Concert series kicks off with chamber music

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Church of Saint John the Beloved (28 Sumter Ave., downtown Summerville) is delighted to present the opening concert for the Sixth Annual Concert Series. The series will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. with “Chamber Music for Organ & Strings” featuring Micah Gangwer and Asako Kramer on violins, Damien Kramer cello, and David Friddle on organ.

David Friddle is the Music Director and organist at St. John the Beloved and an active performer, composer, author and conductor. He presented a solo recital at St. John the Beloved in May of this year. Violinist Micah Gangwer is the Assistant Concert Master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

SJB Concert Series patrons will remember him from last season’s performance of Seven Last Words of Christ with the Charleston Virtuosi. Husband and wife team, violinist Asako Kramer and cellist Damien Kramer are also active performers with the CSO. Each of these talented string players also maintains careers as soloists in addition to their chamber and orchestra work.

This dynamic program will feature chamber works by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonín Dvorák, and Josef Gabriel Rheinberger.

SJB Music Director David Friddle said, “Most people think of chamber music as written for individual instruments and piano; however, there is a relatively large body of work written for instruments and organ. In this concert we explore three different composers and periods and will demonstrate a new side to the pipe organ – that of chamber music instrument.”

Saint John the Beloved has been hosting a series of music and performing arts events each season bringing a wide variety of talented performers to the Summerville area. The 2014-15 season will feature groups ranging from classical choral and chamber ensembles, to jazz, folk music featuring spirituals, Celtic music, and Tuvan throat singing. Each event is generally at 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. This program Chamber Music for Organ & Strings will be the first of the season on Sunday, Sept. 7.

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church and generous donors fund the St. John the Beloved Concert Series. This concert is free and open to the public as a gift to the community. Donations received at series events will help to continue to support the concert series. Patrons should pay as they able; those who cannot donate are still warmly welcomed.

For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at (843) 873-0631 x15.

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