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Spoleto Festival USA 2014
June 2014

Spoleto Festival

Spring means Spoleto for music lovers, but if you can’t make it to Charleston this year for Spoleto Festival USA, WDAV will bring some of the festival to you. Join us to hear these wonderful performances: 

Westminster Choir: Legends
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The pristine acoustics in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul carry Westminster Choir’s “shimmering sonic alchemy” (The Post and Courier) to their audience’s ears, enabling a truly staggering experience of musical bliss. Under the baton of Spoleto Festival USA’s new Director of Choral Activities Joe Miller, this sublime choral ensemble offer a performance of dazzling repertoire including Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds’s Legend of the Walled-up Woman; Johannes Brahms’s lamenting Nänie; and Maurice Duruflé’s celestial Ubi Caritas. 

Program Audio: Legends

Festival Orchestra
Sunday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Concerto for Orchestra: Charleston-raised conductor Joseph Young makes his Spoleto Festival USA debut leading the Festival Orchestra in a showcase of musical splendor. The program features Samuel Barber’s radiant Adagio for Strings and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, a stirring symphonic adaptation of his 21st-century opera. Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is by turns playful, soulful, and exhilarating in its showcase of orchestral virtuosity.

Program Audio: Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven Transformed: Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 is often regarded as one of his most enduring and exquisite works, exerting incredible power, sheer joy, and a sense of the sublime. Led by Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, the Festival Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s 7th from a concert called Beethoven Transformed.
Program Audio: Beethoven Transformed

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