On March 26th, NYC-based pianist Vicky Chow traveled to Spartanburg, SC to perform a gorgeous array of new compositions for piano and electronics. The composers represented are young and active in the field, aligning with our mission to show the audience that “classical” music is alive and continually growing. Assisted by the brilliant sound engineer Andrew Cotton (who is based in England), Chow dazzled the 135+ member audience with her extraordinary technique coupled with her profound musicality. Considering she is a world-class, highly sought-after pianist, Chow’s performance was unsurprisingly amazing.
Having a classical performer of her caliber perform in Spartanburg was a special treat for our community. Afterward, she signed CDs and met with members of the audience. The line was about 30 minutes long! – that’s how many people wanted to meet her.
Not just a drop-in performance, Chow and Cotton visited several schools while in town as well. Just prior to the performance, they gave a talk at the University of South Carolina Upstate that was open to the public before meeting with Converse College composition and music technology classes. They discussed the roles of sound engineers, musical interpreters, and musical collaborators. The mostly-student audience was engaged, and reports from students indicated that they learned a lot about putting on concerts with large production values (e.g., big video and audio rigs).
The day before the concert, she visited an Introduction to Music class at USC Upstate which featured guest composer Rachel Whelan as well as Vicky Chow and Andy Cotton.
That evening, we held a masterclass with Chow at Converse College where she worked with students from Furman University, Bob Jones University, Converse College, and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts. Open to the public, the audience consisted of high school students, college students, faculty and community members.
It was a delightful and educational visit that left the community buzzing with excitement and a wonderfully broader view of the music of today.