Cuba — Island of Contrasts

by Eliza Ingle
Cuba — Island of Contrasts

OUR GROUP OF 22 AMERICANS stood together in the hot, pungent, laundry-strewn courtyard of an apartment building in the center of bustling Havana, Cuba. We had assembled to listen to a local city planner talk about the gems and eyesores of a city where both are equally represented. He was young and passionate about his city... Read »

The Gaillard Welcomes CofC Orchestra

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 »

Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

by Peter Ingle
Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

YURIY BEKKER is making the rounds. Last month, he sat as concertmaster for the CSO at the gala opening of the new Gaillard Center. Ten days ago he was a soloist with the Missoula (Montana) Symphony where he performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. And this past weekend, he served as conductor to the CSO Chamber... Read »

Sai ya Kai yay!

by Ty Collins
Sai ya Kai yay!

BLACK CULTURE is about freedom of expression and the gospel voice gives that free expression a vitality that surrounds and enfolds an audience, a community, and the world. Look What A Wonder is Walter Robinson’s gospel folk opera told in first person about the folk hero, Denmark Vesey (Horace Rodgers) and the 1820s’ black... Read »

Pepe Romero Quartet & The Munich Symphony

by Peter Ingle
Pepe Romero Quartet & The Munich Symphony

THE POLISHED ELEGANCE of the Munich Symphony Orchestra was apparent from the start of Saturday night’s concert in the Gaillard Center. Mainly because they were not there. Unlike most orchestral performances, the orchestra was not on stage as patrons entered the hall and took their seats. There was none of the usual warming up.... Read »

IPS Hosts Pianist Vassilis Varvaresos

by William Furtwangler
IPS Hosts Pianist Vassilis Varvaresos

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES presented by the College of Charleston Department of Music provided an electrifying display of musical skill Tuesday night at the Sottile Theatre featuring Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. The 32-year old Varvaresos has performed in the U.S. at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York’s Morgan Library, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston and... Read »

Ken Lam and CSO Debut at Gaillard Center

by Peter Ingle
Ken Lam and CSO Debut at Gaillard Center

THE OFFICIAL GAILLARD CENTER DEBUT of new Music Director Ken Lam and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) started leisurely with an overture by Brahms, rose in grandeur with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and went wonderfully over the top with Sir William Walton’s spectacular Belshazzar’s Feast which calls for a large orchestra, an even... Read »

The Mighty Requiem That Could Have Been

by Peter Ingle
The Mighty Requiem That Could Have Been

Sunday, October 25, 2015: I JUST PARKED MY CAR and am walking down George Street toward the Gaillard Center for the finale of this year’s Colour of Music Festival. The featured work will be Johannes Brahms’ largest and perhaps most profound work: A German Requiem, Opus 45. Although the requiem has been scheduled for nearly... Read »

Young Threshold Cast Shines in “Wrinkle”

by Carol Furtwangler
Young Threshold Cast Shines in “Wrinkle”

WHAT BETTER WAY TO START the round of fall/winter holidays than to celebrate Hallowe’en with a performance of a sci-fi thriller by one of the most respected children’s authors ever? Threshold Repertory Theatre presented at their Society Street black box space Saturday afternoon Madeleine L’Engel’s “A Wrinkle in Time” as dramatized by John Glore. The ... Read »

Kudos to The Colour of Music Festival

by Ty Collins
Kudos to The Colour of Music Festival

So be ye patient! Success, as we have come to accept it, is expressed as some metric, but we also accept the intrinsic, incalculable joy of the moment that it brings. So sums up Charleston’s third annual Colour of Music Festival (COMF). The audacity of classically trained musicians of color ascending the main stages... Read »

Russian Pianist Opens Colour of Music Festival

by Peter Ingle
Russian Pianist Opens Colour of Music Festival

WHEN SERGEI RACHMANINOV knew he would be going on tour in the United States in 1909, he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 for the occasion as his “calling card.” His first piano concerto had been poorly received, which historians say threw the sensitive composer into a three-year depression until his second (and perhaps... 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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