Part of the Choral Artists Series. One of the country’s finest and most versatile vocal ensembles, New York’s Antioch Chamber Ensemble has performed across the United States and abroad. They return to Piccolo Spoleto for an eighth season to perform Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs as well as musical works by John Sheppard and Jean Belmont-Ford. (1 hr. 30 min.)
WHAT IS IT? This respected Piccolo series will feature four top-drawer out-of-town choirs, plus three leading local ensembles, strutting their vocal stuff in turn at St. Philip’s Church.
WHY SEE IT? Piccolo planners choose their choirs carefully, knowing what it takes to please Chucktown’s picky choral fans. Most of the visiting choirs — like the Antioch Chamber Choir and the Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers — have wowed Piccolo crowds in past festivals. And both of Robert Taylor’s participating choirs, the College of Charleston Concert Choir and the Taylor Festival Choir, were honored at prestigious national choral conventions just this year. If you can’t get into the Cathedral to hear the big festival’s Westminster Choir, these events will provide ample consolation.
WHO SHOULD GO? Thanks to our rich local choral tradition, Charleston positively crawls with choral fans who will revel in these concerts. Those new to classical choral music will get a great introduction to the choral arts. (Lindsay Koob)