Int Piano Series 11-12

Ilana Vered Showcases Her Musicality

Thursday, April 19, 2012
by ChasToday
Ilana Vered Showcases Her Musicality

IN THE MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY “From Mao To Mozart,” violinist Isaac Stern implores a young student: “You don’t use music to play the violin; you use the violin to play music.” At the final concert of this year’s College of Charleston International Piano Series at the Sottile Theatre last Tuesday, we had an excellent demonstration... Read »

Ilana Vered to Conclude 2011-12 Piano Series

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
by ChasToday
Ilana Vered to Conclude 2011-12 Piano Series

Israeli-born pianist Ilana Vered will perform next Tuesday, the 17th, in the final concert of this season’s College of Charleston’s International Piano Series at the Sottile Theatre. From age 13 to 15 Ilana attended the Paris Conservatoire which awarded her first prize in piano upon her graduation. Among her teachers there were Vlado Perlemuter... Read »

Piano Series Recital Delivers Mixed Results

Saturday, March 31, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
Piano Series Recital Delivers Mixed Results

WELL RESPECTED German pianist Sebastian Knauer appeared before a substantial Sottile Theatre audience at last Tuesday’s International Piano Series recital. Being personally familiar with several of Knauer’s excellent recordings, my expectations were very high. While his performances here were mostly well executed and enjoyable, I fear that his playing sometimes fell short of the... Read »

Sebastian Knauer Coming to the Sottile

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
by ChasToday
Sebastian Knauer Coming to the Sottile

SEBASTIAN KNAUER, from Germany, will perform next Tuesday at the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series at the Sottile Theatre. Last February, Mr. Knauer appeared at the Charleston Concert Association’s Gaillard performance of Mozart’s Two Piano concerto with Philippe Entremont (read our review here). He now tours extensively with violinist Daniel Hope, and their... Read »

A Cherished “Elder Statesman” of the Piano

Friday, December 16, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
A Cherished “Elder Statesman” of the Piano

YOU CAN ALWAYS count on the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series (IPS) to bring the Holy City a complete and varied cross-section of the pianist’s art. From brilliant young sensations, through mid-career masters, to legendary “elder statesmen” of their instrument—Charleston audiences are blessed to hear some of the very finest of each. But—at... Read »

Menahem Pressler at the Sottile

Thursday, December 8, 2011
by ChasToday
Menahem Pressler at the Sottile

THE BEAUX ARTS TRIO, perhaps the most heralded trio in the world, was cofounded by pianist Menahem Pressler who will grace the Sottile stage as a soloist next Wednesday, December 14 in the third concert of this year’s International Piano Series. With Mr. Pressler as the Trio’s only pianist for nearly 55 years, the... Read »

Double Triumph for Sean Kennard

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
Double Triumph for Sean Kennard

WHEN I GOT TO the Sottile Theatre last Tuesday evening for Sean Kennard’s recital in the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series, I already knew something of what to expect. For starters, I’ve been thrilling to his frequent performances in Charleston surrounding his years of study with series director and C of C Artist-in-Residence... Read »

A Noteworthy New Recording

Friday, October 28, 2011
by ChasToday
A Noteworthy New Recording

PIANIST SEAN KENNARD’s new CD, released under the College of Charleston’s Cougar Classics label, showcases a combination of remarkable technical skills and refreshing interpretive style. The recording was done on a restored 1940 Steinway-D over three days at the College of Charleston Simons Center Recital Hall—a venue not intended as a sound studio, but... Read »

Sean Kennard Returns to Charleston

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
by ChasToday
Sean Kennard Returns to Charleston

THREE SONATAS by Domenico Scarlatti, 24 preludes by Frederic Chopin, three etudes by Claude Debussy, and Samuel Barber’s Sonata for Piano—all played by the sterling young pianist, Sean Kennard. That’s what’s on the slate next Tuesday night at the Sottile in the second concert of this year’s International Piano Series, and I assure you:... Read »

Piano Siblings Impress at Sottile

Saturday, October 8, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
Piano Siblings Impress at Sottile

PIANO DUO RECITALS being relatively rare beasts, it was a particular pleasure to attend last Tuesday evening’s International Piano Series recital at the Sottile Theatre, featuring the widely-acclaimed Long Duo. Sisters Beatrice and Christina Long have established themselves as one of the world’s leading duo-piano teams, while also enjoying distinguished individual solo careers. Our... Read »

Long Sisters to Open International Piano Series

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
by ChasToday
Long Sisters to Open International Piano Series

IT’S BACK TO the Sottile Theatre after many months of restoration, and what better way to start the twenty-second year of the International Piano Series than with a double dose of piano—in this case by two sisters who will present a wide array of musical selections (see Lindsay Koob’s program notes below). Born in... Read »

ARTISTS will always be born, but whether there will also be art depends to no small extent on ourselves, their public. By our indifference or our interest, by our prejudice or our understanding, we may yet decide the issue.
~ E. H. Gombrich


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