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songs of freedom & transformation

Alva Anderson voice 

LaToya Reneá voice + percussion


March 30 at 3:30pm 

Preview Concert. FREE. 

Charleston County Public Library

3035 Sanders Road

Charleston, SC 29414


March 31 at 6:00pm

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Music has been a universal expression of protest and powerful agent of change. Here, it gives voice to the heroic figures portrayed by William H. Johnson in the exhibit, Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice. Listen for hidden messages in songs of the Underground Railroad, hear new songs of freedom and transformation, and lift your own voice in call and response. 


Bob Marley – Redemption Song

Traditional – Now Let Me Fly

Alva Anderson/LaToya Reneá – When I Rise/Freedom Calling

John Coltrane – Underground Railroad (lyrics by Alva Anderson and LaToya Reneá) 

Traditional – Wade in the Water/Follow the Drinking Gourd

Alva Anderson – Take My Hand 

Marian Anderson, ca. 1945, by William H. Johnson (American, 1901-1972). Oil on paperboard, 35 5/8 x 28 7/8 inches. Image courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.

This performance accompanies the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice organized by the Smithsonian American with generous support from Art Bridges, Faye and Robert Davidson, and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.

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two composers envision America 

Lydia Chernicoff violin

Jessica Tong violin

Dan Urbanowicz viola

Danielle Cho cello

July 6 at 3:30pm 

Preview Concert. FREE. 

Charleston County Public Library

68 Calhoun Street

Charleston, SC 29401


July 7 at 6:00pm

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Hazy, Southern nights, foot-tapping fiddle tunes, and traditional folk songs bring William Eggleston’s ground-breaking photographs of rural America to life. We’ll investigate how the everyday becomes art, and how a contemporary Southerner and a romantic Czech composer translate the sights and sounds of America, in connection with the exhibition, Charleston Collects: William Eggleston Photography.


Jennifer Higdon – Southern Harmony 

Antonín Dvořák – American Quartet

Untitled (Boy in chair, Sumner, Mississippi), 1972. Dye transfer print, 1986, 20 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of David Zwiner New York.




Lydia Chernicoff violin

Lenora Cox Leggatt violin

Kirsten Swanson viola

Ismar Gomes cello

August 21 at 6:00pm 

Principle Gallery Charleston 

125 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


The sounds of our modern world and those of centuries past flow together in this program of electroacoustic music. Steve Reich uses recorded speech to generate melody and rhythm in a string quartet that explores the wildly different journeys taken by train before, during, and after WWII. Mason Bates finds a funky groove that seamlessly blends the warmth of a live string quartet with prerecorded sounds and electronics.  


Steve Reich – Different Trains 

Mason Bates – Bagatelles

Photo courtesy of JMBoatwright Photography.

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music and the Greek ideal


Trio Appassionata 

Lydia Chernicoff violin

Andrea Casarrubios cello

Ronaldo Rolim piano

October 26 at 6:00pm

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


An early Beethoven piano trio embodies the Classical Greek ideals of beauty, clarity and balance (with plenty of light-hearted charm). Only Brahms could make a neo-classicist of himself by revisiting and reworking one of his earliest chamber pieces some thirty-five years later. While much of the trio and its main themes remain the same, Brahms brings a maturity and craftsmanship to the work that lifts every note to new heights. See the goddesses, musicians, and animals from the Gibbes exhibition, From Chaos to Order, leap to life in response. 

Beethoven – Trio in E flat Major,

Op. 1 No. 1

Brahms – Trio in B Major, Op. 8

Greek (Olympia?), Dancing Bull, Eighth century B.C., Bronze, The Sol Rabin Collection

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