Library Society Hosts a 1715 Stradivarius

By Peter Ingle
Library Society Hosts a 1715 Stradivarius

AFTER TWO CONCERTS this week at The Charleston Library Society featuring violin virtuoso Matteo Fedeli on a rare 1715 Stradivarius (“Ex Bazzini”), the time may have come to rename this venerable institution The Charleston Library and Music Society. Since Anne Cleveland took stewardship of the Society some six years ago, she has brought regular... Read »

Pianist Enrique Graf to Perform in New York

By ChasToday
Pianist Enrique Graf to Perform in New York

ON JUNE 20, 2015 New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to hear pianist Enrique Graf in recital. As part of the first season of 5@5 at DiMenna, a series of distinguished pianists, the concert will take place at 5... Read »

“When It Rains…” Marks New Class of Modern Theatre

By Peter Ingle
“When It Rains…” Marks New Class of Modern Theatre

CONTEMPORARY THEATRE, with all its good intentions, has been plagued for years with novelty for novelty’s sake: to give a fresh twist to the old, to garner attention, to just be different, or clever, or quirky—all in the name... Read »

Weilerstein and Barnatan Dazzle at Dock Street

By William Furtwangler
Weilerstein and Barnatan Dazzle at Dock Street

THE THURSDAY MORNING Spoleto Festival USA chamber music series offered amazing musical performances. Violinist Daniel Phillips, Kevin Payne, lute, and Christopher Costanza, cello, caught the 18th century spirit of Giuseppe Tartini’s famous Violin Sonata in G Minor “Devil’s Trill.” Phillips mastered the... Read »

By Carol Furtwangler

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, the long-awaited return to Spoleto Festival USA (Yikes! Another three years later) of the iconic theater artist “Taylor Mac” generated a warehouse full of avid fans, newbies who just wanted to see what the sequins were all... Read »

Spoleto Chamber Standard Slips with Stamitz Quartet

By William Furtwangler
Spoleto Chamber Standard Slips with Stamitz Quartet

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA’S Chamber Music VIII Tuesday morning in the Dock Street Theatre presented the kind of performances which give chamber music a bad name. While the usual standard of this series is high, if not the highest, some... Read »

A Luminous St. Matthew Passion by Westminster Choir

By Peter Ingle
A Luminous St. Matthew Passion by Westminster Choir

THE WESTMINSTER CHOIR’S production of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Sottile Theater may prove to be one of the brightest lights at this year’s Spoleto Festival. It was a world-class concert featuring two choirs, essentially two orchestras, several fine... Read »

Vietnam’s Golden Dragon Water Puppets

By Carol Furtwangler
Vietnam’s Golden Dragon Water Puppets

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, like those of our three year-old granddaughter, is the ideal way to witness the spectacle the “Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre” presented on Tuesday afternoon at the College of Charleston’s Stern Student Center Garden.... Read »

A Dismal, Discordant Decasia

By William Furtwangler
A Dismal, Discordant Decasia

MONDAY EVENING at Spoleto Festival USA the Sottile Theatre found a nearly full house awaiting the festival orchestra under the baton of John Kennedy in two different compositions, both of them unbelievably loud and pushing discordant sounds way beyond what... Read »

Quintessential Brown Dancing

By Eliza Ingle
Quintessential Brown Dancing

THERE WERE EMPTY SEATS DURING “Proscenium Dances,” Trisha Brown’s retrospective concert, and I knew it was because the dancing was not something that grabbed the audience’s attention, pulling them into an emotional state. “Proscenium” is more of a meditational wash where... Read »

Nuttall and Friends in Top Form at Dock Street

By William Furtwangler
Nuttall and Friends in Top Form at Dock Street

SATURDAY MORNING’S Spoleto Festival USA Sixth Chamber Music concert heralded a non-stop display of extraordinary music making: intense, polished and impassioned. Series host and violinist Geoff Nuttall explained in a brief introduction to Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London” the composer’s... Read »

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