CSU faculty musicians featured in concert series
Charleston Southern University faculty Jill Terhaar Lewis, soprano, Jennifer Luiken, mezzo-soprano, and Regina Helcher Yost, flute, will be featured on a Piccolo Spoleto Festival Spotlight Concert Series event.
“Fantasies, Dreams, and Love Songs” is the title of the concert scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. This program also features Stephen Taylor of Greenville on piano along with Charleston cellist, Norbert Lewandowski.
This innovative recital showcases the world-class talents of faculty members from the Horton School of Music at Charleston Southern University. The program includes the art songs and chamber works of Beethoven, Brahms, Previn, Debussy, Borne, Heggie, Larsen, and Bernstein in interesting combinations enhanced by cellist Norbert Lewandowski and pianist Stephen Taylor.
This concert marks the second year this trio has presented a Spotlight Concert Series recital at Piccolo Spoleto with other musicians. Last year’s recital with Janet Elshazly (piano) and Suzanne Fleming-Atwood (soprano) was entitled “Love in Any Language.”
Luiken and Lewis, both residents of Summerville, have been performing together for several years and are regular soloists for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. They each maintain active solo careers, too, performing with orchestras in the Southeast as well as recitals of art song and chamber works. Last spring, Luiken and Lewis were the featured soloists with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks program of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.”
Jill Terhaar Lewis also enjoys recitals of art song having a particular interest in American music and contemporary classical composers. She has also collaborated with contemporary composers on new music projects including Ed Hart of Charleston, Larry Shackley of Columbia, and Trevor Weston of New York. For this program she will be performing two works by André Previn, a German-American composer, conductor, and pianist who is known for his film scores as well as contemporary classical works and jazz music. Lewis will be performing two of Previn’s chamber works: Two Remembrances for soprano, alto flute, and piano; and Vocalise for soprano, cello, and piano.
Jennifer Luiken is sought out as a soloist in the United States and abroad. She is a frequent collaborator with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performing both classical and popular works with the orchestra. She has also toured abroad, and recently was the mezzo-soprano soloist for the European premiere of Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. For this program, she will be performing excerpts form Claude Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis, as well as excerpts from Minnesota composer, Libby Larsen’s chamber work Beloved, Thou Hast Brought Me Many Flowers, for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano.
Regina Helcher Yost of Mt. Pleasant is an in-demand performer as a soloist. She is the principal member of Charleston Flutist, LLC and a member of Chamber Music Charleston. She is also a long-time member of both the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival. Yost will be making her Carnegie Hall debut with Chamber Music Charleston on May 22 at Weill Hall. For “Fantasies, Dreams, and Love Songs,” she will be performing "Carmen Fantaisie" from the Opera by G. Bizet by composer Francois Borne. She will also be joining Lewis and Taylor on a Previn piece.
The performers will be collaborating on other works as a trio, quartet, and quintet. The concert will be presented in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park with the beautiful water views visible behind the performers while the audience is surrounded by artworks from the gallery. Audience members will also be able to peruse the art at the venue prior to and after the event. The current exhibition is Tales Transposed: A Celebration of Imagination featuring works by Nathan Durfee, Lillian Trettin, and Judy Mooney presented by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs as a Piccolo Spoleto exhibition.
Tickets are required for this event. Ticket prices are: $16 Adults; $11 Seniors/Students and can be purchased online at www.piccolospoleto.com or by phone through OvationTix at (866) 811-4111 or in person at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office at Charleston Visitor Center, located at 375 Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. Box Office Hours of Operation will be May 24-June 9: Open Daily 9am-5pm. For a ticket brochure and information on Piccolo Spoleto, call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305, email CulturalAffairs@charleston-sc.gov or visit www.piccolospoleto.com.