CofC Ensembles

CofC Ensembles is a series of student performances by College of Charleston Orchestra, College of Charleston Concert Choir, College of Charleston Opera, and the College of Charleston Madrigal Singers. (Dates/times/venues are subject to change.)

 


PAST CONCERTS IN 2021-22 SEASON

CofC Gospel Choir, April 23 (CONCERT CANCELLED - we apologize for any inconvience)

College of Charleston Concert Choir, Monday, May 2

  • Spring Concert directed by faculty member Robert Taylor: Johannes Brahms' best known motet Warm ist das licht gegeben; works by popular American composers Jake Runestadt, Moses Hogan, and Eric Whitacre; and fun arrangements made popular by the King Singers performed by the CofC Madrigal Singers
  • 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.
  • FREE, donations accepted 

College of Charleston Orchestra, March 21

  • The College of Charleston Orchestra will present a concert headlining renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich in a performance of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lush and virtuosic Violin Concerto, op. 35. Conducted by Yuriy Bekker, the concert also will highlight music major Misha Pekar performing the first movement of Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F Sharp minor, op. 20. The program will open with the energetic Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila by Mikhail Glinka. 

    Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. From Bach to Paganini, from Brahms to Bartók to Adès, he has mastered a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire. He is often referred to by colleagues as a musician's musician. Named Musical America’s 2018 "Instrumentalist of the Year", he is consistently cited worldwide for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and insightful interpretations. Born in Italy to German parents, Hadelich studied with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. After winning the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, concerto and recital appearances on many of the world’s top stages quickly followed. He has performed with every major American orchestra as well as an ever-growing number of international ensembles. He also has appeared at most of the world’s prominent music festivals, including the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Blossom, Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua, and others.

    Among Hadelich’s other distinctions include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK, the inaugural Warner Music Prize, a Grammy Award, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK. He has recently been appointed to the violin faculty at Yale University.

    7:30pm at Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. 
    Sponsored by Frank and Peggy Oldham

  • BUY TICKETS (tickets range from $20 to $40)

Video clips of Hadelich:

  1. VIDEO: Augustin Hadelich, Paganini Concerto 1 with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jader Bignamini (2020)

  2. VIDEO: Augustin Hadelich & Orion Weiss play Debussy Sonata for violin and piano

  3. VIDEO: Augustin Hadelich pays Ysaÿe Sonata No. 3 “Ballade” LIVE 

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Feb. 25 & 27

  • This classic and timeless fairytale of darkness, light, and finding your way in the world explores the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment. Through comedy and romance, the blend of the human and the supernatural brings us into a journey of trials and tribulations on the path toward a deeper understanding of true love and happiness. The production is a collaboration between the Department of Music, the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Charleston Symphony. Sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles. Led by College of Charleston Director of Opera, Sandy DeAthos-Meers, and directed by Evan Parry; recommended for all ages. 
  • Friday, Feb 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Feb 27 at 2:00pm; Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
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College of Charleston Concert Choir, Dec. 6

  • Holiday Candlelight Concert of sacred and secular music, directed by faculty member Robert Taylor. 
  • 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.
  • BUY TICKETS ($20 public • $10 for CofC faculty & staff • $5 for CofC students)

Yuletide Madrigal Feast, Dec. 2, 3 & 4

  • The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers present their annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast: A Renaissance-style evening of Holiday entertainment. Enjoy a multi-course meal, wassail, instrumental music, plus carols performed by the Madrigal Singers led by faculty member Robert Taylor.
  • 7:00pm at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

College of Charleston Orchestra, Nov. 29

  • Join Yuriy Bekker and the College of Charleston Orchestra in their fall program, "Two Geniuses: Tchaikovsky and Orellana." The orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5 and Variations on a Rococo Theme, featuring CofC cellist Maria Savelyeva. Both works are examples of some of Tchaikovsky's beloved and treasured masterpieces. This concert also will feature the U.S. premiere of Joaquín Orellana's Ballet Contrastes. An experimental Guatemalan composer and violinist, Orellana's musical career has been marked by embracing experimentalist techniques inspired by de-colonial ideologies and Guatemala's cultural history and conflicting social context. His Ballet Contrastes beautifully marry traditional composition with innovative sound. See this article on the fascinating CofC student research on Orellana's music and career.

    Our chamber orchestra consists primarily of music students from the College with some non-music majors who are experienced performers that participate in order to stay active as musicians. Professional artists also perform. Under the direction of Yuriy Bekker (Charleston Symphony Concertmaster and Principal Pops Conductor), the chamber orchestra performs twice each school year. 7:30pm at Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. 

Opera Scenes, Nov. 13 & 14 

  • “Back to the New Normal" is an evening of opera scenes and musical favorites, directed by faculty members Saundra DeAthos-Meers and Amanda Castellone. The event's program is a dynamic one, featuring students of the Opera Workshop and music by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Puccini and others. 2:00pm on Saturday, 11/13 and 5:00pm on Sunday 11/14, at Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. 
  • CONCERT PROGRAM

College of Charleston Concert Choir, Nov. 5

  • The College of Charleston Concert Choir will present the concert “Songs for Thanksgiving,” featuring the choral cantata Song for Thanksgiving by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fürchte dich nicht by Johann Sebastian Bach, Exultate by Brian Galante, and Trinity Te Deum by Erik Esenvalds. The concert will feature College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu as Narrator. Guest musicians will include members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and choristers from Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, led by Suzanne Atwood. The Concert Choir is directed by faculty member Robert Taylor. 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.
  • Admission is free. Donations accepted at the door.