Mother-Daughter Cello Duo Kicks off Charleston Music Fest

The College of Charleston School of the Arts announces the 2013-14 season of Charleston Music Fest (CMF). Three concerts have been scheduled featuring world-class musicians and a compelling collection of classical chamber music. Season tickets for all three concerts are $80 and individual tickets are $30. Tickets can be pre-ordered online or by calling 843.953.6575. (Only cash & checks at the door)

Charleston Music Fest is a year-round presenter of chamber music of the highest possible artistic standard and adds to the colorful cultural life of Charleston. CMF is a non-profit endeavor that is co-directed by College of Charleston music professors Natalia Khoma and Lee-Chin Siow. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

A Viennese Story – Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. • Randolph Hall, College of Charleston
In Charleston Music Fest’s season premiere, Lowcountry audiences will be treated to a rare performance by mother/daughter cello duo Natalia Khoma and Marta Bagratuni, joined by violinist Anna Rabinova of the New York Philharmonic, violist Randolph Kelly of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and violinist Micah Gangwer, assistant concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. This evening of beautiful chamber music will include the Duo for two Cellos in D Major, and the String Quartet in G Major by Haydn, and conclude with the String Quintet in C Major by Schubert.

Songs of Love and Doom – Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. • Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, violinist Yuriy Bekker and College of Charleston Professor, Soprano soloist Deanna McBroom join forces with CMF co-founder, cellist Natalia Khoma and College of Charleston adjunct faculty member, pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky for an evening of art songs and chamber music that celebrate love. The program includes music by Shostakovich and Brahms. The lyrics are poems by Alexander Blokh.

Baroque to the Romantics – Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. • Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
A stellar collection of musicians join cellist Natalia Khoma for the conclusion of the CMF season in a concert which includes excerpts from the very popular Seasons by Tchaikovsky, the virtuosic Passacaglia for violin and cello from Handel’s Suite No. 7 in G minor, and the beautiful Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet Op. 21 by Chausson. This last concert of the season features violinist Elmar Oliveira, who remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition, and is the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1983; Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Micah Gangwer & Alexander Boissonault, violin; Sandra Robbins, viola.

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