(Seats still available at the Box Office until showtime)
Camden native and cellist Claire Bryant returns to the Arts Center of Kershaw County Main Stage with The Power of Song, a fall chamber music concert. This special performance will be held on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30pm in the Wood Auditorium and features Bryant and her colleagues from the University of South Carolina School of Music: Ari Streisfeld (violin), Lynn Kompass (piano), and mezzo-soprano vocalist, Rachel Calloway. The Power of Song explores lyricism and storytelling, and the capacity music has to transcend time and space. The evening will spotlight a variety of musical styles from the beer-stein raising classics of Ludwig van Beethoven to the Hollywood golden-age of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a noted pianist and the first composer of international stature to write Hollywood scores. Two works by celebrated NYC performer-composers Jessie Montgomery and Andrea Casarrubios will round out the program. Through this eclectic mix of ear-pleasing tunes, the audience will experience a program that resonates with the human experience. This event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Louise and Jim Burns, and Van Horn Insurance.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the performance, and may be purchased online at FineArtsCenter.org, by calling 803.425.7676, or in the Arts Center of Kershaw County Box Office at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box Office hours are 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.
About the Musicians:
Cellist Claire Bryant, a native of Camden, SC, enjoys an active and diverse career as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is equally passionate and committed to her work as an educator and advocate for the inclusion and impact of the arts in society. Claire is the Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of South Carolina. In previous years, Claire joined the internationally award-winning Cecilia String Quartet and the faculty of University of Toronto. She has acted as a visiting professor at the University of Northern Iowa and a guest cellist in the Nightingale String Quartet of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Ragazze Quartet of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her diverse and versatile musical interests have taken her on international tours with renowned artists including jazz legend Ron Carter and tap dancer Savion Glover. Claire is also a founding member Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.
Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the The New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world-renowned JACK Quartet.
Active as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach, Lynn Kompass has performed in Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Brazil, China, South Korea, and Thailand and has appeared in venues across the United States. She has also given recitals at numerous colleges and conservatories nationwide, including the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Tennessee. For many summers she was engaged as a pianist for the prestigious Steans Vocal Institute in residence at the Ravinia Music Festival.Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by The New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.” She has appeared in concert with the Orlando Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Series, the New York Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, and Lincoln Center Festival. Ms. Calloway made her European operatic debut as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Opéra de Reims, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jovet (Paris) and Opéra de Lille. Ms. Calloway serves on the faculty of the University of South Carolina as Instructor of Voice and Director of Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina. Ms. Calloway holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.
This event is sponsored by Louise and Jim Burns and Brenda and Joe Sullivan.