University Relations // 05.16.2017
This year’s Festival will feature CSU students in events such as Piccolo Comes to Kiawah where CSU student Jairus McClanahan is a featured performer in a review of music of Fats Waller. McClanahan will also be soloist along with CSU alumna Tierrhane Huff in a program called Manny Houston and Friends - Take me to Church held at the City Gallery on May 31.
CSU adjunct flute faculty Regina Helcher Yost is fresh off of her recent performance with Chamber Music Charleston at Carnegie Hall. Yost will be reprising that program for Piccolo Spoleto as part of the Spotlight Concert Series on June 2. She will also be presenting a chamber program with Brad Parker, CSU Piano faculty on June 1 as part of The Remington Concert Series. Parker and Yost will be joined by Charlie Messersmith (clarinet), Shanelle Wood (mezzo soprano) and Jill Terhaar Lewis (soprano, Voice Area Coordinator) in a special program called The Roaring Twenties featuring CSU faculty as part of the Piccolo at Bishop Gadsden series on May 29.
Lewis will be featured once again with her ensemble The In-Between in a concert of new musical settings and poetry at the City Gallery featuring the poems of Charleston’s Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker on June 5. The In-Between includes jazz musicians Robert Lewis (soprano saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano) and merges classical and jazz styles into a unique, creative style of chamber music with jazz improvisation that varies with each performance.
CSU’s Director of Jazz Studies Mark Sterbank (tenor saxophone) will be featured in a tribute concert Living off the wall – The Music of Michael Jackson at the Charleston Music Hall on June 9.
CSU staff Paul Thomas will be featured in a solo organ recital on May 29 and again as organist and singer along with CSU alumnus Brian Shepherd in The King’s Counterpoint concert on June 3. CSU faculty Ricard Bordas will also be present a choral concert as director of the Charleston Men’s Chorus. His ensemble will present a Memorial Day concert on May 29 that will also feature arrangements and trumpet playing by CSU’s Director of Bands Dr. Marshall Forrester.
Throughout the festival, CSU staff member Leah Megli is musical director and pianist for a long run of tick, tick…BOOM! a musical at the Footlight Players opening on May 29 and running through June 10.
The Piccolo Spoleto Festival features artists from the Southeast region and was developed to coincide with and compliment Spoleto Festival USA with regional offerings of art, music theater, poetry, film, children’s events, and more, consisting of 500 events over the course of 17 days.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.