Carolina Classics 2010 June 2

sf-stlawrencestringquartetSpirited Schumann from the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Robert Schumann’s three string quartets were written in just two weeks, which helps to explain their “rapture, poetry, on-the-edge spontaneity, and touch of wildness.” The St. Lawrence String Quartet, the core ensemble at the Spoleto Chamber Music concerts, is exploring a lot of Schumann at the Dock Street Theatre this season – the 200th Anniversary of Schumann’s birth is next Tuesday.
SCHUMANN: Quartet No. 3 in A, Op. 41
St. Lawrence String Quartet



All Hail Haydn!
St. Lawrence String Quartet first violinist [and Spoleto Chamber Music Director] Geoff Nuttall says that Franz Joseph Haydn has been unfairly overlooked in comparison to Beethoven and Mozart. Meanwhile, the Cola Marionette Theatre production of “Philemon and Baucis” has given Charleston audiences the chance to hear one of the rarest of Haydn’s works. By contrast, we’ll hear one of Haydn’s most perennially popular works: The Trumpet Concerto in D, played in concert at the Peace Center by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Edvard Tchivzel. The Symphony's Co-Principal Trumpet, Phil Elkins, is the soloist.
HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in D
Phil Elkins, trumpet; Edvard Tchivzel, conductor, Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Borodin, Bubbling & Boiling Over
Alexander Borodin was a Chemistry professor at the St. Petersburg Medico-Surgical Academy while also trying to compose his Symphony No. 2, one of the composer’s best works. Borodin’s Brew is given a stirring performance by the Symphony Orchestra of the University of South Carolina School of Music, led by Donald Portnoy. Portnoy is also the Music Director of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
BORODIN: Symphony No. 2
Donald Portnoy, conductor, Symphony Orchestra of the University of South Carolina School of Music

Porter Center Mozart
From the Porter Center at Brevard College, one of the best concert venues in Western North Carolina, we’ll hear a performance of Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D, K. 285. This performance features flutist Renée Krimsier, a former Director and one of the star performers of the “Intermezzi” series during the 90s at the Spoleto Festival USA.
MOZART: Flute Quartet No. 1 in D
Renée Krimsier, flute

Brahms: Weak Side, Strong Side
Speaking from the stage of the Dock Street Theatre, Geoff Nuttall was quoted in the New York Times just recently for calling the String Quartets by Johannes Brahms “weak.” “Thank God he burned the other 21 string quartets,” Mr. Nuttall said, tongue slightly in cheek. No such controversy exists for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, which we’ll hear in a concert performance by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The Greensboro Symphony’s Concertmaster John Fadial is the soloist, and the conductor is a pretty fair fiddler himself: Dmitri Sitkovetsky.
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
John Fadial, violin; Dmitri Sitkovetsky, conductor, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra