April 5, 2017
Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2017 Bank of America Chamber Music Series Programs
William Struhs

33 concerts of 11 programs performed twice daily in Charleston’s historic Dock Street Theatre throughout the Festival, May 26 – June 11, hosted by series director Geoff Nuttall

Series includes a world premiere by composer-in-residence Jarosław Kapuściński with a multimedia component by photographer Kacper Kowalski

CHARLESTON, SC (April 5, 2017) — Geoff Nuttall, Spoleto Festival USA's Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music, today announced details of the 2017 Bank of America Chamber Music series' 11 programs—33 concerts total—to be performed throughout the Festival season, which lasts from May 26 to June 11. The series programming spans three centuries, from Vivaldi to contemporary works by the Festival’s 2017 composer-in-residence, Jarosław Kapuściński, including a world premiere that blends music and video. Making their Festival debuts will be violist Meena Bhasin, cellist/composer Joshua Roman, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, and the Rolston String Quartet.

Tickets to all Bank of America Chamber Music series performances are available online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. Beginning May 1, tickets will be available from the Festival box office at the Charleston Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street). Images are available for download from the Festival's media photo gallery.

Hosted and programmed by Nuttall, whose spiritedness, wit, and enthusiasm offer new and interesting insights into the repertoire, the 2017 Bank of America Chamber Music series includes music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, Ravel, Roy Orbison, and Thomas Adès, among others. The new work by composer-in-residence Jarosław Kapuściński, titled Side Effects, will be performed during Program IV on May 31 at 11:00am and 1:00pm and June 1 at 11:00am, and the premiere will feature a video installation by aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski. The concert series will also include two additional compositions by Kapuściński: Juicy, a multimedia work created in collaboration with animator John Edmark, and Alikeness, a work for two violins, viola, cello, and percussion commissioned for the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello) for its 25th anniversary in 2015. Kapuściński will play the piano during both Side Effects and Juicy.

Works by Kapuściński, an intermedia composer and pianist, have been presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the International Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montréal. A native of Poland, the pianist first studied classical performance and composition at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He completed his doctoral studies in music composition at the University of California, San Diego, in 1997, and his work today often explores how musical instruments can control multimedia content. He is currently an associate professor of composition at Stanford University.

Since 1977, the Bank of America Chamber Music series has been known for championing up-and-coming musical talents and showcasing them on an international stage. This year, Festival debuts include violist Meena Bhasin, a co-founder of New York-based chamber music society Decoda; cellist/composer Joshua Roman, whose work Riding Light can be heard during Program VII; acclaimed pianist and Naumburg competition winner Gilles Vonsattel; and the Rolston String Quartet, a young Canadian ensemble that won the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet is currently in residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. During the Festival, it will perform works by composers including Ravel, Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn.

Each of the 11 chamber programs in the 2017 series features Nuttall’s signature eclectic tastes. Among the program highlights are works by Antonio Vivaldi, celebrating the Festival’s U.S. premiere of Farnace, which stars countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role. Program II features Costanzo in “Non ti lushinghi la crudeltade” from Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio. He will also sing “Vedro con mio diletto” from Vivaldi’s Giustinoduring Program VI, and oboist James Austin Smith will take the lead for the performance of Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in D minor during Program I.

Returning Bank of America Chamber Music series artists include flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetist Todd Palmer; oboist James Austin Smith; pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Stephen Prutsman; percussionist Steven Schick; violinists Benjamin Beilman, Daniel Phillips, and Livia Sohn; double bassist Anthony Manzo; and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Select chamber musicians will also perform during other Festival events in addition to the Bank of American Chamber Music series. At the Spoleto Celebration Concert on May 30, Christopher Costanza, Pedja Muzijevic, Geoff Nuttall, and Livia Sohn will perform a Vivaldi concerto, followed on June 1 by Pedja Muzijevic taking center stage at the Simons Center Recital Hall for a Music in Time series program entitled Dialogues with Pedja Muzijevic. Additionally, Cinema and Sound, which premieres at the Woolfe Street Playhouse on Wednesday, June 7, features three new works by pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman set to silent films from the early 20th century.

Each of the Bank of America Chamber series’ 11 programs are performed three times with two performances daily at 11:00am and 1:00pm in the 463-seat Dock Street Theatre, located at 135 Church Street. The series is also recorded and broadcast by South Carolina ETV Radio and syndicated nationally and internationally by the WFMT Radio Network.

 

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2017 BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

 

PROGRAM I
Friday, May 26, at 1:00pm; Saturday, May 27, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

VIVALDI Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454
James Austin Smith, oboe; Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

JAROSŁAW KAPUŚCIŃSKI Juicy
animation in collaboration with John Edmark
Jarosław Kapuściński, piano and computer-controlled image and sound

LEI LIANG Trans for Percussion Solo and Audience
Steven Schick, percussion

GLINKA Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini’s La sonnambula
Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass

 

PROGRAM II
Sunday, May 28, at 11:00am and 1:00pm; Monday, May 29, at 11:00am

GUSTAVO AGUILAR Wendell’s History for Steve: Part 1
Steven Schick, percussion

VIVALDI “Non ti lusinghi la crudeltade” from Tito Manlio, RV 738
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; James Austin Smith, oboe; Christopher Costanza, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, “The Trout”
Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Owen Dalby, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass

GUSTAVO AGUILAR Wendell’s History for Steve: Part 2
Steven Schick, percussion

 

PROGRAM III
Monday, May 29, at 1:00pm; Tuesday, May 30, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

JAROSŁAW KAPUŚCIŃSKI Alikeness
Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Steven Schick, percussion

SUZANNE FARRIN “l’onde della non vostra”
James Austin Smith, oboe

MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, op. 66
Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Christopher Costanza, cello

 

PROGRAM IV
Wednesday, May 31, at 11:00am and 1:00pm; Thursday, June 1, at 11:00am

J.S. BACH Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
James Austin Smith, oboe; Livia Sohn, Geoff Nuttall, and Owen Dalby, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

JAROSŁAW KAPUŚCIŃSKI Side Effects (World Premiere)
Video by Kacper Kowalski
Jarosław Kapuściński, piano

SCHUMANN Piano Trio in D minor, op. 63
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Christopher Costanza, cello 

 

PROGRAM V
Thursday, June 1, at 1:00pm; Friday, June 2, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor, op. 8
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Livia Sohn, violin; Joshua Roman, cello

RAVEL String Quartet in F major
Rolston String Quartet (Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello)

DAVID BRUCE Gumboots: Dances I – VI
Owen Dalby and Geoff Nuttall, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Todd Palmer, clarinet

 

PROGRAM VI
Saturday, June 3, at 11:00am and 1:00pm; Sunday, June 4, at 11:00am

JOHANN STRAUSS Waltz, op. 437, “Emperor”
Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass

BAX Quintet for Oboe and Strings
James Austin Smith, oboe; Rolston String Quartet

VIVALDI “Vedro con mio diletto” from Giustino, RV 717
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Luri Lee, Jeffrey Dyrda, Geoff Nuttall, and Owen Dalby, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

 

PROGRAM VII
Sunday, June 4, at 1:00pm; Monday, June 5, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

HAYDN String Quartet, op. 20 no. 1
St. Lawrence String Quartet (Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello)

POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Todd Palmer, clarinet; Gilles Vonsattel, piano

JOSHUA ROMAN Riding Light
Joshua Roman, cello

HANDEL Concerto Grosso in D major, op. 6 no. 5
Owen Dalby, Geoff Nuttall, Luri Lee, Jeffrey Dyrda, and Livia Sohn, violin; Lesley Robertson and Hezekiah Leung, viola; Christopher Costanza and Jonathan Lo, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

 

PROGRAM VIII
Tuesday, June 6, at 11:00am and 1:00pm; Wednesday, June 7, at 11:00am

SCHUBERT Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen,” D 802
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Stephen Prutsman, piano

MAHLER Piano Quartet in A minor
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Daniel Phillips, viola; Joshua Roman, cello

MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat major, op. 20
St. Lawrence String Quartet and Rolston String Quartet

 

PROGRAM IX
Wednesday, June ,7 at 1:00pm; Thursday, June 8, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

BOTTESINI Duetto for Clarinet and Double Bass with Piano
Todd Palmer, clarinet; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Gilles Vonsattel, piano

RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello
Benjamin Beilman, violin; Joshua Roman, cello

MOSZKOWSKI Suite for Two Violins and Piano, op. 71
I. Allegro energico

Daniel Phillips and Livia Sohn, violin; Gilles Vonsattel, piano 

HAYDN Symphony no. 100 in G major, “Military”
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Daniel Phillips, violin; Joshua Roman, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord 

 

PROGRAM X
Friday, June 9, at 11:00am and 1:00pm; Saturday, June 10, at 11:00am

J.S. BACH Musical Offering Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 1079
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Daniel Phillips, violin; Joshua Roman, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

YSAŸE Sonata no. 3 “Ballade” for Solo Violin, op. 27
Benjamin Beilman, violin

W.F.E. BACH Das Dreyblatt for Six Hands
Gilles Vonsattel, Stephen Prutsman, and Pedja Muzijevic, piano

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A minor, op. 132
III. Molto adagio; andante, “Heiliger Dankgesang”

St. Lawrence String Quartet

LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2
Stephen Prutsman, piano

 

PROGRAM XI
Saturday, June 10, at 1:00pm; Sunday, June 11, at 11:00am and 1:00pm

C.P.E. BACH Sinfonia in B-flat major, Wq 182/2
Geoff Nuttall, Owen Dalby, Livia Sohn, and Benjamin Beilman, violin; Lesley Robertson and Daniel Phillips, viola; Christopher Costanza and Joshua Roman, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

ROY ORBISON “Crying”
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Geoff Nuttall, Owen Dalby, Livia Sohn, and Benjamin Beilman, violin; Lesley Robertson and Daniel Phillips, viola; Christopher Costanza and Joshua Roman, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass

THOMAS ADÈS Catch
Todd Palmer, clarinet; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Joshua Roman, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano

DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A major, op. 81
Pedja Muzijevic, piano; St. Lawrence String Quartet

 

Chamber Music Series Subscriptions

Spoleto Festival USA offers three chamber music subscription packages that include benefits such as premium reserved seats, access to Patron Services Manager Sally Lovejoy, and free exchanges.

  • SUBSCRIPTION A: $210 (six odd-numbered chamber concerts, 1:00pm)
  • SUBSCRIPTION B: $175 (five even-numbered chamber concerts, 1:00pm)
  • SUBSCRIPTION C: $385 (first performance of each chamber concert, times vary)

Subscriptions are available by calling Patron Services Manager Sally Lovejoy at 843.720.1114.

Tickets

Tickets to all Bank of America Chamber Music series performances are available online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. Beginning May 1, tickets will be available from the Festival box office at the Charleston Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street).

 

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Press contacts (Spoleto Festival USA):

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Niki Dube, 843.720.1135
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