Crescendo: Celebrating Arts, Culture & History

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The 2019 Crescendo Celebration features more than 75 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings which are estimated to attract more than 65,000 people from all over the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe.

Kicking off October 10th with the Opening Celebration, the program will amaze and excite attendees until the curtains close on November 15, 2019. 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


Murder on the Orient Express

October 1st - 27th, 2019

All aboard for the exciting fall production of "Murder on the Orient Express" at the Arts Center, October 1- 27. Special Crescendo weekend October 19 - 22. Save $5 by calling and mentioning Crescendo at 843-842-2787 or online at and enter Crescendo19 in the special code, valid during the Crescendo weekend. 

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Crescendo Festival

Crescendo Opening 

October 10, 2019

Join the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head for the Crescendo Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Shelter Cove Community Park. As the sunsets over the Broad Creek enjoy live entertainment provided by the Junior Jazz Foundation, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Gullah Storyteller Louise Cohen, and the Performing Arts Consortium. Cora Miller will guide you through the evening with an action painting by Amiri Farris, ticket giveaways, refreshments and a myriad of arts & cultural displays.

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Jazz For All Ages

October 30 - 31, 2019

LIVE Oceanside at The Sonesta Resort SANTEE BALLROOM on Hilton Head Island A centennial Celebration of Nat king Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right”
featuring Multi-Grammy nominated vocalists Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes with Special Guest trumpet phenomenon Dominick Farinacci, all under the musical direction of world-renowned vibraphonist, composer and educator, Christian Tamburr. As well as the premier of the brand new Deas Guyz Orchestra featuring Reggie Deas. 


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November 2, 2019 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A celebration of life, music, critters and love for Charli Bobinchuck. Funds raised go to the Charli's Critter Fund at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

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Hilton Head Island lantern parade

Lantern Parade

November 9, 2019

A parade of our community in light. Every participant will have a lantern to march. Each lantern will be a representation of our history, our ecology, our recreation or ourselves.

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The Nutcracker

November 15 - 24, 2019

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker for a performance the whole family will enjoy! 


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  • Crescendo Events
    1. Benefit / Party / Reception / Parade>

      Opening Reception for "Inspired Threads"


      Bill Bogle Artist Reception


      An Evening of the Arts


      4th Annual Gullah Food Festival


      ISCA Art Auction 


      Palmetto Animal League Collaboration

      10/28 - 11/02/2019

      Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala


      Nutcracker 5k


      Autoweek's Design Among the Stars


      Murray Sease Artist Reception


      Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade


    2. Concours >

      Savannah Speed Classic

      10/26 -10/27/2019

      Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala


      Concours d'Elegance

      11/1/ - 11/3/2019

      Car Club Showcase


    3. Concert/Music >

      Dixieland Jazz Society of the Lowcountry Jam Session

      The Last Sundays of Crescendo





      Jazz Fest: Centennial Celebration of NAT KING COLE featuring Multi-Grammy Nominated Vocalists JANE MONHEIT & CLINT HOLMES


      Jazz FEST: The DEAS GUYZ ORCHESTRA featuring the incomparable REGGIE DEAS ~ An Evening of Soul, R&B, Motown and More...


      LAVON STEVENS Presents JAZZ in the KEY of Life featuring Louis Spencer

      10/10, 10/17/19, 10/24/19, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14/2019

      The KEVIN BALES Centennial Blues Band

      10/11 - 10/12/2019

      DEAS GUYZ 

      10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10/2019

      The MARTIN LESCH Band "A Journey Through Jazz"

      10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11/2019

      The JAZZ CORNER Ensemble  "FAT TUESDAY" A Celebration of New Orleans & Beyond…

      10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12/2019

      BOBBY RYDER Swings The Great American Songbook ~ Music of the Rat Pack ERA

      10/16,10/30, 11/13/2019

      The AIMEE NOLTE Quartet featuring Nicki Parrott, Justin Varnes & Taylor Roberts

      10/18 & 10/19/2019

      Legendary BLUESMAN EARL WILLIAMS Honors Classic Jazz & Blues

      10/23 & 11/6/2019

      Vibraphonist JOE DOUBLEDAY'S SHOWTIME Band

      10/25 & 10/26/2019

      Grammy Nominated Jazz Vocalist KATE McGARRY with The Christian Tamburr Quartet

      11/1 & 11/2/2019

      World-Renowned Trombonist, Composer, Arranger & Conductor WYCLIFFE GORDON's Quartet

      11/8 & 11/9/2019

    4. Concert/Music Cont. >

      Ray Ushikubo - International Piano Competition Winners’ Recital


      Ray Ushikubo


      Concert Truck



      Barbershop USA

      10/12 - 10/14/2019

      Classical Music Concert with Iris Sheperd and Chee-Hang See

      10/12 - 10/13/2019



      Lantern Parade Making shop and Kick off


      The JOSHUA BOWLUS Quartet SWINGS Disney!


      Music of the Grateful Dead

      11/15 -11/16/2019

      Cranford Hollow


    5. Exhibit >

      The Artist's Gallery at Island Recreation Center

      9/15 - 2/1/20

      Inspired Threads


      Bill Bogle Exhibition

      10/1 - 10/26/2019

      Gayle Miller Exhibition

      10/07 – 12/05/2019

      Gallery Walks "Inspired Threads"

      10/11 10/25/2019

      Vintage Auto Film Exhibition


      Murray Sease Exhibition

      11/05 - 11/30/2019

      SC Governor's School Showcase


      Richard Grant Exhibition at Island Rec Center


      Amiri Farris Exhibition

      Entire Crescendo

      Arts Ob We People - Wall of Art

      Mondays - Saturdays of Crescendo 

      Our Prince of Scribes Exhibition 


    6. Literary/Presentation/Other >

      I Was Born to Be in a Library - Pat Conroy as Reader


      Confessions of Madness, The Discussion


      "The Samuel Project"


      An Evening With our Prince of Scribes 


      Halloween Open Mic Night


      IWN General Meeting


      If These Walls Could Talk


    7. Theater/Dance >

      Murder on the Orient Express

      10/10-12, 10/15-19, 10/22 - 26

      Murder on the Orient Express

      10/13, 10/20,10/27/2019 (Sundays)

      The Humans

      10/17 - 10/27/2019

      The True Story of the Three Little Pigs


      The Capitol Steps

      11/8, 11/9, 11/10/2019

      MSYT Godspell

      11/12 - 11/24/2019

      The Nutcracker

      11/15. 11/17, 11/22, 11/24/2019

    8. Tour >

      Marsh Tacky Horse Tour

      10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15/2019

      Roots of Reconstruction Tour

      10/11, 10/25, 11/8/2019

      Ghosts & Myths of Hilton Head Island


      Fort Mitchel Tour

      Mondays of Crescendo

      Costumed Tours at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

      Thursdays of Crescendo

      Bike Tours In A Historic District

      Wednesdays of Crescendo

      Hilton Head Haunted History Tours

      Wednesdays of Crescendo

      Heyward House Historic Tours

      Monday - Saturday during Crescendo


    9. Workshop/Classes >

      Indigo Exploration


      Cold Connections - Jewelry Making Workshop


      Rediscovering The Discovery of America


      Genealogy Research - Where to Start for Free


      Historic Markers & Sites on Hilton Head Island


      Lantern Making Workshop

      11/6 - 11/7/2019

      Lantern Making Workshops


      Discovery Night at the Museum

      Thursdays of Crescendo

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