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Maria Schneider imageCOMPOSER MARIA SCHNEIDER‌

Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Five-time Grammy-winning composer and big-band leader Maria Schneider presents a lecture about her music, career and advocacy. Schneider is an internationally renowned composer who works primarily with the NYC-based Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. She is the first Grammy recipient for a “crowd-funded” album, Concert in the Garden (2004), produced by ArtistShare, and has been an influential advocate for musicians’ rights and copyright.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public
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David Bankston imageDAVID BANKSTON AND FRIENDS FEATURING THE SAVANNAH ALL STARS

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. 

David Bankston performs in concert with Richard Ochoa, Bill Smith and Marc Chesanow in an evening of original songs and jazz standards.

Ochoa, violin, is principal second of the Savannah Philharmonic and founding member of the gypsy swing band Velvet Caravan. He has worked with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Smith, guitar, is an active musician in the Savannah, Ga., area and was a full-time music educator before becoming a private instructor. Chesanow, bass, was formerly principal bass for the Long Bay Symphony and currently performs with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Philharmonic.

Bankston, CCU professor of music, has performed extensively in opera and musical theater, singing leading roles with many American companies.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: $7

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Jasmine Choi imageSOUTH CAROLINA FLUTE SOCIETY
SPRING FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST RECITAL

Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Jasmine Choi, flutist, opens the South Carolina Flute Society Spring Festival with a recital of traditional and contemporary music for flute and piano. Selected as one of the top 10 flutists in music history — along with Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud — by Sinfini Magazine UK in 2015, Choi is a full-time soloist performing more than 100 concerts each season. As the last pupil of the late Julius Baker, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, as well as Jeffrey Khaner, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Choi has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She has recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label.

The South Carolina Flute Society Spring Festival takes place Saturday, April 7, in locations throughout the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts building. For more information, visit scflute.org.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: $10; students $5
For tickets, contact Amanda Barrett of the South Carolina Flute Society at 864-704-3976 or barrett.amandak@gmail.com.

Jerry Wong imagePIANO SERIES
JERRY WONG

Sunday, April 8, 4 p.m.

Jerry Wong has performed in settings including the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.; the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan); the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Opera City Hall in Tokyo; and PianoForte in Chicago. His performances, recordings and interviews have been broadcast on the Bravo! Kent State Arts Network, Finnish National Radio, Radio Video Mediterranean (Italy), and “Reflections from the Keyboard” with David Dubal on WQXR (New York). Wong is associate professor of piano at Kent State University in Ohio.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: $17

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John Mackey imageCOASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE 

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Under the artistic direction of T. André Feagin, CCU assistant professor of music and director of bands, the CCU Wind Ensemble closes the academic year with a program titled “Liberation.” The program features masterworks for the wind band, including Howard Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia and David Maslanka’s Liberation.

CCU guest composer-in-residence John Mackey will join the ensemble for the performance. Mackey’s award-winning works have been performed throughout the world, including at the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: $7

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Joe Galvin imageCALYPSAMBA FEATURING THE SUMMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GREEN WAVE STEELBAND AND GUEST ARTIST JOE GALVIN

Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

CCU’s world music ensemble, CalypSamba, directed by Jesse Willis, CCU associate professor of music, and James McDonald, CCU teaching associate, joins the Summerville High School Green Wave Steelband, directed by John Wilmarth, to perform a spring concert with guest artist Joe Galvin. CalypSamba has performed concerts throughout the nation and is a past winner of the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Ensemble Competition. The award-winning Green Wave Steelband consists of five steel band classes at Summerville High School in Summerville, S.C.

Galvin is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed on numerous Grammy-nominated albums; his most recent album is a collaboration with Michael Spiro titled BÁKINI – En el Nuevo Mundo, which combines the folkloric music of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Trinidadian lineages.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: $7

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Percussion Ensemble imageCOASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

The CCU Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of music composed and arranged for percussion under the direction of Jesse Willis, CCU associate professor of music, and James McDonald, CCU teaching associate. The ensemble’s past repertoire includes historic 20th-century works by composers such as John Cage, Edgard Varèse and Steve Reich, as well as recent works by composers such as David Gillingham, Bob Becker, John Psathas and Michael Burritt. Additionally, the group has performed pieces composed by CCU faculty, students and local composers. The CCU Percussion Ensemble has been featured at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference and the South Carolina Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: $7

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African American Musicians imageAFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS

Friday, April 20, 6 p.m.

CCU students come together to celebrate the history and music of African Americans through a musical timeline, directed by Franklin Ellis, CCU assistant director for Multicultural Student Services. The program includes two numbers per decade spanning the 1930s through today, including dance, vocal and musical performances.  

Wheelwright Auditorium
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Tim Fischer imageTIM FISCHER QUARTET

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Tim Fischer, CCU assistant professor of music, and Matthew White, CCU associate professor of music, present an evening of original music and jazz standards, accompanied by Charleston-based musicians Brett Belanger on double bass and Adam Ray on drums.

Fischer is a jazz guitarist, composer and educator who has performed across the United States as well as in Europe. He holds a D.M.A. in studio/jazz guitar with a minor in musicology from the University of Southern California. As a trumpeter, composer and educator, White teaches trumpet lessons, directs the CCU Jazz Ensemble and Combo 1, and manages the Wheelwright Recording Studio.

Belanger earned his B.A. in jazz performance and theory at the College of Charleston. Ray is also a graduate of College of Charleston, having earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in music performance.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: $7

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International Jazz Week 2018 logoINTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

The CCU Music Department, in partnership with the Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation, presents “Let Freedom Swing,” an evening of swing music by the CCU Jazz Big Band and the Carl Payne Big Band as part of the first statewide celebration of International Jazz Week.

The Carl Payne Big Band, headed by Carlton Payne Jr., was founded with the intent of educating the listening public and young, aspiring musicians in the genre of Big Band Swing. Members include band directors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and high school and college students.
 
The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation was created to preserve and promote live jazz music as an art form through the presentation of public education programs and projects.
 
International Jazz Day is an annual worldwide celebration of jazz music sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization. Dedicated volunteers across the world have created thousands of activities that celebrate “the virtues of jazz music” as an educational tool, force for peace, and instrument for intercultural dialogue. This is the seventh global International Jazz Day celebration and the second annual event at CCU.
Wheelwright Auditorium
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Piano Monster Concert imagePIANO SERIES
PIANO MONSTER CONCERT

Sunday, April 22, 4 p.m.

CCU faculty and student musicians in the Department of Music present a showcase of piano works. This “monster” performance includes challenging pieces requiring an exceptional level of technical skill and artistic mastery. Performers include Chris Wright, senior music major; Sarah Abushakra, teaching associate; Daniel Francis, teaching associate and collaborative pianist for the Carolina Master Chorale; and Philip Powell, professor and chair.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: $17

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POP 101 Blues imageBEYOND THE CROSSROADS: POP 101 PRESENTS AN EVENING OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY BLUES

Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

“Beyond the Crossroads” is a celebration of American blues music that includes both the classic sounds of artists such as B.B. King and the new styles that characterize the contemporary blues scene. Directed by Dan O’Reilly, CCU lecturer of music, the concert features POP 101, CCU’s contemporary music ensemble of student vocalists, horn players, guitarists, bass players, keyboardists and drummers. 

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: $7

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An Evening of Opera Favorites imageAN EVENING OF OPERA FAVORITES: ABU HASSAN

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

CCU’s Opera Scenes class and Concert Choir combine to present an evening of opera favorites. The performance features a concert version of Abu Hassan, Carl Maria von Weber’s comic opera in one act, based on a story in One Thousand and One Nights. The CCU Concert Choir performs opera choruses and student soloists present beloved arias under the direction of Timothy Koch and accompanied by pianist Daniel Francis, both teaching associates in CCU’s Department of Music.

Trinity Church
3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Admission: $7

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