Local Arts in Brief


Jazz Artists of Charleston will present its first JAC Summer Jazz Series, beginning today, at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

All performances are at 8 p.m. Tonight’s show features the Jon Thornton Quartet playing a set called “Let’s Get Lost,” a tribute to the music of Chet Baker.

Thornton, a trumpet player, will be joined by pianist Frank Puzzullo, Elisa Pruett on bass and Billy Hoffman playing drums.

On July 26, the Asa Holgate Quartet performs, and on Aug. 23, the Frank Duvall Trio takes the stage.

Jazz Artists of Charleston, a nonprofit that promotes and presents jazz as a living art form and as a historical tradition that traces its origins, in part, to Charleston, has launched a search for a new executive director. Its founding director, Leah Suarez, stepped down earlier this month after eight years on the job.

The group organizes concerts for or during Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a series of big band shows featuring the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, private events, educational outreach programs and, now, a summer series.

General admission tickets for the summer series are $10 in advance, available at charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011, and $15 at the door.

The Powder Magazine will offer an educational program about 18th-century artillery on July 4. The program, held at 1-4 p.m. at the Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland St., is included with regular admission.

History buffs, young and old, will become proficient with the three T’s. The program will introduce them to the battlefield technology of the 18th century, the array of tools used to maintain and fire these deadly weapons, and the techniques necessary to protect South Carolina from the forces of the Crown.

Two authentic Revolutionary War cannons, and a replica French and Indian War cannon are on display. Cannoneers dressed in period attire will lead the program.

For more information call (843) 722-9350, or email john@powdermag.org.

The Terrace Theater on James Island will screen the documentary “Compromised,” a film about the unending saga of the Confederate Flag, one night only, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Director Tom Hall, a Citadel graduate and Columbia native, will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A following the screening, according to Terrace owner/manager Paul Brown.

The film considers South Carolina’s investment in the Confederate flag and the ways in which attitudes and customs have changed from generation to generation.

To watch a trailer of the movie, go to www.healsc.com/trailer.html.

All tickets are $10, available at www.terracetheater.com or by calling the box office at (843) 762-4247. The Terrace Theater is located at 1956D Maybank Hwy. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Lowcountry Ministries-Reverend Pinckney Fund.

Chamber Music Charleston is producing a special benefit concert to encourage unity and healing and support the families of Emanuel AME Church victims.

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Musicians of Chamber Music Charleston and Jazz Artists of Charleston will be joined by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, poet Marcus Amaker and others from the Charleston arts community. The performance will feature the world premiere of a newly composed work.

The concert will be free with donations encouraged at the door. Proceeds will go to the Lowcountry Ministries-Reverend Pinckney Fund and the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Tickets can be reserved in advance at www.chambermusiccharleston.org. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Sottile Theatre box office beginning 6:30 p.m. the evening of the concert.

Community members who would like to sponsor, volunteer or participate in this event should contact Chamber Music Charleston’s Stephen Dinda at (843) 655-3010 or stephen@chambermusiccharleston.org.

In response to the Emanuel AME Church shooting, the community of Haldensleben in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is showing solidarity with Charleston by naming a new monument in the parkland between Haldensleben and Hundisburg the Charleston Place.

This part of Germany includes people with family and work ties to Charleston. IFA Rotorion, for example, has a large plant in Charleston.

Since 2011, students of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston have spent summers in Hundisburg-Haldensleben as part of Project CHARME, supporting the 20-year renovation of Schloss Hundisburg and the surrounding parkland.

The random-rubble masonry construction — an intentional “ruin” meant to imitate the ruins of antiquity — that ACBA students have been working on since 2014, is taking shape. The original 19th-century wall was originally part of a glasshouse built by then-owner of the Schloss and parkland, Johann Gottlob Nathusius.

Like Schloss Hundisburg, Charleston is an architectural gem that was almost destroyed in the Civil War and by earthquake, fire and hurricane, but which rose again to become a site of great beauty, noted Caroline von Nathusius, a former Charleston resident now living in Germany and associated with this project.

“We in Germany recognize that no society is perfect,” von Nathusius said in a statement. “Every community has scars from the past to deal with. Here in Haldensleben, we continue to wrestle with the ghosts of Nazism and Communism and the struggle to adapt to the reunification of Germany in 1990. Like Charleston, our region has risen from ruins many times over.”

The Rivertree Singers of Greenville dedicated their choral festival concert on Saturday to the Emanuel AME Church congregation and loved ones affected by the killings in Charleston.

“As news of the tragedy reached us, I realized that providentially we have been preparing to offer comfort in a time of great need,” said Artistic Director Warren Cook. “We desire to communicate our sympathy with those suffering in Charleston, and we know that the beauty and power of this music will provide hope and consolation for those in Greenville who also feel the pain of this horrific event.”

The concert will feature John Rutter’s popular Requiem, a musical journey from darkness to light. The Rivertree Singers, Greenville’s 40-voice ensemble, was joined by 120 singers from 11 states for the festival concert. They were accompanied by the 30-piece festival orchestra and performed in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the campus of Bob Jones University.

Twenty percent of ticket sales and sponsorships will be given to the families of the victims through the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Adam Parker