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Spoleto Festival USA

Music

AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL NYMAN

Sponsored By: The Hidden Countship

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Overview

“While the harmonic directness and rhythmic punchiness of minimalism is a signature of Nyman’s sensibility, so too is an uncompromising musical literacy, a fluency in styles from Vivaldi to Cage.” —The New York Times

British composer Michael Nyman is best-known for his award-winning scores in films including The Piano and Gattaca and his lengthy collaboration with filmmaker Peter Greenaway. But the prolific composer of the Festival’s 2014 opera offering Facing Goya also pushes boundaries with culturally-relevant pieces that ask important and provocative questions. This program features Nyman at the piano with works that include selections from The Piano, and he will be joined by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in performances of his chamber music.

Photography

This performance is made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.