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SPOLETO CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Genre: Classical and Chamber Music
Length: 59 minutes
Frequency: 13 weeks
Delivery Type: PRX, File Transfer and CD
Optional Breaks: One

Host: Miles Hoffman
Producer: Grant Jackson
Recording Engineer: Skip Beach
Underwriters: Bank of America; ETV Endowment of South Carolina

The WFMT Radio Network is very pleased to announce the syndication of the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival in conjunction with South Carolina ETV Radio. For over 30 years this 13-week series of 1-hour concerts has showcased world-class musicians from the Spoleto Festival USA.

Hosted by NPR commentator Miles Hoffman, these concerts will feature performances recorded live from the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, during the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA.

Vibrant young musicians featured on the series include cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, paired with veteran performers such as flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist Todd Palmer, and the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The series includes celebrated master works from J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Debussy, as well as 21st century music from composers Osvaldo Golijov and Hooshyar Khayam.

Highlights of the series include:

  • Claude Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun as envisioned for
    chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg
  • Clarinetist Todd Palmer, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Inon Barnatan perform one of Brahms’ late masterpieces for the clarinet, the “Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A Minor, Op. 114”
  • New music includes the “World Premiere Piece for Clarinet and Piano” by Iranian born composer Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978) performed by clarinetist Todd Palmer and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the “String Quartet” (2011) by Osvaldo Golijov, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs masterworks of their signature form: Haydn’s Quinten String Quartet, Op.76 No. 2, and Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K 421
  • Tara Helen O’Connor performs an invigorating piece for solo flute, Great Train Race by Ian Clarke (b. 1964)

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists, as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now approaching its 37th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. And for over 30 years, South Carolina ETV Radio has brought the Spoleto Chamber Music Series, recorded at the annual Festival, to the national radio audience.


This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2015. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com  Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com, or  David Sims at (773) 279-2027, email: dsims@wfmt.com.


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