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Clay, jazz and strings top this week’s arts events

Suzanna Pavlovsky conducts the Palmetto Chamber Orchestra.
Suzanna Pavlovsky conducts the Palmetto Chamber Orchestra.

There’s a new orchestra in town

A fledgling chamber orchestra made up of mostly music teachers is on the rise in Columbia.

The Palmetto Chamber Orchestra, an all-string ensemble, started last July as an informal get-together among music educators and friends and is now a 20-member performing group.

“The idea to form this group was to have an opportunity for string lovers in the community to play,” orchestra director Suzanna Pavlovsky said. “Strings instruments in my opinion have this warmth and color and a very different texture” from other instruments, she said.

The Palmetto Chamber Orchestra will have a free performance titled “Nature and Passion” on Oct. 16 at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center.

Pavlovsky, who teaches music appreciation at Midlands Technical College, said she wants to bring a younger, fresher look to the orchestra.

University music school students and talented high schoolers are welcome to join. And instead of the traditional all-black attire for performances, Pavlovsky encourages her musicians to dress in bright, happy colors.

“I’m trying to put a different face on the orchestra,” she said.

The “Nature and Passion” show is 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at 306 Flora Drive. Free. www.facebook.com/Palmetto-Chamber-Orchestra-1496731377317776/

OTHER ARTS EVENTS AROUND THE MIDLANDS

State Street First Friday Art Crawl

Gallery West will be showing off the work of three artists in the exhibition, “Hands at Work: Clay, Fiber and Wood,” at the First Friday Art Crawl on State Street. Frame of Mind will have a show called “Grit: A Unique View of Adluh,” showcasing sides of Adluh Flour that are rarely seen. Five artists were invited inside the mill, including a part that was demolished, rebuilt and will soon house Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom.

5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 on State Street, West Columbia. Free.

Jazz at 701 Whaley

Friends & Neighbors, a Norwegian jazz quintet highly regarded on the European jazz scene, comes to Columbia. The group mixes loose arrangements and improvisation for an expressive and elastic show.

8 p.m. Wednesday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St. $10 701 CCA members, $12 non-members. www.701cca.org

“Critical Materiality: Three S.C. Women in Clay”

The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College kicks off its 2016-17 season with the clay works of Mary Carlisle, Glenda Guion and Ashley Puckett. On display now through Oct. 16.

There will be a gallery talk and reception at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in Goodall Gallery at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. www.columbiasc.edu/academics/arts-a-communication-studies/studio-art/goodall-gallery

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