The excitement is palpable on the first day of the much anticipated Spoleto Festival 2010 where you'll hear some of the best musicians and experience the glory of internationally renown conductors that the modern day classical world has to offer. You'll also hear interviews from choir master Rob Taylor, newspaper critic Adam Parker, and historical insights concerning the majestic city of Charleston, SC.
Prologue to a New Old Theatre: Jennifer Foster and Marcus Overton discuss the renovated Dock Street Theatre, with commentary from Spoleto General Director Nigel Redden and Chamber Music director Geoff Nuttall. And actress Heather Gillespie is heard in Charleston playwright Dubose Heyward’s stirring Prologue, written for the 1937 dedication of Dock Street.
Where Spoleto Left off in 2009: As the Spoleto Festival USA’s Chamber Music series moves back into its Dock Street Home for the first time in three years, we’ll listen back to the last performance from its home at Memminger Auditorium. It’s the traditional closing piece of the Chamber series: the “Cello” Quintet in C, D. 956, by Franz Schubert. It’s performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
South of Broad, Pat Conroy’s Charleston: The mega-selling author muses on his adoptive state, his mother’s advice, his father’s legacy, and his first visit to Charleston, the memories of which inspired the title of his new novel, South of Broad.
The Choir Master Rob Taylor: Marcus Overton talks to the College of Charleston conductor,who directs the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Spotlight on the Art of Choral Music series, in addition to several other vocal ensembles around town. We’ll hear Taylor’s Madrigal Singers perform a selection from their program Pleasures of the Royal Courts.
How Lovely: A performance by one of the figures Rob Taylor calls truly inspirational: Robert Shaw. The late conductor leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from A German Requiem by Brahms.
The Press Box: Charleston Post & Courier critic Adam Parker joins Jennifer to explain the Spoleto happenings that are catching his eye. And his own take of the controversial Rhode Island-South Carolina connection highlighted in the 2010 commemorative poster by Maya Lin.
Massenet: Ballet Music from “Cinderella” (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner) In honor of the forthcoming Spoleto production by the Colla Marionette Theatre company from Milan, Italy.
Overtones: Marcus Overton & Jennifer Foster Marc, a veteran observer of the Spoleto scene offers his own history and insight Into the meaning of the Dock Street Theatre renovation.