Literary- NEA Big Read Panel, Identity in Performance

Monday, October 2
Literary- NEA Big Read Panel, Identity in Performance
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is one of seventy-five nonprofit organizations receiving a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. Working in partnership with the Avery Research Center and the Charleston County Public Library, the Office of Cultural Affairs presents the NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric in September and October of this year. As a part of those events, this panel of local and regional performers will engage in a timely discussion about identity, especially as it applies to casting, creative decision making, and audience expectations.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Monday, October 2 at 7:30pm
Venue: Sottile Theatre
Address: 44 George Street
Admission: $10 at the door only; free for CofC Students with Student ID

Gospel music as we know it today is heavily rooted in the rich tradition of southern culture. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Charleston is privileged to have within its city limits some of the most influential gospel artists and composers of our time. This year the College of Charleston Gospel Choir presents a showcase of local artistry that celebrates music written by local recording artists. Under the direction of Brenten Weeks, the College of Charleston’s Gospel Choir highlights both traditional and contemporary music performing a range of pieces including psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs from a variety of genres.