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Pianist Enrique Graf to Perform in New York

by ChasToday

ON JUNE 20, 2015 New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to hear pianist Enrique Graf in recital. As part of the first season of 5@5 at DiMenna, a series of distinguished pianists, the concert will take place at 5 PM at the Mary Flager Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street. (see the link to... Read »

CAM Hosts Delightful Trio

by ChasToday

By Maud and Bob Cox, special to CharlestonToday THE PROSPECT OF A CONCERT on Friday, April 14 in the beautiful performance room at 14 George Street, home of Spoleto Festival USA, was enticing. But who could have imagined the cascade of delight that entranced the audience? In what was the last of the Charleston Academy... Read »

CAM Showcases Two Rising Talents

by Peter Ingle

THE CHARLESTON ACADEMY OF MUSIC (CAM) is a jewel whose luster keeps shining, as evidenced at their recent free (yes, free) concert on September 12 featuring pianist Micah McLaurin and violinist Victor Li. Micah, as many people know, is a Charleston native who studied at CAM with Enrique Graf and who is now at the... Read »

Sean Kennard Plays all-Chopin Program

by Peter Ingle

SEAN KENNARD and Frederic Chopin are a perfect combination. So much so that it was hard to distinguish between them last Tuesday night in an all-Chopin program at the Charleston Library Society, as part of the Guest Artist Series of the Charleston Academy of Music (CAM). Chopin, whose style is so recognizable, overflowed with... Read »

Impressive Pianists Conclude Young Artists Series

by Peter Ingle

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 »

Ilana Vered Showcases Her Musicality

by ChasToday

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 »

Piano Heaven at Piccolo

by Robert Bondurant

WHAT A WAY TO BEGIN one’s Piccolo Spoleto festival! The Young Artist Series blasted a packed house into piano heaven on Saturday with a beautifully balanced program focusing on transcriptions of early twentieth-century French works, with some Gershwin and Piazzolla thrown in as a climax to the darker seduction of the more impressionistic works.... Read »

Eric Clark Triumphs in IPS Finale

by Lindsay Koob

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON’s excellent International Piano Series wrapped up its season in style with Eric Clark’s most impressive recital Tuesday at the Memminger Auditorium. Clark, a former student of IPS director Enrique Graf at Carnegie Mellon University, is in the process of launching a promising career, with several significant competition successes to his... Read »

Pianist Eric Clark at Memminger

by ChasToday

The 2010–2011 International Piano Series (still temporarily relocated to Memminger Auditorium) will conclude April 5 with a concert by Eric Clark who has been heard throughout much of the United States and Europe in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh and at Severance Hall in Cleveland. Having won First Prize in... Read »

Pianissimo Perfection

by Peter Ingle

FRANZ LISZT has a way of dominating—nay, overwhelming—a concert, especially when he comes at the end of the program as he did Monday night at Memminger when guest pianist José Feghali unleashed the stupendous Sonata in B minor. Josés last five notes in particular—which he handled with his deft, lingering style—bowled us over. The... Read »

Christopher O’Riley at the Sottile

by ChasToday

THE WELL-KNOWN HOST of NPR’s “From The Top” broadcast will be at the Sottile this Thursday as the second featured pianist in this year’s International Piano Series at the College of Charleston. You often hear Christopher accompanying his radio guests on the piano, but you have probably never heard him play this level of... Read »

Another Prize for Micah

by Peter Ingle

THE COMPETITION took place in the castle of Ettlingen, Germany. Two hundred and sixty-seven young pianists from 41 nations applied. One hundred and eight were admitted to perform over the ten-day period of August 5–15. And history was made by awarding the top two prizes in the younger category to pianists from the United... Read »

Bach Keyboard Extravaganza

by ChasToday

THE FANTASTIC FINALE to the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston is coming next Tuesday night. It features an all Bach program for multiple pianos accompanied by a string ensemble of members from the College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorenzo Muti. And all of the... Read »

Enrique Graf, piano mentor

by Peter Ingle

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 »

Enrique Graf, pianist

by Peter Ingle

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES at the College of Charleston just keeps getting better—largely due to its founder and chief nurturer, Enrique Graf, who will perform next week in the series’ fourth solo concert this year. CharlestonToday sat down recently with Enrique (see the video below) to get more insight into his upcoming concert and... Read »

Super Soloist at Sottile

by Peter Ingle

CHARLESTON, which has slowly become a mecca for musicians, now boasts its own piano prodigy in Micah McLaurin, a 15-year-old native who will be performing next Tuesday at the College of Charleston’s 2009–2010 International Piano Series. This is the third concert in a series featuring Enrique Graf and three of his protégés. Micah will... Read »

Serenity at the Sottile

by Peter Ingle

MANY MUSICIANS SEEM to merge with their instrument as they play. It becomes a physical extension of their interpretation and expression. This seems inevitable, but it can also become a barrier to listening. Put simply, the audience comes to hear the music and the musician gets in the way. Hartmut Sauer, however, is a... Read »

Guest Pianist, Hartmut Sauer

by Peter Ingle

THE STELLAR College of Charleston 2009–2010 International Piano Series begins next week with a performance by Hartmut Sauer. As promised, we will be providing Lindsay Koob’s program notes for each of these concerts in advance as a way of preparing our readers for the best possible listening experience. Hartmut has been featured in concerts... Read »

Premier Piano Performances

by Lindsay Koob

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES at the College of Charleston has become one of the city’s most cherished performing arts institutions since 1990, which is when distinguished pianist and C of C Artist-in-Residence Enrique Graf founded it. This year’s schedule includes four superb pianists and five concerts that you don’t want to miss. As a... Read »

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