The Charleston Symphony is thrilled to announce a special collaboration with award-winning watercolorist, Mary Whyte. A Charleston-based artist with an international reputation, Whyte will debut her collection of portraits We the Peoplealongside the Charleston Symphony’s performance of Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano (“Three Botticelli Pictures”), Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Images of Whyte’s paintings, a portrait of one veteran from each state, will appear on stage throughout the performance.
In 1942, Copland was commissioned to help create “a gallery of musical portraits” honoring exemplary Americans. Copland decided to write about Abraham Lincoln (his first choice, Mark Twain, was already taken). Copland chose to include a spoken-word narration, saying, “No composer could possibly hope to match in purely musical terms the stature of so eminent a figure.” Those chosen to narrate this piece are typically prominent members of society, ranging from prime ministers to actors to astronauts. We are excited to welcome Mayor John Tecklenburg as our Lincoln Portrait narrator.
Pictures at an Exhibition,
orchestrated by Maurice Ravel
Mary Whyte, Artist
The Honorable Mayor John Tecklenburg, Narrator
Ken Lam, Conductor