Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA

violin, viola, cello, piano

March 26, 2020, 6:30 PM

Music Room


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Each summer, some of the world’s finest musicians descend on Charleston, SC, for the annual Spoleto Festival USA. Led by violinist and Artistic Director Geoff Nutall and Associate Director Livia Sohn, a changing roster of instrumentalists perform eleven diverse programs across two weeks at the historic Dock Street Theatre. In advance of the 2020 Spoleto Festival USA, seasoned musicians from its ensemble ranks bring their characteristic musicianship and camaraderie to the Phillips. Geoff Nutall is joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, violist Barry Shiffman, and cellist Nina Lee for a program of music by Mozart and Schumann, also featuring a work from 2014 by rising-talent Paul Wiancko. 


Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, K. 379

PAUL WIANCKO (b. 1983)
"American Haiku" (2014) 

Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47

Overflowing with exuberant musicianship and joyful camaraderie, 11 stimulating and boisterous programs—each performed three times—feature bright contemporary compositions and canonic treasures. This season, hear Copland’s invigorating Appalachian Spring, Schubert’s beloved octet, and the world premiere of composer-in-residence Paul Wiancko’s oboe quintet for James Austin Smith and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Returning Festival favorites include countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, tenor Paul Groves, and a glorious trio of pianists—Inon Barnatan, Pedja Muzijevic, and Stephen Prutsman. These and others are joined by exciting newcomers: bassoonist Amy Harman brings her “supreme eloquence” (The Times); the multi-faceted Paul Holmes Morton performs on both his lute and theorbo; and David Byrd-Marrow offers his “stunning and assured” (The New York Times) tone on the French horn. Come celebrate Geoff Nuttall’s 10th season at the helm of this unmatched series in the intimate Dock Street Theatre.

View 2019 Chamber Music Programs