Beaufort Symphony Orchestra: The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will open the 2013-2014 Season on October 10 at USCB Center for the Arts with “The Last Word” about two powerful composers, Franz Joseph Haydn and Antonin Dvorak. Written some 100 years apart, their last symphonies are among the most celebrated. Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, popularly known as “The London Symphony,” was composed in Vienna in 1795. Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, known as “The New World Symphony,” was composed in 1893 while he was living in America.
With two blockbuster symphonies like these to usher in the new season, anticipate a packed house at both performances, Thursday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 13, at 3 p.m. All tickets are $37.50 and available one hour prior to curtain at USCB Center for the Arts at 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, or call 1-800-595-4849 or www.beaufortorchestra.com.
Art exhibit at Penn Center: Sam Doyle Night on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. View Sam Doyle’s collection and student art show and sale. Tickets are $25. Call 843-838-2432 or visit penncenter.com.
An Evening with President Theodore Roosevelt: A benefit presentation for the South Carolina Olympia Committee Project to bring the USS Olympia to Port Royal will be held Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. in Beaufort High School Auditorium. The presentation is by Joe Wiegand, regarded as the nation’s premiere reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt.
Jazz in the Park: Featuring the smooth jazz of the band Horizon on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal. There will be $5 bites with oyster bar, clam stew, steamed shrimp, pulled pork sliders, cookies and beer and wine. Bring a chair or blanket.
Friday Organ Concerts: During five Fridays this fall, world-class musicians will offer recitals on the magnificent pipe organ in historic St. Helena’s Church at 505 Church Street in downtown Beaufort. These free concerts will feature sacred and secular music. The guest virtuosos are Dr. David Arcus; Christopher Jacobson; Paul Braxton Thomas; our featured young organist, Robert Elliott Stubbs Jr.; and Adam Brakel. The series kicks off Friday, October 11 with Dr. David Arcus. Come spend an exhilarating hour with these incredible musicians and welcome fall. All concerts begin at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Gould, Director of Music for the Parish Church of St. Helena, at 522-1712.
Mustard’s Retreat on Fripp Island: Fripp Island Friends of Music presents a long awaited performance by widely acclaimed singer-songwriters Mustard’s Retreat. While both Michael Hough and David Tamelevich are grounded in the early traditional 60s folk music boom, they also were influenced by the songwriters of that time, and their shows represent an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling. Sunday, October 20 at 5 p.m. at the Fripp Island Community Center 205 Tarpon Blvd. Fripp Island SC 29920. Tickets at the door: Adults $25 per person/$10 for students. All attendees receive an entry pass at the Fripp Gate and are invited to join the artists at an included catered event following the performance. Information 843-838-6655.
Book signing at Magnolia Cafe: Attend a party to celebrate the publication of “Why Cows Need Names And More Secrets Of Amish Farms” by Randy James. The party will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Magnolia Bakery and Cafe, 703 Congress St (at Carteret St. and Bellamy Curves, across from the USCB Center for the Arts) in Beaufort. “Why Cows Need Names” follows one young Amish family for five years as they dream and then struggle to establish a profitable, quintessentially American small farm. Also throughout the book Randy interweaves commentary on our complex relationships with animals and the stark differences in the way animals are treated and valued on huge farms versus small family farms. Randy will read from his book at about 6:15 p.m. and books will be available for him to sign.
Beaufort native to sign latest book at Red Piano Too Art Gallery: Valerie Sayers is scheduled to do a book signing and talk on her latest book “The Powers” at the Red Piano Too Art Gallery on Sunday October 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Valerie Sayers, born 1952, is an American writer and the author of six novels: “The Powers” (2013), “Brain Fever” (1996), “The Distance Between Us” (1994), “Who Do You Love” (1991), “How I Got Him Back, or, Under the Cold Moon’s Shine” (1989), and “Due East” (1987). “Brain Fever” and “Who Do You Love” were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year” and the 2002 film “Due East” is based on her first two novels. Sayers was born and raised in Beaufort, and educated at Fordham and Columbia; she lived in New York for many years. Her writing has considered the experience of Irish Catholics in the American South, the forces of segregation and Civil Rights, and the place of pacifism in domestic politics. Red Piano Too Art Gallery owner, Mary Inabinett Mack, said: “This promises to be an exciting afternoon as a host of Beaufort High School Alumni have been calling to get particulars on the event … sounds like they want this to be a class reunion.” The book signing is free and open to the public; refreshments will be prepared by Chef John Jenkins. Red Piano Too Art Gallery is located at 870 Sea Island Parkway, St Helena Island, SC 29920. For more information call 843-838-2241 or e-mail Redpianotoo@islc.net.
Pat Conroy at USCB: The Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina Beaufort will present “An Evening with Pat Conroy,” Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The event is a kickoff fundraiser to launch a capital improvement campaign for renovations at the center. It will also commemorate the advance release of Conroy’s latest memoir, “The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son.”