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Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer



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Our 29th Year of Presenting Free Concerts to the Community
Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer, Inc. offers an annual series of concerts and events that are FREE and open to the public beginning each fall. We are a 501(c) non profit...
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2014-2015 Season

Ebenezer, Music and the Civil War

October 17-18, 2014

A two day symposium observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

An Evening with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Friday, October 17, 2014 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand!

Conquest Brewing and Yellow Dog Barbeque will be serving food and beverages from 6:00 pm until 11:30 PM under the aged oaks in our courtyard off Richland Street.

Come relax with beverages and dining pre-concert, or hangout post-concert with Jay and Molly while enjoying good food, drink, and mellow company under the stars.

If you love American acoustic music, don't miss Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. These extraordinary musicians won international acclaim after Ken Burns' The Civil War hit the airwaves. Their performance of Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell — the musical hallmark of the PBS series — left a lasting impression on everyone who tuned in. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

A Jay & Molly concert appeals to all ages. There are timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and moving original works. Wit, warmth and consummate musicianship add up to an exciting evening that cheers the heart and feeds the soul.

A Sacred Harp Primer presented by Jonathon Smith

Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM

The Sacred Harp was a primary sourcebook for singing in the 19th century. Jonathon Smith, a leading expert on the subject, will guide us through the “shaped-note” tradition from a historical perspective and eventually lead us in singing. He will also remind us that the Sacred Harp is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers — many gone on before and many still living.

“The Cause of God and Religion: How the Civil War Transformed South Carolina Religious Culture.” presented by Dr. Charles H. Lippy

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Noon

Charles H. Lippy is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his education at Dickinson College, Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and Princeton University, which awarded him the Ph.D. in 1972. He has written or edited more than two dozen volumes on religion in American life including the Encyclopedia of Religion in the South and Religion in South Carolina. His most recent book is Religion in Contemporary America (2013, with Eric Tranby). A past president of the American Society of Church History, Lippy currently enjoys retirement living in Charleston, where he is organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Music for Square Piano and Accompanied Lieder

Sunday, January 18, 2015 6:00 PM

Pianist Patrick Hawkins and Mezzo Soprano Brittnee Siemon perform music of the Classical and early Romantic era featuring the recently restored William Geib piano from c. 1831 in works by Wolfgang A Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, and Johanna Kinkel. This will take place in the Chapel, the original building being of the same era, so we are able to connect music across time and space. This is one of a very small number of his instruments which exist – and the restorer says that this square piano, owned by Dr. Hawkins, is actually in far better shape than the one owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York!

Coming in Spring of 2015: Ebenezer Baroque Festival With Artistic Leader, Jory Vinikour

If you are interested in supporting the FREE concerts offered by the Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer, contact Tom White at (803) 765-9430 or click here to send Tom an e-mail.

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