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Chamber Music Charleston presents the "Mozart in the South" Festival Sept. 20-22, 2013
8/20/2013 11:30:47 AM


CHARLESTON, SC - The Fifth Annual Mozart in the South Festival will open Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm (Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street) with a performance of Chamber Music Charleston’s acclaimed collaboration with Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina, “Beethoven: His Women and His Music.”

When plans began for the 5th Anniversary of the Mozart in the South Festival, CMC’s Artistic Director Sandra Nikolajevs felt drawn to present a large-scale collaboration for an opening event.

“This year we jumped at the opportunity to work with the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina to reprise our acclaimed music-and-spoken-word production of Beethoven: His Women and His Music. After learning about Mozart’s influence on Beethoven’s work, we felt this would be a perfect complement to the festival,” explains Ms. Nikolajevs. 
The Mozart in the South Festival performance on September 20 runs at approximately 1 hr 30 min with intermission. CMC violinist Jenny Weiss, cellist Timothy O’Malley and pianist Irina Pevzner will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2 as Broadway, film and TV star Clarence Felder portrays the composer.

The festival continues on Saturday, September 21 from 8:30am-1pm on Marion Square with the Little Mozart Circus. This free, family-oriented event includes a variety of mini-performances under the Main Tent, interactive performance opportunities under the Side Tent and numerous small tents hosted by local music schools and arts organizations. 
The festival concludes on Sunday, September 22 at 3pm at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street, with a chamber music finale featuring Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin.

The historic violin was crafted in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy. Not long after its creation, the instrument appeared to vanish from the radar screen; no one knows where or to whom the violin belonged for more than 200 years, spawning any number of historians, writers, journalists, critics as well as Canadian filmmaker, Francois Girard, to speculate on the violin's mysterious history. Girard's imaginative speculations became the narrative for his 1999 Academy Award-winning film, "The Red Violin." 
Ms. Pitcairn will join musicians of Chamber Music Charleston in a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in c minor, K. 406, Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro for solo violin and strings and Tchaikovsy’s String Sextet in d minor, “Souvenir de Florence.”

The “Mozart in the South Festival” is produced by Chamber Music Charleston, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information at to purchase tickets, visit or call (843)763-4941.

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