Spoleto Festival USA: Festival Orchestra & Choir Part 1

ss12-WEB-stephen-prutsman-150SummerStages travels to Charleston for one of the world's top summer music festivals: Spoleto Festival USA. Beyond the usual exhibition of guest soloists and chamber musicians, the festival recruits and auditions its own full orchestra each summer and employs the Westminster Choir for its larger scale productions. Featured here are two Russian masterworks from the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, joined by pianist Stephen Prutsman, and two British threnodic choral works from the Westminster Choir.

O'REGAN: The Ecstasies Above
Westminster Choir
Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor 

(Original performance May 30th, 2012)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1, in b-flat minor, Op. 23
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Anne Manson, conductor

(Original performance June 8th, 2012)

HOWELLS: Requiem
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

(Original performance May 30th, 2012)

STRAVINSKY: Petrouchka (1947 version)
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Anne Manson, conductor

(Original performance June 8th, 2012)

Listen to the entire program: Spoleto Festival USA: Festival Orchestra & Choir Part 1





Billboard and introduction to The Ecstasies Above - Lauren Rico and Matt Rogers





O'REGAN: The Ecstasies Above
Westminster Choir
Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor





Introduction to Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, featuring interviews with Anne Manson and Stephen Prutsman - Lauren Rico and Matt Rodgers





TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1, in b-flat minor, Op. 23
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Anne Manson, conductor





Introduction to Howells' Requiem, featuring an interview with Joe Miller - Lauren Rico and Matt Rodgers





HOWELLS: Requiem
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor





Introduction to Stravinsky's Petrouchka, featuring  an interview Anne Manson - Lauren Rico and Matt Rogers





STRAVINSKY: Petrouchka (1947 version)
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Anne Manson, conductor





End of the Show - Lauren Rico and Matt Rogers





WEB EXCLUSIVE: Matt Rogers speaks with conductor Anne Manson about working on Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Stravisnky's Petrouchka, offering a nice summary of the ballet's plot.





WEB EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Prutsman gives Matt Rogers his description of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and its significance.





WEB EXCLUSIVE: Matt Rogers interviews Joe Miller about the origins of the Westminster Choir, their connection to the Spoleto Festival, the Herbert Howells Requiem and the program that it was performed on.