SPOTLIGHT SERIES

We are hosting the Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Series May 28-June 6, 2019.

Concerts at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tickets at the door or ahead online: Unless otherwise noted: Adults $21, Senior $18, Student $11

Tuesday, May 28 - Fantasma: Piano Trio - Exploring how composers expose the dark shadows that underlie joy, beauty, and humor, Trio Appassionata makes its Piccolo Spoleto debut in a concert featuring Beethoven’s mysterious “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and Shostakovich’s wildly intense Trio No. 2 in E minor. Comprised of American violinist Lydia Chernicoff, Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim, this trio takes listeners on a vivid musical tour.

Wednesday, May 29 - The In Between: Jazz and poetry - Combining jazz and spoken word, Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, takes the stage with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis, and pianist Gerald Gregary for a one of a kind performance. Joining the ensemble is Tyler Ross, a prominent jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher with additional original music by Brooklyn based musician Nathan Koci, and jazz pianist and recent College of Charleston graduate Maxx Bradley. Amaker will debut new compositions throughout the show.

Thursday, May 30 - CSO Strings - Rejoice! - Charleston Symphony musicians, Yuriy Bekker, Micah Gangwer, Jan-Marie Joyce, Sadie DeWall, Norbert Lewandowski, and Damian Kremer, are joined by new Charlestonian and retired National Symphony Orchestra violinist, Pam Hentges, in a performance of an epic work by the sixteen-year-old prodigy composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, several talented music students will join the professionals in a side-by-side performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s lush work, “Souvenir de Florence.”

Friday, May 31 - Chamber Music Charleston - Get to know the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with Chamber Music Charleston’s “A Mendelssohn Family Music Salon.” The program will explore the music of the wildly talented 19th-century siblings. The program includes a selection of chamber songs by both Fanny and Felix followed by movements from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete Piano Trio in D minor. Chamber Music Charleston: violinist Frances Hsieh, cellist Timothy O’Mally, pianist Irina Pevzner, and soprano Suzanne Fleming Atwood perform the works.

Saturday, June 1 at 12:00PM - (Young Artists Series, College of Charleston) - C of C Concert Choir - Under the direction of Robert Taylor, conductor, this outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. This concert only, $11 general admission.

Saturday, June 1 at 5:00PM - CSO Brass and Organ - Orchestra’s brass section and organist Daniel Sansone for a concert of music for brass and organ. The concert explores the varied sonorities offered by the brass quintet and the ‘king of instruments,’ drawing on music from four centuries, and includes both original works and transcriptions. Sonic blockbusters from composers including Richard Strauss, George Gershwin and Eugene Gigout will fill the wonderful acoustics of the historic Second Presbyterian Church.

Mon June 3 - Hello Saxophone! - Versatile saxophonist extraordinaire, Jonathan Kammer, returns to Piccolo with a new program in his signature concert series to present exciting music from widely acclaimed composer Gregory Wanamaker. These virtuosic, lyrical, graceful, and funky compositions for saxophone, clarinet, piano and other woodwinds will be a delight for lovers of saxophone and lovers of contemporary classical music alike.

Tuesday, June 4 - Carol Gimbel, viola - Violist Carol Gimbel returns to Piccolo Spoleto for another commanding chamber music performance. Along with her New York City collaborators, renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and celebrated countertenor Daniel Moody, the trio will perform Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano, along with “Es Sang vor langen Jahren.”

Wednesday, June 5 - Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, vocals - Hailed as “glamorous on stage, but regular at home,” international opera and musical theatre stars Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas present an intimate cabaret program of show tunes and standards. This concert only - $18 general admission.

Thursday, June 6 - Charleston Piano Trio - Join Charleston’s own, Yuriy Bekker, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano for a performance of masterworks by Ernest Chausson and Franz Joseph Haydn. Chausson’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 is romantic, gorgeous, moving and rarely performed in concert. In contrast, Haydn’s “Gypsy Trio” is a fun and whimsical work featuring Hungarian Gypsy themes in the last movement. This evening of fine chamber music masterpieces, performed by your favorite Ukrainian and Belarussian musicians, is not to be missed.