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SC composer shares hometown inspiration in A Charleston Concerto

South Carolina composer and College of Charleston School of the Arts dean Edward Hart
Bradley Fuller
Edward Hart, standing outside the SC Public Radio studios, holds the score to A Charleston Concerto

Ahead of his work's January 7th premiere, Edward Hart explains how he hopes to evoke the Lowcountry's checkered past and promising future through music.

In this Sonatas & Soundscapes interview that aired Wednesday, January 5th, South Carolina composer and College of Charleston School of the Arts dean Edward Hart offers insights into his new work, A Charleston Concerto. As Hart shares with host Bradley Fuller, the three-movement work for string quartet and orchestra draws on the complex history and vibrant culture of the SC Lowcountry.

The Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet will premiere Hart’s concerto alongside the Charleston Symphony Orchestra under Ken Lam on Friday, January 7th, at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Joining A Charleston Concerto for the January 7th and 8th concerts is Adolphus Hailstork’s Fanfare on “Amazing Grace” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. More information about the concerts can be found on the Charleston Symphony website.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is a supporter of South Carolina Public Radio.

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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.