Emmanuel Villaume Steps Down; Weekend Highlights News of Spoleto Music Director for Opera & Orchestra Emmanuel Villaume’s decision to step down after the 2010 season, and a critical view of some of the Spoleto Festival’s long-weekend opening with Charleston Post & Courier critic Adam Parker. Read the full press release.
A Moravian Discovery Part of the opening-day Chamber Music Concert at the 18th-century-replica Dock Street Theatre was a piece by 18th century North Carolina Moravian composer Johann Peter. New Chamber Music Artistic Director Geoff Nuttall and his fellow members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet are joined by violist Hsin-Yun Huang in the first movement of Peter’s String Quintet No. 1.
The Dock Street Docket Geoff Nuttall joins Jennifer Foster to elaborate on what’s he’s planning for the Dock Street Chamber Music programs: A range of works that stretch from Charleston’s colonial past to a world premiere to be sung by multi-Grammy winner Dawn Upshaw.
Here Comes the Sun Post & Courier critic Adam Parker is impressed with Geoff Nuttall’s on-stage demeanor as the host of the Chamber Music Concerts. Different from his illustrious predecessor, Charles Wadsworth, but no less distinct. Hear for yourself in Nuttall’s introduction to the Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 20, No. 4. You then hear it played by the Saint Lawrence String Quartet.
Leszek Mozdzer Jennifer Foster sits down at the Steinway with the remarkable Polish jazz pianist Leszek Mozdzer, to discuss Chopin, Charleston, and his habit of putting drinking glasses, combs, and even his own CDs on the piano strings to combat boredom. Along the way Mozdzer discovers his unwitting hand in creating the Spoleto Today theme song.
Overtones: The Villaume Vacuum Marc Overton shares his thoughts with Jennifer Foster about the surprising resignation of Spoleto’s Opera and Orchestra Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, and his contributions have meant to the evolution of the Spoleto Festival USA.