Chamber Music’s Southern Jewel debuts at Weill Recital Hall
After eight years sharing the excitement and splendor of chamber music in the ante-bellum historic homes and notable theaters of the Lowcountry, Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) will make its Carnegie Hall Debut at Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m.
Chamber Music Charleston’s ensemble of six core musicians and guest pianist Andrew Armstrong will present music of Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin. The program also includes the world premier of “Charleston Episodes” composed by Terry Vosbien specifically for CMC and this event.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to present our skilled musicians on such an important and national stage. We will highlight Charleston’s contributions to classical music interest, as well as the city’s musical importance nationally. Charleston’s famed 19th century St. Cecilia Society began the musical Lowcountry tradition which later inspired Gershwin during his stay here. Our cultural heritage continues a rich and progressive association with classical music,” comments Sandra Nikolajevs, bassoonist, president and artistic director of Chamber Music Charleston.
Chamber Music Charleston founded in 2008 as a nonprofit organization is dedicated to presenting concerts of high artistic quality within inspiring Lowcountry settings. The musicians’ chamber music is produced where it was originally meant to be - intimate performances in the parlors of downtown Charleston’s historic homes and the luxurious living areas of modern homes on Kiawah Island. As demand for tickets rose, performances spread to larger audiences in art galleries, historic churches and venerable theaters. Known for its innovative programming and quality performance, the organization has been able to develop a strong, growing audience of support throughout the greater Charleston area.
Chamber Music Charleston’s May 22 program will be: Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, Gershwin, arr. Heifetz Suite from Porgy and Bess for Violin and Piano,
Brahms Quintet in f minor for Piano and Strings, Op.34, Terry Vosbein “Charleston Episodes” for Flute, Bassoon and String Trio (World Premier).
Musicians include Frances Hsieh and Nonoko Okada, violins; Ben Weiss, viola
Timothy O’Malley, cello; Regina Helcher Yost, flute; Sandra Nikolajevs, bassoon; and
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Tickets are $50 for general seating, available through Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org or at the Carnegie Hall Box office.