Columbia Baroque presents “The River Thames,” featuring Danny Jenkins on September 4

Danny Jenkins
Danny Jenkins

Columbia Baroque invites you on a tour of the great rivers of Europe for our 2015-2016
Concert Series, “Across the Water with Columbia Baroque.” Our season opening concert
visits “The River Thames” in London, with special guest artist J. Daniel Jenkins,
countertenor. The program features spectacular opera arias by Handel, Vivaldi and
Monteverdi, plus beautiful instrumental chamber music, and closes with Purcell’s “Sound
the Trumpet.”

Our journey begins with the gorgeous love duet featuring Jenkins and mezzo soprano
Brittnee Siemon,“Pur ti miro,” from the final act of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di
Poppea. Jenkins is the soloist for the exuberant and frenetic aria, “Furibondo spiro il
vento,” from Handel’s opera Partenope, which features comic romantic complications
and gender confusion. “Spoza son disprezzata” from Vivaldi’s Bajezet gives Siemon the
role of the weeping scorned villainess. The instrumental selections include: “Captain
Hume’s Lamentation” for violin and gamba by Tobias Hume, which shows the serious
side of this oft-times prankster composer; “Lady Pembroke Sonata” for gamba and
harpsichord by renowned gamba composer and performer Carl Friederich Abel; the
familiar Handel F major Sonata for recorder and continuo; and a lovely Broken Consort
by Matthew Locke. Concluding the program, the ever-popular duet, “Sound the
Trumpet” from Come Ye Sons of Art, which was written by Purcell as an Ode for Queen
Mary’s Birthday. The memorable tune has been delighting audiences for over three
hundred years.

Guest artist, J. Daniel Jenkins, is an associate professor of music theory at the University
of South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music,
University of Rochester, an M.M. from the University of Louisville, and a B.M. from the
University of Kentucky. He was a fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in
Music Theory and a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna in 2005-2006. At USC, Jenkins is
affiliate faculty in International Studies, Euro Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Joining Jenkins are Columbia Baroque members: Brittnee Siemon, mezzo soprano; Jean
Hein, Baroque recorders; Erika Cutler, Baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da
gamba; and Jerry Curry, harpsichord.

“The River Thames” will be presented Friday evening, September 4 in the Recital Hall at
the University of South Carolina School of Music, 813 Assembly St. in Columbia.
“Concert Conversations,” hosted by Sarah Williams, University of South Carolina Asst.
Professor of Music History, begins at 7 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and students attend free. For ticket purchase and
information, visit

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Andrew Thomas – Pushing Further by David Travis Bland

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Andrew Thomas has to be honest. He’s a bit drunk—the ideal state for learning what’s at the heart of a man. He’s in Charlotte about to see Primal Scream, one of his favorite bands since he was young. You learn quickly that Thomas is more than a fan of music—he’s a cultivator of sound culture. He’s just as fast to give up the fact that David Bowie resides as an idol in Thomas’ personal pantheon.

This fact gives way to a slight conceit from Thomas. He quotes Bowie—“an artist is someone who thinks their opinion is more important than other peoples.”

The bravado of such imitation is tampered by Thomas’s soft spoken, outward disposition.
In the invisible depths of such a modest individual Thomas is, as he says, “an introverted loose cannon.”

This is the type of atomic word fusing from that unique brand of person who can seemingly coordinate the elements that make the world into what we think of as culturally defining.

For Thomas those elements are skateboards and fine art.

Thomas is a visual artist with the recognition to enjoy such a conceit. While stationed in Columbia, SC he has shown his work primarily in galleries in the major cities up and down the east coast.

He also has a bit more ownership of the title skateboarder than someone who learned a kick flip in middle school, but still rocks a pair of Emerica shoes and a Volcom hoodie on the weekend, sans the deck. Thomas rides for Columbia’s, Bluetile Skateshop, and has been featured in few respected, homegrown skate films.

“I’ve been skateboarding for twenty years this year and I’ve been drawing,” he has to stop and think, “Since I can remember.” The two are Bowie and Ziggy Stardust for Thomas—same thing, different face.

He brought the results of this duel pursuit to a rare showing in Columbia at Bluetile Skateshop where he revealed nine new pieces along with the skateboard visuals that he created for an artisan skateboard producer.

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Thomas’s style consists of scrawled out sketches on a canvas dowsed in spray paint and acrylic. While the color and line work may be furiously formed what the pieces show are figurative and representational.

“I find it hard to hold back from all that stuff,” Thomas says about the frenzied process of his work. “I wish it would be more minimal, but I think frantic’s a pretty good word,” he says to describe his art.

The visuals Thomas contrived for the deck are being put to wood by Slapstik Skateboard Art out of Philly. The company creates skate decks on an artisan level, manufacturing a short run of boards that are probably better fit hanging on your wall than sliding down handrails. For now the board is exclusively available for purchase at Bluetile Skateshop and

Slapstik is the work of Shawn Beeks, an artist and skateboarder himself. In the company’s original conception it was as an outlet for Beeks’ own artwork.

Recently Beeks expanded to produce more unique items, umbrellas for one, and neckties. He also began reaching out to other artists to create work for his decks.

The idea behind Slapstik is unique—to change the context of the skateboard release, giving it more cultural significance and artistic merit while maintaining accessibility as well as function.

This philosophy made Slapstik and Thomas a perfectly welded fit.

“It’s an accessible way to collect something unique,” Thomas says—an object that can mean more than its functional form but also be respected for the work it can do.

For six months, Thomas locked in a creative rapport with Beeks to produce the kind of aesthetically apt board that Beeks has cultivated for Slapstik. For Thomas, having his art on the bottom of a skateboard is the culmination of a life pushing eight plies of wood on concrete and pushing his own artistic abilities. He’s working towards other goals, he concedes. He wants to show more in Columbia and to simply keep putting himself out there, beyond the east coast possibly.

Andrew Thomas lives by an ability to push further. There’s always a bigger set of stairs to roll away from, coasting on the concrete, always another image to fiercely render on the canvas. Art and skateboarding Thomas says, “They lead you after a while, they end up driving you and your life.”


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Columbia Museum of Art has a Busy September Planned


From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces

On View in the Lipscomb Family Galleries through Sunday, September 13

The CMA presentsFrom Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces, a thematically focused look at the artist’s influential silkscreens and his interest in portraits.Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is central to the pop art movement and one of the best-known 20th-century American artists. From Marilyn to Mao uses 55 of Warhol’s acclaimed portraits to explore pop art’s tenet of the cult of celebrity, the idea that pop culture adores the famous simply because they are famous. Warhol exploited society’s collective obsession with fame like no artist before or after him. The exhibition celebrates the Mao suite, an anonymous gift to the CMA of the complete set of 10 silkscreens Warhol created in 1972 of Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 to 1976.


Warhol first gained success as a commercial illustrator before becoming a world-renowned artist. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s-concepts he continued to examine throughout his career. His art forms a mirror of the rise of commercialism and the cult of personality. He was not a judge of his subjects as much as a talented impresario who brought thousands of people into the pantheon of fame, if only for fifteen minutes. Some, such as Marilyn Monroe, got a few more minutes.


In addition to Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the exhibition includes the faces of Judy Garland, Muhammad Ali, Sigmund Freud, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Albert Einstein, Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Giorgio Armani, and Superman, as well as two self-portraits by Warhol, to name a few. The majority of the works outside of the CMA’s Mao suite are loaned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Penn. The CMA has also secured a partnership loan with Bank of America to borrow seven pieces from their collection. The run of the exhibition is filled with an array of related evening and daytime programs for adults and families.




On View in the Community Gallery through Sunday, September 27, 2015

Warhol interrogated the concept of identity, which remains at the core of the American experience. From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces provides the broader community the opportunity to both appreciate the enduring qualities of his art and to question the nature of fame and identity. How do we understand fame and identity in relation to others or to our own sense of self? Can we, like certain celebrities, politicians, or artists, remake ourselves? How are these concepts a part of the 21st-century experience? The Identity exhibition, a community gallery show whose opening coincides with Arts & Draughts on August 14, attempts to address and perhaps offer answers to these broad questions. The CMA has invited four established Columbia artists – Michaela Pilar Brown, Ed Madden, Betsy Newman, and Alejandro García-Lemos, who have each chosen one or more artists to mentor. Together each group creates a work or installation that responds to the questions of identity raised in the Warhol exhibition.


The Art of Joseph Norman

On View in Gallery 15 through Sunday, January 10, 2016

African-American artist Joseph Norman is a Chicago native whose lithographs mesmerize the viewer with an exploration of dark human emotion and raw commentary on black life in America. The Art of Joseph Norman introduces two complete print portfolios: Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume I, and Patti’s Little White Lies. While Norman’s work is said to be concerned with social injustice, inequality, and conflict, it is equally about love, transformation, and self-reflection. T



Gallery Tour: From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces

Saturday, September 5 & 12 | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of the Gladdddthematically focused exhibition, From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces, featuring 55 of Warhol’s famous portraits to explore pop art’s tenet of the cult of celebrity, the idea that pop culture adores the famous simply because they are famous. Free with membership or admission.


Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

Every Sunday | 2:00 p.m.


A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries.


Gladys’ Gang: Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time and a visit to the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.  Spaces are limited. Reserve your free spot in Gladys’ Gang at


I’m a Little Teapot or Coffee Pot

Wednesday, September 2 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us for some stories and songs and visit to the galleries to find some tea and coffee pots followed by art time in the studios where we will work together to decorate a tea pot.


Baker and Baker presents: Beethoven Cello Sonatas with A.W. Duo

Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5

Doors at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m.

2015 is the year of Beethoven for the A.W. Duo-Alyona Aksyonova on piano and James Waldo on cello. During their two-night stint at the CMA, the duo plays the complete cello sonatas. In the spring of 2014, the duo went on its second regional tour of the southeast, during which their performance at Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbia, SC was recorded by SCETV South Carolina Public Radio. This past summer, the duo had its debut at Alice Tully Hall with the ICN International Music Festival and made its first appearance with the Highland-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina. Cash bar. Both nights: $25 / $20 for members / $5 per night for students. Single night: $15 / $12 for members.


About Face Drawing Sessions

Mondays, September 7 & 21: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, September 8 & 22:

Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.


Passport to Art: Set the Table

Sunday, September 13 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Create a still life collage using a variety of different materials during this free drop-in open studio for families. Enjoy a self-guided tour or join the family-themed tour at 1:00 p.m. Free.


Dinner in White

Sunday, September 13

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. | Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Based on the incredible Diner en Blanc events that have popped up in cities around the globe, Chef Ryan Whittaker and 116 Espresso and Wine Bar are excited to present their own Dinner in White here at the CMA. The museum transforms into Warhol’s factory for a totally unique dining experience. Come dressed in all white and bring an item for Warhol-inspired table decoration; the table with the centerpiece that pops the most will win a prize basket. Enjoy cocktail hour in our mod ’60’s lounge, then indulge in a multiple-course dinner inspired by the works in the Warhol exhibition. All proceeds go toward supporting the CMA educational mission. $120 / $100 for members. See the CMA website for details on discounted pricing for groups of 4 or 8.


Contemporaries’ Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 17 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music, brats, and beer. $20/$5 for Contemporaries members.


CMA Jazz on Main: Trumpeter & Vocalist Joe Gransden: Songs of Sinatra and Friends

Friday, September 18 | Doors 7:00 p.m. | Concert 7:30 p.m.

Clint Eastwood referred to Joe Gransden as “a young man with an old soul and a classic voice.”  On September 18, Joe brings that classic voice (as well as some smoking trumpet playing) to the CMA as he kicks off the third season of the Jazz on Main concert series. A native of New York, Joe Gransden has become one of the premier performers in the Southeast.  On the heels of a new release entitled “Joe Gransden: Songs of Sinatra and Friends,” Joe joins the Noel Freidline Trio for an evening of music from “ol’ blue eyes” himself, as well as other Rat Pack era greats such as Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. Individual Tickets: $35 / $28 members / $5 students. Season Tickets: $140 / $100 members. Premier Table Seating: $300 for 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine, $200 for 4 guests and 1 bottle of wine. Purchase tickets at or (803) 799-2810. Presented by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.



Tuesday, September 22 | Café 10:30 a.m. | Lecture 11:00 a.m.- Noon

ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, begin the morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at the pop-up café by Drip followed by a talk from Pam Bowers, USC professor of Studio Art, who discusses nature in art. Free with membership or admission.


En Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

Saturday, September 26 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join The CMA, Congaree Land Trust, and artist David Phillips at Goodwill Plantation for a unique art and history experience. $45 bring your own art supplies/$75 includes art supplies. Box lunch included. Information and registration: or 803-988-0000


Warhol Community Gallery Salon

Sunday, September 27 | Noon


The community gallery show, Identity, features artwork that responds to the questions of celebrity and identity raised in the Warhol exhibition.  The CMA welcomes two of the four Columbia artists, Michaela Pilar Brown and Ed Madden, along with the young artists they’ve chosen to mentor and collaborate with, to discuss their work.

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