I have to say, I feel mighty optimistic about the state of the Midlands arts scene as this year’s Comprehensive Calendar of the Arts arrives. Whether you prefer your culture “fine” or “popular” — or feel that such distinctions are bunk — there are more options than ever.
The South Carolina Philharmonic recently announced that Morihiko Nakahara, its esteemed music director, has signed a three-year extension to stay on in Columbia through 2022. The Senate at Tin Roof (formerly the Music Farm) arrives with a fall calendar that should live up to any reasonable expectation of what a large rock club in this town can do. The Columbia Museum of Art isn’t letting ongoing renovations slow it down with a slate full of enticing exhibitions. And that’s but a taste of the exciting happenings on the horizon.
As ever, Free Times is here to help you keep track of it all. Both in the weekly arts and entertainment coverage contained within our regular paper and on our website, and in this season calendar. Inside this special supplement, you’ll find listings for upcoming theatrical productions; choral, classical, and opera concerts; dance performances; literary events; films; arts exhibitions; and more.
All of these schedules will change as the season progresses. Some dates will get moved. New ones will be announced. So keep an eye on Free Times events listings and arts coverage — and make sure to check with the specific organization or venue as dates approach. — Jordan Lawrence