The second week of Spoleto sees a variety of both contemporary and classical music, starting with Wednesday’s performance of Music in Time: Ancient Voices of Children. Soprano Heather Buck and pianist Stephen Drury, along with members of the Spoleto Festival USA orchestra, come together to perform George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. The program will also feature clarinet and spatial electronics, drawing from Pierre Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double, performed by Gleb Kanasevich.
Next Tuesday sees two performances: Music in Time, Serynade with an Automated Sunrise, and Choral Fantasy. Serynade celebrates the pianist Helmut Lachenmann — the brains behind Little Match Girl’s score — with a piano solo, performed by Drury. And the performance does indeed include a sunrise, closing with Oscar Bettison’s small ensemble piece, An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell). Choral Fantasy, held in the Gaillard Center, is a triple threat performance, and by that we mean that the Charleston Symphony Orchestra chorus, Westminster Choir, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will come together to present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, along with Olivier’s Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cite Celeste. In 1808 Beethoven performed Choral Fantasy, for the first time creating a piece that utilized the piano, chorus, and orchestra.