Spoleto Festival “Music in Time” series focusing on contemporary music

Posted on: May 24, 2017

“Spoleto’s Music In Time series is best known for boasting a healthy dose of contemporary classical music—and this year is no different,” writes Matt Dobie in Wednesday’s (5/24) Charleston City Paper (S.C.). The first of four concerts will focus on “very recent pieces including music by some relatively younger composers,’ says John Kennedy, director of the series. Italy’s Luca Francesconi, Estonia’s Helena Tulve, and Argentina’s Jose Manuel Serrano are included, and the music will be performed by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and led by conductor Jeffrey Means.” The performance takes place at Woolfe Street Playhouse, where, says Kennedy, “You can sit at a table, you can have a drink, and you can hear this music that’s very new, performed in a setting in which it’s really tactile and accessible.” Three additional programs include one of music by Lou Harrison, Ted Hearne, and Jonathan Holland, “whose piece ‘Synchrony’ interweaves sound recordings into the music and is a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.” Also planned is a concert featuring pianist Pedja Muzijevic and another featuring John Cage’s 1975 work Lecture on the Weather and Natural Resources by Canadian composer Anne Southam. ”

Posted May 24, 2017