All Things French

All Things French

“Every once in a while, a truly original arts idea comes to Charleston, and our city is better for it.”-The Post and Courier

The Colour of Music Festival has a variety of beautiful, enchanting musical events scheduled for this years festival.

We are excited to announce that this year’s theme is all things French! All of our events will have French influence, as we are celebrating the music of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Chevalier was most well known for being the first classical composer of African ancestry. He was the conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. Chevalier also fought with the Republic during the French Revolution and was colonel of an all black regiment. Chevalier’s contributions to France and the world are remarkable and we are honored to celebrate such an influential musician.


October 19: The festival kicks off with a symposium on French contributions to Black classical music, followed by several other music events through out the day.

October 20: Opening the Masterworks Series Thursday, The Anonymous Lover petit opera will make its world première in South Carolina featuring Léger and her considerable vocal athleticism and ringing high notes. Continuing the French musical motif, Maestro Daniel welcomes virtuoso French-born violinist Romauld Grimbert-Barré serving as guest Concertmaster and soloist performing Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 44 in G Minor.

October 21: Led by German-born and South African-based Concertmaster Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, the orchestra welcomes 17-year old piano virtuoso Clayton Stephenson, a founding competitor of the inaugural Van Cliburn Junior Competition, to perform Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. E-Flat Major.

October 22: We will be hosting our black tie gala Saturday night in the Gaillard Center. We will welcome guests to an Evening in Versaille to enjoy a performance of Carmina Burana, conducted by Roderick Cox the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

October 23: The festival will conclude with and Ode to the Emanuel-9, its survivors, and congregation with a moving performance of Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Op. 54 (Song of Destiny), and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem under the baton of Atlanta’s Morehouse College conductor David E. Marrow.

Chamber Series

The Chamber Series is highlighted by sensational British Family, the Kanneh-Mason Trio, in a special chamber presentation, showcasing its three virtuoso classical musicians who are paving the way for three younger members of the family to début at a future Colour of Music Festival, and New York-based classical guitarist Thomas Flippin joins violinist Romauld Grimbert-Barre for a special intimate chamber performance of guitar and violin.

Tickets are available for purchase on our website.


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