The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble will come to Holy Spirit Church on Betsy Kerrison Parkway to play an all concerto concert. Most of us know and love the Brandenburg concertos of J. S. Bach and his Brandenburg No. 4 will lead off the concert, harpsichord and all. Then one of Mozart’s most acclaimed piano concertos, No. 9 the “Jeunehomme” will follow with Charleston’s own 15 year-old piano virtuoso, Caleb Borick performing the solo. If you didn’t get to hear Caleb last spring at our Piccolo Preview Event, you really should hear him this time. He has played both nationally and internationally in concerts, competitions, some of which he won, and even on NPR’s From the Top. If you’d like to sample some of his playing you can hear him on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsTXU_ZaV0Y playing a Chopin Etude. The final piece of the concert will be a concerto by Ernest Bloch written in 1925, Concerto Grosso No. 1, a beautiful and emotionally uplifting piece.
Maestro Ken Lam will point out features of the different concertos to show the development of the form and enhance the knowledge of the audience. We are fortunate indeed to have this excellent orchestra and Caleb Borick nearby to come and play for us.
Aside: Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto has actually been misnamed for many years and should be called the Jenamy Piano Concerto as it was written, it has now been proven, for a friend’s daughter. Her name was Victoire Jenamy. “Jeunehomme,” however means “young man” which at least describes Mozart when he wrote it at age 21 and also our young pianist, 15, and is the better known name for the piece.