Lauded for his enthusiasm and playfulness on stage, violin virtuoso and Bank of America Chamber Series director Geoff Nuttall injects excitement into every performance — and this year’s lineup for Spoleto should be no exception.
Totaling 33 concerts from May 27 to June 12, the 2016 Spoleto Festival Chamber Music Series will include two world premieres from this year’s composer-in-residence Osvaldo Golijov of Argentina. For Nuttall, mixing well-known classics with more modern pieces has been a hallmark of the lineup since he took over as director after pianist Charles Wadsworth stepped down in 2009. Joined by fellow members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet — Owen Dalby, Lesley Robertson, and Christopher Costanza — Nuttall has performed and recorded many of Golijov’s compositions in the past, and he looks forward to bringing the composer’s newest works to the public.
“The St. Lawrence String Quartet has been working with Osvaldo Golijov since 1992, and I truly believe he is one of the most emotionally powerful and gifted composers working in the world today,” says Nuttall.
In addition to a series debut by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo — performing works by Handel, Suzanne Farrin, George Gershwin and Golijov — this year’s programs also include distinguished musicians from around the world, such as pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Benjamin Beilman, baritone Tyler Duncan, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, double bassist Anthony Manzo, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist Todd Palmer, violinist/violist Daniel Phillips, pianist Stephen Prutsman, oboist James Austin Smith, violinist Livia Sohn, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
All series performances will be held at downtown’s Dock Street Theatre and recorded and broadcast by South Carolina ETV Radio and the WFMT Radio Network. Tickets can be purchased online at spoletousa.org, by phone at (843) 579-3100, or picked up at the Spoleto Festival box office at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St.