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Coastal Carolina University announces fall cultural season

August 18, 2003

A concert of piano sonatas, dancing demons, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and a performance by the U.S. Navy Band, the Commodores, are just a few of the highlights of the cultural season being offered at Coastal Carolina University beginning on Aug, 24.

Following are the events and their specifics. For more information, call the Office of Marketing Communications at 349-2087.

Philip Powell's Piano Memorial Concert for Michel Block

Aug. 24, 4 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium

Free, but donations accepted for scholarship fund

A tribute to the late international pianist Michel Block, this concert will explore the sonata form in works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Jan'cek. Performer Philip Powell, professor of music at Coastal, was a student of Block's at Indiana University.

Vocal Master Class with Tom Fox

Sept. 21, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Artists who visit the university to perform are frequently willing to work directly with students in sessions known as master classes. Observe master performers as they teach CCUstudents techniques to help perfect their craft.

"The Baker's Wife," a musical comedy presented by CCU Theater

Sept. 24, 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27, 2 p.m.

Sept. 28, 3 p.m.

Edwards Theater

Admission $10

Lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz, based on the film "La Femme de Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Gion.

This wry musical comedy deals with jealousy, lust, revenge and...pastries. When the new baker arrives in a rural French village, all is well until his beautiful young wife runs off with the local handyman, driving the baker to distraction and the villagers to breadlessness.

Columbia City Ballet presents "Dracula"

Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, 3 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium

Admission: $15 adults, children free

People are just "dying" to see this ballet "with a bite"! Get an early start on Halloween by wearing your costume to see talented local dancers (both boys and "ghouls") perform with the Columbia City Ballet.

"Heroes and Villains"

Vocal Recital with Tom Fox, baritone, and Philip Powell, piano? Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Recital Hall, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Admission: $10

This tour-de-force program highlights heroes and villains of the musical world in what is certain to be one of the most riveting recitals of the season. Baritone Tom Fox has sung in many of the world's leading opera houses. Among his most recent engagements are performances in "Tristan und Isolde" in Strasbourg and Buenos Aires; "Salome" in Buenos Aires; and "Parsifal" in Munich. Upcoming are "Elektra" in Baltimore, a "The Makropulos Case" at the Met, and "Tosca" for Los Angeles Opera.

Fall Gala

Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Edwards Courtyard

$100 per person

Join us for a magical evening in the Courtyard of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. A selection of brief excerpts from a variety of Coastal productions will be presented, including the percussive improvisations of "Stomp"; the new Broadway musical "Songs for a New World"; "The Baker's Wife," a French farce with a musical twist; and a preview of "Hamlet." Gourmet dining. Gala proceeds will benefit an endowment for cultural programming.

"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, presented by CCU Theater

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9, 3 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium

Admission $10

Shakespeare's masterpiece, a fascinating combination of ghost story, murder mystery, political thriller, tragedy, comedy and love story, is every bit as gripping as it was 400 years ago. The production stars Coastal students, faculty and alumni.

Violin Master Class with Ning Kam

Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Recital Hall, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Born in Singapore in 1975, violinist Ning Kam began her musical studies at the age of six. Since then, she has performed internationally, recorded extensively and won many prizes including the concerto competition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the 1998 Canada Council Grants for the Performing Arts and the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the 1990 Royal Overseas League Competition in the United Kingdom.

Spirit of the Chanticleer CCU Marching Band Concert

Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium


Coastal Carolina University's own Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band presents its first annual season finale concert, performing music of the 2003 football season as well as exhibition pieces. Under the direction of Jim Tully, assisted by Kurry Seymour.

The Commodores, U.S. Navy Jazz Band

Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium


The U.S. Navy's premier jazz ensemble, the Commodores offer the finest in America's true classical music - JAZZ! A specialty unit of The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., the group features 18 of the Navy's top jazz and big band musicians.

CCU Symphonic & Jazz Band Concert

Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium


Jazz After Hours, the Coastal students jazz band, and the CCU Symphonic Band join forces for a year's end concert that begins with popular classics, continues with jazz from the '40s to contemporary, and concludes with a joint program of best-loved holiday tunes.

Columbia City Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6, 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7, 3 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium

Admission: $20, children free

This classic Tchaikovsky ballet is about a young girl named Clara whose wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and takes her on a magical journey. For this perennial holiday favorite, Columbia City Ballet artistic director William Starrett has assembled a cast of world-class dancers, including medalists and former members of the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. The cast of the production also features young dancers from the community who auditioned for the performance.

Long Bay Symphony performing "Messiah"

Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

Wheelwright Auditorium

Admission $20 adults, $15 seniors

Join the Long Bay Symphony, area choirs and renowned soloists in the quiet reflection and brilliant exultation of Handel's timeless masterpiece, "Messiah." Let this enduring holiday favorite put you in the true spirit of Christmas.