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Apr 29 2011

Arts on the islands

by Stephanie Braswell

Kiawah steps it up just in time to introduce islanders to a taste of the Spoleto art scene with a Prelude to Piccolo on May 1. And if you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, check out the West End Mambo performance and dance class at Turtle Point this coming Saturday, May 7. We’re not just swinging into spring, we’re dancing into it double-time! For a list of more upcoming Kiawah Arts Council events, visit Please note that tickets are limited to a maximum of two (2) tickets per person, and that if you won’t be using a ticket, please return it to Town Hall or notify them accordingly. As in the past, tickets must be picked up at Kiawah Island Town Hall, located at 21 Beachwalker Drive. For more information, call 768-9166 or visit

A Prelude to Piccolo
Sunday,  May 1
4 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church

To celebrate the beginning of Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, the premiere arts festivals of the southeast which will be held this May 27 through June 12, the Kiawah Island Arts Council will be hosting a sampling of several of this year’s musical themes. Program highlights include a solo organ recital; Scott Turkington performing Marcel Dupré’s haunting Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2; and  a performance by Charleston Pro Musica, a group which will be featured during Spoleto’s popular Early Music Series. Charleston Pro Musica is coordinated by Steve Rosenberg, a 2011 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner award recipient. The Prelude concert will conclude with a high energy presentation of jazz classics performed by John Tecklenburg and Friends. Tickets are currently available at Kiawah Town Hall.

West End Mambo (Salsa/Latin Jazz Band)
Saturday, May 7
6:30 p.m. (dance instruction) and 7:30 p.m. (performance) at the Turtlepoint Clubhouse

West End Mambo is a mini-orchestra comprised of piano, bass, horns, loads of Latin percussion, and a great vocalist. While based out of North Carolina this hot salsa band is composed of various musicians from Latin America and other parts of the United States.  There will be an hour of salsa dance instruction before the concert to learn steps to the salsa, bolero, mambo, and merenque dances.  Tickets are currently available at Kiawah Town Hall.

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