Conductor and violinist Yuriy Bekker seems to spur hyperbole in most everyone he encounters.
In front of a back drop of pastel polos and shorts and flip flops, the ever-smiling Yuriy Bekker led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra into a lush arrangement of "Maria," the iconic Leonard Bernstein-composed song from West Side Story.
What better way to foster an appreciation and understanding of a musical instrument than to have it played by a world-class musician?
When Giuseppe Verdi wrote his requiem he was something of an institution in Italy: the premier opera composer of his age and a strong advocate of national pride and culture.
In celebration of composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is presenting two special performances of the Messa da Requiem on April 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre. The concerts will feature the orchestra, a double choir, four guest soloists, and world-renowned guest conductor Maximiano Valdés.
Sitting in the Dock Street Theatre, a friend turned to me and asked if I'd ever fantasized about traveling back in time with music from the modern era tucked under my arm and playing it for one of the old masters.
Adam Parker interviews composer Florencia Di Concilio. The US Premiere of her work will be during the Postcards from Abroad concert on March 28 at Dock Street Theatre.
It can be fun to listen to a cover band, but nothing can match the experience of being in the presence of the music's originators.
Playing new music can be risky. If it’s never been recorded, if the player has no opportunity to hear it in advance, if it’s written in a challenging style, if the melodies and harmonies are unfamiliar, then there’s a degree of uncertainty involved.
Friday was V-day.