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Spoleto Festival USA
Sponsored By: The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation •
Venue: Grace Episcopal Church
Duration: All concerts are approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
Led by Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, these delightful late-afternoon concerts provide the perfect interlude after a busy day or between a Festival matinée and an evening performance.
After his exciting Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra debut in 2013, the talented conductor Aik Khai Pung returns to lead a program of three works showcasing members of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Pung will direct Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta, Arthur Honegger’s Concerto da camera, and Philip Glass’s Concerto grosso, a mesmerizing score featuring each section of the chamber orchestra as soloists in turn.
Tuesday, May 27 | 5:00pm
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ORCHESTRA
Join members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in up-close and personal journeys as they step into the spotlight as soloists and chamber ensembles. The program creatively links music across eras, as well as an original new composition, in a celebration of youthful musical virtuosity.
Thursday, May 29 | 5:00pm
Richard Strauss’s setting of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Enoch Arden for speaker and piano is a rich musical portrait of adventure and heartbreak. This rare performance by Festival artist Lydia Brown, a pianist of expansive talent, delves into the core of romanticism. She is joined by the legendary actor Stephen Brennan of the Gate Theater.
Monday, June 2 | 5:00pm
An annual Festival favorite, this vocal recital of art songs by soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, in partnership with bass-baritone (and husband) Matthew Burns, explores the theme of Passions. Accompanied by pianist Keun-A Lee, this specially-conceived Festival program will feature songs reflecting on the passionate (and humorous) turns in marriage and life’s journey.
Tuesday, June 3 | 5:00pm