2007 Fall Arts Preview | Charleston City Paper
Critic's Picks for the Fall Arts Calendar

Critic's Picks for the Fall Arts Calendar

Shining City

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

United We Stand: Our revitalized orchestra promises a season of musical community

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra enters the fall season with more cause for optimism than it's had in quite some time. They've found a new executive director, Janet Newcombe, who brings 25 years of experience with her to help keep the CSO afloat.

College of Charleston

More Music for your Ears: The College of Charleston's music department, Chamber Music, and the Concert Association

Another source of classical music in Chucktown is the College of Charleston, where the music department is fast becoming one to reckon with in the Southeast. Violinist Lee Chin Siow, cellist Natalia Khoma, and pianist Enrique Graf are all famous artists, and just last season they established a chamber music series at the college that rivals Spoleto's best.

Theatre in Charleston

Downtown's theatre companies get edgy

With a brand-new season comes the opportunity for theatre companies to wipe away the memories of any previous disasters and dazzle their subscribers anew. Last year's season was full of delights and disappointments.

Visual Arts in Charleston

Visual Arts in Charleston

State of the Art: The visual arts scene finds local support

Take a look around the galleries in Charleston and you'll see what appears to be a thriving, active community. More galleries are opening every year, and miraculously, they're staying open.

Charleston Ballet Theatre

Charleston Ballet Theatre

On Their Toes: The Charleston Ballet Theatre dances into its 20th season

Charleston Ballet Theatre's 20th anniversary is just like any birthday, says artistic director Jill Eathorne Bahr. It's a celebration of growing up but still looking good.

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Michael Hanf

Michael Hanf

Mallets and metal

If you ever get the chance to hear Michael Hanf play his vibraphone in an intimate, solo setting, you'll notice there's something more going on than just the cool, resounding harmonies of the thick, metal keys on his instrument. Along with the light squeak of his pedal, methodically dampening the keys that would otherwise vibrate for minutes, there's an audible sound from his mouth.

Duda Lucena

Duda Lucena

From Brazil with love

Brazilian-born singer, guitarist, and composer Duda Lucena is on a journey he embarked upon at the age of 12 when he began composing tunes on his first acoustic guitar. These days, he's stationed in Charleston and, fortunately for local world-music lovers, seems in no hurry to take the next step down the road.

Alan Molina

Alan Molina

Second chair, first rate

The departure of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's principal second violin Megan Holland and her husband, principal cello James Holland, left two pairs of big shoes to fill among the CSO's section leaders. Of the two, the only successor we're sure of right now is Alan Molina, who will fill the empty violin seat, making him the CSO's number two fiddler, after Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker.

Nat Jones

Nat Jones

King of crusty

For a guy who moved to Charleston only last year, Nat Jones has made quite an impression on the local theatre community. The artist, graphic designer, and copywriter got his foot in Charleston's stage door with Arsenic and Old Lace, part of the Footlight's 75th anniversary season.

Johanna Schlitt

Johanna Schlitt

Teenage theatre queen

Driving tests? Fashion nightmares?

Toby Singer

Toby Singer

Genuine original

Toby Singer is full of ideas and energy. The recent University of Michigan graduate is music director at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue, a member of piano rock band The Guilt Trips, and a composer.

Doppelgänger (a.k.a. Lee Lewis and Jason Cooper)

Doppelgänger (a.k.a. Lee Lewis and Jason Cooper)

Rockumentary, improv-style

It had to be sometime in the 1980s because we were still in school. Joss Innombre and I were barreling down I-75 in his 1979 Camaro Berlinetta (305-cid V8, baby!)

Sean Lakey

Sean Lakey

Modernizing Flowertown

Situated on Summerville's sleepy Main Street in the historic James F. Dean Community Theatre, the Flowertown Players have always been an intensely community-oriented company. Local actors make up the cast in many of the shows, donors are listed on several pages in the back of shows' bulletins, reading like a who's who of Summerville residents, and the Players make sure to call up loyal subscribers when considering a new play that might offend.

Jenny Pringle

Jenny Pringle

You can't stop her

"Fearless in her style," is how Brandy Sullivan of Theatre 99 sums up Jenny Pringle onstage. Fearlessness, of course, only goes so far without talent, experience, and dedication — so, luckily, Ms. Pringle packs those in abundance as well.

Nathan Durfee

Nathan Durfee

Imagination station

Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen Nathan Durfee's art around Charleston. It may have been within the pages of the City Paper or Charleston Magazine, or hanging on the walls of Theatre 99, Redux, or Modernisme.

Allison Sprock

Allison Sprock

Wannabe artist

When Allison Sprock moved from Atlanta to Charleston two and a half years ago, she had no money, no means of support, and no business starting a gallery. "I was told I'd never make it," she recalls, "because I wasn't selling what the tourists wanted."

Ted Pickering

Ted Pickering

Breathing life into scrap

"My sculptures aren't based solely on my social perspective," says Hawaii-born Ted Pickering. "I'm part Irish, German, English, and Blackfoot."

Richard Bryant

Richard Bryant

Army brat

Richard Bryant has spent his summer surfing in Santa Monica, going to a few auditions, and dealing with life as a regular on a nationally-broadcast hit TV show. "I was discussed on The View," says the 23-year-old Bryant, who was raised in Charleston.

Stephanie Bussell and Danielle Forrestal

Stephanie Bussell and Danielle Forrestal

Punk rock ballerinas

Ballet by day, cabaret by night: that's a schedule sure to keep a dancer on her toes. Stephanie Bussell and Danielle Forrestal were already accomplished ballerinas long before they came to Charleston.

Michael Furlinger

Michael Furlinger

Film fanatic

Very few movie theaters let you sip on a bottle of Möet Chandon champagne from the concession stand while watching a Russian art house film. Thanks to Michael Furlinger, Charleston's own Terrace Theatre is now one of those few.

Bret Lott

Bret Lott

The writer's life

In the late '80s, when Charleston attorney Mario Inglese was a freshman at the College of Charleston, his English 101 teacher was a young writer named Bret Lott. "Nobody knew who he was," Inglese says.

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