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Crescendo: Celebrating Arts, Culture & History

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Crescendo 2018 brings to light the rich arts, culture and history programs available throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Featuring more than 50 unique programs, concerts, theatrical productions, exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours and educational experiences, the Crescendo Celebration calendar is packed with activities for everyone to enjoy.

Kicking off September 27, 2018 with the Opening Celebration, the program will amaze and excite attendees until the curtains close on November 15, 2018. Several marquee events are planned including performances, parties and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.

View more information about all of the great events taking place during this fall’s Celebration below. Mark your calendars and enjoy the show!

Marquee Events

Crescendo Festival

Crescendo Opening & Public Arts Event

September 27, 2018

Kick off of Crescendo and the opening of the 2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island. Tour the grounds, visit with Arts Council member organizations, meet the artists of the 20 sculptures chosen for the 2018 exhibition, and enjoy food and beverages.

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History Day (Heritage Library)

October 13, 2018

Docent-led trolley tours and bike tours of Hilton Head Island's historic sites including Civil War forts, Mitchelville, a Shell Ring, and more. Morning and afternoon trolley tours and morning bike tour offered.

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Amadeus (Arts Center of Cultural Carolina)

October 3 - 21, 2018

Winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, and also our audience’s #1 pick for a non-musical, Amadeus is brilliant and thrilling from start to finish. Rowdy young prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote Mozart's talent or destroy his reputation. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. Classical music is woven throughout this stunning theatrical experience.

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Ronnie Leigh

Jazz for All Ages

November 2-5, 2018; Jazz Corner

"Jazz for all Ages" - The fifth annual Hilton Head Jazz Festival to benefit The Junior Jazz Foundation featuring Christian Tamburr Quartet with Clint Holmes at The Jazz Corner November 2 and 3, Joey Alexander world-renowned piano prodigy at The Sonesta Resort November 4, and the Ronnie Leigh octet Jazz & Soul at Sonesta November 5. Special room rates are available at the Sonesta Resort.

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Concourse d'Elegance

Concours d'Elegance

November 2-4, 2018

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The centuries-old love story between man and machine has no better showcase than at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival where over 500 cars, boats, motorcycles, and aircraft are exhibited during the first weekend of November.

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    1. Art >

      Opulent Oceans Exhibition

      September 27 - October 1

      2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

      September 28 - January 31

      Got Art

      September 28

      Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes

      September 29; October 13; October 27; November 10

      "Artist's Gallery" at Town Hall

      Daily

      "Artist's Gallery" at Town Hall - Opening Reception

      October 2

      Daufuskie Island Artists, Artisans, and Authors Exhibit

      October 5 - December 31

      Margaret Crawford Exhibition - Opening Reception

      October 10

      Daufuskie Island Artists, Artisans, and Authors Exhibit - Opening Reception

      October 11

      Indigo Exploration

      October 11 & November 8

      Academy Instructors Exhibition "Teaching Magic"

      October 9 - November 11 

      Academy Instructors Exhibition "Teaching Magic" - Opening Reception

      October 10

      Cold Connections - Introductory Jewelry Making

      October 13

      Herbarium Workshop

      October 20

      Art Fabrikation

      October 21

      3rd Annual Gullah Food Festival

      October 27

      Margaret Crawford Exhibition

      November 11 - December 1 

      Daufuskie Island Artisans and History Tour

      Fridays 

    2. Benefit Events >

      Got Art

      September 28

      "Artist's Gallery" at Town Hall - Opening Reception

      October 2 

      "Artist's Gallery" at Town Hall

      October 2 

      Art Quilters Workshop

      October 23 - 25

      3rd Annual Gullah Food Festival

      October 27

    3. Concours >

      Savannah Speed Classic

      October 27 & 28

      Flights and Fancy Aeroport Gala

      November 2

      Aero Expo

      November 3 

      Autoweek's Design Among the Stars Dinner

      November 3

      Car Club Showcase

      November 3 & 4

    4. Educational

      Tuesday Morning History Classes

      Tuesdays

      Learning about Yarns

      Tuesdays

      Stitch Sampler - 101 Needlepoint

      Tuesdays in October

      Adventures in Fiber

      Wednesdays

      Historic Bike Tour

      Wednesdays

      Forts of Port Royal Tour

      Wednesdays

      Fort Mitchel Tours

      Thursdays - Weekly

      Stitch of the Week

      Thursdays

      Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction

      Fridays

      Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery & Living History Tour

      Fridays

      Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes

      September 29; October 13; October 27; November 10

      Program & Business Meeting - Island Writers Network

      October 1

      DNA - Make the Most of Your Results

      October 3

      Using Ancestry.com

      October 3

      Pat Conroy's Reverence for Teaching

      October 9 

      Academy Instructors Exhibition "Teaching Magic"

      October 9 - November 11 

      MacKiev Family Tree

      October 10

      Managing your Genealogy Media

      October 10

      Indigo Exploration

      October 11 & November 8

      Cold Connections - Introductory Jewelry Making

      October 13

      History Day

      October 13 

      Tips and Tricks for Family Tree Maker 2017

      October 17

      Herbarium Workshop

      October 20

      2018 Anniversary Forum: Freedom Isn't Free

      October 21

      Art Fabrikation

      October 21

      Deceit, Disappearance, and Death

      October 23

      Art Quilters Workshop

      October 23 - 25

      Heritage Quest

      October 24

      The Hunley: its history, disappearance, recovery and preservation

      October 24

      Ghosts and Myths

      October 26 - 28

      An Evening with "The Bands Visit"

      October 28

      How to Use Census Records

      October 31

      Virginia Repertory Theatre - "The Frog Prince"

      November 5

      Help Session for Family Tree Maker

      November 7

      Scottish Ancestry

      November 7

      Zion Forum

      November 9

    5. Music >

      Prelude Opening of Soundwaves

      September 29 

      Harpist Abigail Kent Recital

      October 14 

      Season Opener at Soundwaves

      October 21

      Stravinysky Firebird

      November 11 & 12 

    6. Tours >

      Guided Tours of the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center

      Monday thru Saturday

      Garvin-Garvey Freedman Cottage Tour

      Tuesdays and Thursdays (Fridays by appointment)

      Forts of Port Royal Tour

      Wednesdays

      Historic Bike Tour

      Wednesdays

      Fort Mitchel Tours

      Thursdays 

      Daufuskie Island Artisans and History Tour

      Fridays 

      Guided Tours of 2018 Public Art Exhibition

      Fridays

      Marsh Tacky Horse Tour

      Fridays

      Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction

      Fridays

      Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery & Living History Tour

      Fridays

      2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

      September 28 - January 31

      History Day

      October 13 

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