Carolina Classics 2010 June 4


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:

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“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.

ROBERT SCHUMANN: Fairy Tales, Op. 132
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Stephen Prutsman, piano

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.

JOHANN FREDERICK PETER: Viola Quintet in A, 1st mov.
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

"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

muzijevicW.F. Bach Fantasia
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic, plays an unusual Fantasia in C minor by Bach’s eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

Wilhelm Friedermann Bach: Fantasia in C minor
Pedja Muzijevic, piano

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