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Jazz Festival brings award-winning vocalist to the CCU stage

March 28, 2019
Becca Stevens will perform as part of the CCU Jazz Festival on April 2.

The Department of Music presents the CCU Jazz Festival on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wheelwright Auditorium. Performers include guest artist Becca Stevens as well as the CCU Jazz Ensemble, the CCU Recording Ensemble and CCU faculty in the Department of Music.

Vocalist and composer Stevens is a North Carolina native who was voted “Best Rising Star Vocalist” by Downbeat Magazine in 2017. Downbeat gave her most recent album, “Regina,” a perfect five-star rating, and Rolling Stone described it as “majestic, delicate pop arrangements in perfect harmony with a royal theme.”

Stevens will debut new arrangements of her music with the CCU ensembles, appear with CCU artist-in-residence Steve Bailey in a preview of his upcoming album, and perform a set of her original music. General admission tickets are $17.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 2


The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies presents a free screening of Joshua Weinstein’s Yiddish language American drama “Menashe” (2017) at 5 p.m. in the Coastal Theater (Lib Jackson Student Union, A-110) as part of the Edwards College Film Series. Menashe is a recently widowed Hasidic Jewish man attempting to regain custody of his 10-year-old son. In doing so, he works through cultural expectations and trials to justify both his faith and his capability as a parent.

Following the screening, Alan Todd, lecturer in CCU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will lead a discussion on cultural elements of Judaism (including parenting) and how they are conveyed in this film. The film will be shown in Yiddish with English subtitles.

CONTACT: Alan Todd, 843-349-4141 or

Wednesday, April 3


The Department of History presents a free screening of Eran Korilin’s 2007 comedy-drama “The Band’s Visit” at 2 p.m. at the Burroughs & Chapin Center as part of its War & Society Film Series. The story, upon which the 2018 Tony award-winning musical is based, was an international co-production among Israel, France and the United States. It follows a band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force who are booked to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, but instead find themselves lost in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert.

Following the screening, Suheir Daoud, professor in the Department of Politics, will lead a discussion on the cultural and political context of the film.

CONTACT: Suheir Daoud, 843-349-6513 or

Thursday, April 4


CCU students compete in an International Dessert Competition at 2 p.m. in the Edwards Courtyard. Students will work individually and in teams to prepare a winning concoction, and the public is invited to attend and sample entry desserts from around the world. Entries are judged by local professionals and prizes awarded by the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies.

CONTACT: Barbara Gasquet Carrerra, 843-349-6931 or


The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values presents Kevin DeLapp, Harold E. Fleming Chair of Philosophy and coordinator of the philosophy program at Converse College, giving a lecture titled “Caring for Loved Ones: A Confucian Approach” as part of the Philosopher’s Corner series at 4:30 p.m. in the Wall boardroom, Room 222.

DeLapp will consider Confucianism through a moral and ethical lens. Confucianism urges us to give greater moral consideration to people with whom we have special relationships, an approach that differs with dominant concepts in Western ethics, which recommend universal and impartial moral standards.

CONTACT: Judy Dow, 843-349-2731 or


The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Caki Wilkinson at 5:30 p.m. in Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116. Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections “Circles Where the Head Should Be” (2011), which won the Vassar Miller Prize, and “The Wynona Stone Poems” (2015), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books. Wilkinson lives in Memphis, Tenn., and directs the creative writing program at Rhodes College.

CONTACT: Hastings Hensel, 843-349-2917 or

Sunday, April 7


The Department of Music presents the Coastal Carolina Chamber Players in concert at 4 p.m. in the Edwards Recital Hall as the final event of its 2018-19 Piano Series. Phillip Powell, professor in the Department of Music, will perform with teaching associates Jennifer Murphy, viola; Chad Hammer, cello; Stevie Martinez, bass; and guest musicians Abigail Albaugh and Nyamka Odsuren on violin. The group will perform two masterpieces of chamber music repertoire: the String Quartet by Antonin Dvorak and the Piano Quartet by Robert Schumann.

Admission: $7

CONTACT: Amy Tully, 843-349-2352 or


April 8, 7:30 p.m. | Calypsamba concert, CCU’s world percussion ensemble, featuring steel pan virtuoso Liam Teague

Opening April 8 | Portfolios I: Graphic Design exhibit in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery

April 8, 5 p.m. | “Virtue, Law and Property in Machiavelli’s The Prince” with J. Michael Hoffpauir, assistant professor of politics at Clemson.