If you go
WHAT: CSO Masterworks VI, featuring conductor Michael Butterman
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday
WHERE: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
COST: Tickets start at $25 for adults
MORE INFO: CharlestonSymphony.org or call 723-7528, ext. 110.
Coffee With Maestro
WHAT: Coffee With the Maestro, moderated by Adam Parker
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Thursday
WHERE: Charleston County Public Library, main branch, 68 Calhoun St.
MORE INFO: Charleston Symphony.org or call 723-7528, ext. 110
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's sixth and final Masterworks program of the 2013-14 season is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
The program will feature Camille Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, Franz Liszt's "Les preludes" and Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor featuring Marina Lomazov, professor of piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
The concert will be led by Michael Butterman, a candidate for the music director post. The symphony has invited each of its six finalists to lead a Masterworks program this season.
Butterman is in his eighth season as music director of both the Boulder (Colo.) Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport (La.) Symphony Orchestra, and is in his 14th season as principal conductor for education and outreach for the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has served as resident conductor of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Symphony Orchestra since 2009.
Both Les preludes and the Organ Symphony are built up using limited strands of melodic DNA, Butterman said in a statement. "This synthesis of intellect and emotion - the head working in service of the heart - produces a kind of transcendence that we can only experience through music."
Lomazov, founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival, has performed around the world and won prizes in several international piano competitions.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is sponsoring a public meet-and-greet for each of the candidates. The final "Coffee with the Maestro," with Butterman, is 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.
The Q&A session, free and open to the public, will be led by Post and Courier arts writer Adam Parker.
Three pre-concert conversations hosted by William D. Gudger and free to all ticket holders, are scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre.
For more information about Butterman and the other candidates, and to buy tickets for Masterworks performances, visit CharlestonSymphony.org. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 723-7528, ext. 110.
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