St. John the Beloved Presents The Charlestones in Concert (copy)

The Charlestones will perform at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church at 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

Taylor Festival Choir sings Christmas music

The Taylor Music Group has two holiday concerts coming up, each featuring the Taylor Festival Choir. The first is a candlelight Christmas performance of Thomas Tallis' "Puer Natus Est" mass at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Tickets are $15, $5 for students.

Charleston Celtic Christmas, featuring the choir joined by the youth fiddle group Na Fidleiri and special guests guitarist John Doyle and Bedlam, performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, also at Circular Church. Preferred seating is $35, general admission tickets are $25. Students pay $10.

Go to www.tmgcharleston.com.

Violinist-teacher to play Rush Hour Concert

Charleston Academy of Music faculty member Audra Claire McCall will perform a violin recital at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at The Murray Center, Spoleto Festival USA's building located at 14 George St. The recital is part of CAM's Rush Hour Concert Series.

McCall, a Charleston native, will play spirited gypsy-style music by European composers. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

McCall began performing at age 5. In 2008, she won the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Concerto Competition. She has also performed with the Civic Metropolitan Orchestra, the Southcoast Symphony and the Hilton Head Symphony.

For a schedule of this season’s Rush Hour Concerts, go to www.charlestonmusic.org/ConcertSeries or call 843-805-7794.

Local dance school hosts Suki Schorer

The Dance Conservatory of Charleston, located at 1632 Ashley Hall Road in West Ashley, will host master classes with Suki Schorer 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Intermediate and advanced dancers 12 years old and up are invited to sign up.

Schorer is a preeminent expert on George Balanchine's work and style. A famed ballet mistress, teacher and writer, she danced with the New York City Ballet from 1959 to 1972 under Balanchine and went on to become one of his most important instructors. Schorer is a full-time member of the School of American Ballet faculty.

Go to www.danceconservatorychs.com for more information and to register.

Charlestones to perform Christmas program

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church continues its 10th annual concert series with The Charlestones at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Originally planned for Sept. 10, this concert was rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma.

Patrons will enjoy a cappella renditions of Christmas carols, some featuring jazzy arrangements, others modern approaches akin to those of Pentatonix and the Blenders.

Formed in 2014, the quartet includes bass Todd Monsell, tenor Brink Norton, baritone William Purcell and baritone Stephen Spaulding.

Since 2008, St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Ave., has presented concerts featuring a variety of performers, with a recommended donation of $10. Donations help support the annual series. Patrons should pay as they are able.

For more information, call 843-873-0631.

Summerville Orchestra presents holiday music

The Summerville Orchestra presents #SOfestive, a multilocation presentation of holiday music offered 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

Six different ensembles will perform, one at each location. A flute choir will be at Coastal Coffee Roasters; a double-reed trio will be at Corner House at Summers Corner; a brass quintet will be at Del Webb at Cane Bay; a jazz group will be at Montreux Bar and Grill; a string quartet will be at Summerville Medical Center; and a woodwind quintet will be at Summerville Antiques Gallery.

All performances are free. For more information, go to www.summervilleorchestra.org or call 843-873-5339.

N. Charleston mounts 2-artist exhibition

The City of North Charleston's Cultural Arts Department is exhibiting the works of artist-in-residence Camela Guevara and local painter Patrick Nevins through Jan 29 at the North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Drive.

The show, called "Plume," includes gouache paintings and fiber art by Guevara. Nevins presents oil paintings in an exhibit called "Impermanent. Objects." 

Guevara's tactile fiber art pays respect to traditional, time-honored sewing and weaving techniques. She uses spare, geometric imagery with an emphasis on materials. In addition to working with textiles, she recently has been creating stream-of-consciousness gouache paintings.

The work by Nevins, a Folly Beach resident, is a collection of realist still lifes and landscapes on wood panel and canvas.

Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

Halsey Institute wins art book award

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art won the top award in the Fine Art Press category of the 33rd annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Publication Award Competition, administered by The Art Libraries Society of North America.

The prize-winning book is "Sons & Father: Engravings by John McWilliams," which was produced to accompany a 2016 exhibition of McWilliams' work.

The Halsey Institute collaborated with Horse & Buggy Press to produce a limited edition of 200 copies. The first 26 copies feature handmade paper covers accompanied by a standalone woodblock print by McWilliams, an artist based in McClellanville. 

McWilliams’ work is inspired by life in the Lowcountry. The artist explores both natural and imagined worlds and specializes in expressionistic woodcuts. More information about his work and images can be found in the Halsey Institute’s online Exhibition Archives.

The Art Libraries Society of North America is the largest international professional organization devoted to art librarianship. The Southeast chapter established the LoPresti Publication Award Competition in 1985 to recognize and encourage excellence in art publications issued in the Southeastern United States.

Museum Mile Month tickets available

January 2018 is Museum Mile Month. A pass will gain the holder access to 12 participating sites: Aiken-Rhett House Museum, The Charleston Museum, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (Must be with a child 10 and under to be admitted), Gibbes Museum of Art, Joseph Manigault House, Confederate Museum, The Powder Magazine, Old Slave Mart Museum, Heyward-Washington House, Nathaniel Russell House Museum, The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and the Edmondston-Alston House.

A pass is $25 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased in advance through Dec. 31 at https://www.charlestonmuseum.org/news-events/events/museum-mile-month-2018/.

In January, tickets only can be purchased in person at the Mount Pleasant, North Charleston or downtown Charleston visitor centers.

—Adam Parker

Contact Adam Parker at aparker@postandcourier.com or 843-937-5902.

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