The College of Charleston’s School of the Arts presents pianist Vassilis Varvaresos, who will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. The concert is the second in the International Piano Series.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1983, Varvaresos studied at the Juilliard School and won several competitions. He will perform a variety of works from the classical and romantic piano repertoire, including Mozart’s Sonata in F major, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 op. 36 in B-flat major and Liszt’s Ouvertüre zu Tannhaüser, an adaptation for solo piano of Wagner’s work.
Varvaresos also will offer a master class, free and open to the public, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. Piano students will perform.
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A “Straight From the Heart” reception and in-person silent auction is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay St. It is free and open to the public.
Music will be provided by The Colour of Music Festival artists; food will be prepared by Indigo Road restaurants. The event will include a “Quick Sale” wall of 8x8 paintings selling for $200 each.
The Magnetic South concert, featuring a program of contemporary classical music, has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 because of the flooding experienced at the beginning of October.
Magnetic South is a collaborative project between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the College of Charleston Department of Music. It’s fall concert is dedicated to the music of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis will conduct.
Two of Gorecki’s pieces for large string orchestra will be performed along with his “Kleines Requiem fur eine Polka” for piano and chamber ensemble, featuring College of Charleston faculty member Happy Byrd as soloist.
The concert will take place in the Simon’s Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, available at the door, by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110, or online at charlestonsymphony.org.
Summerville will be transformed into Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland on Nov. 15. Artist Howard Burnham will perform his one-man show “A Dream Within a Dream: 150 Years of Alice” 6 p.m. in Doar Hall at St. Paul’s Summerville, 316 W. Carolina Ave. The performance is sponsored by the Timrod Library.
Tickets are $25 with a $5 discount for Timrod members.
Burnham plays Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, in this creative telling of how a classic came to be.
For more information and to reserve tickets call the Timrod Library at (843) 871-4600.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is inviting young classical musicians to enter its third annual National Young Artist Competition (NYAC), sponsored by PepsiCo. The event brings together conservatory-bound young musicians from across the country to compete for cash prizes and an opportunity to perform in a public concert.
“Supporting aspiring musicians and sharing their talents with the local community are goals absolutely critical to our mission,” said Janice Crews, the CSO’s director of education and community engagement.
Musicians compete in one of four categories: brass/woodwind/marimba, string, piano and voice. Last year, more than 140 qualified applicants from 32 states submitted video auditions via YouTube. Participants in the instrumental categories must be between the ages of 13 and 18; eligible vocalists are 18 to 25.
Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 3. Each applicant must choose from a list of preselected solo repertoire for his/her instrument, and videos must contain a piano or orchestral accompaniment.
The 12 finalists will be announced on Jan. 15 and will meet in Charleston to perform on April 12 for the semi-finals. Four grand prize finalists will then perform in a public concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra on April 14 at the Gaillard Center.
First prize for each of the four categories is $1,000, and the grand prize winner receives $2,500. In addition, winners will be provided with tuition scholarships to the Brevard Music Center.
For more information on the National Young Artist Competition, visit www.charlestonsymphony.org/nyac/.
The Savannah Music Festival has announced its 2016 lineup. The festival runs March 24-April 9 and includes jazz, American folk, international and classical music offerings by acclaimed artists.
“The growing international stature of our port city is reflected throughout this year’s program,” said Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson.
African music is represented by Malian superstar Rokia Traore, kora master Ballake Sissoko, and elder statesman Kasse Mady Diabate, along with the acclaimed Zimbabwean afropop band Mokoomba sharing the stage with Rhiannon Giddens.
Irish music, Flamenco and Caribbean dance music also is on the program, along with music from Northern and Eastern Europe.
Violinist Daniel Hope once again curates a dynamic offering of classical music concerts that feature French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, clarinetist Patrick Messina, violist Paul Neubauer of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer.
Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg will perform an all-mandolin concert of classical, folk and original works, and the Danish String Quartet has four concerts in their festival debut.
Americana concerts feature roots rock, Cajun and Zydeco dance music and bluegrass. Guitarist Ry Cooder joins husband-and-wife team Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs for a program of bluegrass, blues and gospel; honky-tonk hero Dwight Yoakam plays a show; and retro-soul group The Suffers shares a bill with the dynamic indie-folk of Langhorne Slim.
Jazz artists appearing at the festival this year include Freddy Cole and Rene Marie performing “He Said, She Said,” guitarist Matt Munisteri, the Randy Napoleon Trio, Aaron Diehl Trio, Brianna Thomas Quartet, the young Indonesian piano phenomenon Joey Alexander, Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Monty Alexander Trio and Wycliffe Gordon.
Much more is planned, including a final weekend show with Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Darrell Scott, Rhiannon Giddens and the annual Stringband Spectacular, an original production with young acoustic musicians finishing a week of master classes with festival artists and clinicians Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Bryan Sutton and Darrell Scott.
For the complete schedule and for tickets, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org or call (912) 525-5050.