CCP: Flummerfelt exits in blaze of sonic glory


After more than four decades of bringing unparalleled choral excellence to Spoleto festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt has decided it’s time to bow out as the festival’s Director of Choral Activities. While he may have valid reasons for retiring, diminished performing ability is certainly not one of them. Indeed, judging from the spectacular account of Giuseppe Verdi’s evergreen Requiem that he and his huge company of forces delivered at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena on Thursday evening, our cherished choral guru is stepping down at the top of his game.

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After the Concert:  WCC family serenade Joe Flummerfelt at his farewell tribute re…

About 300 WCC folks from 1977 to present day, as well as some select Charleston Spoleto Festival folks converged after the astounding performance of Joe’s final farewell concert (Verdi Requiem) to pay tribute to him in a special reception. Towards the end of the evening, Andrew Megill gathered us to sing to him, and then Joe started lightly conducting us and really received our collective blessing of song. No words adequate……..he was so deeply moved, and to sing with all those WCC family members, especially those of this present generation, was just beyond exquisite. What a legacy. What a night.