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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”




Quentin Baxter Presents..

Houston Person, Saxophonist

Sunday, January 8, 2017 

7:30pm - Turtle Point Clubhouse


Ticket Release: 12/5 

Tickets available via www.baxtermusic.com or by calling 843-766-8814

Grammy-nominated musician/producer and world-renowned drummer Quentin E. Baxter presents an amazing three-concert series on Kiawah Island!  The first artist in the series is soulful American jazz tenor saxophonist, Houston Person. This South Carolina native is most well-known for recording, performing and touring with vocalist Etta Jones. Person studied at South Carolina State College, and was later inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1999. After college, Person joined the United States Air Force, and while stationed in Germany, he joined a service band and his talent led him to play with greats like Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton and more. Person is also a recipient of the Eubie Blake Jazz Award.   Don’t miss this special night of collaboration of Quentin Baxter and Houston Person Quartet. 


Art Film #1

20 Feet from Stardom

Friday, January 13, 2017 

3:00pm - Sandcastle

No Tickets Required


Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists, weaving together interviews with legendary singers with the voices that support them.   


Fred Hersch Trio

Saturday, January 14, 2017  

7:30pm - Seabrook Island House

Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/27 Public 12/30

Click here for E-tickets beginning 12/30 

An eight-time Grammy nominee, FRED HERSCH is a select member of jazz´s piano pantheon. He is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music´s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. In addition to the eight Grammy nominations he has received, FRED HERSCH continues to earn jazz´s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” FRED HERSCH balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, band leader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist. FRED HERSCH has long defined jazz´s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and extraordinary trios with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. The Wall Street Journal recently described THE FRED HERSCH TRIO as “one of the major ensembles of our time.” Hersch’s 2014 trio release Floating lived up to the praise and received two Grammy nominations and topped the charts. Floating (Palmetto) was described as "an extravagantly beautiful new album" by Nate Chinen of the New York Times and earned 2014 Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Solo. Also, the FRED HERSCH TRIO’S two-CD Palmetto set Alive at the Vanguard was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque in France and named one of the year´s best CDs by Downbeat magazine.


Hello Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring

Wycliffe Gordon Quintet  

Thursday, January 19, 2017 

7:30pm - East Beach Conf. Center


Ticket Release: 1/5

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Renowned musician and composer, trombonist WYCLIFFE GORDON, brings to life some of the most popular Louis Armstrong songs in this tribute to “Pops.” Backed with a variety of instruments, the WYCLIFFE GORDON QUINTET pays tribute to the legendary Louis Armstrong while bringing their own artistic vibes and original songs as well. WYCLIFFE GORDON’s artistry has been recognized and acknowledged throughout his career.  He was featured at the 2000 Grammy Awards show and appeared on the soundtrack for the 2016 film, “Race.” WYCLIFFE GORDON was named “Best Trombone” in 2016 by Downbeat Magazine’s Critic Poll- the fourth time Gordon received this acknowledgement. He was also recognized as the Trombonist of Year 2016 awarded by the Jazz Journalists Association.  In 1915, WYCLIFFE GORDON received the ASCAP Plus Award given to recognize applicants for their musical endeavors and writing skills.

WYCLIFFE GORDON has played the world’s most famous jazz festivals, including Vail Jazz, the Savannah Jazz Festival and others and has appeared at the world’s greatest jazz venues such as the Blue Note,  Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Jazz Standard, London’s Ronnie Scott’s and more.  Wycliffe was featured on the cover of the October, 2014 issue of the legendary Downbeat magazine and in a five-page article inside.  WYCLIFFE GORDON was a member of the original Wynton Marsalis Septet and the group has reunited for several memorable performances.


The King’s Counterpoint    

Sunday, January 22, 2017      

4:00pm - Church of our Saviour

Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/3 Public 1/6

Click here for E-tickets beginning 1/6

Join us on Kiawah Island in welcoming The King’s Counterpoint, a unique professional vocal ensemble. Based out of Charleston, South Carolina, The Kings Counterpoint main mission is the variety and beauty found in a capella music. The group specializes in the performance of sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages through the modern era, combining polyphony, literature, art and dialogue to create exceptional music – all within a historical context.

From chant to 20th-century, medieval carols to the avant-garde, The King's Counterpoint is committed to the creation of delightful programs designed to entertain, educate, and above all stir the soul.

Step in to the pews and join The King's Counterpoint to celebrate the holy season of Epiphany with some of the most breathtaking choral music of the season! Epiphany - also known as Three Kings' Day - commemorates not only the journey of the Magi to the Christ child, but also His manifestation on earth.  The King’s Counterpoint is not the first to pay tribute to this sacred time because throughout the ages composers have created some truly magical music in celebration of this blessed time! From hymns you know well to songs you'll hear for the first time, The King's Counterpoint will take you on a musical journey of joy and discovery!


Bill Charlap Trio        

Wednesday, January 25, 2017      

7:30pm - East Beach Conf. Center


Ticket Release: 1/11

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Join us for an unforgettable evening on Kiawah Island with celebrated jazz musicians, pianist Bill Charlap along with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kerry Washington as they create an evening of spectacular jazz music featuring songs off of their new album, Notes from New York.  Since 1997, Bill Charlap has led the Grammy-nominated Bill Charlap Trio, and is recognized as one of the leading groups in the jazz world. The trio was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy for their performance, The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. Bill Charlap is one of the world’s premier jazz pianists and has collaborated with other musicians from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Leonard Bernstein and more. Bill Charlap has also made other achievements in his career. In 2015, Bill Charlap’s achievements include teaming up with Tony Bennett winning them a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album for the work, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” Don’t miss out on your chance to see this celebrated group of talented artists! 


Art Film #2

Beautiful Losers

Friday, January 27, 2017

3:00pm - Sandcastle

No Tickets Required

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.