MAY 31, 2013 – CHARLESTON, SC. Maestro Joseph Flummerfelt, Artistic Director of Choral Activities for Spoleto Festival USA, was presented a retirement gift from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus during rehearsal for the June 6 performance of Messa da Requiem, by Giuseppe Verdi. The CSO Chorus presented Dr. Flummerfelt with a unique sculpture by Lowcountry artist, Mark Larkin of Bluffton, SC.
The CSO Chorus was founded as the Charleston Singers Guild by Miss Emily Remington, who, at age 97, also attended the gift presentation. The CSO Chorus began its 35-year association with Dr. Flummerfelt in the 1979 Festival, and has enjoyed a place of honor on stage with the maestro, the Westminster Choir, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra for the popular Choral/ Orchestral concert every year since.
“For any singer, it is a true honor to have the opportunity to sing for such a renowned choral director as Dr. Flummerfelt even once – and we’ve had the privilege to sing for him every year. So we wanted him to have something special to thank him for his friendship and his unwavering commitment to our Chorus, this Festival, and our city,” says Terry Ritchen, a CSOC member who has also served as the Chorus’ liaison to Dr. Flummerfelt since 1996.
Tickets for his finale performance, featuring Verdi’s operatic Requiem, on June 6 at 8:00PM at the TD Arena of the College of Charleston, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, can be purchased online here, by phone at 843-579-3100 Mon – Sat 10am-6pm, or in person at the Charleston Visitors Bureau Spoleto Ticket Kiosk, 375 Meeting Street, 9am-5pm, or the Dock Street Theater Box Office, 135 Church Street, from 10am-8pm.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus is a 501(c)(3) organization comprised of over 100 singer-members promoting the enjoyment and appreciation of fine choral music in the South Carolina Lowcountry since 1978. It is an affiliate of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and is under the direction of Dr. Robert Taylor, who has had the honor of preparing the chorus for Dr. Flummerfelt and the Festival since 1998.
Other works by sculptor R. Mark Larkin can be seen at Courtyard Gallery, 149 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401.