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• Free Fall Series of Friday Organ Concerts:

Luca Pollastri of Italy will present the third in the fall series of free organ concerts at noon on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Luca Pollastri graduated in Organ and Organ Composition from G. Frescobaldi Conservatoire in Ferrara, Italy. He earned a Degree in Organ, summa cum laude, at the Conservatoire under Maestro Francesco Tasini and Maestro Vincenzo Ninci, and a Degree in Harpsichord, summa cum laude, under Maestro Marina Scaioli. He is the conductor of the Pueri et Juvenes Cantores della Cattedrale di Fidenza. He will perform on the church’s historic Taylor & Boody organ. Details: Patricia Gould, 843.522.1712, ext. 214 or pgould@sthelenas1712.org; or Kelly Newnham, 843.522.1712 or knewnham@sthelenas1712; or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.

• Beaufort Symphony Orchestra begins 29th season with ‘Journey to Austria’: The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will feature guest artist John Samuel Roper in its first concert of the 2014-2015 season, “Journey to Austria,” at the orchestra’s new venue at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island, on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 19. Based in Charleston, He will play Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major.  The orchestra’s featured work will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” They will be performing in the orchestra’s new home, Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady’s Island. Thursday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. All tickets are $37.50 at the door, with the exception of student tickets which are $5.  For a savings with Season Tickets, go to the orchestra’s website at www.beaufortorchestra.org and print out the subscription form or order online at TIX.com or call 1-800-595-4849.

• ArtScape Beaufort & Soiree: Find all things art from artists throughout the Southeast at ArtScape Beaufort & Soiree on October 24-26, 2014, at the Old Bay Marketplace Loft & Rooftop. ArtScape Soiree is the kick-off event on Friday, October 24 at the Old Bay Marketplace Loft & Rooftop from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is ticketed and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, silent auction and art for purchase. This event is sponsored by McKnight & Weaver Dentistry and tickets are available at lms.ticketbud.com. Artscape Beaufort is a two-day art exhibition and sale, with special events throughout the weekend for all ages.  On Saturday, October 25, Artscape Beaufort is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Bay Marketplace Loft at 917 Bay Street.  The events continue on Sunday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with “Fall Y’All” Family Fun Day sponsored by Coastal Orthodontics, Dr. Mallory Scott. A Halloween costume contest, “Doughnut Drop” contest, art activity and other fall inspired fun will be a great time for families and art lovers on the final day of the art sale.  All events on Saturday and Sunday are open to the public with free admission.

All proceeds from the soiree and a portion of proceeds from all art sales will benefit Lowcountry Montessori School (LMS), a free, nonprofit, state-chartered public school which opened August 2014 on Lady’s Island. For more information, visit the website at www.lowcountrymontessori.com.

• Craig Butterfield & Bert Ligon, Jazz at Fripp:

Fripp Island Friends of Music opens its 31st season of bringing music to the Sea Islands with an impressive jazz duo. The very best of the uniquely American musical idiom we call “jazz” is exemplified by Bert Ligon and Craig Butterfield. Craig Butterfield makes his double bass dance and sing as seldom seen or heard. He shares the stage with Bert Ligon, celebrated not only for his remarkable piano skills but as the authoritative writer of several standard references on jazz theory and technique. This means the lucky Fripp audience will experience jazz as it was meant to be played on Sunday, October 26 at 5 p.m. at the Fripp Island Community Center, 205 Tarpon Boulevard, Fripp Island, SC, 29920. Tickets at the door: Adults $25 per person/$10 for students. All attendees get a free pass at the Fripp Gate and are invited to join the artists at an included catered event following the performance. Visit www.islc.net/friendsofmusic or call 843-838-6655.

• 7th Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival: Frogmore’s Lowcountry Store, located at 736 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, SC, is hosting the 7th Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Many of the Lowcountry’s finest artisans will be on site with their art, photography, woodwork, sculptures, fine crafts, quilting, pottery, basket weaving, stained glass, jewelry, local foods and other fine arts. The festival is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the artists, craftsmen, growers and producers and view demonstrations as well as discuss and purchase unique works of art. Local musicians will be performing and foods and other favorites will be available. Applications for local artists to participate are available at The Lowcountry Store, via e-mail at info@lowcountrystore.com or by calling 843-838-4646.