Hello Charleston! This lovely, historic city will play host to the Westminster Choir as we take part in the Spoleto U.S.A. festival – begun in 1977, and one of America’s most successful arts festivals. Over 17 days, over 140 performances will include opera, chamber music, jazz, theatre, symphonic and choral works, classical ballet, and modern dance. Westminster Choir will serve as the chorus for the American premier production of Kepler, an opera by Philip Glass. We will also perform choral-orchestral works conducted by Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt in addition to programs from our 2012 Southern tour with the one and only Dr. Joe Miller.
The time is 10:28 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, and the Westminster choristers are stowed safely and snuggly into their respective rooms at the McConnell Residence hall at the College of Charleston. Most of the choir flew in from New Jersey earlier today, still exhilarated by the beautiful commencement ceremony that took place on Saturday in Princeton to celebrate and graduate the class of 2012. But no rest for the weary! Our first rehearsal for Kepler is tomorrow morning at 9:00, and for the next two weeks, we will meet three times daily to prepare the monumental work. We will have some time to explore the city of Charleston, enjoy the festival performances, and of course enjoy the company of our fellow choristers.
My name is Jordan Saul, and I just finished my first year of graduate study in choral conducting. This is my first time at the Spoleto Festival, and I am delighted to share this experience with you.