Spoleto Chamber Music


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For over 30 years this 13-week series of 1-hour concerts has showcased world-class musicians from the Spoleto Festival USA. Hosted by NPR commentator Miles Hoffman, these concerts will feature performances recorded live from the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, during the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA.

Musicians featured on the series include mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant, violist Masumi Rostad, and pianist Pedja Muzijevic, along with performers such cellist David Ying, oboist James Austin Smith, and the members of the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet. The series includes master works from Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert, as well as 21st century music from composer and pianist Stephen Prutsman.


Miles Hoffman is a renowned violist and artistic director of the American Chamber Players, with whom he regularly tours the United States and Canada. He has also appeared as a soloist with many orchestras around the country, performing a broad repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary compositions, and he has been a featured lecturer for orchestras, universities, chamber music series, festivals, and various other organizations. Before joining Morning Edition as a commentator in 2002, Hoffman entertained and enlightened the nationwide audience of NPR's Performance Today every week for 13 years with his musical commentary, "Coming to Terms," a listener-friendly tour through the many foreign words and technical terms peculiar to the world of classical music. That segment eventually led to a book by Hoffman, The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z.

Hoffman is currently Dean of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and author of The NPR Classical Music Companion, now in its ninth printing from the Houghton-Mifflin Company. He currently produces and hosts A Minute with Miles on ETV Radio, short segments that inform and entertain as they provide illuminating 60-second flights through the world of classical music.


6 - 7 a.m.