Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto coming to a close

By Allison Nugent  anugent@postandcourier.com – Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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Philip Gould Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole

Finale details for both festivals

(Provided ) - Royal Tinfoil

The Spoleto Festival USA finale has been celebrated at Middleton Place for more than 30 years, but this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

New this year are a side stage for additional musical performances and a Beer Garden.

Opening at 3:30 p.m., the Beer Garden will offer cold ones brewed up by the Palmetto Brewing Company, including its lager, pale ale and a new seasonal brew called Ginger Slap.

To accent the Beer Garden, the Middleton Place Restaurant will be offering a variety of Southern picnic fare to go, including chef Micah Garrison’s Southern fried chicken and his hickory smoked barbecue sandwich, as well as pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, coleslaw and assorted olives. The Beer Garden closes at 8 p.m.

On the side stage, performances will be given by:

The Local Honeys at 4:15 p.m.

The Royal Tinfoil at 5:15 p.m.

Valerie June at 6:15 p.m.

These groups will help warm up the crowd for headliner Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, who takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The finale will close with a fireworks display over the Ashley River.

The finale will take place Sunday at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Tickets are $30. For more information and tickets, go to SpoletoUSA.org or call the Spoleto box office at 579-3100.

Piccolo Spoleto

Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, the Piccolo finale features the reggae group The Meditations as the opening act.

At 8 p.m., Motown Madness takes the stage, offering up a revue featuring some of Motown’s greatest hits of the past 40 years. Musical acts covered include The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips and a variety of other famous performers and memorable one-hit wonders. Based out of Bowling Green, Ky., the group will be augmented by members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

The finale will take place Saturday at Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd. The event is free. Go to www. piccolospoleto.com.

If you go

Spoleto Festival USA

Purchase tickets in person at the Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., by phone by calling 579-3100 or online at www.spoletousa.org.



Piccolo Spoleto

Purchase tickets in person at the Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., or at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., by phone by calling 866-811-4111, online at www.piccolospoleto.com or 30 minutes prior to performance at the event location.

While Spoleto Festival USA performances are starting to thin out, Piccolo Spoleto is still going full tilt as we enter the homestretch.

With the festival coming to a close Sunday, check out our top picks before it’s too late! And again take note that some of these shows are performed more than once, so check online for full schedule details.

Keep up to date on all things Spoleto, including reviews of shows and interviews with artists, at www.postandcourier.com/Spoleto.

Today
Music in Time
What: Guo Wenjing, the composer of Feng Yi Ting, presents his trio “Dramas,” a theater for three percussionists.

When: 5 p.m.
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25
Traces
What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $30-$65
Hansel and Gretel

What: Columbia Marionettes brings the timeless Brothers Grimm tale to life with marionettes.

When: 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Where: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St.

Price: Free
David Runner & Carlene Eastridge

What: Part of the L’Organo Recital Series, the duo’s program includes works by John Rutter, Robin Dinda, Edith Borroff, Michael Burkhardt, Kenneth Leighton, Paul Lindsay Thomas and the Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner.

When: 10 a.m.
Where: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.

Price: Donations accepted
The House That Jack Built

What: Part of the Stelle di Domani Series, this is a staged reading of the 2012 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest winner written by James Still.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: Theatre 220, Simons Center, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free
Chatham Baroque, Fresh Ayre

What: Part of the Early Music Series, this program offers works of Purcell, Handel, Matteis and Oswakd. Chatham Baroque will be joined by Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.

Price: $16.
Three Viewings
What: There’s a story behind every farewell in a funeral parlor, and here we’ll see three tales: a mortician lets us in on a long suppressed secret; a sexy corpse-robber comes home to settle a score; and a sheltered wife learns the truth about her marriage.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: Footlight Players Theatre,20 Queen St.

Price: $21
Taylor Festival Choir/The GreenIsle Trio

What: The Taylor Festival Choir will perform traditional and esoteric arrangements of Irish airs, as well as movements from Micheal McGlynn’s Celtic Mass. The GreenIsle Trio ranges from lively Celtic jigs and reels to complex chamber music.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Price: $16
The Glorious Sound of Brass and Organ

What: Organist Scott Turkington joins Todd Jenkins and The Crescent Brass Ensemble for an evening of majestic music for brass and pipe organ. The program will feature works of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel along with other classical and modern composers.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

Price: Suggested donation of $10

Mahalia: A Gospel Musical
What: Take a look at the life of America’s most famous gospel singer who struggled through the iron fist of her aunt and later found acceptance among churchgoers who didn’t approve of her shouting and clapping for Jesus.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.

Price: $20-$25
Jazz at the Hippodrome

What: Pulse Trio — Stuart White, percussion; Ben Wells, bass; and Sam Sfirri, piano — take recent, popular music and uses it as a springboard for improvisation. Expect improvisations on arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Michael Jackson and more.

When: 9 p.m.
Where: The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St.

Price: $16
Friday
Spoleto Festival Orchestra

What: Anne Manson conducts the Festival’s orchestra, featuring piano soloist Stephen Prutsman.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $10-$65
After the show: Attend Cocktails and Curtain Call, a “last hurrah” for the “old” Gaillard Auditorium, at 9:30 p.m.

Hay Fever
What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85
Yun Kyong Kim
What: Part of the L’Organo Recital Series, her varied program includes works by Marcel Paponaud, Joseph Bonnet’s work Titanic in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, J. S. Bach, Robert Ampt, Louis Vierne and Iain Farrington.

When: 10 a.m.
Where: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.

Price: Donations accepted
Chatham Baroque, Mediterranean Odyssey

What: Part of the Early Music Series, this program includes Spanish dances like the Jota and Canarios, and concludes with the fiery La Follia by Antonio Vivaldi.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.

Price: $16
Taylor Festival Choir

What: The choir will perform the Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor and Michael McGlynn’s Celtic Mass.

When: 4 p.m.
Where: Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner

Price: $36
Music & Art in Times of War

What: The exhibit reception will include a lecture by George Waters about the life and times of his grandfather, Gen. George Patton

When: 6:30-9p.m.
Where: Aircraft carrier York- town, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $7
Jazz at the Hippodrome

What: The Lonnie Hamilton Quintet featuring Quiana Parler will perform.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St.

Price: $16
Camp Meeting
What: Hark back to an old country church before electrical lines were run. Smell the oil lamps and hear the electrifying sounds of hand-clapping and foot-stomping music sung in Gullah.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: Mt. Zion AME Spiritual Church, 5 Glebe St.

Price: $15
Saturday
Rebirth Brass Band

What: This New Orleans brass ensemble blends jazz, funk and hip-hop

When: 9 p.m.
Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45
One Man Star Wars

What: A high energy, nonstop blast through the first three “Star Wars” films. The catch is, there’s only one cast member.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. (above The Bicycle Shoppe)

Price: $16
Aiken Choral Society

What: Music from the Movies features music heard in the films “Amadeus” (Requiem), “The Color of Money” (Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), “Amistad,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban,” “An American President” and Mascagni’s Easter Chorus from “Godfather III” and others.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: Harborview Presbyterian Church, 900 Harbor View Road, James Island.

Price: Donations accepted
Mark Twain’s Final Tour

What: Toward the end of Twain’s life, he toured the world, and this show is Stan Gill’s portrayal of that tour.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.

Price: $21-$25
Cathedral Music by Candlelight

What: The Charleston Renaissance Ensemble performance will feature ethereal vocal music written for the great cathedrals of Europe, ranging from 12th Century chant to High Renaissance polyphony.

When: 10 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

Price: Suggested donation of $7-$12

Sunday
Chamber Music
What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists, under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25
Fired Up and Focused!

What: Celebrate the 100th birthday of Charleston’s master blacksmith Philip Simmons as motivator, author and actor Michael E. Evans re-creates and revisits Simmons’ life and legacy in his one-man show.

When: 2 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church, 91 Anson St.

Price: $11
After the show: An annual birthday celebration for Simmons will be held.

Blues on the Dock
What: Sarasota Slim will open with a little help from Juke Joint Johnny and Smoky Weiner. Nature Boy Nik will also per- form.

When: 4 p.m.
Where: Bowen’s Island Restaurant, off Folly Road

Price: $21