Opening day of the Festival, in a special evening performance Wednesday, October 21, virtuoso violinist Michael Jorgensen and the Colour of Music Virtuosi will perform Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Violin Concerto’s No. 1 and No. 2 for the first time in the United States – the same program will also feature Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op 47.
The Festival Masterworks Series will open with a black Russian piano virtuoso, Gerard Aimontche, performing Serge Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 Friday, October 23.
Another Festival first includes a Saturday evening black tie gala performance of Hailstork’s Shout for Joy! followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Saturday, October 24. The Festival closes Sunday, October 25 with a glorious Ode to Black Composers in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem under the baton of acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club Conductor, David E. Morrow. The performance is dedicated to Charleston’s Emanuel-9 shooting victims.
In addition, a four-part daily morning symposium series featuring thought leaders and musicians will highlight academic perspectives of the cultural contributions of black composers. Topics include Charleston’s Contribution to Classical Music, Black Female Conductors, Black Musicologist Forum, and will feature violinist George Bridgetower.
“From Russia, Canada to numerous states throughout the U.S., black composers, classically trained instrumentalists and vocal artists all have contributed significantly to the world of classical music. I am thrilled to once again produce a series of performances that showcases the talent musicians. Collectively, this year’s Festival participants carry forward with pride and the legacy of Saint Georges, George Bridgetower and many others of African ancestry on the stage of the new Gaillard Center. We hope to inspire young black artists to further their musical pursuits in the classical realm, including the pipe organ,” says Lee Pringle, Festival Founder and General Manager of the Festival.
“What better city than Charleston, one of America’s most admired cities, to again partner with world renowned musicians from around the globe. This year’s Festival brings me great joy. My debut in the new Gaillard Center is exciting. I am again inspired to contribute to this history-making effort,” says Maestro Daniel, Festival Music Director.
The full Colour of Music Festival schedule and tickets can be purchased at the Gaillard Center Box Office, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, by phone at (843) 242-3009 or online at www.colourofmusic.org. Series packages with discounts up to 30% off are available. All-inclusive packages for college professors and administrators, church groups, and/ groups of ten or more are available. All tickets are $10 for schools and church youth groups. Tickets also available at the door (credit card, cash or check) before each performance.
A vast array of Charleston’s notable annual events attracts visitors from around the globe including Spoleto USA Festival, South Eastern Wildlife Festival, Charleston Food and Wine Festival and now the Colour of Music Festival. With rave media reviews from major publications, the 2014 Colour of Music Festival drew almost 5,000 guests and was hailed by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley as “a crowning achievement in Charleston’s cultural life that gives residents and visitors alike yet another reason to enjoy Charleston!”