By Keely Laughlin For The Island Connection
The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the performing arts by providing a diversity of programs. All events are open to the public, and tickets are available two weeks prior to the event date.
Kiawah property owners have a three-day lead time prior to the public release date for Arts Council events. Cultural Event tickets are released to everyone on the same date.
The Stephane Wrembel Band: The Django Experiment
Sunday, Sept. 29
Turtle Point Clubhouse
Regarded as one of the finest guitar players in the world, Stephane Wrembel and his band will bring the legendary jazz of Django Reinhardt to Turtle Point Clubhouse. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist from France has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.
The New York Observer said, “Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz.” Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “a revelation.”
Wrembel first studied classical piano at the age of 4 and in his mid-teens discovered an affinity for the guitar. After graduating summa cum laude from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2000, he made a name for himself playing in New York City while releasing numerous albums to critical acclaim. Wrembel is widely known for “Bistro Fada” the theme song from the 2011 Oscar-winning film “Midnight in Paris.”
With the Stephane Wrembel Band, comprised of longtime collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass) and Nick Anderson (drums), Wrembel released “The Django Experiment Albums I-IV” and “The Django Experiment: Live in Rochester.” They feature the band’s own interpretation of the songs of Django Reinhardt, as well as Wrembel’s original compositions and those of other writers of the same vein of music.
Piano Bar: Gary Pecorella
Wednesday, Oct. 16
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
No tickets required
Not meant to be concerts, Wednesday Piano Bars are to enjoy with friends and offer an opportunity to meet neighbors outside your comfort circle for some Island socializing. Relax with the beverage of your choice because the Sandcastle will be the happening place at 5 p.m. Island time.
Carles and Sofia Piano Duo
Sunday, Oct. 20
Church of Our Saviour
Ticket release: Kiawah, Oct. 1; general public, Oct. 4
Steinway Artists Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja are among Europe’s most renowned piano duos. Acclaimed as two musicians with an extraordinary capacity to move an audience, the duo also exhibits a spectacular synchronization and a rare mutual understanding. Their repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st century and includes all major works for piano duos, together with the most brilliant and demanding orchestral transcriptions.
Since 1987, when they began playing together, Carles and Sofia have appeared in venues across the globe – in world capitals such as Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Belgrade and Tokyo. They have performed with orchestras including the London City Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfònica de Sao Paulo, Orchestre de Chambre du Namurois, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Malaysia Philarmonic Orchestra and the Hermitage State Orchestra.
The couple is involved in a variety of efforts geared toward promoting and spreading classical music, having founded and developed several series’ of concerts and festivals, along with TV projects. As a part of their passion for education, they have been invited to lecture and teach master classes in Italy, Greece, Germany, France, China, Japan and Singapore. Carles and Sofia have long been committed to helping with social needs. In 2001, her Royal Highness Margarita de Borbón presented them with an honorary distinction from UNICEF in recognition of their humanitarian efforts.
Columbia City Ballet Presents Dracula
Tuesday, Oct. 22
East Beach Conference Center
Ticket release: Oct. 8
Are you looking for some Halloween excitement? Watch from the edge of your seat as history’s most infamous vampire, Dracula, comes to life in this cult classic performed by the Columbia City Ballet. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, you’ll see Count Dracula continue his seductive reign of terror with his brides of darkness in Transylvania.
When Columbia City Ballet was founded in 1961, it was a community dance group staging only two performances a year. It has increased its total number of major performances to more than 80 annually, reaching more than 51,000 people in a season. In its 56th season, the Ballet will travel to 10 cities in three states and will perform 18 fulllength performances at the Koger Center.
Under the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett, Columbia City Ballet produces what critics have described as “some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast.” The ballet attracts audiences from all over the region and quality artists from all over the country.
Disclaimer: Some scenes may be deemed inappropriate or scary for small children.