Spoleto Backstage

Spoleto Backstage: Bach Bonus Round

July 24, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Sean Birch
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This episode of Spoleto Backstage highlights the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with Spoleto chamber music series performances of two works representative of the German baroque composer’s prolific and wide-ranging output: his Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe, BWV...

Spoleto Backstage: Kreisler, Golijov, Tchaikovsky, And Alisa Weilerstein

July 4, 2020 - Posted in SCETV by Sean Birch
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Credit South Carolina Public Radio In this episode of Spoleto Backstage , Geoff Nuttall and Bradley Fuller revisit another unforgettable program from the past decade of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series. Before moving to the music itself, the two hosts talk...

SC Public Radio to offer Spoleto Festival USA programming as part of ‘Spoleto at Home’ initiative

May 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – SC Public Radio (SCPR) today announced plans to offer Spoleto Festival programming as part of a new “Spoleto at Home” initiative. The network will utilize its “Sonatas & Soundscapes” program, as well as its “Spoleto Backstage” podcast to bring past...

Selecting the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

June 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Director and conductor John Kennedy with the Spoleto USA orchestra

They are sure signs of Spoleto in downtown Charleston; instrument toting musicians and scorching heat. Among the jostling violin cases, is Shannon Fitzhenry. She’s back for her second year with the annual Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, one of 92 musicians chosen to play. “...

Spoleto Backstage: 'What Girls Are Made Of';'One Thousand And One Nights'; John Kennedy

June 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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On this final episode of Spoleto Backstage for 2019, host Adam Parker speaks with Cora Bissett, writer and star, and Orla O'Loughlin, director, of the play "What Dreams Are Made Of." Based on Bissett's life story, the production follows a Scottish schoolgirl's rise to rock...

Cuban Musicians Bring a Funky Beat to the Charleston Jazz Academy

June 5, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Students at Charleston Jazz Institute take a master class as part of Spoleto community outreach program

Scribbling notes on a dry erase board just won't do. So David Virelles plays them instead, on a piano. The Cuban composer and pianist is teaching a masters class at the Charleston Jazz Academy in North Charleston, as part of the Spoleto arts festival's community outreach...

Spoleto Backstage: Rob Taylor; Joe Miller; 'Salome'

June 4, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
Spoleto Backstage: Rob Taylor; Joe Miller; 'Salome'

On this edition of Spoleto Backstage , host Adam Parker chats with Rob Taylor, director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston, artistic director of the Taylor Festival Choir, and director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, about his...

Spoleto Festival Hopes to Inspire Children through Music

May 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Chamber Music musicians plays for kids at Sanders Clyde Elementary School in downtown Charleston

Chamber music and children may seem like an unusual combination. But don't tell that to Geoff Nuttall. The director of Spoleto’s Chamber Music Series works a room of fourth and fifth graders like the strings of his violin, with charisma and class. “Music has been such a...

Spoleto Backstage: Punch Brothers; Shakespeare's Globe

May 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , host Adam Parker speaks with mandolinist and singer-songwriter Chris Thile of the progressive bluegrass group Punch Brothers about their history of performing at Spoleto Festival USA. The two also discuss Thile's experiences as host of...

Spoleto Backstage: I'm With Her; 1927 Theatre Company; Paul Wiancko

May 28, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , host Adam Parker interviews singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz about I'm With Her, a folk trio consisting of Jarosz, Sara Watkins, and Aoife O’Donovan. Sonatas and Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller speaks with...

Spoleto Backstage: Piccolo Spoleto; 'Pay No Attention To The Girl'; 'Letter To A Friend In Gaza'

May 21, 2019 - Posted in News by Adam Parker
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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , we learn about this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival from Scott Watson, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the city of Charleston, and violinist Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Host Adam...

Spoleto Backstage: Previewing Spoleto Festival USA 2019

May 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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The Spoleto Backstage podcast returns for 2019 to introduce you to the artists and people who make things happen at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. Join host Adam Parker of the Post and Courier as we speak to key figures and artists about their performances before they...

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...

Spoleto Backstage: Ranky Tanky; Colla And Sons Marionette Co.; 'Chore Monkeys'

May 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Sean Birch
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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , trumpeter Charleton Singleton talks about the success of Gullah-inspired jazz ensemble Ranky Tanky. Sonatas and Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller meets up with Marco Ceco, the conductor of the Colla and Sons Marionette’s production of "...

Spoleto Backstage: The Backstage Scoop

May 24, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Jeanette Guinn
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To kick off Spoleto Festival USA , we interviewed key figures and artists about their performances before they go live. Let us take you backstage to get the inside scoop from Spoleto’s general director, Nigel Redden; the mayor of Charleston, John Tecklenburg; and the...

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