Spoleto Chamber Music

Chamber music concerts from the Spoleto Festival USA, recorded and produced for broadcast by South Carolina ETV Radio.

Selecting the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

Jun 7, 2019
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra members carry their insturments in downtown Charleston
Victoria Hansen

They are sure signs of Spoleto in downtown Charleston; instrument toting musicians and scorching heat.  Among the jostling violin cases, is Shannon Fitzhenry.  She’s back for her second year with the annual Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, one of 92 musicians chosen to play.

“The goal is to get up in time to warm up before rehearsal,” she laughs.  The Charleston native grew up with Spoleto, but admits she didn't fully appreciate it until she  moved away to study music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.

Paul Wiancko

Paul Wiancko started playing cello at age five. By age eight, he had composed his first piece of music.

“If you can call it a piece,” Wiancko says. “I think it was maybe a thirty-two measure little tune, mostly in C major, mostly consisting of a couple of triads. And I believe it was called “Breeze.” I had one of my parents’ friends print out the sheet music for it."

But for a long time following that early effort, Wiancko would shift his musical talents elsewhere.

Pedja Muzijevic.

At home performing the sonatas of both Joseph Haydn and John Cage, Pedja Muzijevic is a versatile musician. Pedja’s skills as a pianist and harpsichordist make him an important part of the Spoleto Festival USA Bank of America Chamber Music Series at Dock Street Theatre, which features works from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century over the course of eleven programs.

This year, Pedja is taking his talents beyond the Dock Street’s stage to the Charleston Gaillard Center, where he’s performing a piano concerto by his favorite composer for the genre: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

June 6, 2019
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata no. 3 "Ballade" for Solo Violin, op. 27
Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach: Das Dreyblatt for Six Hands
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 132

June 13, 2019
Carl Philipp Emanuel: Sinfonia in B-flat Major, Wq 182/2
Roy Orbison: "Crying"
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, op.

June 20, 2019
George Frideric Handel: "Rompo i lacci" from Flavio, King of the Lombards
George Frideric Handel: "Ombra mai fu" from Xerxes
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor

June 27, 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet no. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane

July 4, 2019
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin and Keyboard, No.2 in A Major, BWV 1015
Louis Andriessen: Aanloop en sprongen (Rincorsa e salti)
George Gershwin: "Summertime" and "Embraceable You"
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet, op. 110

July 11, 2019
George Frideric Handel: "Where'er You Walk" from Semele
"Why Do the Nations" from Messiah
Gordon Beeferman: Occupy Bassoon III Drumming and Chanting
Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento in C Major, Hob. II: 11, "Der Geburtstag"
Suzanne Farrin: "Unico spirito" from La Dolce Morte
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Trio pathétique in D Minor

July 18, 2019
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet no. 1 in D Minor, op. 89
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

July 25, 2019
Fritz Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro Caprice Viennois, op. 2
Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach: Sonata in E-flat Major, wg. 63, no.5
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

August 1, 2019
Franz Schubert: "Wandrers Nachtlied" and "Erlkönig"
Sean Shepherd: Quintet 
Eric Korngold: Piano Quintet in E major, op. 15

August 8, 2019
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 33 no. 2, "The Joke"
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in D major, op. 38, no. 6
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony in G major, no. 94: "Surprise"

August 15, 2019
Andrew Norman: Garden of Follies
Georg Philipp Telemann: Ouverture-Suite, TWV 55:G10, "Burlesque de Quixotte"
Randall Woolf:   Righteous Babe
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV #1067

August 22, 2019
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A Major, BWV 1055
James Austin Smith, oboe d'amore
George Gershwin arr. Heifetz: "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" from Porgy and Bess Svante Henryson: Off Pist
Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich habe genug, BWV 82

August 29, 2019
Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, op. 85    
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50

September 5, 2019
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round
Osvaldo Golijov: Drag Down the Sky

September 12, 2019
Messiaen: "Louange a l'Eternite de Jesus" from Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Frederic Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante in C major, op.3
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G Minor, op. 19, 2nd Movementbr>
Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano

September 19, 2019
Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini's La Sonnambula
Louise Farrenc: Piano Quintet no. 1 in A Minor, op. 30

September 26, 2019
Antonio Vivaldi: "Non ti lusinghi la crudeltade" from Tito Manlio,
Suzanne Farrin: "l'onde della non vostra"
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D 667, "The Trout"

A still from Mighty Like a Moose, staring Charley Chase.
Spoleto Fesitval USA

Pianist Stephen Prutsman is well known to chamber music audiences at Spoleto Festival USA. This year, in addition to playing at the Bank of American Chamber Music Series, he will also be conducting his original scores—with select members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra—for three silent film shorts from the 1910s and ‘20s.

Sonatas and Soundscapes will be featuring performances from the 2017 Bank of America Chamber Music Series performances at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC. These broadcasts will continue through Friday, June 16.

Geoff Nuttall, Artistic Director of the Bank of America Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA.
Julia Lynn Photography

Spoleto Chamber Music Series Director, Geoff Nuttall, also plays in many of the 33 concerts in which he acts as host. Geoff finds it particularly challenging to jump from his role as MC into the chair of first violinist for the St. Lawrence Quartet. Geoff talks with Bradley Fuller about how "old music speaks and benefits from being pushed up against new music, and vice versa."

Jaroslaw "Jarek" Kapuscinski

Jaroslaw "Jarek" Kapuscinski is this year’s composer-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival’s Chamber Music Series. With a strong interest in technology, Jarek takes his work beyond mere notes on a page to create a multimedia experience. He tells Bradley Fuller that a childhood dream of being a sorcerer, a life long devotion to music, and his discovery in his early twenties of computer technology, all combine in his multi-media performances.

Director and violinist Geoff Nuttall (far left) directs and hosts the Bank of America Chamber Music Series at the Dock Street Theatre, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
William Struhs, 2016

Spoleto Chamber Music Series Director Geoff Nuttall's eclectic approach to programming concerts at the festival has its roots in a record collection he started in his youth. Nuttall says that, while eclecticism is important to him, the quality of a program should never suffer "just for the sake of eclecticism."

Geoff Nutall, the Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director of Chamber Music for Spoleto Festival USA.
Julia Lynn Photography

  Geoff Nuttall, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music for the Bank of America Chamber Music series, today announced more details about Osvaldo Golijov’s "Drag Down the Sky," which will have its world premiere during the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA season. Golijov, the series composer-in-residence, recently completed the work, and performing musicians—baritone Tyler Duncan with the St.