Local Arts in Brief

The College of Charleston’s International Piano Series presents its third recital of the current season at the Sottile Theatre, featuring Robert McDonald.

McDonald, an accomplished concert performer, recording artist and teacher, will play works by Bach, Schubert and Debussy.

McDonald’s prizes include the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award.

He has been a member of the Juilliard School’s piano faculty since 1999 and of the Curtis Institute since 2007. During the summer, he is the artistic director of the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico. This summer will mark his thirty-fourth season with the festival.

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at go.cofc.edu/ips, at the door, by emailing concerts@cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-6575.

McDonald will offer a master class, free and open to the public, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street.

Piano students from the College will perform.

The College of Charleston and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will present contemporary works by John Harbison, Steven Stucky, Aaron Copland and Andy Akiho at a concert that’s part of the Magnetic South series.

The series, spearheaded by composer-teacher Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, with help from Edward Hart and Yuriy Bekker, spotlights music by 20th and 21st century composers.

CSO Music Director Ken Lam will conduct. Going forward, the podium will be shared by Lam and Vassilandonakis.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. For more information and tickets, go to www.charlestonsymphony.org.

Spoleto Festival USA is holding auditions for additional choir members for its production of “Porgy and Bess.” Interested African-American singers, classically trained, must apply to be considered for an audition.

The auditions are set for noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Second Presbyterian Church Education Building, 342 Meeting St., Charleston.

Go to https://spoletousa.org/get-involved/auditions/.

Spoleto Festival USA will hold its annual auction 6:30 p.m. Friday in The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay St. The auction will feature live music by Mike Quinn & The Charleston 80, dinner and dancing to benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Event tickets are available online at spoletoauction.com or by calling 843-720-1114. Tickets are $225 per person, or $3,000 for a VIP table of 10. The dress code is cocktail attire and all tickets include complimentary valet parking.

Funds raised at this event help cover the costs of each talented musician’s month-long residency in Charleston. The festival’s 2016 program requires an especially large orchestra because of two operatic offerings: a new production of “Porgy and Bess” and the U.S. premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s “The Little Match Girl,” for which the 106-member ensemble will be elevated on a platform encircling the audience in Memminger Auditorium. Musicians will play in several concerts, large and small.

Live auction items include curated trips, meetings with festival artists, paintings, jewelry and more. Guests may bid to sponsor individual members of the orchestra.

In addition to the live auction events, an online auction will run Feb. 15-28 at spoletoauction.com, where work by Brian Coleman, Shepard Fairey, West Fraser, Jonathan Green and Tom Stanley will be available.

The 40th season of Spoleto Festival USA begins May 27 and runs through June 12. Tickets are available at spoletousa.org or by calling the box office at 843-579-3100.

Adam Parker