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.

March 5, 2020
Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, op. 85
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50

March 12, 2020
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Last Round
Drag Down the Sky

March 19, 2020
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 Movement
Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano

March 26, 2020
Vivaldi: Chamber Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Violin in G minor, RV 107
Osvaldo Golijov: "Mariel" for Cello & Marimba
Dvorak: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87

April 2
Spohr: Fantasia and Variations on a Theme by Danzi for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 81
Applebaum: Jazz Number
Gould: “Benny’s Gig”
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 4

April 9
Strauss: “Rosen aus dem Süden” Waltz 
Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 
Tchaikovsky: Lensky’s Aria
Verdi: “Solenne on quest’ora” from La forza del destino 
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

April 16
Mozart: Sonata in G Major, K. 379
Golijov: Lullaby and Doina
Beethoven: “An die ferne Geliebte”, Op. 98  
Connesson: “Nocturnal” Toccata for Flute and Cello
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 

April 23
Buxtehude: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, BuxWV 266 
Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56 
Connesson: Techno Parade
Bach: Flute Concerto in D Minor, W22 
Flute Concerto in D Minor, W22 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

April 30
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, “London” 
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

May 7
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3
John Dowland: “In Darkness Let me Dwell” and “Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite”
August Klughardt: Schilflieder for Oboe, Viola, and Piano, Op. 28 
I.    “Langsam, träumerisch”
II.   “Leidenschaftlich erregt”
III.  “Zart, in ruhiger Bewegung”
Oswaldo Golijov: “Omaramor” for Solo Cello

May 14
Carl Stamitz: Clarinet Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 8, No. 4
Samuel Barber: Dover Beach 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 

May 21
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in G Minor, “Devil’s Trill”
Hoboj” and “A Strange Young Lady" (Iva Bittová) Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65 (Frederic Chopin)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano

May 28
Georg Philipp Telemann: “Gulliver’s Suite” 
Gabriel Fauré: “La bonne chanson”, Op. 61 
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
Dmitry Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11

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.