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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 

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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 - NEW VENUE Turtle Point Clubhouse 

Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/27 Public 12/30

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Nominated for Two 2017 Grammy Awards!

An ten 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

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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.

Simone Porter, Violinist

Sunday, January 29, 2017                4:00pm - Church of our Saviour

Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/10 Public 1/13

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Seattle-raised violinist, Simone Porter joins the Town of Kiawah to perform classical music accompanied by pianist Armen Guzelimian. The concert includes works from Mozart, Janacek, Pärt and Brahms. Simone Porter made her professional solo career at the age of 10; now at just 19 years old, she is internationally acclaimed and garnered worldwide attention for her command of the violin. In March 2015, Porter was one of five musicians to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and on the same day, she signed her first major management deal with Opus 3 Artists. In Oct. 2015, after Simone Porter played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Times stated, “Her assured, lovingly lyrical, occasionally frisky playing only confirmed what is becoming common knowledge in the musical world: that she is on the cusp of a major career.” Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see a rising star and violinist prodigy – the best part is it won’t cost you a dime.





Liquid Pleasure Supershow         

Friday, February 3, 2017

7:30pm - East Beach Conf. Center


Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/17 Public 1/20

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Get down and boogie with us on Kiawah Island while Liquid Pleasure ignites the night with a variety of tunes from Aretha Franklin and B.B. King to today’s most popular hits.

Liquid Pleasure is a group that has been around for more than two decades. This multi-cultural icon has committed its profession to bringing music to an array of audiences with a Motown big band feeling. After touring with major acts like Hootie and the Blowfish and REM, Liquid Pleasure focused on their own music and produced an album. After recording though, the band refocused back to what they knew to be successful – the dance and show circuit. Currently, Liquid Pleasure performs all over the nation including performing for multiple presidents, the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, and even took the stage at the 2000 Super Bowl!

Don’t miss your opportunity for a night of great music from the Liquid Pleasure Supershow. Sit back and relax taking in all of the tunes, or hit the dance floor with your favorite partner and groove the night away!


Judy Carmichael’s “Jazz Inspired” 

February 6-8, 2017

7:30p.m. -East Beach Conf. Center

Ticket Release: 1/23

February 6 at 7:30pm - Jazz Inspired Broadcast Recording
Two piano concert and conversation with Mark Shane

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February 7 at 7:30pm - Jazz Inspired Broadcast Recording 
Trio concert and conversation with bassist/saxophonist
Mark Karn and guitarist Chris Flory

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February 8 at 7:30pm - Judy Carmichael Quartet with Mike Karn, Chris Flory and drummer Tom Melito

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Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired comes to Kiawah Island for its third year for a three day weekend of performances and captivating conversations onstage between Judy and her audience. Don’t miss your opportunity to be her guest and engage in her ever-popular public radio show where she explores with listeners and guests the love and art of jazz. The New York Times calls her performance “ . . . astounding, flawless, captivating.” Judy Carmichael is an internationally acclaimed Grammy award nominated pianist, radio host and author. Her show Jazz Inspired airs each week alongside special guests such as Seth MacFarlane, Robert Redford, Neal deGrasse Tyson and more, where they converse about the inspiration behind jazz music asking questions such as: “What inspires the people who inspire you? How do creative people create?” This time, you get to be the special guest as Judy Carmichael presents as awe-inspiring 3-day weekend recording her Jazz Inspired broadcast. This year’s schedule of events includes: Pianist Mark Shane joining Judy Carmichael in duets—with two Steinways onstage! Guitarist Chris Flory will join in for an evening of classic jazz. Bassist/saxophonist Mike Karn, who has toured with Ray Charles, takes the stage with Judy Carmichael and Chris Flory. Finally, drummer Tom Melito joins Mike Karn, Judy Carmichael and Chris Flory for a final event concert. Carmichael’s premiere stride/swing piano artistry aims to inspire other to be creative and to think more in depth about jazz. Carmichael says she does, “the interviews in person so the interaction is a conversation between two creative artists about process and ideas.” 


Art Film 

Picasso & Barque Go to the Movies 

Friday, February 10, 2017                

3:00pm - Sandcastle

No Tickets Required

Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  With narration by Scorsese, and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema's continuing influence on the art of our time

Moranz Entertainment  

Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me          

Tuesday, February 14, 2017                

7:30 pm - Seabrook Island House

Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/26 Public 1/31

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Brad and Jennifer Moranz present Come Fly With Me-the songs of Sinatra -a 90 minute musical tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra.  4 incredible singers will perform 40 of his timeless hits.  You’ll hear “My Way”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Young at Heart”, I’ve Got the World on a String”, “New York, New York” and many many more.  You’ll feel like you are literally “Live at the Sands” when you see a special tribute to the Rat Pack!   Hear the songs that had thousands of screaming fans swoon, and see why he was the “Elvis” of his generation!

The live band onstage will feature Frank Duval on piano, Ron Wiltrout on drums, Jake Holwegner on bass, and Jon Phillips on saxophone.

Cast includes Broadway performers Bobby Daye(Book of Mormon, Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Dreamgirls, A Sondhiem Celebration, and The Wiz), Brad Moranz(Singin’ in the Rain, Me and My Girl, A Chorus Line), Jennifer Moranz(42nd Street, Radio City Rockette), along with Michael Minor(featured performer on international cruise ships), and Charleston’s own Tiffany Parker and Tonya Williams.

Quentin Baxter Presents...
Regina Carter, Violinist
Monday, February 20, 2017
7:30pm - Turtle Point Clubhouse

Tickets 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 second artist in the series is the ever-talented Regina Carter. Hailing from Detroit, Regina Carter is a jazz violinist who studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for classical violin.  The program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald - the source of Carter's musical inspiration. 

Carter found her love in jazz violin and decided to later transfer to Oakland University to study jazz with Marcus Belgrave. After graduation, she taught in Detroit public schools, and later moved to Germany to nanny for a German family while teaching violin on a U.S. military base. After returning from Germany, Regina Carter began her greatest successes and began accompanying performers like Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Bilge, Billy Joel and more. In 2006, Carter received a MacArthur Fellows Program grant which awarded her $500,000 over five years, and the committee stated, “Regina Carter is a master of improvisational jazz violin. Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences – including Motown, Afro-Cuban, Swing, Bebop, Folk, and World – she has crafted a signature voice and style....Carter's performances highlight the often overlooked potential of the jazz violin for its lyric, melodic, and percussive potential.”  Regina Carter brings her artistry through violin and jazz to Kiawah presented by Quentin Baxter, in partnership with the Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council. Tickets are $20 at www.baxtermusic.com or by calling 843-766-8814.


Art Film  

Afternoon of a Fawn

Friday, February 24, 2017            

3:00pm - Sandcastle

No Tickets Required

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. With her elongated, race-horse physique, she became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine.

Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She eventually married Balanchine and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her.

She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.

Seraph Brass Quintet         

Sunday, February 26, 2017
4:00pm - Church of our Saviour

Ticket Release: Kiawah 2/7 Public 2/10

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Join us on Kiawah Island in welcoming, Seraph Brass, a radiant, charismatic brass quintet made up of America’s top female brass players. Committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, Seraph Brass, an all-female brass quintet, presents a diverse repertoire that includes originals, commissioned works, and well-known classics. Featuring a horn, tuba, trombone and two trumpets, these women take control of the stage highlighting songs from classics such as: Mozart, Copland, Gershwin and more. Most recently Seraph Brass worked with Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman, and also has several arrangements made by trumpeter Jeff Luke and composer Thomas Oltarzewski. Having graduated from some the nation’s top music conservatories, members of the Seraph Brass have won international acclaim, performing in many of the world’s most prominent concert halls and prestigious competitions. Seraph is a part of the highly acclaimed touring roster of Allied Concert Services, and is also a featured ensemble at the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference.