Spoleto Chamber Music Series 2010
New host Lisa Simeone welcomes you to the 2010 broadcast series of chamber music concerts from the Spoleto Festival USA - the final year of pianist Charles Wadsworth's tenure as the "Chamber Music Man" at Spoleto -- an association that first began in Spoleto, Italy, in 1960. To commemorate his final year, Wadsworth has chosen a series of audience favorites he's programmed over the years, which you'll hear him introduce from the stage of newly-renovated Memminger Auditorium in the heart of historic Charleston, SC.
In this program, we'll hear composer Kenji Bunch's original piece La Ultima Noche en la Casa de Flamenco (“The Last Night in the Flamenco House”); played by the remarkable French clarinetist José Franch-Ballister, joined by Spoleto Chamber Music veteran pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. The centerpiece of the program is a bravura performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor featuring violinist Chee-Yun, the brilliant young cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. You’ll also hear Schubert's poignant trio Das Hirt auf dem Felsen (“The Shepherd on the Rock”) featuring soprano Courtenay Budd, clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, and Artistic Director Charles Wadsworth at the piano.
This program features what Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov describes as “a fantasy on My Beloved Buenos Aires” Omaromar, featuring solo cellist Alisa Weilerstein. There’s also a performance of Telemann’s Concerto in G major for Viola, Strings, and Continuo, featuring emerging Spoleto Chamber Music star Hsin-yun Huang, joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, bassist Tony Manzo, and Colombian harpsichordist Ana Maria Fonseca, as well as Beethoven's epic “Kreutzer” Sonata (The Sonata No. 9 in A for Violin & Piano, Op. 47) in a commanding performance by violinist Chee-Yun and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.
Spoleto Chamber Music Series Director Charles Wadsworth continues his farewell season by inviting bassist Tony Manzo to take a rare solo turn in doublebass composer Giovanni Bottesini's Grand Duo Concertante., There’s also a performance of Mozart's Flute Quartet in G, featuring Spoleto’s resident flutist Tara Helen O’Connor. And Maurice Ravel’s luminous String Quartet, is performed in Memminger Auditorium by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Pianist Charles Wadsworth has chosen a lot of personal favorites for this, his final season as Spoleto Chamber Music Artistic Director. And his favorites tend to be audience favorites as well, as we’ll hear on this program. Note the beautiful aria The Maiden and the Nightingale is often heard as a solo piano piece rather than in its original vocal setting heard here.
In addition to a Haydn trio, this concert features contemporary English composer Paul Harvey's Three Etudes on Themes of George Gershwin, an imaginative workout of tunes from Porgy and Bess for solo clarinet. That’s followed by Chopin's Sonata for Cello and Piano, performed by cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Stephen Prutsman.
This program features a compelling piece by Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov: an Aria, transcribed for violin and piano, from Golijov’s opera Aina del Mar, or “Fountain of Tears,” based on the life of the playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. You’ll also hear the poignant Vocalise by Rachmaninoff, in an arrangement for cello and piano, and Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet, featuring Spoleto’s in-house clarinet virtuoso Todd Palmer.
The golden glow and good cheer of a great Haydn String Quartet is featured on this program from Spoleto, paired with one of Robert Schumann’s all-out masterpieces of chamber music: The Piano Quartet in E-flat, a piece that’s been called “Robert Schumann at his best and most accomplished.”