[image-1]The bright, loud world of 5 p.m. bumper-to-bumper traffic is not our ideal place to be after a long day at school or work. The Charleston Academy of Music’s Rush Hour Mini Concert Series seeks to alleviate this stress by offering a chance to relax and enjoy some classical music for free right before dinnertime.

For the Nov. 7 concert, soprano Katherine Clarkson will be accompanied by Gerald Garrett on piano singing songs and arias from the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods, featuring composers like Gaetano Donizetti, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc.

The series began last fall as a part of CAM’s 10-year anniversary celebration, and has continued as a way to showcase faculty and honor students’ talents in an accessible way. “It’s just a short and sweet early evening concert series, so younger students can also easily attend,” says Christine Arant, administrative director of CAM.

The concerts are held at CAM’s Recital Hall on 189 Rutledge Ave. from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Visit charlestonmusic.org or call (843) 805-7794 for more info.