It’s a big day for Carolina Classics, as we bring you Day 1 of the brand-new Chamber Music Series at the Dock Street Theatre under the leadership of new Artistic Director Geoff Nuttall. You’ll hear the new and improved acoustics for yourself as Nuttall adds charm, wit, and information to the proceedings – both firmly in the style – but notably different from – his predecessor Charles Wadsworth. On today’s program, recorded on Friday afternoon, May 28th:
“Shocking” Season Opener: Pachelbel’s Canon Geoff Nuttall introduces his surprising pick for the first piece of his tenure as Spoleto Chamber Music Artistic Director: the Canon and Gigue in D by Pachelbel, a piece with a Charleston connection. The players are Scott St. John, violin; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin; Chris Costanza, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord.
JOHANN PACHELBEL: Canon & Gigue in D Geoff Nuttall, violin Scott St. John, violin Daniel Phillips, viola Chris Costanza, cello Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
Dreamy Fairy Tales from Schumann Geoff Nuttall introduces the second piece in the 2010 Spoleto Chamber Music Series, Program 1: Robert Schumann’s Fairy Tales, Op. 132, a cycle of four miniature pieces performed by clarinetist Todd Palmer, violist Hsin-yun Huang, and pianist Stephen Prutsman.
A Colonial Carolinas Connection Next up: A palate cleanser…the first movement of a Viola Quintet by Johann Frederick Peter – a Moravian composer from Old Salem, North Carolina. Played at the Dock Street Theatre by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and violist Hsin-yun Huang.
"Happy Schumann" In his remarks from stage, Geoff Nuttall calls this piece “Happy Schumann” – the Piano Quintet in E-flat. In a performance by Geoff Nuttall and his fellow members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet: Scott St. John, violin, Lesley Robertson, viola, and Christopher Costanza, cell. The pianist? Pedja Muzijevic.
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 47 St. Lawrence String Quartet Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Tchaikovsky by One Who Knows Violinist Elmar Oliveira, the only American to win the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Moscow, shows his stuff in P.I.’s Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35, in a concert performance with the Eastern Festival Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 Elmar Oliveira, violin Gerard Schwarz, conductor, Eastern Festival Orchestra
W.F. Bach Fantasia Pianist Pedja Muzijevic, plays an unusual Fantasia in C minor by Bach’s eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.