Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the annual city-sponsored event that coincides with Spoleto Festival USA and features local and regional talent, will offer a taste of what’s to come at 4 p.m. May 1 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island.
The Piccolo Spoleto Festival Preview concert features Ronald Daise and Cecelia Fields performing “Songs and Words” in the Gullah tradition; the Charleston Sympnony Orchestra String Quartet and trumpet soloist Antonio Marti playing Baroque works by Purcell, Handel and Vivaldi; and Hello, Saxophone! and UNED!TED performing arrangements of music by Bozza and Piazzolla.
Also on the program are six Romanian Folk dances by Bartok.
The concert is supported by the Town of Kiawah Island, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which runs May 27-June 12, is organized by the Office of Cultural Affairs and presents about 500 events at a variety of venues over 17 days. The festival is meant to complement the international Spoleto Festival USA.
The Piccolo preview concert has become an annual event, affording people living in the southernmost reaches of the metropolitan area a chance to experience festival offerings. The concert is free and open to all, though registration is required at www.kiawahisland.org/special-events.
Admission for those without advance tickets will depend on available space.
Pop artist Ben Folds is teaming up with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra to present “The Ben Folds Orchestra Experience” at Daniel Island’s Volvo Car Stadium 8 p.m. June 8. The concert is part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. It will be led by CSO Principal Pops Conductor Yuriy Bekker and feature Ben Folds on piano singing some of his hits.
The special concert is sponsored by the Daniel Island Community Fund and Blackbaud.
Folds, a singer, songwriter and producer who wrote a piano concert in 2013, first found mainstream success as the leader and pianist of the band Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to a successful solo career.
A classical music listener, Folds often appears with orchestras and tries to blur the line between genres, he told Fred Child of the radio show “Performance Today.”
Advance tickets will be available May 2 at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., online at www.piccolospoleto.com and by calling 866-811-4111.
The Charleston Library Society, 164 King St., is hosting two evening programs this week featuring authors discussing their work.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Raymond Anton will talk about “the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of alcohol use,” drawing from arts and literature to illustrate these effects. Anton will explain how the science of addiction has advanced knowledge of how alcohol affects the brain and, in some cases, makes it dependent on its use.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Susan Sully will discuss her book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” addressing ways to integrate antiques and heirlooms into any setting. The talk is part of the Library Society’s Speaker Series.
Both events are free. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.