Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Ask Me About the Art! Head to the galleries at 6:30 p.m. to chat with our friendly docents about the art you see. Get insight on art from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be stationed throughout the galleries to chat and answer questions about works on view. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more.
Also at 6:30, catch a live performance from The Dubber and a screening of his new video for "Simple Song (LIES)" in the CMA Theater.
In the evening, be on Boyd Plaza to enjoy live music from Marshall Brown and Rose Hotel, food vendors, and beer and wine available for purchase from The Whig. Plaza events presented by First Thursdays on Main.
Travelers Rest Theatre Festival at Trailblazer Park
Welcome to the first ever Travelers Rest Theatre Festival! (It’s about time we had “Shakespeare in the Park.”) We are excited to present four performances of two different shows: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Phantom in the Park (starring several actors who have appeared in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera & also featuring local talent). Tickets are free. Performances Fridays and Sundays, August 13-22, 2021.
From The Phantom of the Opera to Phantom in the Park...
Kimilee Bryant (Founder and Artistic Director of PART), native of Greenville and Miss South Carolina 1989, has performed the role of Christine Daae on Broadway, internationally, and on the US tour. She’s also taken a turn as diva La Carlotta and the Ballet Mistress, Madame Giry - the only former Christine to return to play all three roles. Sean MacLaughlin performed the role of Raoul on Broadway and on the US tour. Michele McConnell became the longest-running Broadway Carlotta in March 2016 with over 1700 performances in the role.
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story - a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true. Sunday, January 23, 2022.
Columbia Summer Repertory Dance Company Presents LIMITLESS
After taking 2020 off due to COVID-19, the Columbia Summer Repertory Dance Company (CSRDC) has united for its 2nd season and will offer two performances of the contemporary ballet LIMITLESS on August 13th & 14th at Trustus Theatre. Founded in 2019 by Stephanie Wilkins & Bonnie Boiter-Jolley, the purpose of the Columbia Summer Rep Dance Company is to provide innovative dance experiences for local audiences and professional dancers and choreographers who, due to the abbreviated seasons of Columbia’s professional dance companies, go without performing for half the year. Dancers include Bonnie Boiter-Jolley who is a principal dancer at Columbia City Ballet; Josh Alexander who most recently performed with the Weeknd at Super Bowl LV & ABC’s Hairspray Live!; Abby McDowell; and Nicole Carrion. Choreography by Stephanie Wilkins. Presented by the Jasper Project. Tickets Online
“L.O.L. Surprise!™ Live – Calling All B.B’s”
Fans of the global sensation L.O.L. Surprise!™ will finally be able to rock out in real life with their favorite characters when the hologram concert hits stages in 44 markets this fall. “L.O.L. Surprise!™ Live – Calling All B.B’s” will feature fan favorites and best sellers Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Neonlicious, and Swag in the first-ever family spectacular with original music, dancers, a DJ, and never-before-seen live holograms.
Jorge Garcia Jazz Quartet, Wheel Session 85
Guitarist Jorge Garcia's intense passion for his instrument is immediately visible and equally audible through his soulful original compositions. Impeccable, melodic solos and supportive, rhythmic guitar work are Garcia's trademarks and are always a joy to experience. Jorge Garcia has performed with great talent the likes of Tony Bennett, Richie Cole, Patti Page, Andrea Bocelli, Othelo Molineaux, Candido Camero, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Ed Calle, Bryan Lynch, Ignacio Berroa, and Joel Grey. Jorge has also performed with pop artists Enrique Iglesias, Trini Lopez, The Drifters, The Flamingo’s with Terry Johnson, Bobby Riddell, and many more. Tickets Online
Chamber Music Charleston Salon Series with Guest Pianist Phillip Bush
Chamber Music Charleston’s Salon Series at the historic South Carolina Society Hall continues with guest pianist Phillip Bush joining CMC violinist Frances Hsieh and cellist Timothy O’Malley in a program of music including Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major and Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8. A light reception in the courtyard follows each performance (weather permitting) providing the opportunity to meet the musicians and fellow audience members. Sunday, February 13, 2022 with performances at 3 p.m. (SOLD OUT) and 7 p.m.
Chamber Music Charleston Ovation Concert with Guest Pianist Phillip Bush and Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti
Chamber Music Charleston’s Ovation Concert Series continues with the return of guest pianist Phillip Bush and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti joining musicians of CMC to perform Mahler’s Quartet Movement for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in a minor alongside Franck’s glorious Piano Quintet in f minor. Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Dock Street Theatre. Tickets: $5 (student) to $50.
Chamber Music Charleston Classical Kids Concert: The Night Before Christmas
Celebrate the most magical holiday season with a special Chamber Music Christmas Classical Kids Concert featuring musicians of CMC and special guests. Sing along to favorite holiday songs and listen as well-loved stories come to life through classical music. This performance sells out every year, so be sure to purchase your tickets early! Monday, December 20, 2021 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre.
Chamber Music Charleston Ovation Concert Series with Guest Violinist Anthea Kreston and Cellist Jason Duckles
Chamber Music Charleston’s Ovation Concert Series continues with the return of guest violinist Anthea Kreston and cellist Jason Duckles joining musicians of CMC to perform Brahms’ String Sextet in B flat Major, Op. 18 and Felicien David’s Soirees d’Autumn at the historic Dock Street Theatre. Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 (student) to $50.