The recently formed Bach Society of Charleston will present its first “Bach Festival” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.
The group was formed last year by Ricard Bordas, with help from members of First (Scots) and organist-choirmaster Murray Somerville. Bordas said he wanted to contribute to Charleston vibrant classical music scene with high-quality, authentic performances of Baroque music.
The festival’s first concert, titled “Bach and His Circle: Music for Violins, Cello and Harpsichord,” features music by J.S. Bach, his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Gottlieb Goldberg.
Cynthia Roberts and Chloe Fedor will play baroque violins, Phoebe Carrai will play baroque cello and Leonard Schmid will play harpsichord.
The festival continues 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a program called “From the German Baroque to Romanticism: J.S. Bach and His Legacy.”
The candlelight organ recital by Jeeyoon Choi features music by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Boehm, Felix Mendelssohn, Nicolaus Bruhns and Robert Schumann.
The festival concludes with a 4 p.m. concert March 6 called “Bach Cantatas and Handel Anthems,” featuring the Charleston Southern Univeristy Concert Singers (prepared by Valerie Bullock) with the newly organized Charleston Baroque Orchestra conducted by Bordas, and featuring vocal soloists Margaret Kelly Cook and Jennifer Luiken.
For more information and tickets, go to bachsocietyofcharleston.org.
The Summerville Orchestra, led by guest conductor Ace Edewards, presents the WestRock Subscription Series concert, “From Russia With Love,” sponsored by Cresswind at the Ponds, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave. Pre-concert talks are at 6:30 p.m. (Note that the concerts were originally scheduled for March 11 and 12.)
The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture, Massenet’s Meditation performed by violin soloist Alexander Boissonnault, Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” “Lara’s Theme” by Maurice Jarre from the film “Doctor Zhivago” and themes from James Bond movies.
Edewards was born in California and raised in France. He studied at Le Centre d’Etudes Superieures de Musique et Dance in Toulouse, France; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland; and the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
In December 2015, he received his doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for those under 18, available at www.SummervilleOrchestra.com, by calling 843-873-5339; or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. the nights of the performances.
Charleston Music Fest, the chamber music series presented by the College of Charleston’s Natalia Khoma, presents a concert featuring two of Beethoven’s trios at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.
Khoma on cello will be joined by pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky and violinist Anna Rabinova, a member of the New York Philharmonic and first prize winner of the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade and the Bach International Competition in Leipzig. Khoma and Rabinova were classmates at the Moscow Conservatory.
First on the program is the Trio Op. 1, No. 1 in E-flat Major. It will be followed by the much-admired Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, otherwise known as the Archduke Trio.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://music.cofc.edu/concerts/charleston-music-fest/
The Hilton Head International Piano Competition will hold its 21th annual competition on Hilton Head, March 7-14.
Twenty pianists, ages 18-30 from nine countries, will perform in two preliminary rounds at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on March 7-10 and in a semi-final round at the First Presbyterian Church on March 12. Three finalists will perform with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Morris Russell, 7 p.m. March 14 at the First Presbyterian Church.
The first three rounds will be live-streamed on the competition website, www.hhipcc.org. All performances will be viewable online through March 22.
Jury members will hold master classes for the competitors throughout the day on March 14 at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Competitors vie for $34,000 in cash prizes; a recording on the Steinway & Sons label; concert performances, including one at Carnegie Hall; and a return engagement as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.
This six-day event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, by calling the box office at 843-842-2055, and online at www.hhipc.org.
Check the website for schedule details. The Westin Hilton Head is offering reduced hotel rates for the week of the competition. Call 843-681-4000 for reservations.
The Lowcountry Artists Gallery, 148 East Bay St., will feature an exhibition of new works by oil painter Lisa Willits and watercolorist Sandra W. Roper.
The show, called “Lowcountry Reflections,” runs March 4-31. A reception will be held 5-8 p.m. March 4, during the Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk.
The new works feature the distinctive landscape, personality and architectural features of the Lowcountry.
Willits moved to Charleston almost 30 years ago from her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and began painting full time in 2005. For more information, go to www.lisawillits.com.
Roper is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and worked in advertising for several years. For more information, go to www.sandraroper.com.
For more on the exhibition, go to www.lowcountryartists.com.