The Daniel Island Performing Arts Center (DIPAC) has added another creative talent to its growing leadership roster. Guests at a special event hosted by DIPAC at Daniel Island’s Wharf 7 clubhouse on Oct. 18 were introduced to the facility’s new director of music – Ron Mendola. In addition to being a gifted trumpet player, Mendola currently leads the Southcoast Symphony, which will serve as DIPAC’s resident orchestra. Mendola’s distinguished resume includes playing with a number of accomplished musicians and performers over the years, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Arethra Franklin and The Who.
The recent DIPAC event at Wharf 7 also featured musical performances by violinist Seth Gangwer and vocalist Aisha Kenyetta Frazier. Also in attendance were Ken Lamb, music director of the Charleston Symphony; Michael Smith, executive director of the Charleston Symphony; Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish; and Anita Zucker of the Intertech Group.
A groundbreaking for the Daniel Island Performing Arts Center is expected next year for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.