Sonatas and Soundscapes

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   Sonatas and Soundscapes explores the diverse and colorful range of classical (and not-so-classical) music. Every weekday host Bradley Fuller programs instrumental music from history’s repertoire—everything from baroque to experimentalism.

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Bela Fleck Talks About the Juno Concerto

Nov 10, 2016
Bela Fleck
Courtesy of the artist

Alfred Turner had a chance to talk with musician and composer Béla Fleck a few days before his visit to Columbia, SC, to perform his new banjo concerto, the Juno Concerto. Beck was scheduled to perform the work on November 13, at the Koger Center, with the South Carolina Philharmonic, under music director Morihiko Nakahara. Just in case you aren't familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he's the world’s premier banjo player. 

Carter Callison grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina but recently completed his graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Carter is a double bassist, composer and inventor of Scordatura Pedals for the bass. In this podcast, Carter shares about his varied influences and his inventions.

Yiorgos Vassilandonakis is Associate Professor of music theory and composition at the College of Charleston. He's also one of the co-founders of Magnetic South, a program that presents the music of 20th and 21st-century composers to Charleston audiences. On November 11th Magnetic South will present "The Finnish Line" with works by Salonen, Saariaho, and Lindberg.

In this interview that aired on Thursday, October 20th, SCPR's Kate McKinney shares highlights from a conversation  with Yiorgos about Magnetic South and his own compositions. 

On October 15th, Maestro Sarah Ioannides led the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kenneth Fuchs, Copland and Brahms. The SPO celebrates Sarah's 12th and final year with the ensemble with the "One Legacy" season. In this segment, SCPR's Kate McKinney shares highlights from an interview with Sarah which aired on Wednesday, October 12th. 

Dr. Jon Grier teaches music theory and is the Composer-in-Residence at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina.  In this segment, Jon joins host Kate McKinney to speak about his role at the FAC and recent projects, including winning the Rapido! competition hosted by the Atlanta Chamber Players. 

Porgy (Lester Lynch) and Bess (Alyson Cambridge).
Julia Lynn Photography

The iconic opera of the Jazz Age, Porgy and Bess, by George and Ira Gershwin with DuBose Heyward, returns to Charleston, its city of origin, in a Spoleto Festival USA production. David Herskovits, whose 1998 production of Mamba’s Daughters by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward won an OBIE award and sold out at Spoleto Festival USA in 1999, returns to direct. Celebrated Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green is Visual Designer, creating the fictional "Catfish Row," based on the actual "Cabbage Row."

Manual Cinema performs AVA/ADA.
Yi Zhao and Howard Ash

  Manual Cinema’s Drew Dir joins SCPRS’s Kate McKinney for a conversation about Ada/Ava, a multimedia work that combines Dir’s shadow puppetry with an original score. Live actors and musicians share the stage with shadow puppets to tell the story of sisters Ada and Ava while exploring the human struggles of loss and self-discovery. Ada/Ava marks performance collective Manual Cinema’s Spoleto Festival USA debut. 

Steven Sloane conducts the 40th-Season Celebration Concert at Spoleto Festival USA.
Christoph Fein

Steven Sloane is a former music director of Spoleto Festival USA. He returns to the festival this year to conduct over 140 musicians for the 40th-Season Celebration Concert. The concert involves performers from all areas of Spoleto Festival USA including the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and musicians from the Wells Fargo Jazz series and the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Steven joins South Carolina Public Radio’s Kate McKinney to discuss the event and its program, which features music of historic significance for the festival.

Geoff Nutall, the Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director of Chamber Music for Spoleto Festival USA.
Julia Lynn Photography

  After seven years as director of the wildly popular Bank of America Chamber Music series, violinist Geoff Nuttall has no plans to tinker with his formula for success. The series, which spans the length of the festival, treats audiences to both staples of chamber music repertoire—like Haydn’s “The Joke” quartet—and new works. This year, Osvaldo Golijov returns as composer-in-residence for the series. Geoff Nuttall joins SCPR’s Kate McKinney to talk about his work and the many parts that make the series a success.