Classical 91.5

Spoleto Chamber Music Series

Seasonal, Sundays 2 to 3 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1and online at
  • Hosted by Miles Hoffman

The Spoleto Festival USA spans 17 days and nights each spring in Charleston, South Carolina.  The 13-week series of 1-hour concerts recorded live at the Dock Street Theater features a line-up of exceptional musicians including cellists Alisa Weilerstein and Chris Costanza, pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Inon Barnaton, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, violinists Livia Sohn and Benjamin Beilman and many more. Host Lisa Simeone brings listeners thoughtful commentary and historical background on the pieces, the composers and the artists.  Artistic Director of Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA, violinist Geoff Nuttall, is known for his humorous stage banter and expansive knowledge of the music.

The season wraps up with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan performing Messiaen's Louange a l'Eternite de Jesus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps.   Here is what the two artists said about meeting each other and working together.

“There was an instant chemistry, a unique connection,” says Alisa Weilerstein. “He’s a kind, open person, extremely intelligent. It’s almost eerie. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is when you are on such a similar wavelength.”

It's a joke and a surprise from F. J. Haydn this month.

3/4          Mozart: Concerto Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata Ravel: Tzigane (Peter Kolkay, bn; St. Lawrence String Quartet; James Austin Smith, ob; Todd Palmer, cl; Anthony Manzo, db; Pedja Muzijevic, hc; Livia Sohn, v; Stephen Prutsman, p)


The King's Theatre, London, where Flavio had its first performance 

2/25         Handel: Rompo i lacci from Flavio, King of the Lombards, Ombra mai fu from Xerxes Franck: Piano Quintet in f  (Anthony Roth Costanzo, ct; James Austin Smith, ob; Peter Kolkay, bn; Stephen Prutsman, p; St. Lawrence String Quartet; Anthony Manzo, bs; Pedja Muzijevic, hc)

Nigel Redden, general director of the Spoleto Festival USA talks about the rich history of immigrants who have flocked to Charleston to participate in the Spoleto Festival USA, and how the ban on immigration impacts the diversity and richness of the festival.