James Tocco, a Detroit native born to Sicilian parents in 1943, will open the College of Charleston’s 2015-16 International Piano Series 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Tocco teaches at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 1973, Tocco won the International ARD Competition in Munich and appeared in 1975 at the Vienna Festival. Since then he has toured extensively, made several recordings and participated in various international festivals.

The International Piano Series includes four recitals, all at the Sottile Theatre. Next is Vassilis Varvaresos, a Greek national and Juilliard graduate, on Nov. 10.

General admission is $20 and free for students. Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased online at go.cofc.edu/ips, at the door, by emailing concerts@cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-6575.

Tocco also will offer a master class, free and open to the public, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. Student Jenny Yao will perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, and student Eleni Kamaratou will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 109.

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Summerville, 28 Sumter Ave., presents the Island Close By Steel Drum Band at 4 p.m. Oct. 4. A $10 donation is encouraged but not required. Money raised will help fund the St. John the Beloved Concert Series.

Island Close By Steel Drum Band specializes in an authentic steel band sound. Originally founded in 1993 by drummers Bryan Stone and Chris Lee, Island Close By now includes Lee and Billy Sekhon, Jim Hall playing drum set and percussionists Mark Roddy and Dacey Bell. The band can be heard at events, festivals and restaurants all over South Carolina.

The Oct. 4 concert will include Soca and Calypso music from Trinidad and Tobago, salsa from Cuba, reggae from Jamaica as well as covers and pop standards.

The 2015-16 season at St. John the Beloved features a variety of musical groups and styles. Concerts are at 4 p.m. the first Sunday of most every month.

For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at (864) 633-7997.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host the Fourth Annual Redux Contemporary Art Center Studio Artists Exhibition throughout the month of October. The public is invited to attend a free reception at the gallery 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

The group exhibition will feature an array of paintings, prints and mixed-media pieces by artists currently participating in the studio program at Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston. The program offers emerging and mid-career artists full access to professional artist studios in an effort to grow and expand the contemporary art community in the area.

This year’s exhibit will highlight works by several of its studio artists, including Todd Anderson, Paula McInerny, Jane Ann Sweeny, Kate Waddell and Marie Carladous.

“The variety of works on display is a wonderful representation of the talents and creativity being fostered through Redux’s studio program, and we are excited to showcase their work and open up a dialogue between their artists and audiences in the North Area,” said AnneTrabue W. Nelson, arts coordinator for the Cultural Arts Department.

The Charleston Academy of Music faculty members Irina Pevzner, Phillip Lipton and Terry Muir will perform the Brahms Clarinet Trio in the season opener of the Rush Hour Mini Concert Series at 5:30 Friday at 189 Rutledge Ave.

Light refreshments will be provided during a reception after the short recital. Parking is available and admission is free.

South Carolina artists working in prose, poetry, choreography and dance performance are invited to apply for a $5,000 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the S.C. Arts Commission.

The award is unrestricted, and past fellows have used it for professional development, projects, travel or living expenses. The fellowship program encourages artistic excellence and may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are recommended by out-of-state panelists, who make selections based solely on a review of anonymous work samples.

Complete application guidelines are available at www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. Application deadline is Nov. 2.

The city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held April 29-May 7. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups and individuals are eligible to apply.

Artists have the option of submitting a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held April 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.

The 2016 artist application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning October 1. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals. Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Dec. 4. Notifications will be sent by Jan. 15, 2016.

Local youth performing arts groups can apply for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for more than 10 years. The Opening Processional application will be available for download beginning Dec. 1, with submissions due by 5 p.m. April 1, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, call (843) 740-5854 or email culturalarts@northcharleston.org.

Adam Parker