Chamber Music



CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston Music Fest, hosted by the College of Charleston’s Department of Music, presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring College of Charleston faculty, and local and international artists. This season, it will present a fundraising concert of Beethoven works performed by faculty members/professional musicians Yuriy Bekker (violin), Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano).
Charleston Music Fest Artistic Director, Natalia Khoma, shares, “Ludwig van Beethoven is one of my favorites. And over the years, I’ve come to love his music more and more. In his music we can find all human feelings — joy, passion, sadness, melancholy, excitement and much more that cannot even be described in words. His music is pure, speaks directly to your heart and teaches you how to be better, kinder, more compassionate. It gives you hope and happiness and brings people together!”
The concert program will feature Variations in E Flat Major from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte for cello & piano, as well as Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, Archduke Trio.
The concert on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for CofC faculty, staff, senior citizens, military/veterans; $10 for CofC students and youth (18 & under). Tickets can be purchased through the George Street Box Office online, by emailing, or calling (843) 953-4726. (Patrons can find concert info and ticket links at



CHARLESTON, S.C. — Husband and wife, Latin American pianists William Villaverde and Fabiana Claure will perform “A Piano Journey Through Latin America” for the third concert of the College of Charleston International Piano Series’ 31st Season. Works will include Bolivian Cuecas, Brazilian tangos, Cuban classical and jazz-inspired music, an original Latin-jazz composition, and a four-hands piano arrangement of Piazzolla’s Tango Suite. The performance will also highlight works by Cervantes, Roncal, and Villaverde, among others and will include piano solos, piano duos for four hands, and a paraphrase on “Manteca” for duo pianos. Having been together for 24 years as a couple and on stage, this dynamic duo will engage audiences through piano music and storytelling, taking them through an exciting journey of diverse cultural influences, historical context, and musical reflection. The Claure-Villaverde Piano Duo has earned praise from musicians and critics alike and are no strangers to Charleston, having both graduated from the College in 2004.

The concert will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the George Street Box Office online, at the door, by emailing, or by calling (843) 953-4726. FREE admission for College of Charleston students and employees, as well as youth (18 and under). Free tickets must be secured ahead of the concert by emailing or visiting the box office. Patrons can find info and ticket links at

Villaverde and Claure have been together since 1997 and have pursued their careers both as soloists and duo pianists throughout the United States, Bolivia, Cuba and Spain. As the Claure-Villaverde piano duo, they have been featured as soloists with Meadows Chamber Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and the International Piano Series Chamber Orchestra (Charleston, S.C). They were the national recipients of the 2010 College Music Society’s Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship where they organized and performed in a series of lecture-recitals for children, college students and senior citizens in Miami. They co-wrote an article describing their concert series which was published in the Society’s May newsletter.

They recorded a duo-piano sonata which was released in the album “Serenader: Songs and a Sonata by Celius Dougherty” (2007). As entrepreneurs, they co-wrote a business plan which was awarded second prize, best written business plan, and best entrepreneurial spirit award in the 2011 University of Miami Business Plan Competition. They co-founded Superior Academy of Music in Miami. Their Academy was featured twice on national television, and its students have gone on to win local and state certificates of excellence and have also entered universities under full tuition scholarships. Claure and Villaverde have pursued all their degrees together under full tuition scholarships. They hold Doctorates in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, Masters of Music and Artist Certificate Degrees from Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Charleston, and Professional Degrees as Pianists and Piano Teachers from the National School of Music, Cuba.

View a 5-minute promo video of “A Piano Journey Through Latin-America.” More artist information is online at and


Video Samples of Claure Solo Piano:

Brazilian Tango “Fon-Fon” by Ernesto Nazareth

Bolivian Cueca “La Huerfana Virginia” by Simeon Roncal


Video Samples of Villaverde Solo Piano:

Cuban classical and jazz-inspired piece “Variaciones sobre un Tema de Pablo Milianes” by Andres Alen

Jazz-inspired concert etude by Nicholas Kapustin


Duo Video Samples:

Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca” by Nicholas Kapustin

Piazzolla Tangos

Philip Lipton’s Metamorphasis: A Live Sound Journey

Philip Lipton’s Metamorphasis: A Live Sound Journey

Composer and Clarinetist Philip Lipton will perform his original compositions at a FREE concert that will be recorded live from the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in West Ashley.  Philip Lipton is Principal Clarinet of the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra and teaches Clarinet at the College of Charleston.  Circular breathing, looping and extended techniques have allowed him to explore fresh new avenues of writing and performance.  Collaborators on this new performance include Eastward Music and Lisa Alvarez.  Donations will be accepted.

Nashville Ballet and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Perform CARMINA BURANA

Nashville Ballet and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Perform  CARMINA BURANA

Carmina Burana will feature 150 singers from The Charleston Symphony Chorus, 60 plus musicians from The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and three guest vocalists, alongside 28 dancers from Nashville Ballet. Based on a collection of poems written by clergy and theology students in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, Carmina Burana examines love, fortune, and the cycle of life. The ballet is set to the iconic music of German composer Carl Orff written in the 1930s. The opening piece, “O Fortuna”, has made its mark as one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Beginning with its first 30-person orchestra in 1819, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra continues to perform major concert series, including Masterworks, Pops and Chamber Orchestra, offering audiences rich, diverse performances.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Masterworks presents BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Masterworks presents BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH

Ken Lam, conductor


Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question

Max Bruch
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Yuriy Bekker, violin 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major

Pre-concert conversations by the Music Director or his assistants are held from 6:30-7:15pm prior to each Masterworks performance from the stage.



Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, and has appeared in many more cities across the United States. Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership VBO has given the modern-day premieres to amazing works.

Series tickets on sale now! 

Please contact the Ticket Office at 843.242.3099 for more information.


Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York

Leah Edwards, soprano
Paul Sanchez, piano
Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor

George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein captured New York City’s essence and became the iconic musical voices of their time. The CSO is joining orchestras around the world to celebrate Bernstein’s Centennial this season with his Overture to Candide, West Side Story Suite No. 1, and Symphonic Dances. We will then join forces with College of Charleston piano professor, Paul Sánchez, to perform Gershwin’s popular jazz classic, Rhapsody in Blue.


Tonight, Tonight, Annual Fundraising Gala

Presented by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc


Thursday, January 18, 2018
5:30-6:30pm Pre-Concert Cocktail Reception
7:00-8:30pm Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York*
8:30-10:30pm Tonight, Tonight, Gala with silent auction in Grand Ballroom

$165 per person
*(Includes admission to pre-concert cocktail reception and Tonight, Tonight Gala. Tickets to performance of Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York not included and sold separately)

Join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. as we continue a magical evening in celebration of the CSO and the music of Bernstein and Gershwin. Enjoy festive foods reminiscent of the streets and neighborhoods of New York City, while mingling with patrons and musicians and browsing unique silent auction items in the Grand Ballroom of the Gaillard Center. A limited and exclusive live auction of select items of interest will cap this very special event. It won’t be just any night….

CSO Concerto Evening

CSO Concerto Evening

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Masterworks presents CSO Concerto Evening

Ivan Moshchuk, piano
Ken Lam, conductor


Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Four Violins and Violoncello in B minor

Alfred Schnittke
Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Solo Violins

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto No. 4 for Harpsichord in A major

Pre-concert conversations by the Music Director or his assistants are held from 6:30-7:15pm prior to each Masterworks performance from the stage.

CSO’s Annual Holiday Pops

CSO’s Annual Holiday Pops

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Pops presents CSO’s Annual Holiday Pops.

Amanda Castellone, soprano 
Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano 
Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor

Festive fun for the whole family! Join the CSO and the CSO Chorus for our annual holiday celebration! Principal Pops Conductor, Yuriy Bekker, leads this family-friendly holiday tradition that will feature “White Christmas,” “Klezmer Nutcracker,” “Ave Maria,” “12 Days of Christmas” (CSO-style), Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and many more sing-along favorites. The Charleston Children’s Chorus joins us, as well as special surprise appearances.

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker
Tickets to Nutcracker will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 1, beginning at 11am.
Celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker! Join us on a holiday voyage complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music, and the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet joined by student dancers from the Charleston community. This treasured holiday tradition was made even more magical in 2016, when it premiered with all new sets and costumes. Whether it’s a treasured family tradition or you’re experiencing it for the first time, Nutcracker promises magical holiday memories for years to come!