From engrossing theatrical performances to rousing music concerts, the final three days of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival includes a variety of programs sure to satisfy any lover of the arts. Here are six highlights:
Sand Sculpting Competition: 9 a.m. Saturday; Isle of Palms Front Beach. The 30th annual sand sculpting competition will feature creations of limitless imagination. Think sea creatures, patriotic symbols, cityscapes and festival icons. It’s a fun day at the beach.
“Conrack” on stage: 5 p.m. Saturday; City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St. Based on Pat Conroy’s 1972 memoir “The Water Is Wide,” this musical follows Conroy, a white man, as he teaches black students on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of South Carolina. Conroy’s unorthodox teaching style, designed to help students who are facing racism and other obstacles, puts him in conflict with school officials.
Hitman: 7 p.m. Saturday; Carolina Queen; Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive. Blues artist Brett Barnard (a.k.a. Hitman) and his band are sure to rock the boat in Charleston Harbor.
Organist Damin Spritzer: 10 a.m. Friday; St. Michael’s Church, 71 Broad St. This free recital features University of Oklahoma organ professor Damin Sprtizer, who closes Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s 2018 L’Oragano Recital Series. She will play Henri Dallier’s “Electa un sol” on St. Michael’s Kenneth Jones organ.
Trinity Chancel Choir of Sumter: 1 p.m. Saturday; St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St. This is the choir’s 9th Piccolo Spoleto appearance. It must be doing something right. Hear the singers perform music from the 10th century on. It’s free.
Book talk: 5 p.m. Friday; Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. This could be Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s most provocative program. Authors Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts will discuss their important new book “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy,” in which they write about manipulations of history, the debate over Confederate memorials and Charleston’s particular legacy of slavery and oppression. It’s free.
For more info on remaining Piccolo Spoleto Festival programs, including ticket prices, go to piccolospoleto.com or call 866-811-4111.
Aaron Halls is a Goldring Arts Journalist at Syracuse University.