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Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm

“Presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the International Piano Series is Charleston’s longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School of the Arts’ mission, the International Piano Series plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Each year, the College of Charleston International Piano Series stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world.  While on campus, the guest artists offer masterclasses, in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.  They all bring their unique approach to their instrument and contributions to the field.

As such, they are role models to our students and a source of sophisticated entertainment for our community.  The concerts take place on the College’s picturesque campus and other historic venues in the city. Funded entirely by donations and ticket sales, the performances are offered to the community at affordable prices and are free for students and people under the age of 18.  Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

Housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the International Piano Series is Charleston’s longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School’s mission, the series plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.    

For the rest of the 2019-2020 season, Artistic Director Paul Sánchez has assembled a variety of performances celebrating piano music and more:

Sept. 10: American pianist Johnandrew Slominski

Oct. 29, 2019: “Rodrigo: A Life in Music” is a program celebrating the life and music of Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo in sound, narration, and images, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the composer’s passing, written by Paul Sánchez and Michael O’Brien. Artists include Cahill Smith and Paul Sánchez, piano; Yuriy Bekker, violin; vocalists Amanda Castellone, Saundra DeAthos-Meers, Kim Powell, Kayleen Sánchez, David Templeton; and College of Charleston Theatre faculty.

Jan. 14, 2020: Adam Golka

“In Golka’s hands, the work was stunning, a revelation of the composer’s soul” (Chicago Sun-Times). Born and raised in Texas to a family of Polish musicians, pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post). A recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and a fellowship from the American Pianists Association, he has performed with dozens of orchestras, from Seattle and Atlanta to BBC Scottish and Shanghai Philharmonic, and in recital at renowned venues and festivals.

March 3, 2020: ZOFO Piano Duo

ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), also performs heart-pumping duet arrangements of famous orchestral pieces such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. They believe that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands.”

Event Type: Concert
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