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Spoleto Backstage: Beethoven Sampler Box with Monica Ellis

Bradley Fuller and Monica Ellis (l) at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC.
A.T. Shire
SC Public Radio
Bradley Fuller and Monica Ellis (l) at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC.

On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we continue our series spotlighting the First Viennese School composers with three of Ludwig van Beethoven's works, one from each of the stylistic periods in which his works are often categorized. We're also joined by bassoonist Monica Ellis, founding member of the quintet Imani Winds, to chat about performing in one of these pieces as well as Alicia Hall and Jason Moran's "Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration" at this year's Spoleto Festival USA.

Pieces featured in this episode:

  • Septet in E-flat major, op. 20 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
    • Todd Palmer, clarinet;
    • Monica Ellis, bassoon;
    • David Byrd-Marrow, horn;
    • Jennifer Frautschi, violin;
    • Ayane Kozasa, viola;
    • Arlen Hlusko, cello;
    • Anthony Manzo, double bass
  • Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 97 “Archduke” | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
    • Inon Barnatan, piano;
    • Geoff Nuttall, violin;
    • Alisa Weilerstein, cello
  • Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, op. 102 no. 1 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
    • Alisa Weilerstein, cello;
    • Inon Barnatan, piano

Production of the Chamber Music Series from Spoleto Festival USA is made possible by Bank of America, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, and the John Covington and Robert Lukey Fund for the Performing Arts.

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Originally from Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller has maintained a deep interest in classical music since the age of six. With piano lessons throughout grade school and involvement in marching and concert bands on the saxophone, Bradley further developed musical abilities as well as an appreciation for the importance of arts education.