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Spoleto Chamber Music Series 2011
Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Spoleto Chamber Music Series logoConcerts from the renowned chamber music series at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Geoff Nuttall leads his first season as Music Director, and the concerts return to the newly renovated Dock Street Theatre. Lisa Simeone hosts.
Program Schedule
September 3, 2011
Bavarian Chamber Music

dock-street-sign-120This week we hear all Bavarian music direct from the Spoleto Festival USA in the Dock Street Theatre at the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.

Biber: Sonata for Violin and Continuo
Daniel Phillips, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
 
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.19
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Inon Barnatan, piano

August 27, 2011
Telemann, Mozart, and Schumann

Geoff Nuttall 120 pxAt the height of his operatic glory, Mozart turned his attention to his glorious Piano Quartet in E-flat. Listen to it played in concert in the beautifully restored Dock Street Theatre.  Also on the program: Robert Schumann’s Fairy Tales, and a TALL tale by Telemann, inspired by Jonathan Swift. 

Telemann
: Gulliver’s Suite
Geoff Nuttall violin
Livia Sohn, violin

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493
Daniel Phillips, violin
Barry Shiffman, viola
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Schumann: Fairy Tales, Op. 132
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Hsin-yun Huang, violin
Stephen Prutsman, piano

August 20, 2011
Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn

St. Lawrence String QuartetThis week we begin with a rousing performance of the ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto no. 5.  While nearly everyone is familiar with this concerto, not many know the piece was probably written by Bach in 1719 to show off his brand new harpsichord to the Cöthen court in Berlin.  Next we hear the lulling Beethoven Cavatina performed by Spoleto USA regulars, the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Afterwards, a souvenir from the secret life of Haydn, direct from the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston.

J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 5
Daniel Philips, violin
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet, op. 130
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Haydn: Gypsy Trio no. 1
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

J. S. Bach: Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier
Stephen Prutsman, piano

August 13, 2011
Invisible Brahms

Brahms 100 pxFollowing the fiery Brahms Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor played by living musicians, resident composer Jonathan Berger introduces a very special guest as the performer of his own infamous Hungarian Dances - the ghost of Johannes Brahms himself.  

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor
Inon Barnatan, piano
Livia Sohn, violin
Barry Shiffmann, viola
Alisa Weilerstein, cello 

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances
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August 6, 2011
Mozart, Contrasts and 'Piano Lessons'
Daniel Phillips 125Chamber Music director Geoff Nuttall introduces a flute quartet by Mozart, with Tara Helen O'Connor and her husband Daniel Phillips; Contrasts, the trio for piano, violin and clarinet that Benny Goodman commissioned from Bela Bartok; and a song cycle by pianist/composer Stephen Prutsman with his long-time friend soprano Dawn Upshaw, based on poems by Billy Collins.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet in G Major
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Daniel Phillips, violin; Barry Shiffman, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

Bela Bartok: Contrasts
Daniel Phillips, violin; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Stephen Prutsman: "Music Lessons"
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Stephen Prutsman, piano

Jonathan Berger: Bridal Canopy (excerpt)
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello
July 30, 2011
Faure & Berger
Jonathan Berger 125On this week's program, Nuttall claims executive privilege, and puts himself in the violinist’s chair in an all-star performance of Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet.  It’s the main event in our concert today, that also features a work called “Sink or Swim” by Spoleto Chamber Music’s Composer in Residence, Jonathan Berger.

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Gabriel Faure
: Piano Quartet in G minor
Geoff Nuttall, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Stephen Prutsman, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: "Before My Window" (arr. Charles Wadsworth)
Paul Groves, tenor
Geoff Nuttall, violin obbligato
Charles Wadsworth, piano

Jonathan Berger: Sink or Swim
Livia Sohn, violin
July 23, 2011
Modern Music from 1825

Alisa WeilersteinSome forward-looking music from the Dock Street Theatre... Chamber Music Artistic Director Geoff Nuttall introduces and plays with fellow members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet the Grosse Fuge, what was to be the final movement of a late quartet by Beethoven, but became a tightly-constructed four section piece in its own right. And guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein takes part in Anton Arensky's quartet for strings that doubles up on cellos, and loses a violin.

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, op. 133
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

Anton Arensky: String Quartet
Daniel Phillips, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, Christopher Costanza, cellos
July 16, 2011
Gumboots & Dohnanyi
Todd Palmer - 120

Clarinetist Todd Palmer is front and center in a remarkable new Clarinet Quintet, performed onstage at the Dock Street Theatre. In addition, we’ll “Take Five” with another quintet, by Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnanyi.

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David Bruce: Gumboots

Todd Palmer, clarinet
St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

Ernst von Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet, Op. 1

Stephen Prutsman, piano
St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello
July 9, 2011

Geoff Nuttall 120 pxThis week, Geoff Nuttall and his band mates in the St. Lawrence String Quartet preach the gospel of Haydn. Also, a beautiful Bach sonata played on the viola, as well as a work not previously associated with the chamber music repertoire, “Soundchaser” by progressive rockers. We’ll also a hear a chamber music extra from  the Spoleto Chamber Music Series resident composer Jonathan Berger.

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Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 20 No 4
St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Viola and Harpsichord No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
Hsin-yun Huang, viola
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

YES: Soundchaser (arr. Stephen Prutsman)
Stephen Prutsman, piano

Jonathan Berger: Fanfare for a New Theatre
St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

July 2, 2011
dock-street-sign-120Violinist Geoff Nuttall begins his inaugural season as director of the Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA in the newly renovated Dock Street Theatre in the heart of old Charleston.

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Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D
Scott St. John, violin
Geoff Nuttall: violin
Daniel Phillips, violin
Christopher Costanza, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat, Op. 44
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Scott St. John, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Brahms: Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands, Nos. 6,4,3,5 (WoO 1)
Inon Barnatan, piano
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

June 25, 2011
Spoleto 2010 Finale

St. Lawrence String Quartet 125For the final concert of the 2010 Bank of America Chamber Music Series at the Spoleto Festival USA, Geoff Nuttall breaks a Menotti tradition and surprises his audiences with the great Mendelssohn Octet for Strings.  First, though, the St. Lawrence String Quartet with Tara Helen O’Connor and Todd Palmer play a Strauss waltz arranged by Schoenberg with an interesting story behind it.  Lisa Simone and Geoff Nuttall guide us.

Johann Strauss Jr.
: Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437, arr. A. Schoenberg
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
St. Lawrence String Quartet 

Schubert: "Scherzo" from Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, "Trout"
Chee-Yun, violin
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Andrés Díaz, cello
Charles Barr, double bass
Stephen Prutsmann, piano

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat for Strings, Op. 20
Daniel Phillips, violin
Scott St. John, violin
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Livia Sohn, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Barry Shiffman, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

June 18, 2011
String Showcase
Inon Barnatan 125We return again to the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina for a concert featuring renowned cellist, Alisa Weilerstein, in Chopin's virtuoustic Introduction & Polonaise Brilliante.  The program is headed up by a rare Viola Quintet by colonial American composer, Johann Friedrich Peter, and closes with George Enescu's most frequently performed Violin sonata: No. 3,  "Dans le charactère populaire roumain." Additionally, we jump back to a Spoleto Festival 2000 performance of a familiar Schumann piece.

Peter: Viola Quintet, Movement I
Hsin-yun Huang, viola
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Schumann: Romances for oboe and piano, Op. 94
Diana Doherty, oboe
Charles Wadsworth, piano
 
Chopin: Introduction & Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 3
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Inon Barnatan, piano
 
Enescu: Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 3, Op. 25
Livia Sohn, violin
Inon Barnatan, piano

 

June 11, 2011
Dancing and Chopin

Tara Helen O'Connor 120pxFrom another concert at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, Geoff Nuttall leads us through an evening of dance music from a Baroque court 1700s into the glorious palace of the Esterházys in Hungary where Haydn enjoyed living his dream job. We also jump back to a previous Spoleto chamber concert to showcase the winner of an American Chopin contest.

J.S. Bach: Orchestra Suite #2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Daniel Phillips, violin
Livia Sohn, violin
Shannon Thomas, violin
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Scott St. John, violin
Barry Shiffman, viola
Lesley Robertson, viola
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
Ed Allman, bass
 
Haydn: Trio in G major, Hob XV: 15
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
 
Chopin: Cello Sonata, Op. 65
Andres Diaz, cello
Wendy Chen, piano

 



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