Category: Festival Blog

The Best Moments of #COMF2015
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The Best Moments of #COMF2015

It’s hard to believe that the third annual Colour of Music Festival has come and gone — especially since so many of us are still feeling exhilarated by the tremendous performances, with classical music continuing to buzz in our ears. Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments from the five-day festival in Charleston. One...

COMF’s Educational Mission: Enrich Lives, Stimulate Creative Minds
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COMF’s Educational Mission: Enrich Lives, Stimulate Creative Minds

This week, artists from the Colour of Music Festival will be visiting local schools to share the beauty of classical music and hope to inspire young Charleston area school children. On Tuesday, bassoon player Feleighta Green will visit Chicora Elementary in North Charleston, and violin player Greg Logan and trombone player Stephen Wilson will perform...

You’re Invited to a Gala Celebrating Classical Glamour!
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You’re Invited to a Gala Celebrating Classical Glamour!

Dust off those tuxedos and ball gowns — you’re cordially invited to the Colour of Music Festival’s inaugural gala on Saturday, October 24. The evening kicks off with a benefit performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on 2015 at 7:30 pm, followed by elegant hors d’oeuvres and dancing in The Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom, from 9-11pm....

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What Is the ‘Imperfect Fiddle’?

Many years ago, a German music dealer sold its “imperfect fiddles” to enslaved people. This company stayed in business from the mid-1800s to 1970, and the descendants of the family still live here in Charleston. On Monday, October 12, Historian Nicholas Butler, PhD., of the Charleston County Library System will lead a symposium on the...

Emmy-Winning Producer and CBS News National Correspondent to Cover COMF
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Emmy-Winning Producer and CBS News National Correspondent to Cover COMF

With the Colour of Music Festival just weeks away, some of the greatest classical musicians from around the world will soon be descending upon Charleston. But they’re not the only ones headed to the Holy City. We’re thrilled to announce that CBS News National Correspondent Lee Cowan and Emmy-Award-Winning Producer Alturo Rhymes will be covering...

Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel
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Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel

“A natural and enormous talent.” These are the words the Chicago Sun-Times uses to describe Marlon Daniel. Russian news source Pravda prefers “fabulous and exceptional.” But no matter what terms are used to describe Daniel’s musical gift, no one can argue that he is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation. The Colour...

Why Is the Colour of Music Festival Needed?
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Why Is the Colour of Music Festival Needed?

Black classical musicians represent only about 2% of major orchestral membership in the United States. With African Americans making up the largest racial minority group in the nation, that statistic is staggering. “There are thousands of top-tier classical principals, composers, and performers of African descent around the world, yet their opportunities to grace concert stages...

Our Favorite Photos From Festivals Past
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Our Favorite Photos From Festivals Past

The countdown to Colour of Music 2015 is on, with less than a month until opening night. As we finalize details and make last-minute tweaks to the festival, we’re reminded of the best moments from the last two years.   The photo above is Dr. Alvoy Bryan, Violist performing at the City of Charleston’s City...

A New Home for Colour of Music
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A New Home for Colour of Music

It’s new stomping grounds for Colour of Music! We’ve officially opened offices at 49 Elizabeth Street, in the heart of the Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston. You can find us there ramping up ahead of the 2015 festival, which runs from October 21 – 25.   Book your tickets to this year’s festival here. —— Follow Colour...

2015 Colour of Music Festival Highlights
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2015 Colour of Music Festival Highlights

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...

What Is the Colour of Music Festival?
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What Is the Colour of Music Festival?

Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated...