Piccolo Spoleto Festival: College of Charleston Young Artists Series

By | May 9, 2014

The Young Artists Series features some of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ most accomplished music students and alumni. Tickets are $11 and available at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office 1-(866)-811-4111 or online. All concerts take place at 12:00 noon in the College’s Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, except for May 24 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. 

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Saturday, May 24 – College of Charleston Concert Choir in Concert, Robert Taylor-conductor [buy tickets]
This outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. They regularly perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and are known for their rich, warm choral tone and dynamic programming of standard repertoire and new, contemporary choral works. This concert takes place at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

Monday, May 26 – Celebrating Our International Connections – Music for guitar, voice, and piano [buy tickets]
Featuring guitarists Grace McNally and Robbie Chan, tenor Josh Avant, and pianists Justin Watkins and Irwin Jiang, this Memorial Day concert will feature works by Dyens (Tunisian-French), Ponce (Mexican), Dvorak (Czech), Faure (French), Uematsu (Japanese), Domeniconi (Italian), and Chopin (Polish).

Tuesday, May 27 – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms [buy tickets]
Includes Bach Suite No. 3 for cello, Bach arias, Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Beethoven Sonata Op. 81a, and Brahms Ballade, Rhapsody in G minor, and Piano Trio No. 1. Featured performers are: Robbie Chan, Patricia Cooney, Unusdian Errandonea, Diego Suarez, Joseph Tan and Justin Watkins.

Wednesday, May 28 – Violin Marathon  [buy tickets]
Outstanding students of Professor Yuriy Bekker to perform: Yuhong Tu, Ting Yao, Zoe Whittaker, Shannon Fitzhenry, Chelsea Murphy, plus Gregory Guay — perform a dynamic and varied program of music for violin, with guitar and piano accompaniment.

Thursday, May 29 – A Romantic Affair– Chamber Music of the 19th & 20th Centuries  [buy tickets]
Jonathan Williams, cello, and Gregory Guay, guitar in works of Saint-Saens and Piazzolla, soprano Ashley Fabian in songs by Strauss, cellist Unusdian Errandonea in Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, and Ae-lin Youn, Jonathan Milord, Caitlin Delaney, and Irwin Jiang in the amazingly beautiful Schumann Piano Quartet.

Friday, May 30 – College of Charleston Opera  [buy tickets]
A fast-paced program of favorite arias and scenes from opera, including the Act I finale of CofC Opera’s recent hit performance of Edwin Penhorwood’s hilarious opera Too Many Sopranos.

Saturday, May 31 – Piano Plus Cello!  [buy tickets]
Featuring solo cellist Shelby Bowden playing Bach’s Suite No. 4, solo pianist Emily Tran playing Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 31, No. 2—The Tempest and York Bowen’s Three Preludes, plus a cello/piano duet by Boccherini with Zachary Litchfield, cellist and Tran at the piano.

Monday, June 2 – Prize-Winning Seniors – Abbie Geddings and Savannah Shelby, mezzo-sopranos  [buy tickets]
A program of varied songs sung by talented and dynamic singers, who are recent graduates headed to graduate school and singing careers. Both are recent winners in the NATS Student Auditions competition.

Tuesday, June 3 – Art Song Extravaganza  [buy tickets]
Marrying voice and piano, text and music, the Art Song takes its place as one of the most expressive genres of music for the voice. The program will include familiar songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Faure, Duparc, Chausson and Quilter performed by the talented and well-trained singers of the College’s Voice Program.

Wednesday, June 4 – Masterpieces and Miniatures – Music for Piano and Cello  [buy tickets]
Pianist Diego Suarez will tantalize with miniatures– Chopin-Étude “Winter Wind,” Liszt-Étude “Mazeppa,” Debussy L’sle joyeuse, and a movement from Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, followed by two masterpieces–a movement from Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in g minor with Caitlin Delany, cellist and Irwin Jiang, pianist. Then Jiang will conclude with the stunning Prokofiev Sonata No. 6.

Thursday, June 5 – National Prize-Winning Singers – Ashley Fabian, soprano/Nathan Matticks, baritone  [buy tickets]
Ashley Fabian–winner in 2014 national MTNA Young Artist competition in Chicago and SC NATS Artist Award competition and Nathan Matticks—awards in Metro West Opera Competition and Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday gala at Carnegie Hall–present songs by Schumann, Bachelet, Chausson, Beach and Pasatieri plus an operatic duet.

Friday, June 6 – College of Charleston Jazz  [buy tickets]
The College’s “premiere” jazz combo performs familiar tunes and new arrangements of jazz standards.

Saturday, June 7 – Tchaikovsky and Liszt Piano Concertos – Irwin Jiang and Diego Suarez, pianists  [buy tickets]
Two of the most beloved piano concertos performed in a duo piano format.