Spoleto Today 2010 June 4

Listen to the entire program:

jennifer_foster_headshot_150Time, Place, and Proximity: What Makes Spoleto Unique
Jennifer Foster and Marc Overton consider the crossover effect that 125 separate events in the space of 17 days can create.

LiviasohnGulliver’s Suite
New Spoleto Chamber Music Director Geoff Nuttall introduces a charming musical sketch that Georg Philipp Telemann composed just two years after Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale of Gulliver’s Travels appeared in print for the first time. He then joins his wife, Livia Sohn, to play this little suite for two violins.

muzijevicScarlatti Sonata
Another Spoleto Chamber Music stalwart, pianist Pedja Muzijevic performs from his recent CD “Sonatas and Interludes,” where in he alternates between sonata by John Cage and other piano works by composers ranging from Richard Strauss to Domenico Scarlatti. We’ll hear the final track: Scarlatti’s Sonata in C-sharp major, K. 247.

emmanuelvillaumeBy Strauss, Con Brio
Emmanuel Villaume could safely be described as a “whole-body” conductor, as you’ll see, using an amazing variety of movements and gestures to communicate with the orchestra. But that’s much more evident in rehearsal than in performance, and Emmanuel Villaume says there’s a reason for that. We’ll then hear Villaume lead the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in the Overture to Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss II, in a performance recorded Monday night at the Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston.

sf-johnkennedy1John Kennedy: Music in Time
John Kennedy, the longtime curator – and advocate - of Spoleto’s contemporary music activities joins Marc Overton to discuss this season’s “Music in Time” series, and to consider the role of new music at the Festival.

sf-neelybruceNeely Bruce: Louis Chauvin Surveys
Part of the “Music in Time” series this year is also devoted to showcasing the works of two of the contemporary composers involved in operatic productions at the 2010 Spoleto Festival USA: Wolfgang Rihm, composer of Persepina, and Neely Bruce, commissioned to re-create the 18th-century ballad opera Flora. From Wednesday afternoon’s “Music in Time” concert at the Simons Center at the College of Charleston, Bruce introduces, and then plays his 1991 piano piece Louis Chauvin Surveys the Current State of Affairs.

Spoleto Day Book: Musings on Marionettes
Marc Overton has a recommendation – and an explanation – for the Spoleto Festival’s traditional fascination with puppets, manifested this year in the appearance in two productions by the Colla Marionette Theatre of Milan. And we’ll revisit the glorious final scene of Haydn’s puppet opera Philemon & Baucis.

Watch the curtain call here

sf-jackmccrayThe Charleston Jazz Initiative
Charleston Post & Courier Jazz critic Jack McCray joins Jennifer Foster to preview the Piccolo Spoleto “Festival within a Festival” – the Charleston Jazz Initiative Legends Festivals, which this weekend will unite such jazz luminaries as Ellis Marsalis, Slide Hampton, and Jimmy Heath, with such Palmetto State greats as tenor saxophonist Houston Person.

marcus_overton_headshot_150Overtones: Ginger & Fred on the Beach in the Lowcountry
Marc Overton shares another slice of life from Charleston’s colorful past.