Local Arts in Brief

Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island.

Jazz drummer and impresario Quentin Baxter, with support from the Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund, presents the third of a three-part series of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island.

The concert features jazz vibraphonist and composer Christian Tamburr, who will be joined on stage by Kevin Bales on piano, Billy Thornton on bass and Baxter on drums.

Tickets are $20 and available at www.baxtermusic.com or by calling 843-766-8814.

Tamburr first started performing jazz at the age of 14. Now 35, he has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many jazz greats. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 as assistant composer and musical director for a new show in Macau, China.

His newest album “Voyage” reached the Top 10 on the jazz charts in 2014 and features the same rhythm section performing at Turtle Point Clubhouse.

Tamburr is 2015 artist in residence at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla.

The South Carolina Arts Commission announced last week the recipients of the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents for achievement in the arts.

This year’s recipients are the band Hootie and the Blowfish and poet Nikky Finney (special recognition), Mary Edna Fraser (artist), arts advocate Betty Plumb (individual), Joye in Aiken (arts in education), The Phifer-Johnson Foundation/The Johnson Collection (foundation), The city of Greenville (government) and The Columbia Museum of Art (organization).

The awards will be presented 11 a.m. May 11 during a ceremony at the Statehouse. That evening, the S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at a concert and at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission.

The concert begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the gala at 7:15 p.m. The gala takes place in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St., Columbia. Gala tickets are $75 and may be purchased online at www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.

Charleston Academy of Music faculty member Ulyana Machneva will perform in a Rush Hour Concert 6-7 p.m. Friday in the Spoleto Festival USA building, 14 George St.

Machneva will perform a program titled “Travelling Through Time,” a collection of music for the classical guitar, including Dowland, Sor, Albeniz, Mertz, Piazzolla, Vinitsky, Dyens, Machneva and others.

Ukrainian-born Machneva graduated from Kharkiv State University of Arts and has performed throughout Western and Eastern Europe and in the U.S. She also is a published composer.

Admission is free but donations are welcome and help the music school provide student scholarships and produce events.

The Rush Hour Concerts showcase the faculty musicians of the Charleston Academy of Music.

The series features short monthly concerts meant to appeal to working people on the way home.

The full schedule of this season’s concerts can be found at www.charlestonmusic.org/ConcertSeries or by calling 843-805-7794.

The nonprofit South Carolina Humanities announced last week it had awarded three $8,000 grants to help fund the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, the Slave Dwelling Project’s initiative “Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved,” and The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina’s docudrama “Radical Son: John Laurens’ Journey.”

The Race and Social Justice Initiative, kicked off last year with a grant from Google, is a partnership between the college’s Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African-American Studies Program, community partners and others.

The initiative has organized three free public lectures, the first of which featured Marian Wright Edelman on March 1. Bryan Stevenson will give a talk on March 31 and Ta-Nehisi Coates will visit campus on Oct. 18.

The Slave Dwelling Project’s “Inalienable Rights” is a series of four living history days at Magnolia Plantation, Hopsewee Plantation in Georgetown, The Lexington County Museum and Roper Mountain in Greenville.

The presentations will take place between April 1, 2016, and April 1, 2017; specific dates have not been set.

The Actors’ Theatre’s film tells the story of John Laurens and his father Henry Laurens during the Revolutionary War. It is based on a recent stage production.

The Southeastern Piano Festival announced its 2016 lineup, which features Sergei Babayan, Eric Lu, Ann Schein, Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank. The festival runs June 12-19 at various venues in Columbia.

Twenty of the nation’s best pre-college pianists will take part in a rigorous program of daily lessons with University of South Carolina piano faculty and master classes with guest artists, culminating in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

The winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with South Carolina Philharmonic and the South Carolina Youth Orchestra.

The annual Piano Extravaganza Concert showcases players in various combinations performing on up to five Steinway grand pianos.

Individual tickets go on sale March 15. For a full schedule and tickets, go to sepf.music.sc.edu.

The Alliance Francaise of Charleston’s Cine-Club will screen the 2015 film “Mustang” at 7 p.m. Friday in the MUSC Basic Science Building Auditorium, 173 Ashley Ave., Charleston.

Admission is $3 for members and students under 25 and $5 for the general public.

“Mustang” was one of the five 2016 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Film.

At the Cesars Awards in February, it received prizes for Best Debut Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Original Music. It also won two awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The film focuses on a group of five young Turkish girls who break the rules.

Adam Parker