As May draws closer, our excitement for this year’s Spoleto Festival intensifies. Here’s the official lineup for the 2013 Bank of America Chamber Music Series.
“The Chamber Music Series is a truly unique and integral part of the festival,” says Jessie Bagley, marketing and PR manager for the festival. “The depth of the program makes for 17 days of extraordinary and diverse performances by some of the world’s best musicians.” This year includes 11 programs that are repeated three times to make up the 33 concerts throughout the festival. Major highlights include a String Quartet World Premiere by composer-in-residence Samuel Carl Adams, young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, and percussionist Steven Schick.
Carl Adams’ most recent works include “Drift and Providence,” an orchestral piece co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony. Currently based in Brooklyn, Adams regularly performs as a bassist with Foundry, a post-classical ensemble. Adams will attend the world premiere of his String Quartet performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet on June 2 at 1 p.m. and June 3 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pavel Kolesnikov will make his Spoleto Festival USA debut this season playing in multiple concerts throughout the series, including Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with the Brentano String Quartet, and a performance of Ravel’s “La Valse.”
Steven Schick has performed with The Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City and is the founder and Artistic Director of the group Red Fish Blue Fish. At this year’s opening concert series, he’ll perform Iannis Xenakis’ contemporary composition for solo percussion, “Rebonds.”
Returning to this year’s series are bassist Anthony Manzo, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, violinist Livia Sohn, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist Todd Palmer, oboist James Austin Smith, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Prices for tickets vary depending on the packages available and you can opt for the Chamber Affinity Program ($75) that includes invitations to five private post-concert receptions where you can meet Geoff Nuttall, the chamber artists, and socialize with other chamber music lovers.
For more program details or ticket information, visit spoletousa.org.