The Charleston Academy of Music presents one of Brazil’s leading pianists, Eduardo Monteiro, in the upcoming Guest Artist Series recital at 6 p.m. Friday. The free concert will be at Spoleto Festival USA’s Murray Center, 14 George St.

Monteiro, who has won prizes at the Cologne, Santander and Dublin International Competitions, will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 109, “Impressoes Seresteiras and Hommage a Chopin” by Villa-Lobos, Two Preludes by Debussy, and the Dante Sonata by Liszt.

He also will give a master class Thursday at the Charleston Academy of Music, 189 Rutledge Ave.

For more information, go to www.CharlestonMusic.org.

The South Carolina Arts Commission has announced the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

This year’s recipients include four from the Lowcountry:

Individual Artist: Aldwyth, Hilton Head Island

Individual: Dr. Donald Portnoy, Columbia

Arts in Education: Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School, Goose Creek

Business: Wells Fargo Bank

Government: The city of Lancaster, S.C.

Organization: College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Terry K. Peterson, Kiawah Island

“South Carolina’s quality of life, education and economy are enhanced tremendously by those who dedicate their work and lives to the arts,” said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. “The Verner Awards recognize that service of commitment and passion. We are honored again this year to present the awards to a most worthy group of organizations and individuals. We are grateful for their contributions to our state.”

Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Columbia on May 13. The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolina Arts.com.

Quentin Baxter, local jazz drummer and teacher, has resigned as music director of The Mezz, and his company, BME, LLC, no longer is partnering with Sermet’s Downtown to produce live music at the venue, which is located above the restaurant on the corner of King and Wentworth streets.

The Mezz will continue to present live music, Baxter said in his recent announcement.

“It’s been a wonderful run presenting music in what has been Charleston’s only listening room,” he said. “All the best to the staff at Sermet’s Downtown.”

Baxter currently is on tour with Grammy-nominated Rene Marie. He helped establish The Mezz and he installed its sound system.

John and Carmen Chasteen will perform Spanish folk songs in the free public concert at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the College of Charleston’s School of Education, Health and Human performance (Alumni Center), 86 Wentworth St.

About half the songs will be original compositions and half, adaptations of existing tunes; half will be sung in Spanish and half in English.

The music of John and Carmen Chasteen is an eclectic mix of North and South American folk styles, rhythmically up-beat, with strong vocal harmonies. Some songs are old standards from Carmen’s native Colombia, some sound like down-home North Carolina, and some speak to current political issues, such as immigration.

Adam Parker