Spoleto Collaboration Host Marc Overton gives a glimpse of the Spoleto-inspired collaborations that happen between the festival's artists, managers and others.
Vivaldi, from Spoleto’s Chamber Music Vets We open up with the opening movement of a Concerto for Bassoon & Strings by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring Peter Kolkay, a young bassoonist in his twenties who now teaches at the University of South Carolina, and the sensational young cellist Alisa Weilerstein. They are joined by some true Spoleto veterans: violist Daniel Phillips, who’s been part of EVERY Spoleto Chamber Music summer since the Festival began in 1977; violinist Scott St. John of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Edward Allman, a double bassist who’s a year-round Charlestonian; he’s also a member of the Charleston Symphony. On the harpsichord, Pedja Muzijevic, one of the most fascinating – and versatile – musicians in ANY genre at Spoleto.
Backstage with Pedja Muzijevic Like the controversial Spoleto Festival Poster for this year, Pedja Muzijevic has his own South Carolina – Rhode Island connection: he spent many summers at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island, a festival distinguished by performances in grand mansions of lesser-known material…with little or no time to prepare! Muzijevic was born in Sarajevo, and his resume includes being a top-prize winner of the Busoni Piano Competition; a prize winner from the Chopin Society of Warsaw; a degree recipient from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and the Juilliard School in New York. Muzijevic has been gaining a lot of attention as the Music Director of the Innovative new Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, founded by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Our Spoleto Today executive producer Ben Roe goes backstage at Charleston's Dock Street Theatre to talk with the “triple-threat” chamber musician
Pedja & SLSQ Play Schumann Pedja Muzijevic - at the piano this time - is joined by the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the Finale of one of Schumann’s great works: The Piano Quintet in E-flat major. Played at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston last Friday afternoon, it’s the first of the 17 different programs of chamber music taking place this Spoleto season. Almost all of those performances will feature the musicians heard in this performance, in one combination or another: pianist Pedja Muzijevic, Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza playing the cello.
Charlotte’s Renaissance Marc Overton introduces us to Bob Pritchard, director of the Charlotte-based choral group Renaissance. We hear two performances by the ensemble: First up, Philip Stopford's For the Beauty of the Earth, performed at Charleston's Circular Congregational Church at last year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. And from this year's Piccolo Spoleto performance at the Circular Congregational Church, Renaissance performs the eight-part anthem O Clap Your Hands, a piece written by Orlando Gibbons in 1622. Gibbons had something to clap about, all right – he wrote this piece on the occasion of receiving his Doctor of Music degree from Oxford.
Spoleto DayBook: Invitation to the Dance QuinTango: La Puñlada Marc Overton has some Dance suggestions for Spoleto, and we hear a little music by El Rey del Compas - the King of the Beat – Argentinian tango composer Juan D’Arienzo, played here by the piano-and-string group called QuinTango. They’re back at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival this year with two shows that mix music, stories, dances, and even some video.
Perry Tannenbaum in the Press Box Perry Tanenbaum, an arts writer for Charlotte's Creative Loafing, details his Festival stand-outs from Week 1.
Beethoven con brio The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra plays a couple of full-sized concerts at the Gaillard Auditorium, but this young “supergroup” of musicians also performs in smaller incarnations at a series of 5 pm concerts called “Intermezzi” at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Here they play, with a little brio, the last movement of the Symphony No. 4 by Beethoven. Pierre Vallet conducted this first Intermezzi concert of the 2010 Spoleto Festival USA.
Overtones IV -Skeletons in Charleston’s Closet Marc Overton joins Jennifer Foster to consider some long-buried Charleston legends that deserve to resurface, if only to be put out to sea.