Spoleto Today 2010 June 2

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dock-02A Walk Through the Dock
Jennifer Foster goes on an audio and video tour of the Dock Street Theatre with Theatre Manager Chris Parham, who points out to Jennifer just a few of the hundreds of tiny details that have gone into the rehabilitation of the historic structure.

toddpalmerFairy Tales
Two of ‘em, to celebrate both the fairy-tale qualities of the renovated Dock Street, and the 200th birthday of their composer, Robert Schumann. Clarinetist Todd Palmer, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and pianist Stephen Prutsman perform them as part of Friday afternoon’s opening Chamber Music concert at Dock Street.

neely-bruce-1Neely Bruce: Making Flora Flourish Again
American composer and arranger Neely Bruce joins Marc Overton to describe the process of turning 300 lines of music back into a full-blown opera from the 18th-century. Well, perhaps not full blown; Bruce also explains why he limited the performing forces to seven, and what instruments he chose to put in - and what to leave out. We’ll also hear Bruce in the Dock Street pit, leading rehearsals for the revival of Flora, An Opera, thought to be the first Opera presented in Colonial America.

sf-yuriybekkerYuriy Bekker: From Belarus to Folly Beach
Spoleto Today Producer Benjamin Roe chats with Charleston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Yuriy Bekker. Bekker, a native of Minsk in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, describes why he came to call Charleston home.

The Lark Ascending
Yuriy Bekker is the soloist in one of his favorite spots to perform in the entire Lowcountry: Mepkin Abbey in Monk’s Corner, SC. Bekker is the soloist with the Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending – Romance for Violin and Orchestra.

sf-jenniferfosterfredchildFred Child in Charleston
One of the attendees at Monday’s Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight series concert at Mepkin Abbey was Performance Today host Fred Child, who joins Jennifer Foster to discuss what he’s seen and heard as part of the national public-radio program’s first sojourn to the Spoleto Festival.

emmanuelvillaumeRadetzky March
Fred Child recounts to Jennifer the (typically Spoletan) experience of attending four events in his first 24 hours in Charleston. We’ll play back the capper: The audience “clap-a-long” that came after the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra’s concert on Monday night, where Emmanuel Villaume led an audience-participatory version of the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr.

marcus_overton_headshot_150Overtones: Old and New
The revival of Flora , and the detective work done by Neely Bruce to bring it back to life, triggers some thoughts from Marc Overton about how the culture in Charleston tends to trigger some ancient memories in the midst of new discoveries…..like the connections of the American Sacred Harp tradition to the revival of the Colonial-era ballad opera.

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