Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Concert
Tue., May 28, 7:30 p.m. and Mon., June 3, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Think of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra as a supergroup of young classical musicians. Every year, hundreds of young professionals and conservatory students apply be a part of the orchestra and only 75 to 100 of them are chosen. The ones who make the cut come to Charleston just a week before the Festival starts for intensive rehearsals of challenging symphonic, opera, and contemporary works. But these kids wouldn’t be where they are if they couldn’t take the pressure. They always manage to sound as if they’ve been playing together for months. You’ll hear them at the operas Matsukaze and Le Villi and Mese Mariano, but they take center stage — literally — at the orchestra’s two concerts. On May 28, settle in for folk-inspired music by Russian and Hungarian composers. The program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Bartók’s The Wooden Prince, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. On June 3, the program is devoted to contemporary music with John Adams’ Harmonielehre and the American premieres of Pierre Bouloz’ orchestration of Ravel’s Frontispice and Peteris Vasks’ ecologically-inspired Credo. Approx. 2 hours. Part of Spoleto Festival USA.