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Another “Ovation” for Chamber Music Charleston

Sunday, November 16, 2014
by Peter Ingle
Another “Ovation” for Chamber Music Charleston

THE LAST HALF of the nineteenth century was a perfect storm for the arts. Classical forms were established, romanticism was at its height, and impressionism was starting to take shape. The possibilities for finely executed expression seemed endless. Nowhere was this more evident than in music, a delectable taste of which we heard at... Read »

Chamber Music Charleston Charms Again

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
by Peter Ingle
Chamber Music Charleston Charms Again

THIS TIME they did it at the Sottile Theater with a little help from Camille Saint-Saëns, Ogden Nash, and local actors Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead, along with a special dash of the always charismatic clarinetist, Charles Messersmith. Saint-Saëns wrote “The Carnival of the Animals” in 1886 after returning from an unsuccessful (Wikipedia calls it a... Read »

An Inspiring Collaboration

Monday, December 16, 2013
by Peter Ingle
An Inspiring Collaboration

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL ballet just set a noteworthy precedent. Three separate arts organizations in town came together this past weekend in a spirit of collaboration that exceeded expectations, delighted audiences, and showed what is possible. Laura Ball (Uned!ted) and Jonathan Tabbert (Charleston Dance Institute) got together several months ago and conceived the vision... Read »

“Viennese Salon” Highlights Women and Music

Monday, November 11, 2013
by Peter Ingle
“Viennese Salon” Highlights Women and Music

GUEST PIANIST ANDREW ARMSTRONG—now familiar to Chamber Music Charleston audiences—was the one male constant in this CMC “Viennese Salon” that focused on female musicians. Playing to a nearly full Memminger Auditorium crowd on Saturday night, Mr. Armstrong and clarinetist Charles Messersmith opened the program by accompanying soprano Suzanne Fleming-Atwood who sang an absolutely glowing... Read »

The Best Chamber Music in Charleston

Friday, October 4, 2013
by Peter Ingle
The Best Chamber Music in Charleston

EVEN THOUGH it’s been almost a week since I attended this Chamber Music Charleston concert, I keep thinking about the program. Partly because it started and ended with works by my favorite composer (J.S. Bach), but more so because of the piece that was sandwiched in between. I was familiar with the third and... Read »

CMC Charms with Austrian Music at Memminger

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
by Peter Ingle
CMC Charms with Austrian Music at Memminger

CHAMBER MUSIC CHARLESTON (CMC) continues to be one of the finest musical experiences in the region, as well as one of the best values for the money. The music and musicians are top rate, and the venues emanate a familial, relaxed ambience—the essence of “chamber” music. This is true not only of the CMC... Read »

CMC Austrian Evening to Feature Kreisler & Schubert

Saturday, April 13, 2013
by ChasToday
CMC Austrian Evening to Feature Kreisler & Schubert

NEXT SATURDAY, APRIL 20, Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) will bring the spirit of Austria to Memminger Auditorium for the finale of its Kuhn & Kuhn Law Firm Memminger Concert Series. The concert will focus on Austria with special guest pianist Andrew Armstrong joining musicians of Chamber Music Charleston for a program of music by... Read »

The Diversity of American Music

Monday, April 30, 2012
by Peter Ingle
The Diversity of American Music

CHAMBER MUSIC CHARLESTON satisfies your musical appetite without overindulging you. Their menus are hearty, but not too filling. And the size of their courses is just right: tasty, comprehensible, and memorable. They also consistently play with a clean, bright style, as demonstrated Saturday night at Memminger Auditorium by violinists Frances Hsieh and Jenny Weiss,... Read »

Chamber Music Savoir Faire

Monday, February 6, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Chamber Music Savoir Faire

ONCE AGAIN, a (large) Charleston audience got a taste of the fine caliber of our local musicians—thanks to Sandra Nikolajevs and her efforts to see Chamber Music Charleston not only flourish but become the standard bearer of classical music as a complete cultural experience. “A Celebration of France” was presented as an evening of French... Read »

Celebrating French Music Bistro Style

Friday, January 27, 2012
by ChasToday
Celebrating French Music Bistro Style

WANT TO HEAR some of the best French romantic music while sipping wine in a Paris bistro? In this case, the ‘‘bistro’ will be at 56 Beaufain Street on Saturday, February 4, when Chamber Music Charleston presents its second installment of the Kuhn & Kuhn Law Firm Memminger Concert Series. Come early to sip... Read »

Beethoven’s “Women” at the Library Society

Friday, October 28, 2011
by ChasToday
Beethoven’s “Women” at the Library Society

FRESH FROM THEIR PERFORMANCE in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston will present “Beethoven: His Women and His Music” at the Charleston Library Society, Thursday November 3 at 7:00 P.M. This innovative musical drama combines the live classical music of Beethoven’s Archduke Piano Trio with... Read »

A Magic Moment of Live Chamber Music

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
by Peter Ingle
A Magic Moment of Live Chamber Music

WHY DIDN’T ANYONE think of this before? After all, Charleston is a Southern social town. It only makes sense that one of the best ways to present classical music is in a social context—with bistro tables wrapping around the stage, wine served beforehand, and the crowd mingling in a cheerful, festive ambiance for 45... Read »

The Art of Fine Living “Live’

Monday, October 10, 2011
by ChasToday
The Art of Fine Living “Live’

THE ART OF FINE LIVING doesn’t get much better than when it combines world-class chamber music with fine wine and gourmet food. Which is what’s going to happen Saturday night, October 15 as Chamber Music Charleston presents “A Celebration of Germany,” the first of its distinctive Memminger Concert Series. What makes these concerts unique... Read »

Mozart In The South Sets the Season’s Tone

Sunday, September 18, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Mozart In The South Sets the Season’s Tone

CAUGHT UP as we are in these frantic, full-bore, financially uncertain times, it is not easy to slip away, find a few minutes of outer—not to mention inner—quiet, and get away from it all. Yes, this is what we try to do on our walks, runs, and bicycle rides, or within the secret seclusion... Read »

A Musical Gallery

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
by ChasToday
A Musical Gallery

IT’S ONE THING to listen to chamber music in a bleak, bare-walled auditorium. It’s quite another to soak in the sounds as you sit inside an art gallery where wine and hors d’ouevres await. That’s at least four things you have to look forward to this weekend when Chamber Music Charleston presents another signature... Read »

Chamber Charm & Excitement at Memminger

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
Chamber Charm & Excitement at Memminger

THE MUSICIANS of Chamber Music Charleston celebrated their fifth anniversary in front of a happy sellout crowd (including LOTS of young people) Saturday evening at Memminger auditorium. CMC is known primarily for gracing Charleston’s historic private homes and churches with their music, but they’ve expanded their activities to include their Mozart in the South... Read »

No Longer a Secret

Thursday, February 24, 2011
by Peter Ingle
No Longer a Secret

AS THE CLASSICAL MUSIC options in Charleston keep growing, there is one chamber music ensemble that, although it has stayed very busy, has remained somewhat of a secret in town—probably because it does so many private-home concerts on Kiawah, Seabrook, and Edisto, as well as downtown, on Daniel Island, and in Summerville. Well, the... Read »

Nurturing the Arts

Thursday, January 6, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Nurturing the Arts

SHE KEEPS DOING IT. She keeps encouraging kids to enjoy and appreciate classical music. And they love it. They also packed the Dock Street Theatre a few days before Christmas to hear it. Selections, that is, of Christmas favorites performed by the Chamber Music Charleston trio of Nonoko Okada (violin), Regina Helcher Yost (flute),... Read »

Real Musical Theatre

Thursday, January 6, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Real Musical Theatre

SILENCE, tears, integrity, and music. These are what remain vivid in my mind nearly two weeks after seeing The Gift of the Magi at the Dock Street Theatre. Ostensibly, it was a co-production of the American author O. Henry’s play put on by Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston. But at... Read »

The Art of Giving

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
by Peter Ingle
The Art of Giving

IMAGINE SEEING O. Henry, the twentieth-century raconteur and humorist, live on stage in Charleston. Well, it’s happening December 22 and 23 at the Dock Street Theatre where O. Henry himself will recount The Gift of The Magi, his touching Christmas story about the true nature of love and giving. On one end of the... Read »

A Delicious Interlude

Saturday, November 13, 2010
by Peter Ingle
A Delicious Interlude

AN INTERMEZZO is a musical interlude, which is what we got last Saturday afternoon during 45 precious minutes of string music (as a taste of the Intermezzo Concert Series by Chamber Music Charleston). Violist Jill King set the tone for this free performance with her heartfelt opening to Jay Unger’s “Ashokan Farewell”—the music that... Read »

Finale on the Lawn

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
by Lindsay Koob
Finale on the Lawn

SUNDAY’S THREAT OF RAIN never materialized—at least not at the idyllic grounds of Middleton Place. So the Mozart in the South Festival went ahead with its planned open-air grand finale concert as the evening sun slowly sank behind the western tree line into dusk and darkness, taking some of the afternoon’s oppressive heat with... Read »

More Mesmerizing Music

Saturday, September 11, 2010
by Lindsay Koob
More Mesmerizing Music

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH of St. Luke & St. Paul was well-nigh packed for Friday evening’s second concert of the Mozart in the South Festival. We heard a rewarding program under the deft baton of conductor Peter Shannon, Music Director of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. The program kicked off with a scintillating go at W.... Read »

A Smashing Start

Friday, September 10, 2010
by Lindsay Koob
A Smashing Start

THE SECOND ANNUAL Mozart in the South (MITS) Festival, organized and staged by Chamber Music Charleston, got off to a smashing start Thursday evening with an ambitious and varied chamber program at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. With its blend of chamber and orchestral music, MITS is an important feature of musical life in the... Read »

Beethoven Alive

Monday, May 31, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Beethoven Alive

THEY SAY THE BEST acting—like the best music, best dancing, and best art—is done from the inside. You can learn technique—the outside part—but it doesn’t become ‘art’ until you tap an inner source from whence flows an indescribable something that renders technique secondary: as a tool to be employed. That’s what Clarence Felder did... Read »

The Inner Fabric of Beethoven

Saturday, May 22, 2010
by Peter Ingle
The Inner Fabric of Beethoven

IT IS ONE THING to hear his music. It is another to see Beethoven himself on stage with the musicians as he divulges his inner struggles—in particular, his plight with women. In a unique musical-theatre presentation, this is exactly what Clarence Felder does to perfection in the Piccolo Spoleto production of Beethoven, His Women,... Read »

Landscapes for Music

Sunday, March 7, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Landscapes for Music

THIS IS JUST ONE of the stunning photos by Michael Kahn (it’s huge) at Martin Gallery on Broad Street. And the serenity of his work could hardly have been better complemented than by a recent performance in the gallery by Chamber Music Charleston. I had heard four of the five musicians before, so I... Read »

Music Medley at Martin Gallery

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Music Medley at Martin Gallery

THERE IS SOMETHING about combining classical music and fine art that brings out the best in both. The syncopation of visual and audio impressions. The mutual sharpening of eye and ear. And simply the elegance of two rich experiences at the same time that enables you to savor the moment in a deeper way.... Read »

The Septet That Swept Europe

Monday, October 12, 2009
by Peter Ingle
The Septet That Swept Europe

CAN YOU GUESS which of Beethoven’s works was by far the most popular during his early career? Well, you probably have not even heard of it—much less heard it—because the piece called for an unusual combination of seven instruments and belonged to a “divertimento” genre that went out of style in the mid 18th... Read »

A Rabbit, Live Music, and a Reading

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
by Peter Ingle
A Rabbit, Live Music, and a Reading

IT’S ONE THING to give your kids music lessons. It’s another thing to let them see, listen to, and talk to real musicians. And what better way than to combine it with a live reading by a professional actor? So make plans to bring your children and grandchildren and come share the magic of... Read »

A Classical Circus for Kids

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
by Peter Ingle
A Classical Circus for Kids

TALK ABOUT PLAYING. Ever heard a percussion explosion, a wind quintet blowout, or a hungry monk orchestra? Well you can this Saturday at Marion Square where your kids can also pick up real instruments and give them a go. They can also bring their own instruments and get some free professional instruction—maybe while you... Read »

Mozart in the What?

Sunday, September 6, 2009
by Peter Ingle
Mozart in the What?

MOZART IN THE SOUTH (in Charleston) is expected to be a vibrant, four-day music festival to celebrate the start of another classical music season. The mini-festival runs from this Thursday, September 10, through Sunday. And it includes a series of all-day Saturday events for children at Marion Square. Not by accident, this is all... Read »

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