If you’ve been to O-Ku on a Thursday night, you’ve seen violinist Seth Gilliard. Going by the stage name Seth G, he wows crowds once a week with hip-hop-inspired original songs and adaptations of pop hits like Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You,” and Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” He also helped kick off this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run, amping up the runners with a performance atop a scaffold near the starting line.
But what you might not know about Gilliard is that he’s also a classical music buff. He was a concertmaster for three years while attending the music school at Furman University, and he’s got serious chops. For his Piccolo Spoleto concert, Gilliard will show off the full scope of his talent. The program begins with Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Continuo, which he will perform alongside his grade-school violin teacher Rex Conner and Piccolo Spoleto Artistic Director Emeritus Ellen Dressler Moryl on cello. From there, he will perform a piece by the groundbreaking 20th-century African-American composer William Grant Still, followed by some jazz tunes and some original songs from his new EP The Introduction of Seth G. Then, he says, “maybe a couple of covers.”
“The idea is to give people a sense of my background and a sense of my development as well,” Gilliard says. Don’t miss this chance to hear Gilliard perform without the background noise of a crowded restaurant or the distraction of a 10K race. Come to the City Gallery show, and you’ll see what Piccolo Spoleto is all about: an artist in his element, just before he makes it big.