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Dec 25 2014

Kiawah Arts Council Offers January Programs

By Stephanie Braswell for The Island Connection

All events sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843.768.9166.

Billy Novick Quintet featuring Donna Byrne

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Saturday, January 10, 7:30 p.m., Seabrook Island House Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/23 Public 12/26. This concert will offer online ticketing beginning 12/26. Visit

You may remember Billy Novick playing the role of Paul Desmond in last year’s Kiawah Island “Tribute to Dave Brubeck” concert. Billy returns with his full quintet, featuring vocalist Donna Byrne. The quintet will be performing music from the great American Songbook the music of the Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, and the other great composers of that era. Billy Novick’s has performed at countless clubs, festivals and concerts all over North America and Europe. As a studio musician, his sax and clarinet playing have been featured on over 250 recordings and more than 100 feature films and television shows. He is a very active as a composer and arranger. He recently premiered his second full-length ballet score for the Washington Ballet’s version of “The Sun Also Rises” to sevesold-out shows at the Kennedy Center.

The Boston Globe wrote: “Billy Novick on clarinet, had he lived in the 1930’s, would be a legend.” Downbeat magazine described Novick’s music: “sincerity…elegance… a lovely celebration of tunefulness…”

With her deep, sultry soulful singer and a true artist’s feel for interpretation, Donna Byrne is one of New England’s most admired and acclaimed vocalists.

She has released eight recordings and has developed a dedicated following throughout the Northeast. Tony Bennett has called Donna “one of the best young jazz singers in the country today. She’s the Real McCoy.”

Rebellious Leaders in Classical Music Performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

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Sunday, January 18, 4 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/29 Public 1/2. This concert will offer online ticketing beginning 1/2. Visit

Not only has this program been designed by CSO Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker, but we’re delighted to announce that Mr. Bekker will also be on the podium conducting. The concert will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. Not only were the three composers rebellious in terms of their compositional form and style, but they rebelled against religious/governmental politics through their music.

Leading off the concert will be Mozart’s iconic Jupiter Symphony (No.41), often viewed as the finest example of the classical symphonic form.

Second on the program is Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony (No.1), which even today confounds musical scholars as to why the enfant terrible and modernist rogue would use this classical form for one of his first major compositions. The concert will conclude with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, which he debuted at the piano in 1933. Two years later Shostakovich began a long period of hiding or modifying his brand of neo-classical/ post-romantic style in order to survive under the Stalinist regime. Imagine having two highly regarded symphonies on the same concert program, along with the excitement of hosting concert pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky as he performs the Shostakovich Piano Concert No.1.

It’s worth mentioning that the trumpet solo work in the Concerto is so extensive and demanding, that the work could be viewed as a double concerto for piano and trumpet. Antonio Marti, Acting Principal Trumpet for the CSO, will be featured along with Mr. Vynnytsky.

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