What is it? The dependable Intermezzi series offers five promising late-afternoon concerts in assorted genres, performed by crack festival musicians. Intermezzi regulars have pronounced the venue switch from Grace Episcopal to St. Matthew's Lutheran a good one. The acoustics are less reverberant, and there's more listener space.
Why see it? After a busy day of concert-crawling, these compact programs (not much over an hour) serve as a welcome change of pace. Think of them as musical aperitifs. You're back on the street in time for a leisurely dinner, before tackling whatever major event is in store. As usual, you can pick from quite a variety of music for smaller forces: well-known stuff like Copland's Appalachian Spring, Schoenberg's Transfigured Night (chamber versions), and beloved symphonies by Haydn and Mozart. You can further explore different kinds of music from Rossini and Anthony Davis, this year's opera composers. Then there'll be a lively mixed vocal recital by Amistad cast members, plus a chance to hear the best of our terrific Spoleto Festival Orchestra musicians strut their solo stuff.
Who should go? Any classical fan should enjoy these affairs — they're mostly ear-friendly (also kid-friendly), and the performance quality is fabulous.
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA • $25 • 1 hour 10 min. • May 25, 30, June 1, 4, 7 at 5 p.m. • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King St. • (843) 579-3100