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Masterworks 3

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October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until October 30, 2021

INTRO

Recognized as the leading opera composer of his time, the prolific Gioachino Rossini wrote The Silken Staircase at age 20. The comedic opera, though very popular in its day, is not performed as often as are his The Barber of Seville or William Tell. However, The Silken Staircase Overture stands the test of time as a masterpiece punctuated by lively banter between the strings and the upper woodwinds.

At its 1803 premiere, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto was not entirely complete, and the solo passages were played by the composer himself largely from memory. The concerto is often associated with Beethoven maneuvering away from his more Mozart-influenced earlier piano concertos to develop his own style. Indeed, it is a wonderful display of the dramatic musicality that we have come to know as quintessentially Beethoven.

In The First Walpurgis Night, Felix Mendelssohn reimagines a spooky yet comic tale with building momentum. With ghosts, witches, owls, pitchforks, and the devil this work is perfect for the Halloween holiday! Themes of conflict and oppression are woven throughout and intertwined by the music and the voices; in one moment it is serious and serene, and in the next rowdy and rambunctious.


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PROGRAM

GIOACHINO ROSSINI 
THE SILKEN STAIRCASE: OVERTURE

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 IN C MINOR, OP. 37

 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
DIE ERSTE WALPURGISNACHT, OP. 60 (THE FIRST WALPURGIS NIGHT)

ARTISTS

Caleb Borick, Piano

Faith Sherman, Alto

Victor Cardamone, Tenor

Cory Schantz, Bass-Baritone

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus

  • Dr. Robert Taylor, Director

College of Charleston Concert Choir

  • Dr. Robert Taylor, Director

Charleston Southern University Concert Singers

  • Dustin Ousley, Director

Ken Lam, Conductor

Venue

The Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, 29401 United States
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