By Kate Gray for The Island Connection
The Charleston Symphony has named Edward Hart as its Composer in Residence for the 2019-2020 season.
A Charleston native whose work has received worldwide attention, Hart’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Africa. He is a professor at the College of Charleston and chair of the school’s Music Department.
The Symphony, which was founded in 1936, will bookend its 2019-2020 season with two of Hart’s original compositions: at their season premiere, “Mozart in the Lowcountry,” on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, and at its season finale in April. The former will feature the reprisal of Hart’s hit, “Under an Indigo Sky,” which the Symphony first performed to a sold-out crowd at the Gaillard Center in 2012. The Symphony will premiere Hart’s newest work, “A Charleston Concerto,” at its season finale, “Charleston and the New World.”
“This wonderful honor is made ever more special because I am encouraged to present about my home,” Hart commented. “A world-class orchestra coupled with a world-renowned string quartet, conducted by Ken Lam – a composer couldn’t ask for more.”
Charleston Symphony Executive Director Michael Smith added, “Edward Hart is a staple of the Charleston arts community and an extremely talented composer. We’re honored to showcase his work because of its quality and its connection to our home city and state.”
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