Talk, texts, tweets, and titters Jennifer Foster and Marc Overton consider what’s getting talked about, what’s getting laughs, and what’s getting puzzled stares at Spoleto as the festival enters its second week, including the “Twitter Wall” at Gaillard Auditorium.
Todd Palmer: Gumboots on the Licorice Stick Spoleto Chamber Musician Todd Palmer explains the title, and discusses the challenge of playing the exciting and terrifying (if you’re a clarinetist!) new quintet for clarinet and string quartet titled “Gumboots” by Anglo-American composer David Bruce.
Two Dances in a Two-Boot Landing Todd Palmer equates the five dances in David Bruce’s quintet to an Olympic gymnastic exercise, moving from the equivalent of the pommel horse to the uneven parallel bars. From the stage of the Dock Street Theatre, we’ll hear if Todd Palmer can “stick the landing” in the final two of the five dances that make up Bruce’s “Gumboots.” The St. Lawrence String Quartet joins Palmer.
A Visit to a Charleston Tea Room Marc Overton pays a call on Mary Bradley, who’s been running the Tea Room at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston for nearly twenty years. It’s one of the many Tea Rooms that pop up in Charleston churches at this time of year to serve tea and traditional Lowcountry goodies to Spoleto Festival goers in search of an afternoon respite.
Vivaldi for 18 Strings From a Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Spotlight series concert that happened Saturday at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, guitarists Marc Regnier, Marco Sartor and Fernando Troche offer up an eighteen-string arrangement of one of Antonio Vivaldi’s “L’estro Armonico” concertos, Op. 3 No. 6 in A minor.
Westminster Choir Sets Down From a Spoleto Festival USA performance at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston, the men of the world-class Westminster Choir perform a couple of classic Alice Parker/Robert Shaw arrangements: “Darling Nelly Gray” and “Set Down Servant.”
Lizz Wright: Born to Sing Jennifer Foster talks to jazz chanteuse and Hahira, GA, native Lizz Wright about the “great, sacred and primal” tradition of singing. Wright makes her Spoleto Festival USA debut this year.
Press Box Feature: Backpack Journalism Johanna Keller of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University joins Marc Overton to discuss the 19 arts journalists who’ve been “embedded” in Charleston this month, writing, blogging, tweeting, snapping photos, shooting videos, and generally offering their youthful perspective on all things Spoleto for the Charleston Post & Courier. Keller, their mentor, explains the aims of the program and the credo of “Backpack Journalism.”
Five-Star Mozart We venture out for a critique of our own: Emmanuel Villaume’s final concert leading the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra on Sunday night, was flat-out terrific. Hear for yourself in this performance of the final movement of Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony in D, K. 385.
Overtones: Palmer Gaillard to Joe Riley, from One Mayor to Another With tongues wagging over the $142 million proposed renovation of Charleston’s Gaillard Auditorium, Marc Overton considers the Charleston Mayor who brought it into being in 1968.