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Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC
Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm

““IN THE MIX: An Evening with the Arabella String Quartet” will feature a conversation with host Quentin Baxter and internationally recognized classical music ensemble, the Arabella String Quartet, about recording, touring, and management. The Fall 2019 installment of IN THE MIX, the College of Charleston Arts Management Program’s music industry series, will be held on Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is free and open to the public.

A promoter of classical music and renowned guest on many of the world’s great concert stages, the Arabella String Quartet is comprised of members Julie Eskar, violin; Sarita Kwok, violin; Ettore Causa, viola and Alexandre Lecarme, cello. In addition to performing, the Quartet has recently released its first commercial recording, “In the Moment,” featured on the NAXOS label. Understanding the recording process, marketing, performing logistics, and business decisions of a classical ensemble is vitally important to music industry students to better understand the business of a classical string quartet. [Learn more about the quartet members in second event info below.] This event is generously supported by the Quattlebaum Artists-in-Residence Endowed Fund.

Quentin Baxter is the CEO of his own music production company, Baxter Music Enterprises, LLC and an active performing and recording artist. He currently tours worldwide with two Grammy-nominated artists – vocalist and composer René Marie, and vocalist Freddy Cole. Baxter also tours with Ranky Tanky – the jazz-infused Gullah music ensemble which he co-founded in 2017. He received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2017, South Carolina’s highest award given in the arts, and he taught at the College of Charleston as an adjunct professor of jazz percussion from 1997 to 2019.

Launched in January 2014 with special guests Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst, IN THE MIX is an Arts Management-produced speaker series connecting musicians and students to music industry leaders. Hosted by world renowned percussionist and two-time Grammy nominee, Quentin Baxter, IN THE MIX is a formal component of the course Introduction to the Music Industry, taught by Visiting Instructor of Arts Management (Music Industry), Heather McDonald. Recent sessions have examined career journeys for women in the music industry, songwriting compensation, and the music streaming business model, while former guest speakers include Darius Rucker, Cary Ann Hearst, and Shannon Herber of the GRAMMY Awards. A full list of previous sessions can be found here.

The College’s Arts Management major offers students who are musicians or interested in working in the music industry the opportunity to pursue a Music Industry Concentration, with courses like History of the Recording Industry, Music in the Marketplace, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, and more. For information, contact Chris Burgess, Director, Arts Management Program (, visit, or call (843) 953-6301.”

Event Type: Lecture/Discussion, Music