When Giuseppe Verdi wrote his requiem he was something of an institution in Italy: the premier opera composer of his age and a strong advocate of national pride and culture.
In celebration of composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is presenting two special performances of the Messa da Requiem on April 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre. The concerts will feature the orchestra, a double choir, four guest soloists, and world-renowned guest conductor Maximiano Valdés.
Sitting in the Dock Street Theatre, a friend turned to me and asked if I'd ever fantasized about traveling back in time with music from the modern era tucked under my arm and playing it for one of the old masters.
Adam Parker interviews composer Florencia Di Concilio. The US Premiere of her work will be during the Postcards from Abroad concert on March 28 at Dock Street Theatre.
It can be fun to listen to a cover band, but nothing can match the experience of being in the presence of the music's originators.
Playing new music can be risky. If it’s never been recorded, if the player has no opportunity to hear it in advance, if it’s written in a challenging style, if the melodies and harmonies are unfamiliar, then there’s a degree of uncertainty involved.
Friday was V-day.
WHAT TURNED OUT to be a barn-burner concert of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on Friday night began benignly with Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80—a piece (or combination of pieces) with an unusual history of transmutations.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor David Lockington and accompanied by pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Fauré’s “Pelléas et Mélisande Suite” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suites” Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre.
Students from three Charleston County public schools completed a music composition project last week designed to de-mystify the creative process. Nearly 70 young participants were exposed to the symphony orchestra’s special range of sound and color.