College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

From Baroque to the Romantics

Charleston Music Fest (CMF), presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, will stage its season finale, From Baroque to the Romantics.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Individual tickets are $30. Tickets can be pre-ordered ONLINE or by calling (843) 953-6575.

A stellar collection of musicians will join cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky for the conclusion of the CMF season in a concert which includes excerpts from the very popular Seasons by Tchaikovsky, the virtuosic Passacaglia for violin and cello from Handel’s Suite No. 7 in G minor, and the beautiful Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, Op. 21, by Chausson.

“The Chausson sextet presents a challenge to musicians due to its intricacy, forcing performers to ‘drop notes.’ For that reason, it rarely is performed,” Vynnytsky comments.

Khoma adds, “This group of musicians are of the very few in the world who are able to take on such a piece. There will be no ‘dropped notes’ for this performance!”

The concert will feature special guest violinist Elmar Oliveira, who remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition, and is the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1983 (more about Olveira) (video of Olveira); Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Micah Gangwer and Tomas Jakubek, violins; Sandra Robbins, viola.

Charleston Music Fest, presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is a year-round presenter of chamber music of the highest possible artistic standard and adds to the colorful cultural life of Charleston. The goal of this series is to present the finest classical and contemporary chamber music by world-class artists to Charleston audiences; to develop new and younger audiences for chamber music; and to provide educational activities which encourage, broaden and deepen appreciation of the chamber music art form.