Piccolo Spoleto Festival: College of Charleston Young Artists Series

By | April 29, 2015

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 (up to 2 hours before performance) at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office in the Charleston Visitors Center, by calling 1-(866)-811-4111, online, or at the door. 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 23 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

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Saturday, May 23 – College of Charleston Concert Choir [buy tickets]
Under the direction of Dr. Robert Taylor, this award-winning choir has been featured in juried performances 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, 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 25 – Go for Baroque [buy tickets]
The music of J.S. Bach and Handel, featured in compositions for piano, chamber music and voice. Featured literature will include Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 2 in D minorPrelude & Fugue in C minor from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and operatic arias from various Handel operas.

Tuesday, May 26 – Beethoven to Brahms [buy tickets]
Beethoven’s chamber music is prominently featured in this concert, as award winning young artists bring to life his Trio in E-flat for violin, cello, and piano and his Sonata quasi una Fantasia for piano. Lieder of Brahms, Schubert & Schumann will be interpreted as well.

Wednesday, May 27 – From Russia with Love  [buy tickets]
Music of the Russian masters will be on display in this all instrumental concert. Featured will be Shostakovich’s Sonata in D minor for cello, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 for piano, and Rachmaninov’s Trio Elegiaque in G minor for violin, cello, and piano.

Thursday, May 28 – Music for the 20th Century  [buy tickets]
Award-winning young artists in a program featuring the music of Bartók, Copland, Ginastera, Duke, Bolcom, and others. Selections will include Bartók’s Eight Duos for Violins, piano and caberet songs by Bolcom, Ginastera’s Suite de Danzas Criollas, and selections from Copland’s Old American Songs.

Friday, May 29 – Early Romantics  [buy tickets]
From the charm of Chopin’s piano to the passion of Schubert’s and Schumann’s lieder, this concert will bring out the romantic in you. This concert will also include Faure’s music both for cello and for voice. Hear the intricacies of these masters through the articulation of award-winning performers.

Saturday, May 30 – Late Romantics  [buy tickets]
The music of Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, and others are featured in this dynamic concert. Highlights include Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 for violin, cello & piano, Liszt’s Transcendenta Etude No. 4 (Mazeppa), and the passionate lieder of Liszt and Strauss.

Monday, June 1 – Mostly Mozart  [buy tickets]
The College of Charleston’s regionally and nationally recognized students will perform some of Mozart’s most recognizable operatic arias along with piano sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven. Featured operas will include Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. Mozart’s Sonata in D major K.576 and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 Op. 110 in A-flat major are included as well. This concert presents musical selections that are sure to please and delight the audience.

Tuesday, June 2 – Schubertiade – Romance for 19th Century Art Songs  [buy tickets]
Revisit the art of poetry in music, complete with translations of the poetry projected above the stage, and discover the intimacy of the melding of text with the beautiful melodies of Schubert, Schumann, Faure, Brahms and others.

Wednesday, June 3 – Masterpieces and Miniatures  [buy tickets]
Featuring the music of Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, and others, this concert of piano and vocal music has a full range of styles for every taste. Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32, Op. 111 will be featured. Miniatures in the form of French chansons of Debussy and others will round out an exciting hour of music.

Thursday, June 4 – Young Artist String Competition Winners  [buy tickets]
This concert features high school students who were the winners of the of the recent College of Charleston string competition. Featured will be Nanako Shirai, violin, playing Mendelssohn, Andrew Englehardt, cello, playing Saint-Saëns, Samuele Parrini, violin, playing Beriot and Bach, and Rachel Yi, violin, playing Sarasate and Kreisler.

Friday, June 5 – College of Charleston Jazz  [buy tickets]
Familiar tunes and new arrangements of jazz standards performed by the College’s premiere jazz combo.

Saturday, June 6 – Tchaikovsky and Liszt Piano Concerti  [buy tickets]
Irwin Jiang and Diego Suarez, pianists, perform two of the most beloved piano concertos presented in a duo piano format.