Performance Today

Pedja Muzijevic in Charleston

Pianist Pedja MuzijevicPhoto: Jacob Blickenstaff

July 20, 2021

When it comes to chamber music at the Spoleto Festival USA, many musicians return summer after summer. It's like a reunion among tight-knit friends, but it is very hard work. During full Spoleto seasons, the musicians perform twice a day. Even so, pianist Pedja Muzijevic says being at Spoleto is a joyous time — he and his fellow chamber musicians appreciate the opportunity to make great music and enjoy each other's company.

On this episode of Performance Today, hear Pedja Muzijevic and his friends in the St. Lawrence String Quartet play the Piano Quintet No. 2 by Antonin Dvorak, from a concert at the 2019 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Robert Schumann, arr. Eric Ruske: Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 Rasch und mit Feuer
Eric Ruske, horn | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Album: The Classic Horn: World Premiere Transcriptions
Albany 615

Zhou Tian: Viaje for Flute and String Orchestra
Mimi Stillman, flute
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle | Lorenzo Muti, conductor
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81: Mvts 1-2
Pedja Muzijevic, piano | St. Lawrence String Quartet
The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Michael Gandolfi: Houston: Sept. 12, 1962
ROCO | Michael Stern, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Hour 2

Peter Tchaikovsky, arr. Russian Renaissance: Russian Dance from 'Swan Lake'
Russian Renaissance
Album: Russian Renaissance
Azica Records 71333

Courtney Bryan: Blooming
Imani Winds
UChicago Presents, Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Egberto Gismonti: Frevo
Russian Renaissance
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Oregon Symphony | Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR