Visitors to the Spoleto Today studio this week include violinist Sarah Chang, violinist Scott St. John, choral director Rob Taylor and violinist Chee-Yun. All photos copyright 2009 Wiley Stewart for WDAV.
South Carolina ETV Radio and WDAV 89.9 To Broadcast Spoleto Festival USA’s Showcase Concert, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page called it “an evening that is certain to change some lives” in his glowing review of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. Thanks to an unprecedented media partnership between South Carolina ETV Radio and WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio, listeners throughout the Carolinas and around the world can hear this shimmering performance. It will be broadcast Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Charlotte NC region on WDAV-FM 89.9 Classical Public Radio and on South Carolina ETV Radio’s Classical NPR stations: WSCI-FM Charleston 89.3, WEPR-FM Greenville 90.1 and WLTR-FM Columbia 91.3. Online listeners can hear it at www.spoletochambermusic.org. WDAV’s Frank Dominguez will host the broadcast.
Nigel Redden, Spoleto Festival USA General Director, announced tonight that Geoff Nuttall has been named the incoming Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Artistic Director for Chamber Music. Nuttall, who became associate artistic director of the festival chamber music series in 2008, will assume leadership from longtime artistic director Charles Wadsworth beginning with the 2010 festival.
Nuttall says he finds the appointment bittersweet: “Charles has been a friend and mentor to me for many years and I’m sad he’s leaving. At the same time, I am excited about this opportunity, especially with Dock Street Theatre reopening next year. I feel like I’ve been given keys to a Ferrari.”
Nuttall first performed at the festival in 1995 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which he co-founded 20 years ago. As first violinist of this world-renowned foursome, Nuttall has performed over 1,800 concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is on faculty at Stanford University, and makes his home in California with his wife, violinist Livia Sohn, and their young son Jack.
All photos by Wiley Stewart for WDAV.