Spoleto Today 2010 June 8

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jennifer_foster_headshot_150Election Date
It’s Primary Day in the Palmetto State. Jennifer Foster and Marcus Overton chat about artistic offerings in Spoleto's past that touched off political tempests!

emmanuelvillaumeBeethoven Dark & Light?
We begin with a composer whose music has been used as a backdrop for political theatre: Beethoven. His often-forgotten Eighth Symphony sounds more like a Haydn or a Mozart Symphony than the Fateful Fifth, the Pastoral Sixth, or the Pulsating Seventh. Emmanuel Villaume conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in his final concert leading the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra on Sunday night. Villaume offers an interesting observation about why Beethoven’s 8th doesn’t get its due.

Happy Beethoven Music, Unless You Play French Horn?
Emmanuel Villaume, Spoleto’s Music Director for Opera and Orchestra, leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra through the spirited Finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F. This is from Villaume's final concert conducting the ensemble, which took place on Sunday, June 6 at Gaillard Auditorium.

sf-scotschurchChurches of Charleston: First Scots
Charleston IS the Holy City, and that’s one of the reasons why Gian-Carlo Menotti founded the festival in this city in the first place. Today, we take you INSIDE one of these great Charleston houses of worship, which, during Spoleto Festival season, turn into temples for the celebration of art. We meet our tour guide, Angie Miller, on the steps of First Scots Presbyterian Church at 53 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.

Handel from First Scots
From the spacious sanctuary of First Scots Presbyterian, Charleston-based guitarists Marc Regnier and Marco Sator play Haydn's Suite in A minor, arranged for two guitars by the performers. This concert is part of the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series.

Spoleto Daybook: Spoleto Bulls-eyes and Near Misses!
Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto offer so many events, so many artists -- so much to see and hear and do. Marcus Overton gives us HIS list of shows to see -- either because he knows and loves the performers -- or because the titles are just to good to resist!

sf-gershwinGershwin: Remembrance and Discovery
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Porgy & Bess, the great opera written by George Gershwin and Charlestonian DuBose Heyward. It was inspired by both the fables and legends, as well as the very real personalities, of the African-American communities of the Lowcountry. In recognition of the anniversary, this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival presents a number of Gershwin-related events, including a program by pianist Richard Glazier called “Gershwin: Remembrance and Discovery.”

Richard GlazierAn American Performs in Paris
Richard Glazier plays Gershwin's An American in Paris miniature from the Salle Cortot in Paris. All that’s missing are the taxi horns.

sf-erikfriedlanderPhotos From The Family Vacation
Executive Producer Ben Roe sits down with cellist-turned-performance artist Erik Friedlander to learn about his one-man show, “Block Ice and Propane.”

Block Ice and Propane
Erik Friedlander performs the “title track” from his one-man show, “Block Ice and Propane.” One critic describes it as “new American cello music: lyrical, plain-spoken, and emotional.”


marcus_overton_headshot_150Overtones: Back to Gershwin on Folly Beach
Marc Overton recounts some of the tales of George Gershwin’s time at Folly Beach.