite),” music from “Les Miserables” and “Wicked,” Salute to Big Bands, the “Marriage of Figaro Overture” and “Meditation From Thais.”

And new this year is a free preconcert talk at 6:30 p.m. before the performances.

Those are included in the price of the ticket.

All concerts are free for those under 18. For in- formation on tickets and subscriptions, go to the SCO website, or call 873-5339.

Another great concert this week will be performed by the Charleston Academy of Music at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell St. downtown.

This free concert showcases young stars from the academy: Micah McLaurin on piano; Rachael Dawson, Shannon Fitzhenry and Ashley Yoon on violin; and the Kidzymphony orchestra.

The program will include music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Lalo. A reception where the audience will have the opportunity to mingle with the performers will follow the concert. Donations will be accepted at the door.

This is an opportunity to hear more gifted young people just starting out but who are likely to be our musicians of the future.

At CAM, students receive professional musical instruction and performance opportunities through the following programs: Academy, Honors and Kidzymphony Orchestra.

For fall semester events go to www.charleston or call 805-7794.

The third season of the Unedited Concert Series with Laura Ball and Friends opens at the Charleston Library Society at 7 p.m. Thursday with “Beatles, Bach and Beer.”

This production weaves together the music of Baroque masters with iconic British rock ’n’ roll in a one-hour performance by Charleston’s Bach Stars: Hazel Ketchum, John Holenko, Jonathan Kammer, Jonathan Gray and Laura Ball.

Creative fuel for attendees will follow the concert with artisan beverages provided by Westbrook Brewery and Cannonborough Beverage Co.

This concert comes with benefits beyond beer. For the first time, the concert series will be inaugurated by Shopping in the ’Hood, as King Street neighbors toast the opening night of the concert series with retail delights, artistic treasures, wine and hors d’oeuvres 4-6 p.m.

Participating merchants include Berlins, Sugar Snap Pea, Warren on King, Cynthia Rowley, Biggs Powell Interior Design & Antiques, Charleston Shoe Company, Atelier Gallery and Sylvan Gallery.

Tickets for the concert, as well as four additional concerts in the series, are available at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St., for $20 per concert. Discounted student tickets are available the day of the show at 164 King St.

And if you are looking for something to take all ages to see, The Flowertown Players and Lee A. Barrett Children’s Theater in Summerville are presenting Tolkien’s classic, “The Hobbit.”

Just months before the much anticipated film release, the Flowertown Players will take audiences on a journey to Middle-earth with a one-hour stage production.

Creating the world of “The Hobbit” without the Hollywood glitz and budget was certainly a challenge that director Charmaine Wozniak faced with an open mind and an eye for imagination.

“In the world of children, all you have to do is plant the seed and their imagination will take it the rest of the way,” she says.

Each year, the Children’s Theater brings a piece of literature to life for children, by children.

“The Hobbit” will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 at the historic James F. Dean Theatre.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults, and can be purchased in person at the box office, over the phone 875-9251 or online at www.flowertown

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or

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