May 26
Johan Severin Svendsen might be new to you, and if not, today’s piece, his Romance for Violin might be the piece you know. Svendsen was a contemporary of Edvard Grieg (composer of In The Hall of the Mountain King), and Svendsen achieved quite a bit of fame and acclaim in his native Norway and Denmark.

That’s the great thing about classical music-always a new discovery, waiting around the corner. And another great thing is the creativity: GSO Violin Kathy Robinson didn’t have access to a pianist to accompany her performance…

So she did it herself. Enjoy the opening excerpt from Svendsen’s Romance for Violin, featuring Kathy Robinson…Violin AND piano!

May 22
Today’s Digital Concert Hall selection and preview from Maestro Tchivzhel celebrates tradition. Grab your cap and gown, Johannes Brahms has written a concert overture for graduation! The Academic Festival Overture was written when Brahms received an honorary doctorate from the University of Breslau. Brahms sent a handwritten note, but the school’s orchestra conductor said a grander gesture was needed “Compose a symphony for us…but well orchestrated, old boy…”

The Academic Festival Overture was the result. I think we’ll all agree that the old boy, Brahms, managed to “well-orchestrate” this piece…

For the curious: orchestration is the process where the composer decides which instruments play and when. And yes, it’s as complicated as you might imagine. Next time you’re at the GSO, pay special attention to which groups of instruments are playing together, which instruments are not playing in certain sections…these wonderful sound colors are a big part of what makes an orchestra sound unique!

Click on the video below for Maestro Tchivzhel’s personal insights on Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, then be sure to click on the following link to hear an audio performance of this piece by the GSO: https://soundcloud.com/user-545842120/academic-festival-overture

May 18
We’re familiar with the “one-hit wonder” in music. While classical music has it’s hare of one-hit wonders, on inspection, there’s generally a rich “back catalog” of new to you music waiting to be discovered. Today, we have one of the most well-known pieces by French composer Jules Massenet, a true “you’ll know it when you hear it” piece: the Meditation from Thais, performed by GSO violinist Sarah Land and her husband, GSO cellist Ryan Knott. Composed in 1894, the Meditation is definitely one of classical music’s “greatest hits”, and we think that spending time exploring other operas like Manon, Werther, and indeed, Thais are definitely worth it!

May 15
From our “Digital Concert Hall” Series, enjoy a virtual orchestra presentation of the Finale from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

May 14
We could all use a little inspiration during these challenging times, and the GSO is proud to share violinist Sarah Land’s story how, as a Life Scholarship recipient funded by the South Carolina Education Lottery, it allowed her to pursue her dream in music. See her inspiring story in the video below.

May 11
GSO Violist Emily Schaad brings you some Carolina music today! Here’s Emily sharing a fiddle tune from Ash County, North Carolina on her viola. The GSO musicians you see and hear love all kinds of music — and how cool is it to hear the unique sound of the viola playing a fiddle tune?
Many composers use folk music in their work for all kinds of emotional impact: Dvorak, Bartok, Tchaikovsky…even Beethoven. Got a favorite orchestra/fiddle tune piece in your playlist? Let us know!

May 8
It’s been a pop song, rewritten as a piano concerto, and featured in many film scores: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, composed in 1906. This piece was a major triumph for the composer, personally as well as musically: after a disastrous performance of his First Symphony, Rachmaninoff went through a bout of severe depression and had many doubts as to his ability to write symphonies. We think you’ll agree after hearing the Finale of his Second Symphony that those doubts were quite unfounded!
Enjoy the video below of Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel’s preview of the Finale of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony in E minor, then be sure to click on the following audio link to hear this powerful and exhilarating piece: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17U8bNPdERphTZh3MFWlZXhkptJ_LUfY_

May 1
Join us today in our “Digital Concert Hall” series for one of Gustav Mahler’s most beloved and poignant compositions, the Fourth movement (“Adagietto”) from his Fifth Symphony.  Please note, this week’s selection is an audio file.
In the meantime, don’t miss Maestro Tchivzhel’s personal insights to this week’s performance by clicking on the video below, then sit back, close your eyes, and let the beautiful music of Mahler’s “Adagietto” from his Fifth Symphony envelop you by clicking on the following link: http://tiny.cc/MahlerAudio

April 28
A heartfelt thank you to Alan Ethridge and the entire amazing team at the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) for next week’s #GivingTuesdayNow shout out.  Show your love for the GSO and all of the performing arts by participating on Tuesday, May 5, 2020!  #supportGVLarts

Giving Tuesday Now

Tuesday, May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are. Greenville’s arts community, like many populations, has taken a huge hit due to COVID-19. Estimated losses for the major arts groups will exceed $3 million by the end of the year. Loss of revenue in ticket sales, donations and sponsorship will force certain groups to have reductions in staff and to seriously curtail the number of cultural offerings they present. Your support has never been more vital. Once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, artists and arts organizations will need to have the financial resources to regain the stability they lost during the crisis. We will be highlighting various elements of our phenomenal arts community leading up to #GivingTuesdayNow. Follow along and get to know #gvlARTS as we build up to Giving Tuesday.#supportGVLartshttps://www.facebook.com/events/289867212029343

Posted by Metropolitan Arts Council on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April 27
What’s in a name?  Well, if you’re Franz Schubert (a.k.a. Francois Schubert), quite a lot.  Especially when you’re not THE Franz Schubert!
Enjoy the “not-as-famous” but “just-as-talented” Franz Schubert’s “The Bee,” performed by GSO violinist Carol Roosevelt.  This lively and lovely piece is perfect for Spring and sure to put a “buzz” in your step this Monday morning!

April 24
Today, Maestro Tchivzhel guides us through Ludwig van Beethoven’s triumphant plea for universal brotherhood: the finale of Symphony No. 9 in D minor. At the symphony’s first performance, the audience applauded by waving handkerchiefs…so the deaf Beethoven could “see” how his music stirred everyone’s heart.

This weekend, the GSO was to celebrate the end of our 72nd concert season and Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of this undisputed masterpiece. While we all have to wait a bit longer for a GSO performance (hint: but perhaps, not quite as long as you might think!) we’re sharing these videos today to remind us all of music’s power to connect us. The GSO will keep playing, and we hope you keep applauding – “likes” and handkerchiefs gladly accepted.

Click below for Maestro Tchivzhel’s personal insights for this week’s selections from our “Digital Concert Hall” series, then click on the following two links to enjoy the Finale of Beethoven’s Ninth – Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrVvur4dzhE&feature=youtu.be
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ag_dLZhwRI&feature=youtu.be

April 20
Here’s a Monday Jig-or, if you’re going to be all fancy, a Gigue, from Johann Sebastian Bach to get your week started right. GSO Bassist Matt Waid shows us that the bass has no trouble dancing at all!
This is the last movement of Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1…maybe you know the Prelude as the Cello Song? Got a favorite piece by Bach, maybe played in an unexpected way? Let us know in the comments!