Arts Notes

• 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 call 843-838-4646.


• ‘A Broadway Revue — A Guy and the Dolls’: The Fripp Island Women’s Club is proud to sponsor “A Broadway Revue — A Guy and the Dolls”, featuring Dan McCormick, pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, and five Fripp Island sensational female vocalists on Nov. 1 and 2. Join us for an unforgettable evening of Broadway tunes then met the troupe at a dessert reception following the performance.  Performances are at 6 p.m. both nights at the Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Blvd, Fripp Island, SC, 29920. Tickets are $25. Admission includes the performance, dessert reception, and free gate pass from Fripp Island security gate.  Seating is limited.  To purchase tickets contact 843-838-7635.


• USCB Festival Series kicks off: Albert Einstein often rested from his deep thoughts by playing his well-worn violin that he had named Lina. When he did so, his favorite composer was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Einstein greatly appreciated the mathematical precision and ethereal beauty of Mozart’s music, saying: “Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe itself.” Come to the first concert of this year’s USCB Festival Series on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts to experience what Einstein was talking about. Mozart’s vibrant Trio in B-flat Major, K. 502 begins the program with a blend of sophisticated conversation, caressing song, and witty repartee. Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodàly, a man of indefatigable energy, vision, and honor, whose musical contributions cut across disciplines and generations, will lead up to intermission. Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7, written during the final run up to WWI in the spring of 1914, combines the feverish energy of the era with passionate, idiosyncratic folk-like melodies. This three-movement work demands blistering technique and pedal-to-the metal commitment from the performers which in turn rewards listeners with an intense experience. The concert concludes with Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 63, a work both robust and intimate which runs the gamut from whispered conversation to symphonic extravagance. Returning to play this interesting and compelling mix of music will be three Festival Series veterans. Artistic Director, host, and cellist Edward Arron; brilliant pianist Jeewon Park, and Lowcountry sensation, violinist Tessa Lark. Call 843-208-8246 or email sjbreton@uscb.edu Staci Breton for tickets.

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