Spoleto Backstage is a limited series podcast which takes you behind the curtain to meet the artists and people who make Spoleto Festival USA happen in Charleston, SC. Funding provided by the John Covington and Robert Lukey Fund for the Performing Arts.
Scaling a Mountain of a Work with Gilles Vonsattel
We end our 2021 season of Spoleto Backstage on a high note with a magnificent, sweeping piano quintet that has such an emotional and expressive range — Ludwig Thuille's Piano Quintet No. 2, op. 20. We also speak with the featured pianist in this performance, Gilles Vonsattel, about the piece and being a part of this year's Spoleto Chamber Music Series.
The Schubert Show
On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we take in selections from late Classical, early Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Pianist Pedja Muzijevic joins us to talk about the logistics of performing Schubert's Fantasie in F minor for four hands, D. 940 with fellow piano player Inon Barnatan at this year's Chamber Music Series. We also chat with cellist Paul Wiancko about sitting in with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for the composer's String Quintet in C major, D. 956, Mvts. III-IV.
Chamber Music Cloud Nine with Arlen Hlusko
On this ninth episode of Spoleto Backstage for 2021, we hear chamber music works for nine musicians — selections which may have you feeling like you're on cloud nine! We're also joined by cellist Arlen Hlusko, one of the performers featured in both concerts, to discuss making her Spoleto Festival USA debut this year.
Contemporary Works and a World Premiere by Osvaldo Golijov
On this edition of Spoleto Backstage, we share a compilation of contemporary works performed as part of this year's Spoleto Chamber Music Series. We speak with Osvaldo Golijov about the world premiere of his piece "Milonga" as well as what Spoleto Festival USA means to him. Then, we chat with composer Paul Wiancko about his work, "American Haiku."
Beethoven Sampler Box with Monica Ellis
On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we continue our series spotlighting the First Viennese School composers with three of Ludwig van Beethoven's works, one from each of the stylistic periods in which his works are often categorized. We're also joined by bassoonist Monica Ellis, founding member of the quintet Imani Winds, to chat about performing in one of these pieces as well as Alicia Hall and Jason Moran's "Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration" at this year's Spoleto Festival USA.
German Baroque and Contemporary with James Austin Smith
Enjoy a world premiere performance by oboist James Austin Smith on this episode of Spoleto Backstage. Smith also joins us to share the backstory of the piece by composer Sigfried Thiele, discuss life as a musician during the pandemic, and celebrate his return to Spoleto Festival USA.
Brilliant insight into America’s best festival!
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This is such a great idea to lead up to Spoleto! It’s great to hear from the people behind the scenes before the festival starts! Can’t wait for more episodes!