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Arts Council and Special Events


The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the visual and performing arts within the Town of Kiawah Island and its environs by providing a diversity of planned programs.All events are open to public and complimentary tickets for most events are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall on a come first serve basis. Ticket release dates are two weeks prior to the event date. Kiawah property owners have a 3 day lead time prior to the public release date for Arts Council events. Cultural Events tickets release to everyone on the same date.All Arts and Cultural Events annual reports are available through the municipal library.

For more information on events call 843-768-9166 or email Stephanie Braswell at sbraswell@kiawahisland.org. If you are an artist interested in making a proposal to the Arts Council please contact Mary Johnson, Arts Council and Cultural Events Chairman at qjtiger@msn.com












2016/2017 Arts and Cultural Events Season 

Click here to download the Season Planner 




Calidore String Quartet

Sunday, October 16, 2016                     

4:00pm - Church of our Saviour

Ticket Release: Kiawah 9/27 Public 9/30

Click here for online tickets beginning 9/30

Jeffrey Myers – Violin; Ryan Meehan – Violin; Jeremy Berry – Viola, Estelle Choi – Cello

Described as "the epitome of confidence and finesse," (Gramophone Magazine) and "a miracle of unified thought,” (La Presse, Montreal), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and passionate performances. The quartet is currently artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and has been appointed to the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for 2016- 2019 seasons. The Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions as well as several international competitions in Europe. The quartet regularly perform throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, Schneider Concerts (NYC), and at many festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2015, the Calidore String Quartet released its critically-acclaimed debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn and will release an album on Editions Hortus commemorating the World War I Centennial. The Calidore were featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media's Performance Today and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Korean Broadcasting Corporation, and elsewhere.




Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 5, 2016 

5:00pm - East Beach Conf. Center

No Tickets Required

Filling the stage with 60 exceptional musicians playing gorgeous symphonic music, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro, Ken Lam, will perform a full masterworks style concert on Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 pm at East Beach Conference Center.  This is your chance to hear the Charleston Symphony Orchestra free of charge. The program will include beautiful compositions such as The Battered Bride Overture by Smetana, Concertino for English Horn and Orchestra by Wolf-Ferrari, the Egmont Overture by Beethoven, the Carnival Overture by Dvorak, and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor by Liszt. The CSO known as “A World Class Orchestra for a World Class City” normally performs at the new Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston playing at least 20 concerts there each year.  This concert follows the Symphony Tour of Homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, a Charleston Symphony Orchestra League fundraiser. Tickets are required for the Symphony Tour of Homes and can be purchased in advance at Indigo Books (Freshfields Village) or online at www.csolinc.org.  Tickets will also be available for purchase on Freshfields Village Green the day of the tour.


Humorist Jeanne Robertson    

Wednesday, November 9th at 

7:30 p.m. - East Beach Conf. Center


Tickets that  were issued to the original date will be honored. If you have tickets and are unable to attend the new date please call Town Hall at 843-768-9166. Due to the venue change there are additional tickets available at Town Hall 

For years you, our loyal audience members, have been pleading with Arts Council volunteers to include a comedian on our schedule.  This year we are again not bringing you a “comedian”—we are bringing you award winning humorist, Jeanne Robertson, one of the funniest people on the planet!

Jeanne was named Miss North Carolina in 1963, and competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality.  A graduate of Auburn University, Jeanne taught physical education and coached basketball for nine years before going into professional speaking on a full-time basis in 1976.   Although her reign as Miss North Carolina was the catalyst for her speaking career, Jeanne achieved national attention after several clips from her talks became viral videos in 2009.

She served as President of the National Speakers Association and is a recipient of that organization's most prestigious honor, "The Cavett Award," given for long-term contributions to the speaking profession.  She was the first woman to receive this honor.   She also has been honored with Toastmasters International's "Golden Gavel Award," presented annually to one individual for achievement in communications and leadership.  

Jeanne does not tell jokes.  She creates her own material from her life experiences, and   mischievously weaves stories rife with digressions, hilarious commentary and one-line zingers.  If you do not act quickly enough to get a ticket, you may console yourself by the fact that she has produced seven DVD and CD humor programs and can be heard daily on Sirius XM satellite radio's family comedy channels.  Watch a preview  

You might also enjoy reading “Family Fun,” one of Jeanne’s stories from Southeast Lifestyle magazine 




University of S.C. Concert Choir

Friday, November 18, 2016   

7:30pm - Church of our Saviour

Ticket Release: Kiawah 11/1 Public 11/4

Click here for e-tickets beginning 11/4

The University of South Carolina Concert Choir is USC’s most select, auditioned choral ensemble having achieved international recognition under the direction of the late Arpad Darazs.  The tradition of excellence continues under its current director, Dr. Larry Wyatt.

This prestigious choir has performed both far and near being one of 17 university ensembles selected to perform on the Mozart Bicentennial “Masses in Concert” series in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center.  They have performed extensively in Europe serving as Choir-in-residence for the Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria; performed Handel’s Messiah in Spain and performed in the Thomaskirche at Leipzig which is the church served by J.S. Bach during the latter part of his life.  There are others but beyond these is a performance with the Jerusalem Symphony under Lawrence Foster, Sergiu Comissiona and Krystof Penderecki.

Join us for an amazing evening of music and welcome these young singers to our area.  This is a quality choir that is sure to deliver the shiver.  




Bria Skonberg Quintet     

Saturday, December 3, 2016    

7:30pm - Seabrook Island House

Ticket Release: Kiawah 11/15 Public 11/18                    

Click here for e-tickets beginning 11/18

Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records, and just released her debut LP, simply titled BRIA, in September 2016.

 Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg aims for a sense of allure on the new collection.  She credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her create music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling. Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr.

Noted as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World,” according to Vanity Fair, Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia. She left for Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Capilano University.

To date, Bria has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival. Further accolades include Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014-15), Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards (2014), a DownBeat Rising Star (2013-15), and a nominee for Jazz Journalists' Association Up and Coming Artist (2013).


Moranz Entertainment                

Kiawah Christmas Special

Tuesday, December 13, 2016                   

7:30pm - East Beach Conf. Center

*Ticket Release: 11/29

Click here for e-tickets beginning 11/29

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! All new for 2016! Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz have prepared a special rendition of their annual Charleston Christmas Special just for Kiawah. This exclusive performance of the Kiawah Christmas Special is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. This performance is an audience favorite with entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches with a tribute to the holiday season.

Since 1995, the Moranz duo has been treating Charleston audiences of all ages to their brand of entertainment – primarily musical revues that take existing songs and put together into a theme. They produce, write, direct, cast and choreograph three musical revues a year: a retro rock ‘n roll show in March, a variety show in July and the annual “The Charleston Christmas Special”