CofC Concerts

The Gaillard Welcomes CofC Orchestra

Friday, November 27, 2015
by Peter Ingle
The Gaillard Welcomes CofC Orchestra

THE CHANCE TO PERFORM in The Gaillard Center is now something very special, and it showed Monday night when the College of Charleston Orchestra, under the direction of Yuriy Bekker, debuted there with a wonderful, hour-long (free) concert. The full orchestra of 55-plus musicians, supplemented by several CSO players who teach at the College, played with a bright, tight,... Read »

CofC Opens IPS Series with a Flourish

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
by William Furtwangler
CofC Opens IPS Series with a Flourish

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON Department of Music presented Tuesday night the opening program of its 2014-15 International Piano Series (IPS) with an electrifying demonstration of nineteenth-century piano virtuosity. The pianist was Ran Dank, newly appointed to the department. He is the director of piano studies and artistic director of the IPS. He is a gifted... Read »

Yuriy Bekker Leads Impressive CofC Orchestra

Monday, April 21, 2014
by Lindsay Koob
Yuriy Bekker Leads Impressive CofC Orchestra

I DECIDED TO TAKE A BREAK from my duties for Delos—the CD label I write for—long enough to catch last Monday night’s concert at the Sottile Theater—featuring two really terrific soloists performing with the lately much-improved College of Charleston (CofC) Orchestra under the baton of Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Concertmaster and Acting Artistic Director,... 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 »

Pianist Ciro Foderé Triumphs at Sottile

Friday, February 22, 2013
by Lindsay Koob
Pianist Ciro Foderé Triumphs at Sottile

EMERGING URUGUAYAN PIANO VIRTUOSO Ciro Foderé delivered a magnificent recital on Tuesday evening at the Sottile Theatre as part of the College of Charleston’s dependable International Piano Series. Foderé—one of Artist-in-Residence Enrique Graf’s most accomplished and promising protégés—is a familiar figure to Charleston audiences, having given many fine recitals and several noteworthy concerto performances... Read »

Fiery Pianist Ciro Foderé Will Visit Sottile

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
by ChasToday
Fiery Pianist Ciro Foderé Will Visit Sottile

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES at the College of Charleston is heating up again. Ciro Foderé’s latest performances have been described as “masterful, electric, fiery and lyrical” and “edge-of-the-seat thrilling.” As a First Prize winner of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition, he has performed Saint-Saens, Liszt, and Gershwin Concertos with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Third... Read »

This Piano Duo is Making Their Mark

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
by Peter Ingle
This Piano Duo is Making Their Mark

THE TAN AND SEE PIANO DUO gave another spirited performance at the Simons Center on Monday night, this time in traditional native outfits. The occasion was the 101st birthday of College of Charleston music sponsor, John Zeigler. The celebratory house was packed and the program was plentiful. What a pleasure it is to watch... Read »

Steven Lin Fascinates in IPS Recital

Thursday, January 17, 2013
by Lindsay Koob
Steven Lin Fascinates in IPS Recital

STEVEN LIN’S TUESDAY EVENING International Piano Series recital at the Sottile Theatre brought many delights (and several surprises) to his substantial and appreciative audience. Lin, a rising young Taiwanese-American virtuoso, is now pursuing postgraduate studies at the prestigious Juilliard School; he has garnered top prizes at several important competitions, and will soon appear in... Read »

Steven Lin is Coming to the Sottile

Thursday, January 10, 2013
by ChasToday
Steven Lin is Coming to the Sottile

PIANIST STEVEN LIN soloed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at 14. Since then, he has performed at Dublin National Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Salle Cortot and the Louvre Auditorium in Paris. He has also been a soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the... 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 »

Prats Delivers Stunning Recital at Sottile

Monday, November 26, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
Prats Delivers Stunning Recital at Sottile

ONE MUSIC WRITER recently called Cuban keyboard master Jorge Luis Prats “…the greatest pianist you’ve never heard of.” This characterization may well be a valid attention-getter for most of today’s piano fans worldwide, but (trust me) the “never heard of” part of it won’t hold true for long. And he is certainly no stranger to... Read »

Jorge Luis Prats “Returns” to Sottile

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
by ChasToday
Jorge Luis Prats “Returns” to Sottile

THE WESTERN CAREER of pianist Jorge Luis Prats was “reborn” after more than 30 years, and the College of Charleston International Piano Series is one of the prime beneficiaries. When he was 21, Prats won the Grand Prix at the “Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud” International Competition, began performing widely, and recorded for Deutsche Gramaphon. The doors... Read »

Schimpf Impresses in IPS Opener

Friday, November 2, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
Schimpf Impresses in IPS Opener

DISTINGUISHED GERMAN PIANIST Alexander Schimpf delivered a varied and worthwhile recital Tuesday evening at the Sottile Theater. As winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and other prestigious contests, he enjoys a thriving concert career; Tuesday’s appearance was one of more than 50 on his current tour of the United States. He opened his... Read »

Award-Winning Schimpf to Open Piano Series

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
by ChasToday
Award-Winning Schimpf to Open Piano Series

GERMAN-BORN ALEXANDER SCHIMPF is becoming one of the best known pianists of his generation. Awarded the Audience Prize by those in attendance at the final round of the Cleveland Competition, Mr. Schimpf has performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also played recitals at Carnegie Hall, Beethovenhaus in Bonn,... Read »

Harpsichord Highlights

Thursday, September 6, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
Harpsichord Highlights

I WAS IMMENSELY pleased to attend the College of Charleston’s most recent Monday Evening Concert Series event at the Simons Center Recital Hall, featuring a pleasant hour of harpsichord music winningly performed by Adam Jaffe. A former piano student of CofC Artist-in-Residence, Enrique Graf, at Carnegie Mellon University (where Graf also teaches), Mr. Jaffe currently... Read »

Impressive Pianists Conclude Young Artists Series

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Impressive Pianists Conclude Young Artists Series

CHOPIN’s MUSIC, especially his piano music, has a signature quality that is hard to describe, but you know it as ‘Chopin’ (1810-1849) when you hear it. Which, of course, poses a challenge for pianists. Do they make it ‘the same’ or do they try to make it ‘their own’ and run the risk of... Read »

Piano Blockbusters? Piano Blockbusters!

Monday, June 4, 2012
by Robert Bondurant
Piano Blockbusters? Piano Blockbusters!

SATURDAY’s Young Artist Series brought together an eclectic mix of style, fire, grace, and more than enough wonderful performances to satisfy even the stodgiest of listeners. Once again, Enrique Graf has assembled a program capable not only of lifting the spirit and providing food for thought, but also showcasing how these elements fit into... Read »

Young Artists Series Holds Rachmaninoff Weep-Fest

Friday, June 1, 2012
by Robert Bondurant
Young Artists Series Holds Rachmaninoff Weep-Fest

AS MAESTRO ENRIQUE GRAF likes to point out, Rachmaninoff always draws the big crowds. Thursday’s Young Artists Series was no exception: a nearly full theatre all chomping at the bit to hear these simple melodies fly when given their proper and oh-so-complex underpinnings. For this humble reviewer, that contrast holds the key to allowing... Read »

Young Artists Series Shows Off—and Delivers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
by Robert Bondurant
Young Artists Series Shows Off—and Delivers

WHEN ASKED what to expect for Wednesday’s Young Artists Series, Chee-Hang See replied with quiet firmness, “Oh, it’s showy!” The first few bars of his revelatory show opener proved that to be quite the understatement. Excellent programming and wonderful talent have always been hallmarks of Enrique Graf’s College of Charleston student showcase. If today’s... Read »

Young Artists Shine at the Simons Center

Monday, May 28, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Young Artists Shine at the Simons Center

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON Young Artists Series (YAS) has become a staple of Piccolo Spoleto, but not everyone knows that these concerts also take place during the school year. Hosted by Artist-in-Residence, Enrique Graf (whose piano students are among the performers), the YAS showcases some amazing young talent. Saturday’s program included a broad range... Read »

Touching the Eternal with Song

Saturday, April 28, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Touching the Eternal with Song

NOTE TO SELF: catch this group again during Piccolo Spoleto. After the College of Charleston Concert Choir’s exquisite sacred music concert at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul last Monday night, I asked Director-Conductor Dr. Robert Taylor: “What is it that you feel you teach your students about music, and about choral... Read »

Chee-Hang See Delivers Impressive Senior Recital

Thursday, April 12, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
Chee-Hang See Delivers Impressive Senior Recital

A TUESDAY EVENING affair at the College of Charleston’s Simons Center Hall was the Senior Recital of Chee-Hang See, one of the leaders among Artist-in-Residence Enrique Graf’s impressive lineup of incredibly gifted piano students. And Chee-Hang is a leader in more ways than one, being Graf’s hard-working assistant director of the College’s vaunted International Piano... Read »

Making Their Musical Mark

Monday, November 28, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Making Their Musical Mark

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON Young Artists Concert is a little bit like attending a wine tasting where there are multiple selections in small quantities, some of which you cannot make a definitive conclusion about, and some you wish you could taste more of—but, alas, no. That was my experience last Monday, November 21 at... 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 »

Eduardo Fernandez Strums Modern Composers

Friday, October 14, 2011
by William Furtwangler
Eduardo Fernandez Strums Modern Composers

CLASSICAL GUITARIST Eduardo Fernandez, a native of Uruguay, performed about an hour’s worth of rarely heard compositions by 20th century composers from South and Central America and Russia. Last Tuesday, the College of Charleston‘s Department of Music and the International Piano Series co-sponsored this internationally known artist whose repertory ranges from J.S. Bach to... Read »

Diego Suárez Astonishes at Simons Center

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
Diego Suárez Astonishes at Simons Center

A TIGHT SCHEDULE very nearly forced me to pass on last Saturday’s recital by Diego Suárez—but I simply couldn’t resist the prospect of hearing—for the first time in my life—all twelve of Franz Liszt’s daunting and magical Transcendental Etudes in a single recital! Although somebody must’ve done it before, I know of no established... Read »

Another Dazzler at Young Artist Series

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
by Robert Bondurant
Another Dazzler at Young Artist Series

ONCE AGAIN, Enrique Graf’s Young Artist Series provided not only splendid fare but also superlative performances of two works any artist should approach with a hefty dose of Otis Redding approved R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And maybe also a touch of nervousness. In the Bach Concerto in C minor for Two Keyboards, BWV 1060—here arranged for Piano... Read »

More Lush Liszt from the Young Artist Series

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
by Robert Bondurant
More Lush Liszt from the Young Artist Series

THE PROPER CELEBRATION of Franz Liszt’s bicentennial year has not been lost on Enrique Graf and his Young Artist Series. Tuesday’s concert set quite a high bar, but doing justice to this prolific composer’s immense body of work requires much more. And so, another full program dedicated solely to Liszt’s music provided a stupendous... Read »

Liszt Bicentennial Bash? Bravo!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
by Robert Bondurant
Liszt Bicentennial Bash? Bravo!

First, a little history: While plausible arguments can be made that Wagner’s “Tristan chord” provided the seed for much of twentieth-century music, a great deal of credit for the germination and planting of that seed must go to Wagner’s father-in-law, Franz Liszt. Liszt’s accumulation of technique encompassed nearly the entire range of physical possibilities... Read »

The Joy of Pure Listening

Thursday, April 28, 2011
by Peter Ingle
The Joy of Pure Listening

THE CHANCEL at the Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul was set up for the choir, but they were nowhere to be seen—which turned out to be a wonderful thing. Dr. Robert Taylor, director of the College of Charleston Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, chose to start this concert with the choir up... Read »

CofC Opera Delivers Sweet and Saucy Mikado

Monday, April 11, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
CofC Opera Delivers Sweet and Saucy Mikado

ALL TOGETHER, NOW: “If you want to know who they were—they were gentlemen (and ladies) of Japan …”—at least the sorts of Japanese characters that W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan saw fit to project onstage during England’s Victorian era. And said characters came to wonderfully absurd and entertaining life in Saturday evening’s sparkling... Read »

Music at Your Finger Tips

Monday, April 4, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Music at Your Finger Tips

EACH TIME I HEAR Jory Vinikour play the harpsichord, I marvel at his speed, precision, and complexity. As his body sits nearly motionless, his arms and especially his extremely busy fingers carry the musical load. To say that he demonstrates dexterity is an understatement. Jory’s recent concert at the Simons Center Recital Hall, as... Read »

Master Harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Master Harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour

SPECTACULAR harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour—who you don”t want to miss—will perform a broad program Monday, March 28 at 8:00 P.M. in the Simons Center Recital Hall. The selections will include Baroque and twentieth-century works. Jory played works of J.S. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau last year at the College of Charleston Monday Night Series, before which... 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 »

An Electrifying Performance

Friday, March 4, 2011
by William Furtwangler
An Electrifying Performance

NOT SO LONG AGO, Charleston music lovers were treated to concerts by gifted and not-so-gifted amateur musicians. There were also a few talented and not-so-talented professionals who performed. Occasionally during any given year, imports of globally respected musicians were offered, while Spoleto USA has thrilled audiences with top-drawer chamber musicians. Today, there are many... Read »

A Holy Night of Singing

Friday, December 10, 2010
by Peter Ingle
A Holy Night of Singing

IT BEGAN WITH haunting, fugue-like layers of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel pealing from the back of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul as the chorus—each of them holding a candle—assembled in the outer aisles, surrounding the congregation. Then came a solemn processional up the center aisle as they sang Gustav Holst’s... Read »

Madrigal Magic in Randolph Hall

Saturday, December 4, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Madrigal Magic in Randolph Hall

THIS IS HOW we should dine every evening (well, most evenings): among friends in a sumptuous candle-lit room, with delicious food and plenty of wine, surrounded by a chorus of singers and the tonic sway of their songs. With, of course, a small troupe of actors to entertain us while we indulge our bounty.... Read »

Seeing Where it Goes…

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Seeing Where it Goes…

AS A RELATIVE newcomer to Jazz—and coming from the decidedly classical side of the fence—I am still struck by the informality. The entrance of the performers (with a wave of the hand holding a water bottle), the well-worn jeans, the casual management of the musical structure, and, of course, the multitude of improvisational techniques—no... Read »

Listening and Learning

Thursday, November 25, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Listening and Learning

CAN YOU NAME one of the shortest, if not the shortest, movement in musical history? Hint: it was written by a composer with a penchant for not letting movements end. Just when it seems like one of his pieces is winding down,  J.S. Bach manages to wind it up again, often with more intensity... Read »

Learning With Our Young Artists

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Learning With Our Young Artists

IT HAS BEEN around for a long time. But the Monday Night Concert Series at the Simons Center Recital Hall, produced by Steve Rosenberg and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is still a hidden—and very affordable—jewel in Charleston’s music scene. No, these are not world-class musicians (yet). No, the one hour... Read »

A Gold Medal Pianist

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
by ChasToday
A Gold Medal Pianist

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT the regular musical series was over, and just before Spoleto begins, the College of Charleston is hosting another superb piano performance this Saturday night. And admission is free. But don’t let that fool you, because once again you’re in for a treat. A gold medal treat. Hsing-Chwen Hsin is one... Read »

Enrique Graf, piano mentor

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Enrique Graf, piano mentor

AS PROMISED, below is part 2 of our interview with Enrique Graf, Artist in Residence at the College of Charleston, who will be performing next Tuesday night at the Sottile Theatre. The interview speaks for itself, but here are a few more interesting things you might want to know about Enrique’s background. He was... Read »

Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

Monday, January 25, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

YOU’LL BE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES if you catch this article in time to hear Jory Vinikour play harpsichord tonight at the College of Charleston Monday Night Series at the Simmons Center. Jory, who performed at last year’s Bach Festival Charleston (read that review here), will perform two dazzling keyboard works: J. S.... Read »

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