Chas Music Fest

CMF Ensemble Radiates in Randolph Hall

Monday, November 25, 2013
by Peter Ingle
CMF Ensemble Radiates in Randolph Hall

CHARLESTON MUSIC FEST just gave the most pristine chamber concert this city has seen since Spoleto. Performing Saturday night at the College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall in a “Viennese” program, five string musicians played works by Austrian composers Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) and Franz Schubert (1797–1828), both noted for their illustrious chamber music. The... Read »

Charleston Music Fest Offers Varied Program

Monday, April 8, 2013
by William Furtwangler
Charleston Music Fest Offers Varied Program

In Charleston Music Fest’s third concert of the 2012-13 season, a varied program from J.S. Bach’s “Chaconne” to Myroslav Skoryk’s “Karpathian Rhapsody” provided a sure-fire vehicle for the 26 year-old violinist Nazar Pylatyuk, a native of the Ukraine. The recital hall in the Simons Center at the College of Charleston was the venue Friday... Read »

Music Fest Trio “Triumphs” at Simons Center

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
by William Furtwangler
Music Fest Trio “Triumphs” at Simons Center

CHARLESTON MUSIC FEST performed on Friday, February 22 at the Recital Hall of the Simons Art Center at the College of Charleston. Lee-Chin Siow, violin, Natalia Khoma, cello, and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano provided sterling readings of two rarely heard works: Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548 and Ernest Chausson’s Piano Trio in... Read »

Welcome Back, Lee-Chin

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Welcome Back, Lee-Chin

IT WAS AN EVENING of exquisite music by Charleston Music Fest—but this concert was about much more than music. It was a resurgence. On Saturday night, violinist Lee-Chin Siow returned to the Simons Center recital stage for the first time since a car accident last year damaged her left arm, resulting in surgery and... Read »

The Majestic Beauty of Bach’s Cello Suites

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
by Peter Ingle
The Majestic Beauty of Bach’s Cello Suites

NOT SURPISINGLY, First Scots Presbyterian was even more full on Tuesday than it had been last Friday when Natalia Khoma played the first three suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach. And she certainly did not disappoint with the remaining three. Suite No. 4 in E flat Major marks a departure from the pleasantly... Read »

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio—to Perfection

Monday, May 28, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio—to Perfection

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY’s music was never far from his life. It was inspired by and became an intensely personal commentary about his life that ineluctably (and thankfully) poured out of him. Such was the case (in this Piccolo Spoleto concert at Waterfront Gallery on Saturday) with his Piano Trio in a minor, Opus 50 subtitled... Read »

Natalia Khoma Commands the Cello Suites

Saturday, May 26, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Natalia Khoma Commands the Cello Suites

GREAT MUSIC requires great talent to bring it alive. The stupendous six suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach certainly fall into this category, as does Natalia Khoma who is performing them during Piccolo Spoleto. At the first note of the Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G Major, Natalia plunged into Bach’s prosaic... Read »

Natalia Khoma Talks about the Bach Cello Suites

Monday, May 14, 2012
by ChasToday

Cellist Natalia Khoma talks about J.S. Bach’s 6 unaccompanied suites for cello which she will perform during 2012 Piccolo Spoleto. For more information about the May 25 (suites 1–3) and May 29 (suites 4–6) concerts, click here. Part 1 Part 2 »

The Mezmerizing Musicians of Charleston Music Fest

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
by Peter Ingle
The Mezmerizing Musicians of Charleston Music Fest

THE MOST IMPORTANT childhood experience of Moscow-born violinist Anna Rabinova happened when, at seven years of age, she heard Yehudi Menuhin play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Moscow Conservatory. Anna, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic, a featured soloist, and a teacher, had been playing violin since she was six,... Read »

Volodymyr Vynnytsky Serves a Musical Feast

Saturday, March 24, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Volodymyr Vynnytsky Serves a Musical Feast

IMAGINE going to a neighborhood restaurant where, to your surprise, a gourmet guest chef has prepared an array of delicious appetizers and a sumptuous main course. Well, that’s what the 100-strong in attendance got at the Charleston Library Society Thursday night when the inimitable Volodymyr Vynnytsky played the piano. Volodymyr personifies the music he... Read »

A Musical Feast at Simons Center

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
by Peter Ingle
A Musical Feast at Simons Center

OF ALL THE College of Charleston concerts that take place on the Simons Center Recital Hall stage (and there a lot of them), my favorite may be Charleston Music Fest. The core group of violinist Lee-Chin Siow, cellist Natalia Khoma (co-founders of Chas Music Fest), and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky are as skilled and dynamic... Read »

With Technique to Burn

Monday, March 7, 2011
by William Furtwangler
With Technique to Burn

A CHAMBER MUSIC STUNNER describes the second Charleston Music Fest concert at the Simons Center Friday night: Cellist Natalia Khoma, violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky programmed two heavy-going works by Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-1975): his Cello and Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40 (1934) and Second Piano Trio in E Minor, Op.67... Read »

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