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New Muse Concerts to Present “Sea to Shining Sea: Two Composers Envision America”

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New Muse Concerts today announced “Sea to Shining Sea: Two Composers Envision America,” its upcoming program in collaboration with the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston County Public Library. 

The performances will feature Lydia Chernicoff and Jessica Tong on violins, Dan Urbanowicz on viola, and Danielle Cho on cello. They will perform Jennifer Higdon’s Southern Harmony and Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American,” music chosen to accompany the current Gibbes Museum exhibition, Charleston Collects: William Eggleston Photography.

“We’re excited to bring William Eggleston’s ground-breaking photographs of rural America to life, with music that incorporates foot-tapping fiddle tunes and traditional folk songs,” said Chernicoff, New Muse’s artistic director. “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.”

The quartet will present a shorter version of the program for free at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library. Tickets to the Gibbes Museum performance include admission to the galleries before the show.

Here’s the schedule:
  • Wednesday, July 6th at 3:30 pm
    • Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street
    • Short, teaser version of the program
    • Free to attend
  • Thursday, July 7th at 6 pm
    • The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street
    • Purchase tickets here.

Founded in 2019, New Muse Concerts takes classical chamber music out of the concert hall and presents it within the context of diverse musical traditions, exploring the interplay between them, and revealing their cultural and historical connections. New Muse is dedicated to daring programming that inspires audiences to hear music — and see the world — in new ways.

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