The Arts

The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy at Piccolo Spoleto

June 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
A projected "apparition" of the Carolina Parakeet, part of the installations "Carrion Cheer."

Artist Christian Orendt talks with Jeanette Guinn about The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy an installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Calhoun Street as part of Piccolo Spoleto. Orendt is half of the Germany-based duo Böhler & Orendt who have...

Bassist Reggie Workman Shares Perspective, Life Experiences with Students of Charleston Jazz Academy

June 7, 2018 - Posted in Education by Bradley Fuller
Reggie Workman at the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Working with jazz legends like John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, and numerous others has given double bassist Reggie Workman more than a little perspective on music-making. On Monday, June 4th, the eighty-year-old exponent of hard bop and avant-garde jazz shared...

Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor John Kennedy Conducts 'Tree of Codes' Premiere

June 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
John Kennedy, conductor in residence at Spoleto Festival USA.

John Kennedy talks with Jeanette Guinn about the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and about the U.S. Pemiere of the opera, Tree of Codes . Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which audience members might encounter...

Finding Humor in a Life with Cancer

June 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
David Lee Nelson

A comedy. About cancer. From award-winning solo performer David Lee Nelson ( Elephant in My Closet ) brings Stages to Piccolo Spoleto - a new play about finding hope in the most unlikely of places. Nelson talks with Jeanette Guinn about life with cancer, the play, and his...

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk Works Its Magic on the Actors as Well as the Audience

June 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Daisy Maywood and Marc Antolin in The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall—the flying lovers of Vitebsk—are immortalized as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Cornish theater company Kneehigh, whose...

U.S. Premiere of Donzietti Opera at Spoleto Sets 19th Century Drama in Facist Italy

June 6, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
Lidiya Yankovskay

Lidiya Yankovskaya is the music director of Chicago's Opera Lyric Theater. At Spoleto Festival USA she is conducting the U.S. premiere and Spoleto production of Donizetti's Pia de Tolomei . She talks with Jeanette Guinn about the opera, its production, and about learning...

Spoleto Backstage: the Conductors

June 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
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In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Jeanette Guinn sits down with Spoleto's busiest conductor John Kennedy who will be involved with three of this years performances: Music in Time , Tree of Codes , and You are Mine Own . We also get to hear from the conductor of Pia de...

Chamber Music Series' First Trombonist Changing Common Perceptions of his Instrument

June 4, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
Peter Moore

With string quartets, piano trios, and woodwind quintets often receiving the spotlight, the trombone is seldom a contender for pride of place among instruments featured in chamber music programs. If included at all, it’s often sharing the stage with four other instruments...

Tree of Codes Receives US Premiere at Spoleto Festival

June 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Spoleto Festival USA presents the US premiere of Liza Lim's Tree of Codes, based in part on Jonathan Safran Foer's book.

Among the featured operas of the 2018 Spoleto Festival is Tree of Codes , a 2015 work by Australian composer Liza Lim. The opera received its US premiere on May 26th at Dock Street Theatre, and is being performed there through June 7th under the direction of Ong Keng Sen...

Distinguished Artists Play Southern Sound Series in York

May 31, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Regionals by Kaitlyn Cannon
The Steel Wheels playing the Southern Sound Series

The Southern Sound Series is an annual event hosted by the Culture and Heritage Museums at McCelvey Center's Lowry Family Theatre in York, South Carolina. The musical acts this year included Nikki Lane, The Steel Wheels, Mark O’Connor Band, and Rhiannon Giddens. While each...

JACK Brings Chamber Music's Cutting Edge to Charleston

May 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
JACK peforming a section of Darmstadt Kindergarten.

Coordinated playing is essential for the members of an internationally-recognized string quartet... coordinated choreography, not so much. Unless that quartet is taking on Mark Applebaum’s Darmstadt Kindergarten . Watch JACK peform Mark Applebaum's Darmstadt Kindergarten...

Spoleto Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence Also a Performer in the Series

May 28, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Composer, double-bassist, Doug Balliett

From playing double bass, to teaching historic performance at Julliard, to writing poetry and works of music, contemporary American composer Doug Balliett stays busy. As composer-in-residence for the chamber music series of the forty-second Spoleto Festival USA, Doug is not...

Pulling Strings to Stage an Opera

May 28, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
Conductor Marco Seco

With its humorous situations, tangle of love interests, and recognizably-flawed characters, Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage) is an emblematic example of eighteenth-century opera buffa. A feel-good production of its day, Il Matrimonio Segreto...

Barbara Cook on Piano Jazz

May 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Barbara Cook at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall gala, MOMA, New York City. (April 12th 2011)

This week Piano Jazz remembers Barbara Cook (1927 – August 8, 2017), the Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyric soprano who was a favorite of audiences around the world. She was a star on Broadway as an ingénue and became a staple of the New York cabaret scene in the later...

Bluegrass Music is a South Carolina Tradition

May 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
The mandolin is a central of many Bluegrass groups.

Bluegrass music has always been popular in South Carolina, but Willie Wells thinks it’s about to break out to a new, mass popularity. Every Friday night, Wells holds a bluegrass jam at his store, Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor. Fans and musicians enjoy a performance...

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