Classical music marathon kicks off Friday

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Steven Jarvi
  • Steven Jarvi
Concert and choral music fans have a busy few days ahead. Get ready for a classical music marathon.

The College of Charleston’s Chamber Orchestra presents organ concertos by Handel and Concerto grosso op. 6, n.1, in D major by Corelli. The free concert will take place at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul on Fri. Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra continues their season with a Masterworks concert called Bold Voices of Vienna. Steven Jarvi will conduct the orchestra, while special guest Orion Weiss will play piano. You’ll hear Beethoven’s Overture to “Creatures of Prometheus,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, and Schubert’s “The Great” Symphony No. 9. Show up early at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert conversation with William Gudger and special guests. Tickets start at $20.

On Sunday, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble will bridge oral and literary traditions with a free concert at the Church of Saint John the Beloved. Lecturer and author Alphonso Brown will present remarks in the native Gullah dialect.

José Feghali
  • José Feghali
On Mon. Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., the College of Charleston hosts a program on artificial intelligence and music at the Simons Center Recital Hall. U.C.-Santa Cruz’s David Cope will present a free lecture on his computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence, which analyzes existing music to create new compositions in the same style. Attendees will hear a computer composition that will be composed on the spot in the style of Bach. Can Watson do that?

Then on Tues. March 1, award-winning Brazilian pianist José Feghali will perform as part of the college’s International Piano Series at the Memminger. Tickets are $20.

There’s even more coming up next week, with — count ’em — three big chamber music events lined up. Stay posted for more details.

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