Spotlight Concert Series
Second Presbyterian Church
342 Meeting Street
**Unless Otherwise Noted
Mepkin Abbey | Memorial Day Concert
Music of Heaven – The Eternal Gift
Monday, May 27, 4:00pm
Dedicated to Abbot Francis Kline and Maestro Joseph Flummerfelt
Mepkin Abbey’s beautiful and tranquil church sanctuary is the setting for this unforgettable Memorial Day Concert. Dr. Robert Taylor conducts the Taylor Festival Choir and the Ensemble of St. Clare in a performance of Maurice Durufle’s gorgeous “Requiem” dedicated to Abbott Francis Kline and Maestro Joseph Flummerfelt. The program includes two movements from Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” (Charles Messersmith, clarinet and Yuriy Bekker, violin) and concludes with John Rutter’s setting of the “Gaelic Blessing.” A reception follows the concert. In addition, the audience is invited to view the highly compelling art exhibit “Via Crucis – The Way of the Cross,” on display in the Mepkin Abbey Library adjacent to the Church by artist Richard Hagerty.
Fantasma: The Shadows Beneath
Tuesday, May 28, 6:00pm
Exploring how composers expose the dark shadows that underlie joy, beauty, and humor, Trio Appasionata makes its Piccolo Spoleto debut in a concert featuring Beethoven’s mysterious “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and Shostakovich’s wildly intense Trio No. 2 in E minor. Comprised of American violinist Lydia Chernicoff, Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim, this trio takes listeners on a vivid musical tour.
The In Between
Wednesday, May 29, 6:00pm
Soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, with jazz musicians Robert Lewis (saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano) collaborate for a one-of -a-kind performance of original works by the ensemble members. Joining them are Norbert Lewandoski, principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Tyler Ross, a prominent jazz guitarist, composer, with additional original music by Brooklyn-based musician Nathan Koci, and jazz pianist and recent College of Charleston graduate Maxx Bradley.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Strings Rejoice
Thursday, May 30, 6:00pm
Charleston Symphony musicians, Yuriy Bekker, Micah Gangwer, Jan-Marie Joyce, Sadie DeWall, Norbert Lewandowski, and Damian Kremer, are joined b new Charlestonian and retired National Symphony Orchestra violinist, Pam Hentges, in a performance of an epic work by the sixteen year old prodigy composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, several talented music students will join the professionals in a side by side performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s lush work, “Souvenir de Florence.”
Chamber Music Charleston
Friday, May 31 6:00pm
Get to know the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with Chamber Music Charleston’s “A Mendelssohn Family Music Salon.” The program will explore the music of the wildly talented 19th-century siblings. The program includes a selection of chamber songs by both Fanny and Felix followed by movements from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete Piano Trio in D minor. Chamber Music Charleston violinist Frances Hsieh, cellist Timothy O’Mally, pianist Irina Pevzner, and soprano Suzanne Flemming Atwood perform the works.
Charleston Symphony Brass and Organ
Saturday, June 1 5:00pm
Join members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s brass section and organist Daniel Sansone for a concert of music for brass and organ. The concert explores the varied sonorities offered by the brass quintet and the ‘king of instruments,’ drawing on music from four centuries, and includes both original works and transcriptions. Sonic blockbusters from composers including Richard Strauss, George Gershwin and Eugene Gigout will fill the wonderful acoustics of the historic Second Presbyterian Church.
Monday, June 3 6:00pm
Versatile saxophonist extraordinaire, Jonathan Kammer, returns to Piccolo with a new program in his signature concert series to present exciting music from widely acclaimed composer Gregory Wanamaker. These virtuosic, lyrical, graceful, and funky compositions for saxophone, clarinet, piano and other woodwinds will be a delight for lovers of saxophone and lovers of contemporary classical music alike.
Tuesday, June 4 6:00pm
Violist Carol Gimbel returns to Piccolo Spoleto for another commanding chamber music performance. Along with her New York City collaborators, renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and celebrated countertenor Daniel Moody, the trio will perform Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano, along with “Es Sang vor langen Jahren.”
Charleston Piano Trio
Thursday, June 6 6:00pm
Join Charleston’s own, Yuriy Bekker, Natalia Khoma, and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, for a performance of masterworks by Ernest Chausson and Franz Joseph Haydn. Chausson’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 is romantic, gorgeous, moving and rarely performed in concert. In contrast, Haydn’s “Gypsy Trio” is a fun and whimsical work featuring Hungarian Gypsy themes in the last movement. This evening of fine chamber music masterpieces, performed by your favorite Ukrainian and Belarussian musicians, is not to be missed.