Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A musical response to Post-Pleistocene

Posted by John Stoehr on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet performs the final installment of a series devoted to music and visual art at the Gibbes Museum. The event takes place Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The program uses Mozart and Shostakovich to reflect on an exhibition by Jeff Whetstone (the 2008 Factor Prize winner) of large-scale cave photographs that he calls Post-Pleistocene. Before you go, read City Paper's review of the show (Hint: we liked it). Tickets are $7-$15. That includes the concert and admission to the museum. That way you can check out the rest of the work on display. It's a two-fer. For more information, call (843) 722-2706 or go to www.gibbesmuseum.org. —JS

(Photo above, "Johnny," courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Prelude to Piccolo today

Posted by John Stoehr on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Piccolo Spoleto is hosting A Prelude to Piccolo, featuring pianist Joseph Rackers, who will perform music by Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Bassoonist Chris Sales will provide contemporary music with piano accompaniment. Other musicians will be showcasing their talents as well. The concert is at the Spirit Catholic Church this afternoon at 4 p.m. For more, please call (843) 768-9166. —Emma Hart

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Charleston Academy of Music concert tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Posted by John Stoehr on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 12:24 PM

The Charleston Academy of Music presents its Community Engagement Concert tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on 110 Calhoun St.

The concert is part of the academy's outreach program and features classical works for cello and violin from students Tamica King, Matthew Kwon, and Gary Washington, all of whom have been in the Honors Scholarship Program for almost four years now.

The event is free and hosted by Richard Blakeney, a voice instructor for the CAM Honors Outreach Program.

Call (843) 805-7794 or visit www.charlestonmusic.org for further information. —Reina Gascon-Lopez

Friday, April 24, 2009

New website for Charleston Concert Association is here, finally

Posted by John Stoehr on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM

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If you'd seen the Charleston Concert Association's old website, you knew it was pretty horrid. Though the concerts were great — Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, and of host of names that mean a whole lot of awesomeness — getting information about them was more trying than it had to be.

Fortunately, the nonprofit organization has taken steps to step up its website the way it has with its concerts (and for the 2008-2009 season, it stepped up in a big way). Board member Baron Hanson shot us a quick note the other day to tell us what's happening and what we can look forward to.

"In the coming weeks, we will begin to introduce the new CCA season and website to interested corporate concert sponsors, season co-sponsors, and education programs sponsors," Hanson told City Paper.

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

The important thing is the concert line-up for next season: Martha Graham Dance Company on Oct. 27; An Evening of Bernstein with the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, Austria, on Nov. 16; Kathleen Battle singing the traditional holiday music of Handel, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart on Dec. 7; winners of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Texas, date and time to be announced later; Moscow Festival Ballet, March 8, 2010; Philobolus on April 10, 2010.

Check it out at www.charlestonconcerts.org. Or call (843) 571-7755 for more. —JS

Saturday, April 18, 2009

CSO's resident conductor Scott Terrell leaves for Kentucky

Posted by John Stoehr on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 2:01 PM

3f94/1240077666-351-090418philfds037.embedded.prod_affiliate.79.jpgThe opportunity couldn't have come at a better time. And it's a great opportunity at any time.

Scott Terrell, resident conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra since 2005, will be the next music director of the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky. Terrell, 38, auditioned for the position in October, beating 278 candidates who were vetted over a two-year audition period. Terrell succeeds George Zack, who's retiring after a 37-year career with Lexington. His appointment is effective in June, but the final year of his Charleston contract won't be complete until the end of next season, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Terrell's departure comes just as the CSO has found some semblance of stability after a rocky season of financial ups and downs. He and other administrative staff took pay cuts this year and braced for cuts next season as well, along with the rest of the orchestra corps of musicians (the cuts came mostly from shortening the season by two months).

Terrell was instrumental in creating the Backstage Pass series and the former Out of the Box series (the latter of which was canceled earlier this season due to budget constraints). Both series were appreciated for their innovation and risk-taking, both qualities that are generally lacking among American orchestras. Of particular note was Terrell's vision of the CSO's Pops series, which he elevated beyond Fielder hits and movie soundtracks, bringing in elements of theater, magic and pop music by local luminaries like Jay Clifford.

No word on his successor, but given the orchestra's money woes, it wouldn't be surprising if the CSO did without a resident conductor for a while and hired guest maestros or simply just leaned more heavily on long-time music director David Stahl.

(Photo courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader)

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