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CSU faculty, students, alums to perform at Piccolo Spoleto

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Dr. Jennifer LuikenCharleston Southern University faculty, students, and alumni have been selected as featured performers for the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the Jazz Artists of Charleston Series Events. Tickets to all events can be purchased atPiccolospoleto.com  or at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office.

This year's list of performers include the following:


  • Conductors: Dr. Valerie Bullock, Ricard Bordas, Jean Breza
  • Percussionists: Dr. Michael Haldeman, Dr. Nick Holland
  • Handbells: Dr. Allen Hendricks
  • Oboe: Dr. Kari Kistler
  • Trombone: Kate Jenkins
  • Soprano: Jill Terhaar Lewis
  • Mezzo-soprano: Jennifer Luiken
  • Clarinet: Charles Messersmith
  • Trumpet: Susan Messersmith
  • French Horn: Dr. Kris Shaffer, Brandon Nichols
  • Tenor saxophone: Mark Sterbank
  • Guitar: Christopher Teves
  • Piano: Allyson West
  • Harp: Kathleen Wilson
  • Flute: Regina Helcher Yost


  • Laquavia Alston, mezzo-soprano
  • Kyle Barnard, baritone
  • Mary Fabel, soprano
  • Lindsay Hilliard Malcher, soprano
  • David Richardson, conductor
  • Matt Sims, tenor
  • Shanelle Woods, mezzo-soprano


  • Percussion: Josh Bohl
  • Flute: Meg Carter
  • Handbells: Aaron Cates
  • Baritone: Nathaniel Edwards
  • Mezzo-Sporano: Lauryn Kay
  • Soprano: Emily Reeves
  • Handbells and percussion: Eric Vandermeyden


  • University's Children's Chorus

Piccolo Spoleto Festival Events

Spoleto Festival USA Opening Ceremony: Spoleto Festival USA opens the festival season. Piccolo Spoleto provides prelude fanfare. Charleston City Hall, 80 Broad St. Brass Ensemble including Susan Messersmith, trumpet; Brandon Nichols, French horn; and Kate Jenkins, trombone. Admission: Free. May 25 from 12noon-1pm.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ART OF CHORAL MUSIC: THE SINGERS OF SUMMERVILLE: The Singers of Summerville will perform Requiem by John Rutter with conductor Dr. Valerie Bullock, organist, English Morris and chamber orchestra. The group was formed in 2003 by the Greater Summerville Music Forum and has been directed by Dr. Bullock since the Fall of 2006. Since then, the Singers of Summerville have performed at least one major work each season including the Mozart Requiem, the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Solemn Vespers and Thompson’s Testament of Freedom. The Singers will also perform Parry’s I Was Glad and Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You. May 25 at 12noon.

Also joined by CSU Faculty Nick Holland on percussion, Kathleen Wilson on harp and soprano soloists, Mary Fabel and Lindsay Hilliard Malcher. Also performing: Emily Reeves, soprano; Lauryn Kay, mezzo-soprano; Matt Sims, tenor; Kyle Barnard and Nathaniel Edwards, baritones; and Josh Bohl, percussion. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St. Admission: $11.

Festival of Churches & Synagogues: Palmetto Bronze - Palmetto Bronze, an auditioned community Handbell Ensemble, presents an entertaining concert “Classics from Bach to Rock” for all ages including: The Stars and Stripes Forever, Phantom of the Opera, Overture from The Marriage of Figaro, Danse Russe, America the Beautiful and Rolling in the Deep on 6+ octaves of handbells and 5 octaves of handchimes. Performers include Allen Hendricks, Eric Vandermeyden, and Aaron Cates. Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St. May 25 at 4pm. Admission: Free (Donations Gratefully accepted)

YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL: University Children’s Chorus In residence at Charleston Southern University, directed by Jean Breza, is an auditioned treble chorus of boys and girls in grades four through nine, who love to sing and want to improve their vocal and music reading skills. The 2013 program showcases the choir in both classical and folk literature. Joined by Allyson West on piano, Meg Carter on flute, and Eric Vandermeyden on percussion. Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. May 26 at 2:30pm. Admission: Free.

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL EVENTS: CHAMBER MUSIC CHARLESTON HOMECOMING CONCERT: Guest pianist Andrew Armstrong joins Chamber Music Charleston violinists Frances Hsieh and Nonoko Okada, violist Ben Weiss, cellist Timothy O’Malley, flutist Regina Helcher Yost and bassoonist Sandra Nikolajevs in a special encore performance of their May 22 Carnegie Hall debut program. The program includes Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Brahms Piano Quintet in f minor and the South Carolina premiere of a new work by Terry Vosbien for flute, bassoon and strings. Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming St. May 26 at 3pm. Admission: $35.

SUNSET SERENADE SHOWCASES “WEST SIDE STORY”: Piccolo’s annual curtain raiser, the SUNSET SERENADE concert is Sunday evening, May 26 at 8pm behind the U.S. Custom House and showcases highlights from West Side Story performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists Melissa Batallés-soprano, Jennifer Luiken-mezzo-soprano, Eric Margiore-tenor, all of whom are rising stars in the world of opera. Yuriy Bekker, CSO concertmaster and acting artistic director, will conduct. Orchestra may include: Susan Messersmith, trumpet; Brandon Nichols, French horn; Kris Shaffer, French horn; Kari Kistler, oboe; Charlie Messersmith, clarinet; Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Michael Haldeman, percussion; Kathleen Wilson, harp. (PLEASE NOTE: This year’s concert is on Sunday, May 26). May 26 from 8-9:30pm; (no coolers please). U.S. Custom House, Concord & Market Sts. Admission: Free.

SPECIAL EVENT: CHARLESTON MEN’S CHORUS: This 70 member, all male chorus presents its popular Memorial Day concert featuring service anthems, patriotic songs, and more to honor our veterans and troops. Ricard Bordas conducts; Pamela Nelson accompanies on piano. May 27 at 12noon. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St. Admission: $21 Adults; $16 Seniors/Students.

SPOTLIGHT: MEPKIN ABBEY CONCERTS: NANCY D. HAWK MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT AT MEPKIN ABBEY: Comprised of some of Charleston’s leading classical musicians, The Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey performs works by Albinoni, Handel, Mozart, Telemann and Villa-Lobos; led by concertmaster Yuriy Bekker. Soloists are Michael Smith, trumpet; Brandon Nichols, French horn; Charles Messersmith, clarinet; Tacy Edwards, flute; Christopher Teves, guitar; and John Cunningham, countertenor. These very special events include a concert in the Abbey Church with its perfect, clarifying acoustics, followed by a reception under the shady oaks, overlooking the Cooper River. May 27 at 4pm. Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner (about an hour’s drive from downtown Charleston). Admission: $36

SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES: Fantasies, Dreams, and Love Songs FANTASIES, DREAMS AND LOVE SONGS - This innovative recital showcases the world-class talents of faculty members from the music department of Charleston Southern University including Jill Terhaar Lewis, soprano; Jennifer Luiken, mezzo-soprano; and Regina Helcher Yost, flute. The program includes the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Previn, Debussy, Borne, Heggie and Bernstein in interesting combinations enhanced by cellist Norbert Lewandowski and pianist Stephen Taylor. May 29 at 6pm. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Admission: $16 Adults; $11 Seniors/Students.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF THE OLD SOUTH: CSO SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE – “No Trouble at the River: The Perilous Story of the Underground Railroad.” Under the direction of David A. Richardson, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble pays tribute to the escape network of fugitive slaves known as the Underground Railroad consisting of meeting points, secret routes, transportation and safe houses provided by abolitionist sympathizers. (Program not appropriate for toddlers). June 1 from 6-7:15pm. Centenary United Methodist Church, 60 Wentworth St. Admission: $21 Adults; $11 Students.

SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES: YURIY BEKKER AND FRIENDS: Enjoy an evening with violinist, Yuriy Bekker, and his musical partners, Andrew Armstrong, piano and, Charles Messersmith, clarinet. This dream team trio perform music composed by some of the most prolific Jewish composers of the 20th Century, whose creativity and inspiration have enriched Jewish culture worldwide. Highlights include Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story, Copland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Milhaud’s Suite for Clarinet, Piano and Violin, and Glick’s Klezmer’s Wedding. June 2 at 6pm. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell St. Admission: $10.

SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES: “I, TOO, SING AMERICA:” A CELEBRATION IN WORD AND SONG: Join mezzo-sopranos Laquavia Alston and Shanelle Woods as they explore the rich history of spirituals and poetry that has shaped the African American experience. Inspired by the legacy of singers such as Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, Alston and Woods pay homage to the singers who have striven to further the African American presence in opera and on national stages. Through the ever-present words of Langston Hughes, stories of faith and those of our culture are woven beautifully together in a tapestry that forgets not the shadows of past oppression while illuminating present progress – and sings with hope of what lies ahead. We, too, sing triumphantly of America. June 4 at 6pm. Tickets: $16 Adults; $11 Seniors/Students. First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting St.

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL EVENTS: BRAHMS RETROSPECTIVE: This gala performance in honor of Piccolo Spoleto’s 35th Season of “Bringing Great Art and Music to the People” is a re-creation of a chamber music program presented at the inaugural 1979 Piccolo Spoleto Festival at Grace Episcopal Church in which music faculty members of the University of Alabama performed Brahms’ Horn Trio and the Sonata for Violin and Piano in b minor. This year’s retrospective event at Piccolo Spoleto 2013 features the world-class music faculty and musicians from the College of Charleston and the Charleston Symphony: Yuriy Bekker, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano and Brandon Nichols, French horn. A champagne reception immediately follows in the College of Charleston Yaschik/ Arnold Jewish Studies Center. Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St. June 6 at 6pm. Admission: $35.

Jazz Artists of Charleston Series


  • Set I 7:00pm/Set II 10:00pm
  • General admission
  • Upstairs at Father Figaro Hall, 493 King Street, Charleston


  • $20/set advanced $25/set
  • Phone: 843.641.0011
  • In-Person: Charleston Jazz House, 185 Saint Philip Street, Charleston SC 29403 OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-5PM
  • Online: charlestonjazz.com

Thursday, May 30

  • The Happy Horns of Clark Terry
  • Set I 7:00pm; set II 10:00pm
  • Cameron Handel Trumpet
  • Mark Sterbank Tenor Saxophone, Tommy Gill Piano, Kevin Hamilton Bass, Ron Wiltrout Drums

Sunday, June 2

  • Set I 7:00pm; set II 10:00pm
  • Charlton Singleton Trumpet, Mark Sterbank Tenor Saxophone, Richard White, Jr. Piano, Kevin Hamilton Bass, Quentin Baxter Drums

Tuesday, June 4

  • Tenor Madness
  • Set I 7:00pm; set II 10:00pm
  • Robert Lewis Tenor Saxophone, Mark Sterbank Tenor Saxophone, Tyler Ross, Guitar, Kevin Hamilton Bass, David Patterson Drums  

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