The Best Moments of #COMF2015

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.

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Orchestral music director Marlon Daniel with students from the Charleston area.

One aspect that has been particularly important to all of us at the Colour of Music Festival this year has been our educational component. Throughout the week, festival artists visited local schools to share the beauty of classical music, with the hopes of inspiring young Charleston-area school children.

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We were also thrilled to welcome CBS Evening News to take a behind-the-scenes look at the festival and to find out what inspires Founder Lee Pringle and others to work so hard to bring it all together each year. CBS Evening News correspondent Lee Cowan and producer Alturo Rhymes spoke at length with Pringle, orchestral music director Marlon Daniel, and festival musicians Robert Davis & Myrtil Mitang at the Gaillard Center.

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Lee Cowan and Lee Pringle at the Gaillard Center
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Lee Cowan interviewing COMF musicians

Speaking of the Gaillard Center, it was an honor to hold some of the very first performances — ever! — in the brand-new, renovated building.

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Marlon Daniel’s first time on the new Gaillard stage
Guests at the Gaillard during Friday evening's intermission
Guests at the Gaillard during Friday evening’s intermission

And of course, the musical events: Black classical musicians from across the country (and world!) performed throughout week, including three unique Masterworks performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

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Taking a bow after Friday’s evening’s Hailstork-Rachmaninov-Tchaikovsky performance

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Beethoven’s Nine Symphony performance on Saturday night was followed by the first ever black-tie gala, which celebrated vintage glamour.

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Board member Sherly Walker, MD, and her husband

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So what was Founder Lee Pringle’s favorite moment from the festival? “Dr. Butlers historical overview of Charleston’s black string instrumentalist’s contribution to the classical genre was one of the highlights,” he says. Pringle continues his vision of shedding light on the historic influence black musicians have had on classical music.

We’d love to hear about your favorite moments! Share them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and use the hashtag #COMF2015 (the following photos were shared on social media by some of our incredible artists!) 

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We look forward to seeing you next year in Charleston!

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